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Bluetooth speakers and wired headphones at same time?

Question: Bluetooth speakers and wired headphones at same time?

I use a bluetooth speaker (Tendqa) as well as a pair of wired headphones on my computer (XP). Until yesterday, I could get audio output on both simultaneously (I know for sure because many times I forgot that the speakers were on and I'd start playing a game and the sounds were broadcast through the speakers and I didn't realize it right away because I had the headset on).

Anyway, as of this morning, it's an either/or thing with music (played via Pandora or WMP). I can get system sounds through the headset (such as the audio demo through Realtek) but no music while the bluetooth speakers are connected.

The only thing I can think that I did in the interim is install Adobe Acrobat Reader X. But I restored my computer to yesterday's settings (before the Reader install) and it didn't solve the problem. I even checked my windows registry to make sure none of the Reader X registry entries were there. Nada.

Can anyone think of anything else I can try?


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Hi Guys,

I'm thinking of acquiring some Bluetooth headphones to go with my speakers and I was wondering if it was possible to use the Bluetooth headphones simultaneously with wired speakers?


Answer:Windows 7: Using Bluetooth Headphones & Wired Speakers simultaneously?

I'm going to go out on a limb here and answer "it depends". Windows allows you to select the output device (I have 5 of them) but only one can be selected as default. However, I know that I have used media applications that ignore the Windows default device and will let you select the output device for that application. Thus, if you actually had multiple devices in use and started SOUND.exe you would see volume levels on the right for each device as sound is streaming.

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I am currently working on a homemade project in my free time called Project Surround. I am trying to get a full surround sound setup in my room. I have 2 wired speakers in the front and a Bluetooth speaker in the back. The problem is I need both the wired and Bluetooth speakers to play at the same time. Any way I can do that?

Answer:Play Audio from Wired Speakers and Bluetooth Speakers at the same time

Windows only allows one default audio playback device, thus unless you can find some third party app that will allow both, you won't be able to do that. You will need a full surround PC sound system.

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Just installed Sennheiser MB Pro 2 UC Bluetooth wireless headset and cannot hear sounds but can hear via desktop speakers (Bose).
The Volume Mixer for Device shows:
Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Headset Earphone (2 ? Sennheiser BTD 800 USB)

If choose Speaker, sounds are good (i.e. can hear them) but if choose Headset nothing !

The Headset is used for Dragon NaturallySpeaking and the microphone works fine.

Sennheiser messages (i.e. Power on and Talk Time) can be heard okay.

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I recently bought a new headset and desktop. I just tried out the headset and found it to be amazing, but I was wondering how I could get sound to go through both the headset and speakers on my speakers system. The desktop is in Windows 10, and it's a Lenovo, and I can provide the system information if needed, as well as any other information. Thank you for your time and responses.

Answer:Using headphones and speakers at the same time.

Does it have Realtek sound CODEC ? Are headphones analog or USB ?

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I recently bought a new headset and desktop. I just tried out the headset and found it to be amazing, but I was wondering how I could get sound to go through both the headset and speakers on my speakers system. The desktop is in Windows 10, and it's a Lenovo, and I can provide the system information if needed, as well as any other information. Thank you for your time and responses.

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Hey i have a CMI 8738 PCI 6.1 sound card, and I also have a AC'97 onboard card (disabled at the moment).

Before i got my PCI card, I was able to use my AC'97 with a headset, (aud_out) a mic (mic_in) and a 2.1 sound system (aux_out). The beauty of this is that i can turn the speakers off (because they have a separate power source), and just use the headset when i need to be quiet. Or i can use the speakers when i'm listening and can be loud.

My mic port shorted out, so i got the new PCI sound card.

Now i'm wondering if I can do the same thing on the new sound card. I'm afraid to test it since I don't know the reason my old card shorted out.

I'm using Xear 3D sound with 3-D CMI Audio Controller.

Answer:Headphones and speakers at the same time?

ok im confused do u have the speaker system and the headphones plugged into the same port at the same time? are u using a splitter? go a little deeper in your explanation please

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I have a headphone jack on the front of my computer. Is there any way I can make it so that I can plug in something in the headphone jack and still have the speakers working?

The reason is I have two sets of speakers and I want to use them both (the second set behind me) and have like a quadratic speaker setup but I only have one speaker port.

I know I can use a Y-splitter on the speaker port but I don't have one and the stores are too far away so I don't feel like going right now. I was wondering if there was a setting on my computer that I could change to allow this.

Answer:Speakers AND Headphones At the Same Time

Nope, as soon as you plug into your headphone jack, it's going to disable your rear jacks. The only way I know of is using the "Y" cable you referred too.



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I want to use both headphone and speaker at the same time. Like, the same audio comes from both of them. I want to use this so i can combine my speakers with the TV ( the one i use as monitor ) speakers to work as the 5.1 central speaker.
I googled it, and i only found results where the users wanted to get rid of that.


Answer:How do i use both headphones and speakers at the same time?

If you are using HDMI for the TV, you can only have one default audio playback device. Either the HDMI output or your "speakers" (PC sound card) which would allow you to use headphones.

This comes up frequently and I don't recall any posted way to get around this.

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I want to use my headphones for things such as firstperson shooters and my speakers for music. I'm using a Realtek AC97 Audio soundcard. It has Pink(microphone), Green(speaker), and Blue(I assume its for secondary audio output) colored ports in the back with nothing in the front. I've played around with the soundcard settings and the volume control in windows(just to make sure everything is unmuted and turned up all the way), but the blue port doesn't make any sound. Can anyone help me find out how to make this possible without buying a splitter for the working one?

Answer:How do I use speakers and headphones at the same time?

Onboard sound is both a blessing and a curse at the same time. Im assuming you are talking about the onboard chip on your board and not a pci card.
Mic - Audio in- and a line out. Its been a while - I think thas close.
I remember I had a ac97 compliant integrated chip a while back.
I didnt have much of a prob with it besides the cpu cycles it ate.
I think you will need some form of pci card (turtle beach or soundblaster) or a soundsystem that offers a port for your headphones with a seperate volume control otherwise your headphones will be blaring the same decibel as your main speakers and be blown apart in a few hours if you do not have an inline volume control on your headset. most models of logitech or klipsich speakers offer headset ports in the main volume control module - however there are much much cheaper options out there then those.

Hope this helps

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bluetooth will connect but won't play unless I remove them everytime and then detect, pair and connect then I have to go in and set them as default for playback. This can't be right my tablet, car stereo and even my phone connect and play seamlessly. Where do I fix this?
Also, why won't  MAXX work on my bluetooth devices>
UGH ... what a pain.

