How do you connect a Compaq laptop to a Technics stereo system to listen to the music stored on the Windows media player through a surround sound system?

Your laptop should have a plug for a stereo miniature phone jack, which is the same type used for stereo headphones. A patch cable which has this type of plug at one end, and a pair of RCA plugs at the other is widely available. By pluging the miniature phone jack into the laptop, and the RCA plugs into the input jacks of the stereo, you should be able to listen to the laptop over the stereo. This solution works, but the sound output through the headphone jack for most laptops is equalized for headphones. It is heavy on the base and light on higher frequencies. It will not be satisfactory for many people.