How come when I connect my laptop to my TV the sound will not play?

by on November 30, 2008

Q: I have an interesting problem with my laptop. It has a blu-ray player installed. I can watch DVDs fine with it if I use just the laptop, however, when I try to watch anything on a television, I get this odd sound playback. If I hook up speakers through the headphone/speaker out jack, the only sound I get is background music and sound effects, no dialog or other incidental sounds.

I have already done a reinstall of the entire operating system, and that did the trick for a while, but now, it’s back to the same problem. Any suggestions?

I’m running Vista and using Power DVD 9 for playback. Also, I tried hooking up the sound through two or three other sound systems, and always have the same result.