Answer:DELL INSPIRON 5559 Bluetooth speakers and headphones issue

i have a similar problem got the new bose wireless sport sound and the laptop is only 4 1/2 feet from me and it keep breaking up and when trying to pair them i have to restart the computer and it takes about 4 mins to shutdown before restart, any way for dell to boost the Bluetooth power would be great

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I'm new to this forum, but I've been having a problem for a while now.

Whenever I unplug my headphones, my computer has absolutely no sound.

When I do plug in my headphones, the headphones AND speakers turn on.

The speakers are built into my monitor, plus they're playing with the headphones plugged in, so there definitely isn't anything wrong with them.

I've tried messing around with Realtek and just a simple restart/shut down, and nothing has happened.

Answer:Why are the speakers and headphones playing at the same time?

when you right clik on the speaker icon in system tray and select 'playback devices', which is set to default?

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I've been through some guides on internet and the problem is that my headphones are being detected as speakers even though I tick the square that stands for headphones (pop-up window then device is pluged-in).

What I wanna do is that I want to hear voice from speakers and headphones at the same time. I can't do that and if I want to switch from one device to another I need to unplug headphones (or plug in).

Answer:Can't enable both headphones and speakers at the same time

Mark them as separate playback devices. That's about all I can say based on what little info you have provided.

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I have a HP G62 series laptop with Realtek HD Audio Manager and an iSymphony NC1 Headphone with a male to male 3.5 mm cord connected to my audio output jack. The jack on my laptop is loose, but I can still hear sound coming from both sides of the headphones. The problem is that the internal speakers still play and the headphones don't show up on my devices menu or in the Realtek HD Audio Manager. Does someone know anything about how to fix this? Help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Headphones and speakers playing at the same time

It would appear from your description that you have a mechanical fault with the headphone jack. When you insert the plug into the socket there is a contact that is switched telling the system that something has been inserted into the socket - this signal is used to switch off the speakers.

As this is a laptop it is probably beyond most PC users to make a repair, although this is possible, I would suggest you contact your local PC repair outfit who will normally be able to replace the socket for a reasonable cost

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Hello, from a few days I've a problem with audio devices:  when I connect any headphones to the jack on the left side of the laptop, the sound keeps going out from the  speakers. So, I can hear from headphones and speakers in the same time.  I tried everything: update all drivers, uninstall and reinstall them, uninstal and reinstall DOLBY ADVANCED AUDIO v2 program (which is supposed to control audio on the pc), update IDT High Definition Audio CODEC (I think this is the sound card?). Nothing worked. I have two  devices available in "Audio" window:  "Speakers / headphones" and "Headphiones communications" (I'm translating from italian Windows OS). Selecting the first, speakers and headphones work simultaneously. Selecting the second, no sound comes, neither from speakers or headphones. I think I tried everything. What to do? I don't even know why this problem occurred!   Thanks for the help

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My laptop plays audio on speakers and headphones at the same time and I get poor sound quality in the latter. 

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Whenever i want to play music or watch a movie in a public place, ill put in some headphones. but right now, whenever i plug them in, i get sound from both my headphones and my laptop speakers. It used to switch automatically from speakers to headphones but it wont anymore.

I have Realtek HD Audio with Vista 64 bit.

Is there any way to get it back to the way it was?

Answer:Laptop speakers and Headphones at same time

Go to Control Panel - Sound - and explore all possible settings ("configure" and "properties").

I think the switch is a part of the connection, and something in the headphone jack is loose or broken, but it's worth looking for a setting. I didn't find any such setting on my Vista, but I have a different sound card.

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Recently I've occurred with a problem. But I don't know how to fix it. My speakers are playing at the same time when i plug in my headphones. So there's audio coming out of both. How do I fix this?

Answer:Speakers and headphones playing at the same time

Hi Shabirah1997 ,
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
Step 1: You may try to set default initially to get back the previous settings. Similar steps on this article .
Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Playback tab > Set Default at the bottom > Apply 
Step 2 oing a reset on command prompt :
Click on start and search for CMD , right click to run as administrator . type net stop AudioSrv  
then  net start AudioSrv 
Step 3 : Jumping back to previous working date with System Restore
Step 4: Rollback / Uninstall and Reinstall audio drivers from D:/Lenovo /Drivers folder or download from support site.
See which one works for you best. 
Update us. 

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Im doing recording and i want to know if its possible to have both slots (main speaker, and phones) working. i want to know if i can avoid buying a splicer.

Answer:DOes anyone know how to have speakers and headphones play at the same time

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Hi, i bought a laptop yesterday and today when i pluggin my headphones
speakers and headphones both will work at the same time.
What do i do i have reatek hd audio
please help

Answer:Headphones and Speakers will work at same!

This might help explain it. AC'97 and HD audio front panel layouts

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right fellas bit of a problem here. today i joined a clan in call of duty: world at war for the first time and they said i need to get a headset. so i got my headset (mich extra) and plugged it in and realised that sound was coming out of my headphones AND the monitor mounted speakers!!!
If you guys could tell me what to do that would be much aprreciated
thanks simmo

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Well, the title says it all. Using my RTM MSDN version that I got from work this mornin. Have all the latest updates. Not sure what to do.

I have my headphones plugged in but my speakers and headphones are playing my top wicked bad music.

Any ideas people? First time I have used Vista. Looked at all the usual suspects in control panel and volume controls etc.


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I have a HP probook 4530s with win 7 Home premium 64 bit. Till yesterday i was able to hear sound only from my headphones but today when i started my system i was getting sound from both my headphones and speakers. I tried re installing my drivers and all but still the same issue. Kindly let me know any other solution for it.



Answer:Why are the speakers and headphones playing at the same time?

Check for a setting in the audio. Many, have an audio configuration panel and an option to mute the speakers when the headphone is connected or not.

I don't have IDT so I can't say exactly where that is at.

Another option, if it worked yesterday and not today, use the System Restore and restore the PC back to an available restore date when it did work correctly. (System restore will not delete any user data). System Restore can be accessed from Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools.

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My Laptop speakers and earphones are playing at the same time and I've been having this problem since yesterday. This has been giving me headaches just from pure rage because every single "solution" I found online doesn't work for me

I've been told to check playback devices and set headsets as default playback device but it doesn't even show the headset option

Answer:Headphones and speakers playing at the same time

Plus, I've reinstall my drivers and they are up to date!

and On the internet I've also found a thread where they told me to check the Analog Cog settings on realtek but there isn't even an option to do it. The analog device buttons are un-clickable.

Even in the advanced settings on realtek there's nothing but "recording device" settings.

Here's what's on my realtek

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The sound is being played through both my headset and my speakers, but when I go into the sound settings it says my headphones are disconnected.  I have seen other posts that have solutions and I have tried them and they dont work.

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I'm wondering if instead of buying a splitter, I can just have the headphone and speaker playing at the same time.

I have a stereo system that sounds better than the pc speakers, but the bass isn't as good as the pc speaker's subwoofer. All i want to do is be able to plug in the stereo system into the front headphone slot while having the pc speakers plugged into the back speaker slot and be able to play both at the same time.

What would be even better, but probably not possible, is if I could hook the pc speaker's subwoofer up to the stereo system but thats probably a lot of trouble..

Is there a way that I could make the 2 pc speakers and the 2 stereo system speakers be recognized by the computer as a 4 speaker system? again, probably impossible or too much trouble.

Answer:How can i play through headphones and speakers at the same time?

You plug the stereo system into the rear channel and the PC speakers to the front channel (or vice versa) - that's what i have set up and it works just fine.

You need to fiddle with your soundcard settings to get it to run in 4 speaker mode.

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I think it was working fine yesterday but today both are working at the same time.. I've tried rebooting but the problem still happens.

Answer:Speakers and headphones play at the same time?

Hi there
This sometimed happens with Realtek HD sound cards when the sound card is integrated into the Mobo.

Download and re-install the driver AND HD audio application.

(even if your sound card is not a REALTEK one I'd still re-install the driver (from the MOBO driver set / sound card CD) AND THE APPLICATION -- most of the sound card driver software usually has an application as well (such as a mixer. graphic equalizer etc).


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I have a Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS soundcard in a Dell XPS 5 with a headphone jack on the front of the box. I want to be able to run an FM signal (send my own music to FM stereos in my home) from a unit that needs to be provided the audio from a headphone jack.

Does anyone know if it is possible to run audio through my speakers and my headphone jack at the same time? Any ideas would be appreciated!!

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Hi I have got a windows 8 64 bit laptop and just the past couple of days iv had this problem when I plug my headphones in I am still hearing sound coming from my laptop speakers and from my headphones at the same time. At first I thought this was a problem with my headphones so I decided to try different ones but I still had the same problem ( and yes the headphones are fully plugged in). This is clearly a problem with my laptop and not my headphones. I have been to the control panel and tried changing settings with my sound but NOTHING SEEMS TO BE WORKING!. I have also tried doing a system restore but that didn't help either . It would be much appreciated if anyone could help me solve this problem as it is really annoying!. Thanks in advance

Answer:Headphones and speakers playing at same time HELP!

What sound do you have? e.g. Realtek, Conexant, etc?

Realtek has an HD Control Panel and there is an option to mute the speakers when a headset is connected or as yours is doing not mute the speakers. I don't have anything except Realtek but I know some of the other sound hardware's have similar settings.

The Realtek is located in Control Panel/Hardware and Sound.

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i was wondering if there is a way to play headphones and speakers at the same time?

I just have a standard sound thingy that came with my computer

Answer:Playing headphones and speakers at the same time?

not realy unless you're prepared to modify the headset plug.

the plug on the computer has a switch that operates when the headphone jack
is inserted; it disconnects the speakers.

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So, my problem is that both the speakers and the headphones play in my HP laptop at the same time.

When I go into my playback devices I have three options:

1. ATI HDMI Output
2. Speakers and headphones (same device)
3. headphones

When my headphones are connected the third still shows them as unconnected but sound will play through both the speakers and the headphones.

I am wondering if there's any way that I can fix this so that I can have sound play out of just one or the other.

I have tried the following things:

-system restore
-updating my sound drivers

Thanks for any future help.

Answer:Headphones and speakers play at the same time

With no system specs specified we can't say exactly. But, in newer HD audio sound systems they autodetect when something is plugged in. If you have one of these devices it is either the driver or there is a hardware problem with the sound chip.

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When I plug in my headphones, my speakers just keep on playing(although the headphones also play the audio). The headphones won't show up under audio devices, and I've tried two different sets of headphones.

Does anyone know how to stop this? It was working fine yesterday....

I use Windows 7.


Answer:Headphones and speakers playing at the same time?

Hello OctoberOwl and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since everything was working fine yesterday I'd try using system restore to return my computer to a date/time prior to when the audio problem first started.

System Restore

If system restore doesn't help you might have to go into control panel > sounds to see what your default settings are. There are several previous forum threads that provide possible solutions. For example:

Speakers and headphones play at the same time?

Selecting headphones or speakers as default

And a couple of threads from the Microsoft Answers forum:

Headphones + Speakers at the same time - Microsoft Answers

Audio playback through headphones and speakers - Microsoft Answers

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I plug both my Razer Carcharias and speakers into the back of my computer. I have Realtek HD Audio Manager. There is no individual control for each sound device. They share the same settings and play at the same time when I play sound. My first post on here Thanks for your time.

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I bought a new laptop, and when I plugged my headphones in, my laptop wasn't recognizing them. It was seeing them as a mic and sound just kept playing over the speaker.

I messed around and now I can plug headphones in and they are working but my speakers are now playing at the same time that my headphones are.

My headphones still aren't popping up in the devices part of my sound manager.

I've already updated my drivers as much as they can be. I have realtek HD audio manager.

Answer:How to get headphones and speakers to stop playing at same time?

In the Realtek Panel, Click on the "Device Advanced Settings" on the upper right of that panel. The option is in the Advanced Settings.

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In the Windows audio playback tab there's only "speakers" but sound is playing from both speakers and the headphones, with headphones plugged into the right jack. I checked the Realtek Control Panel and there was F**K ALL for options there (see attached). There is an Intel(R) Display Audio in Device Manager alongside Realtek High Definition Audio. So now I can't watch warm-up videos at school without blasting the sounds through my speakers as well.

I tried a System Restore to before the problem started but it didn't do anything. The problem started around the time I ran an Advanced Systemcare 8 scan, which does the following tasks:
Spyware Removal
Registry Fix
Privacy Sweep
Junk Files Clean
Internet Boost
Shortcuts Fix
Registry Defrag
System Optimization
Security Defense
Disk Scan
Vulnerability Fix (Windows Updates)
Disk Optimization
Also when I move my laptop it shuts off for some reason, so it could've interupted the scan or updates or something.
System Specs included inside attached DxDiag.

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I've tried searching Google for a fix but I can't seem to find anything atm. I'm using the Realtek High Definition Audio driver.

Answer:Sound coming from headphones and speakers at the same time

Update your Realtek Audio Drivers -->

Go into Realtek Control Panel and check settings.

Regards. . .



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Hi guys,

I was wondering if there is a way to play sounds using both the built in speaker and the headphones at the same time?

I am using an Acer aspire 4736Z with windows vista home basic.

Answer:How to play on laptop speakers and headphones at the same time

its impossible technically.

but some soundcard has the stupid ability to do it. for acer aspire series. i think mostly they use realtek HD audio as their onboard chip. dont think it could happen. u can try doing though

it happens to a hp laptop, when something wrong, i cant mute the internal speakers when using hdphone

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Hello,Sorry if this is in the wrong place, as you can tell, I'm a newbie. Anyways, I'm having a bit of a problem with my headphones and speakers. It all started around a year ago. All of a sudden, my speakers stopped working, however, the headphones continued to work fine. Then, out of nowhere a few months later, my speakers magically began working again. Only problem is, my computer doesn't seem to recognize that I have headphones plugged in, so the speakers and headphones play sound at the same time. This is a major inconvenience because I like to listen to music and watch movies, but can't do so without disturbing others anymore. There might be something lodged in the headphone jack, as the headphones don't seem to go all the way in, but it still goes in enough to play sound through them. I've tried disabling the speakers themselves, but it blocks the sound from the headphones too.So basically what I'm asking is, is there some way I can 'fool' the computer into thinking I've got headphones plugged in so I don't have to run both at the same time? Or any other way to fix it that doesn't involve high-cost repairs? Any help here would be so greatly appreciated!ThanksEDIT: Forgot to mention, I'm using a Gateway NV79 laptop running on Windows 7. It's a little over a year old.

Answer:Headphones/Speakers Problem (Working at the Same Time)

The laptop has only one port used for both the Headphone and External Speakers. Have you tried those cheap earphones for testing?

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I would like to have the sound outputted from the laptop speakers, and also a stereo soundbar connected to the headphone jack.The soundbar has lower pitches and more fullness, while the laptop speakers have better sound in the higher ranges.  

Answer:How to get sound from the laptop speakers -and- headphones at the same time

This is related information... I have a T500 (20823HU), with Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD, driver  Outputting audio to the internal speakers and external jack simultaneously is called MultiStream Mode on the conexant smartaudio HD. 10:41 AM - last edited on 08-09-2009 10:27 AM  swg101 (All), As you had earlier indicated you were running Vista Ult 32, your Win 7 post above suggests that Conexant's CX20561 does in fact support the Audio Director functions of SmartAudio II under Vista and that it had worked properly for you.  Do Audio Director services actually appear and operate in Vista 32?  From Conexant's SmartAudio II Help file: Classic mode emulates the behavior of Microsoft Windows XP, where sound is heard either on the speakers or on the headphones, but not both at the same time. To select Classic mode, click on the corresponding icon. In Multi-Stream mode, different sounds can be played on speakers and headphones simultaneously. To select Multi-Stream mode, click on the corresponding icon. If so, folks should know that Conexant's driver package does not install these features in Win XP. The Audio Director icon is not presented by the SmartAudio II control center in these systems; only the Volume Mixer, Voice Effects and SmartEQ / 3D Settings are available. Have not explor... Read more

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I have a HP Pavilion g6, Win10. Today the sound on my laptop started playing from the speakers and headphones at the same time. A quick google tells me this is a known and stubborn problem for some HP users. None of the advice worked for me so I tried the option of unisntalling and reinstalling the sound drivers. Looking at the 'Sound' tab of the cotrol panel in Playback there was a device, IDT High Definition Audio, which said it wasn't working. Looking at the control panel I had two options for which sound driver to uninstall- AMD HD Audio Device, or IDT High Definition Audio. Given the fact that IDT Audtio was apprently not working, I chose to unisntall that one. I unchecked the box saying to remove all drivers.  Apparently this was the wrong thing to do, but the instructions made no mention of this. I then searched for and downloaded the IDT High Def Audio driver, restarted my computer and... No sound, and no way of reinstalling the driver. In device manager if I scan for hardware changes it comes up with nothing. If I try all the options to reinstall the sound driver, and even specify the folder where I downloaded the IDT High Def driver, it tells me my sound driver is already up to date. In the Sound tab of the Control Panal, in Playback, I now only have one thing - "Digital Display Audio" - and that's with it showing disabled devices too. Help! Thanks.

Answer:Sound from speakers and headphones at same time, uninstalled...

#HPExpertDayThis is  driver and setting conflict issue. Windows would have tried updating the drivers and someother program might be overiting it. You will have to uninstall and reinstall the drivers and software for Audio.

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I'll try to explain this as best as I can. I have a Compaq 8510w Workstation Laptop, and I am trying to get the internal Laptop speakers and some external speakers to work and both make sound at the same time. I have a secondary monitor that has speakers, and it's speakers connect through the headphone jack. So I would like to use the secondary monitor's external speakers, but I would also like the internal speakers in the laptop to work as well, to kinda make some version of surround sound, and just to generally boost the volume of my system. Is there a hardware or software change that I can make to make this work? I have a microphone and headphone jack in the front of the laptop, and in the back I have a green and blue jack. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and if you need more information I"d be more than happy to help in any way, thank you,

Answer:Would like for BOTH Headphones and Internal Speakers to work at same time

Is there a way to tell if this is the cause of the problem? I messed around with all of my audio options, tried upgrading the driver, I've hooked the external speakers into every port available, and i reinstalled the monitor software thinking that maybe they had an application for it. I don't know what else my options are, but I find it weird that there isn't some kind of work around or registry change that can be made. Thank you once again for any help,

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I bought a new laptop, and when I plugged my headphones in, my laptop wasn't recognizing them. It was seeing them as a mic and sound just kept playing over the speaker.

I messed around and now I can plug headphones in and they are working but my speakers are now playing at the same time that my headphones are.

My headphones still aren't popping up in the devices part of my sound manager.

I've already updated my drivers as much as they can be. I have realtek HD audio manager.

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Ok i am back again with a problem, actually not a problem. Do any one of u have any idea how to enable my laptop speakers and headphones at the same time. I mean both should make sound simultaneously.

Answer:How to enable my laptop speakers and headphones at the same time

I don't believe it is possible. As far as I know, the sound card can only output one channel at a time. I don't know to much about the specifics of audio cards so I am assuming.

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hi guy

I have just installed my windows 7 ultimate 32bit on my computer. Then i installed Realtek AC'97 Audio
sound drivers. I got my sound working and everthing but when any sound is played like music it plays through my headphones and speakrs at the same time

help guys

Answer:sound plays through speakers and headphones at the same time

Realtek AC97 is very old audio. What is the model of your PC or motherboard? Did you install a Vista/Windows 7 sound driver?

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I have a Satallite L500. I am having problems with my sound.
When I insert my jacks for the headphones and play something, sound comes out of both the headphones as well as the laptop speakers.
I want to turn off the laptop speakers but still receive sound from the headphones.
There is a horrible "echo" when both headphones and speakers are on at the same time. I am new to Vista and for the life of I can't figure out what's going on.

When I first got the laptop everything worked fine. I then bought some speakers for those times I wanted to listen to external speakers.
I would unplug the headphone jacks and plug in the speaker jack.
Ever since doing this, whenever I plug in the headphones the laptop speakers are also playing.

Also, when I first got the laptop whenever I would plug in the headphone jacks, a message would pop up on the screen indicating that the microphone and audio jacks were detected. I no longer get this message.

Any advice would be appreciated.


Answer:Satellite L500: headphones and speakers play at the same time

hi tango123,
i think some sort of "confusion" is in the registry.
just deinstall the sounddriver
after that reboot and reinstall (look for the current driver at toshibas driver downloadsite)
make sure you use a stereo jack!

for the echo issue try to mute the mic to test.

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As per the title, my speakers and headphones have started playing sound at the same time. Under "playback devices", "speakers and headphones" appear as one (I don't know if they're supposed to be separate?) and are set as the "default device". I've had this problem for nearly a month and I absolutely need a solution. I've searched through the forum, but have been unable to find an answer. Any help would be much appreciated!
I've tried three different headphones and they all have the same problem - sound plays from the speakers at the same time.
Disabling and enabling the audio driver didn't do anything.
Uninstalling and reinstalling the audio driver didn't do anything.
I tried system restore, but I went away over the holiday period and it's possible the last restore point I could use was, in fact, after the problem occurred.
Windows refresh didn't do anything.
The Windows tutorial didn't do anything - the sound processor is working, the cable is connected, the volume is up, the troubleshooter didn't find any problems, the driver is up-to-date.
Stopping and starting audio service, Windows audio and Windows audio endpoint builder in services.msc didn't do anything. Their start-up types are all set to automatic.
I understand KB2962407 has caused sound problems for people. My laptop hadn't downloaded the update. I tried downloading it to see if this would fix the problem but it did not and I have deleted it again.
Update: I've also updated BIOS. &quo... Read more

Answer:Speakers and headphones playing at the same time - HP Pavilion G6 Windows 8.1

From the service manual
Produces sound when connected to optional powered
stereo speakers, headphones, earbuds, a headset, or
television audio
WARNING! To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust
the volume before putting on headphones, earbuds, or a
headset. For additional safety information, refer to the
Regulatory, Safety and Environmental Notices.
NOTE: When a device is connected to the jack, the
computer speakers are disabled.
This means the socket is faulty as it is supposed to cutout the speakers by a mechanism inside the socket itself. (My daughters phone as the opposite problem - no sound at all unless headphone plugged in.)
to replace the socket means wiring stripping the laptop and soldering on a new socket.

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Hi there, As the subject line reads I am hoping to enable playback through both the headphone and internal speakers on the E93z All in One unit I have. Is there is currently a way to do this with the Lenovo HD Audio software for the Realtek system? It detects the headphones and does the typical shut off of the internal speakers however no option to enable playback through both seems to exist. Running Windows 7 Pro 32 bit. I cannot enable stereo mix (by right clicking in the playback area of the sound settings in Windows) to try and come up with a work around. I have tried re-installing the drivers and not luck with more options to do this.I have tried un-installing the Lenovo HD audio software and still no luck using the vanilla Windows 7 software. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm having problems when I plug my headphones into the headphone socket, sound comes through both the headphones and the speakers.

It hasn't always done this, only for a few months and i've been trying to find out how to fix it for a long time.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,


Answer:Satelline Pro A200: When headphones are connected sound comes through headphones + speakers

Maybe your headphone jack is faulty.
Usually the tiny switch which is placed in the headphone socket should disable the speaker?s functionality if the headphone was plugged in.
If this switch doesn?t functions correctly then the sound could comes through the speakers too?

I think this is a ASP case and the notebook technicians should check this?

Good luck

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With Dell Support Assist microphone test -- earphone playback is good, on-board speaker is terribly scratchy. The sound card lists as "ATI high Definition Audio Device" and "IDT High Definition Audio CODEC."
The laptop is Dell Studio 15 (1555) running windows 7 Professional, 236GB used, 214GB free space, Intel P8700 2.53 GHz Processor, 64 bit OS, 4GB memoryThe built-in speakers used to sound good but now they are too scratchy to understand. However the headset and external speakers (both 3.5 mm jack interface) sound good and a HDMI connected projector sounds good.
I will appreciate advice.

Answer:On-board speakers are scratchy but external speakers & headphones sound good?

Hello. As a test, switch from the IDT audio driver to the Windows native audio driver.
1. Open the Device Manager (find it in the Control Panel, or type devmgmt.msc into the search box).2. Expand the "Sound, video & game controllers" and right click on "IDT High Definition Audio Device".3. Select to "Update Driver Software".4. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software".5. Click "Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer".6. Put a check in the box "Show compatible hardware" if not already checked.7. In the list of devices, click "High Definition Audio" (the native driver).8. Click "Next".9. On the Update Driver Warning box, click "Yes" (install the driver). 10. Restart the laptop if prompted. If not prompted, then no need to restart.[To get back to the IDT driver, do it again but reverse the names in steps 2 and 7.]
If you get the noise while using the native driver then it is not a driver issue, which would mean there is a strong chance of speaker failure, particularly since the noise is not in headphones. If you would like to replace the speakers I can point you to the service manual.

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When I connect to Bluetooth speaker my Wired speakers stop. I want to run both at the same time. Is this possible?

Answer:How To run Bluetooth speaker and wired speaker at the same time?

No it is not possible.

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Hi, I bought a new jbl bluetooth headphones and I didn't notice that it have no aux port.
I want to connect it to my old mp4 via bluetooth aux dongle adapter. The problem is that i have no buttom to accpect the devices cuz they have no screen and they are only scanning for devices and not catch them.
Headphones model: jbl450bt
Any suggestions please? :)

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Once I plug my headphones in or my hearing aids bluetooth device in, it all goes south. The internal speakers continue to work as does the bluetooth, but nothing is coming out of the headphones. Since I was once in IT, this problem is unique to the jack itself. Either the jack lifted up or was pushed back and never properly tested. The hook, I just received this computer 3 weeks ago to replace a faulty HDMI out port. I was told that there would be an open ticket so if I had any problems with this computer it would be attended to. Unfortunately, that is not the case. 

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T61 Lenono gets paired (using Bluetooth adaptor) with SW50 Bluetooth Speakers but the sound does not come from the speakers when palying music. OS: Windows XP Prfessional SP3T61 Lenono Thinkpad Can anyone help pls.

Answer:T61 Lenono gets paired with SW50 Bluetooth Speakers but I cant get sound coming from speakers

Hello Vivek_230!
Welcome to the Support Forums!
In the Control Panel window find Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices section and open it. Then select the Sounds and Audio Devices. A new Window should open, select the Audio tab (top line of buttons) and click on it.
In the Sound Playback section: from the drop down menu, are your Bluetooth Speakers listed as the audio output device?

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I tried googling and searching your forum for this, and havent really come up with anything, so i thought I would try and ask..
is it possible to use bluetooth speaker and laptop speakers at same time?
I got a hdmx jam for xmas, and wanted to put that behind me, as i game on my laptop. id like to use both the laptop speakers and the hdmx bluetooth speaker at same time on windows 8.1
any suggestions?

oh and merry xmas to everyone too.

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I have a pair of Creative T40 speakers plugged into the 3.5mm jack on my laptop. I got hold of a bluetooth speaker and that was recognised straight-away.

I have installed a large monitor (32inch) to the laptop on which I work as well as watch movies and play games. I was wondering if I could setup that audio, be it music, gaming audio or movie audio could be played through BOTH sets of speakers.

The main T40's are on either side of the monitor and I have the bluetooth speaker behind me on a shelf. That would, kind-of, give me surround sound. Or when I have people over I could get better sound if I could just move the bluetooth speaker to a different part of the room.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Thank you.

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I have a Thinkpad e330 with windows 7.I bought a bluetooth speaker and I'm desperatly trying to use it.I've come across different forum posts about the same problem, but i don't seem to be able to solve the it.So, the computers recognizes the speaker and tries to install the device, but then says that the driver is missing. So I downloaded the bluetooth driver with enhanced data etc etc.I ran the application and it saved a new folder, whose name is TPBTooth. I doubled click on Setup, start the installation, which stops automaticallt stating that there's no device to be found. Which is not true, because the device is on and the computer even recognizes it.That's all, can you help me?Thank you very much!

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I've upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro on my desktop PC. However, my faithful Sony MDR-NC7 headphones no longer work. I've checked the Sony website and there is no software for them. Windows 8.1 does not see them plugged into my Dell sound bar or directly into the headphone jack on the PC>

Answer:Why don't my Sony wired headphones work with Win 8.1 PC?

Have you tried them on something else, like a cell phone to make sure the problem isn't in your headphones?
Standard 3.5mm jack headphones aren't "smart". They don't tell the PC that they are plugged into the PC, so there is no software for the headphones. If you plug the headphones into your PC, and your PC won't switch to them, then the speaker port on the PC is probably damaged.

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Hi I bought a E470 Thinkpad with windows 10 ~2 months ago. The computer has been sitting idle for the last month (in sleep mode) and when I started it today I have an issue where the internal speakers wont output any sound. However connecting headphones or other external devices lets me outout audio (through said device). I've looked through various topics online (non-lenoveo related). The most common issues people have are the following:-Speakers are disabled / not selected as default device  *Pretty confedent this isn't my problem as everythin seems fine in the audio properties/settings-The driver is broken and needs reinstallation / replacement  *I have reinstalled the driver "Conexant Smartaudio HD", same problem after restart  *I have replaced the driver with the "High Definition Audio Device", same problem after restart-There's a sensor in the mini-jack socket whats faulty leading the computer to believe headphones are connected  *I don't know the correct way to go about diagnosing this, but several users on another forum fixed the issue (on different computers) by "poking around" with a toothpick in the audio jack.  Other observations / useful info:The computer does not appear to "know" that there is an issue with the audio. The internal speakers are not disabled, in able to adjust the volume bar. When I connect an external speaker / headphones a dialog box appears where I can chose between Headphones, Headset and Speaker. For th... Read more

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Using a 3.5mm stereo mini phone plug to RCA jack adapter I have managed to connect my comps sound to the radio and it works. However, due to a fit of stupidity I have overlooked the fact that only either the radio's speakers or the computer's speakers can be connected to the computer's sound output at once.

I am wondering if its possible to have both my radio's speakers as well as my computer's speakers play at the same time because I would like to achieve a surround sound effect because of the way my room is made. My computer has a jack slot behind that looks like " (<-->)" , almost like that ordinary output one which looks like "(<-). Can that be used as an output slot as well? Cuz when I tried putting the radio into the (<-->) slot and the comps speakers into the (<-) or vice versa, only the one put into the (<-) will play.

Answer:How to make radio speakers and computer speakers play at the same time?

Go get a splitter. I have my audio output setup using a splitter and it works fine. You can hook up both devices to the 1 output jack on your pc.

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Hello All,  I have a problem with my HP 8570P windows 7 Pro 64 bit,  I have 2 bluetooth speakerS (JBL charge 2 and UE ROll) I can NOT get them to pair with the laptop. I have removed/reinstalled the drivers and it seems the drivers on the laptop are fine BUT it always give me a  message about the speaker' drivers not installed.I tried with windows update but nothing happen still the same. if anybody have any ideas please let me know, I will appreciateThanks in advance!!!

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Hi, hope I'm posting in the right place.

I had a set of GE 2.1 speakers working well with my Sony Vaio for about a year. Recently the sound started to go in & out, I had to move the wire around a lot and tape it or hold it in a certain spot to get them to work. Then one day they stopped working altogether. Assuming it was the speakers, I went and bought a new set from Best Buy. Took them home, plugged them in... and nothing, nothing at all. So I tried the OLD speakers in another desktop computer, and they worked perfectly.

So I assumed my headphone jack was broken and was going to go about trying to get a new piece and solder it and all that, but then I'm sitting here and just realized my headphones work perfectly.

What's wrong? How come the headphones work, but 2 pairs of external speakers don't?

Thanks so much


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i want my headphones and speakers to play at the same time... i have one plugged into the line out slot and one in the speaker slot, but only the one in the line out slot plays i want to be able to play both, and alternate volume control between both is this possible, and how do i do it.

Answer:headphones and speakers

i guess the lack of response is that its not possible, or noboy knows?

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The reason being, while I'm working, I like to listen to music I have stored on my Hd.So, so as to not annoy the kids and the wife anymore, headphones are my only option, but, is there a particular type I need to get?They are the Diamond Hurricane type, but there is no mention of the type of headphone that is recommended.Any ideas?Thanks Steve

Answer:Headphones for my pc speakers?

first question is how much do ya wanna spend..

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I have a Thermaltake Xaser III V2000A Aluminum Series (

With a GigaByte 2004 GT Motherboard (

Ok, well now that you know what I'm working with what I want to do is set up my headphones so that I can hear people on Ventrilo, but now through my speakers ( I want my game to play through my speakers ).

The thermaltake Case comes with a 2 USB, IEEE 1394, and MIC/HEADHONES connections. Well what you do is hook those connections up through some wires ( provided by the case ) to your motherboard, and then you can plug your peripherials into the top of the case.

So I have done this and I have my MIC/Headphones hooked in to the top of my case. I have also updated all of my MB/Sound drivers via giga-bytes web site.

Answer:Speakers & Headphones

You'd probably need an external mixer. Mostly what happens is there is a cable from the headphone jack that, when active, disables sound to the speakers. When you plug in your headphones, no sound from the speakers. Also, your soundcard isn't going to separate the audio into two channels like that. Maybe if you had a midi interface or something like a Digi 002. What might also work is having two sound cards, but that only works with onboard sound disabled, so you'd need two pci cards, and I've heard that can be really finicky.

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hey i am asking all u hardcore gamers.....for my new system should i get speakers or headphones and if speakers should i go with 2.1 5.1 or 7.1 as of right now i am getting these headphones

but if there is better for the price lemme kno i do not want to spend over 100$ on headphones or speakers and for your info i am getting a dfi lanparty mobo with integrated 7.1 if needed

one more thing for gaming will i need a headset with a mic?

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I wasnt quite sure where to put this so sorry if this is the wrong place. I have some pretty good 5.1 speakers and i was thinking about getting some 5.1 headphones. Has anyone had any experience with these are they worth it? I found some kinyo ones for 50-60 bucks that had good reviews.

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OS - Windows 8.1 (64 Bit)

I have a bit of a problem. I received a Gaming Headset for Christmas (Steelseries 5h v2). Until that point I had used basic speakers (just 2, not surround sound)

I have several jacks on my PC. I have two on the front (Green & Pink) and several on the back. If I plug the headphones into the front jacks the PC recognizes them as headphones, but if I plug them into the back the PC seems to think they are speakers.

I have uploaded a couple of screenshots to show the problem. As you can see on the headphones screenshot, there seems to only be one jack set for them (Front Panel 3.5mm) whereas on the back there are several more but they are set for speakers.

Is there any way that I can plug my headset into the back and have the PC recognize them as headphones and not confuse them with speakers?

I only ask because the sound quality is much better when plugging the headset into the front of the PC which I assume is because the PC recognizes them as a headset, but when they are plugged into the back the sound quality is worse and the volume a lot lower.

Many thanks!

Answer:My PC Seems To Think My Headphones Are Speakers

Headset are just speakers for your ears. You can change the icon and other properties if you click the device and click properties.
You can adjust rates, volume, etc.

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hi everyone,

whenever i want to listen to my speakers i have to unplug my headphones jack,

is there a way i can hear the speakers without unpluging my headphones jack ?

i have a compaq pressario from 2004,

Answer:Speakers or Headphones

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Is there a way to switch between headphones that plug in via usb and my desktop speakers that plug in to my onboard sound without unpluging anything? using vista

Answer:need help with headphones and speakers

Right click My Computer > Manage > Device Manager > Sound video & game controllers.

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i have some headphones and some speakers which both go into the same socket into my computer. there are two sockets but sound only comes from the devices when i plug the device into one of the sockets the other socket doesn't give out any sound when a device is plugged into instead of having to switch leads over when i want to use headphones or speakers is it possible form me to use both sockets and then pick where i want the sound top come from.thanks for any help

Answer:headphones and speakers

You can only use a sound output to output audio so I would say no.But you can buy one of these and plug it into your sound output.It works fine for head phones and powered speakers.Ask your local electronics store for an audio splitter, they should have them.

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I would liek to know if I can have my mic, headphones and speakers going at once.
I have ac97 audio
2000xp home, sp 2
amd athlon 2600
1.8g cpu
1g ram
80g h/d
Raedon ATi 9550 Vcard

I brought a headphone with mic to game with but would like it to come out my speakers also, im having trouble with the configuration

Thanks in advance

Answer:Mic, headphones & speakers at once help

Sometimes plugging in a mic disables sound, try hooking the headphones to line out, I'm not sure if performance will be desireable tho.

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Hi all,Have got a Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS sound card fitted, works great with audio discs and my 2.1speakers, but have singed up for a learning course and need to use headphones (wife wants to watch/listen to telly)Anybody know how I can use both, with out diving down the back of computer and changing plugs over.The Quick Start guide doesn't help much seems to cater more for the platinum with the remote connector box.Thanks in advance Regards Bob

Answer:Headphones or speakers

Try this Go here click hereenter RK58N into product search box then click on Mini-Headphone Splitter (Stereo). This should allow you to connect your speakers and the headphones(with 3.5mm plug) at the same time. All you need to do is turn the speakers down when using the headphones.

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I get sounds from my headphone but no sound to the speakers. The troubleshooter says the speakers not plugged in, but they are. Plug and receptacle colors match.

I remove the speaker plug and touch it with my hand and the speakers hum, so I know that from the jack through to the speakers are OK.

Disable the sound card and no sound from the headset, so the sound card is OK.

Answer:speakers/no Headphones/yes

Do they work if you plug them into the headphone socket? Conversely, do your headphones work when plugged into the speaker socket? If you get sound when using the headphone socket but not the speaker socket, then you might need to check the internal wiring, in particular the connection from the headphone socket to the motherboard or sound card.

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I just got my new XP so I don't know where anything is or where the options are. Is there any way to do this?

The headphones plug cancels the speakers automatically.

Answer:How to run both speakers and headphones

Not sure why you would want to run them both together....can you tell us.

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i have pentium 4, windows 2000 xp pro, using onboard sound card Realtek AC 97. i am using a software called Virtual Dj. i can use either the headphones or the speakers, but not both of them simultaniously. what should i do in order to be able to use both at the same time? the line out that goes to the speakers goes first to a stereo Marrantz amplifier. if an extra sound card is requiered, can you please recommend one that has a good sound but costs around 30$ (if something like this exists at all...)? THANK YOU.

Answer:how can i use both the headphones and the speakers on my pc?

Another sound card won't help you at all since most programs can output to only one device at a time.

Your best bet would be a simple Y splitter,

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I'm running Windows XP.

For the purpose of online gaming, I recently grabbed a pair of old Logitech USB headphones with a built-in microphone. However, they're old and the sound quality is mediocre at best. I also have a set of Logitech speakers for my desktop, but whenever I plug in my headphones, the headphones automatically take up the role of playing sound, and the speakers go mute.

Is there any way that I can set my sound options so that the headphones will serve only to record what I'm saying, and my speakers will handle the job of playing sound?


If the cord is in 2 parts you could try to figure out which of them that is the microphone and which of them that is sound and then cut one of them. Worked for me

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I want my headphones to override my desktop speakers so that when I plug in the headphones the sound comes through them and not the speakers. When I plug my headphones in, sound comes out of both the headphones and the speakers at the same time. How can I override the desktop speakers? I have Windows XP SP 2. I have my desktop speakers plugged into the back of the tower and the headphones plugged into the front.

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Is there any way to hook up both my speakers and my headset with microphone at the same time so I can use whichever one I want without having to unplug and plug into the back of my computer all the time?


Answer:headphones and speakers

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Hey, I was trying to get Skype to play through my headphones and Spotify to play through my speakers. I have tried everything, using realtek manager to set the headphones as "Headphones" and my speakers as "Front Speaker Out".

I downloaded the trial CheVolume, which looks pretty useful however in my sound setting I only ever have "Speakers" I never have Headphones.. is this a problem and how do I fix it?

Current setup with both headphones and speakers plugged in:

Setup with only speakers plugged in:
Any help would be really appreciated thanks!

Answer:Speakers and Headphones?

Windows only allows one default audio playback device. Thus everything will come through whatever is the default device. Unless you can possibly find a 3rd party program that will route things differently you will have to live with the Windows limitation.

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Hi there,

I have read through the forums on this issue that I can see others are also having. I have uninstalled and re-installed drivers, checked that the audio is enabled in the BIOS (Only options are Disabled or Auto) Tried both green jack outputs (front panel and back) and have tested the headphones in other devices and tried two different sets of headphones and still I'm getting this message.
I have the same issue as others that have posted previously, where when accessing the Sound>Manage Audio Devices, it only shows AMD HDMI Output (Not plugged in) which is correct as I am no longer running this PC through an AV unit with HDMI, it is now VGA to monitor and no sound .
I went to open my Windows 7 software case only to find the disk is no longer there! So the option of doing a fix via the OS disk is currently unavailable. I have recently moved house (hence changing the set up) so will probably come across it as I unpack eventually however would really like to find a simpler and more expedient solution before then!!

I really appreciate anyone's help here, sorry if it's an obvious one and I can't see the wood for the trees!

Many thanks, Amy

Answer:'No Speakers or headphones are plugged in' but they are!

As the sound device, whatever it is (you didn't list it) is not listed, that is the reason there is no sound.

Please list everything that is displayed in the Device Manger, Sound section. Also what sound device that you have, such as RealTek, Conexant, etc.

Whatever drivers you need are available on the Gigabyte downloads for your motherboard, you don't need the original install disc (in fact there may be later drivers on the web site).

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I am sure this question has been asked many times but: what are the way to handle to use both headphones (simples one, such as to use Skype or others) and loudspeakers (small stereo ones, plugged in the outlet on the front) ?. Does it need some kind of extra external device, or some advanced setting in my system (am using XP home).
thanks for your help (remember I am a beginner in computer so please stay within the boundaries of my vocabulary...)

Answer:Headphones + speakers simultaneously

you just need a splitter on the audio output. Radio Shack can help you out there.

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I'm having trouble getting my computer to recognize any kind of audio device.
I'm on a dell inspirion 3847, running windows 8.1, which I've just factory reset earlier today.
Whenever I plug in an audio device, and the. Double click the volume button in the bottom right, it says checking for problems and then says there isn't an audio device plugged in. Even though I've tried this with both my headphones and speakers...
I've completely factory restored everything back, and I'm still having the same issues. I've checked device manager, it says realtek audio is enabled, and all the drivers are up to date and such .
I'm not sure what else to do, I don't currently have internet access to my computer (I'm posting this on my phone) so I'm limited to what I can try
Any input would be appreciated, thank you.

Answer:Cant get pc to recognize speakers, headphones, etc.
Also I think it might be a hardware issue.. I'm not the best with hardware, but I feel like there might be something missing from back here ?

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I'm on my Phillips Laptop, and it's been through a bit of a saga after a failed installation of ubuntu, I had to do a clean install of windows xp sp3 and then get all the bits and pieces working again. The audio has been my biggest headache, and now this is the situation. After installing realtek ac'97 audio driver, and realtek HD audio driver, the sound came through speakers, hooray! Now whenever I plug in my headphones, the speakers don't mute. There is sound coming through both the headphones and the speakers. When I plug in the headphones, the realtek audio manager (which I would like to be rid of without losing my audio, but for some reason do this) recognises that the headphones have been plugged in with a popup, so sound comes through the headphones, but the speakers don't change volume at all. I've been looking round the internet to try and find a solution to this, to no avail. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the audio drivers countless times, going into audio properties and changing the speakers to headphones, nothing has worked so far. Really hoping someone here might finally have a solution.

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I have a Windows XP operating system. I do not get any sound out of my speakers or my headphones. I did a troubleshoot but it reaveled nothing. The other day I had system sounds coming through my speakers but today that dosen't even work. I checked to see if there was any conflicts after going into device manager. There were no conflicts at all. My sound device is on my motherboard. I do now have a seperate sound card. I have an Intel(r) 82801AA AC'97 Audio controller. In device manager it also states that I have Legacy Audio Devices. In device manager it also states that every thing is working properly. Everything I have checked verifies that the sytem is completely set for sound. I also went into setup and sound is on as well as speakers. I am sort of confused right now as to what I can do to regain sound iin my system. I hope someone can help me. Thank you.

Answer:No sound from Speakers or headphones

Try this:
Open control panel , click on Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then choose sounds and audio devices,
Click on the sounds tab, under the sounds tab, you will see a box under sounds scheme, click on it and choose windows default.
Now restart your computer for the changes to take effect..
Hope that works right for you...

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Guys I need your help QUICKLY.
My grandmother's computer doesn't play sound from speakers, headphones and whatever.
I don't know if this related but I changed the system language from Russian to English because this is my grandmother's native.
Well I really need your cube-side to help me, AS FAST AS YOU CAN, because she's about to pay the technician guy.

Any solution? I've got to fix this quickly, but as you read I probebly don't know how. By-the-way, I HAVE SOME expeience with computers. (a lot)

Answer:No sound through speakers and even headphones

And you've updated all the drivers and everything for your speakers?

(I'm assuming you've already checked to make sure it's not on mute, right?)


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I have a new Twinhead Durabook D15TS running Windows XP Pro, with a Realtek audio device.

When I insert the headphone plug into the jack, my speakers continue to play. This defeats the purpose of headphones.

I called Twinhead (now Gamma Tech). The tech tested his headphones on a laptop identical to mine and it worked properly. This was no help.

I've tried 4 different sets of headphones, all do not mute the speakers. I've searched the web, and I can see this isn't a random problem, it happens quite frequently, and no one's been able to fix it.

I'm curious as to what the genius' here think. Thanks for your time.

Answer:Headphones don't mute speakers

There is a set of contacts inside the headphone jack that are supposed to disconnect the internal speakers when you insert the headphone plug. Your laptops jack may be defective or damaged...

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I have recently begun using Skype and ti works great. Best when it works through headphones, but when headphones are connected, the speakers don't work anymore. So, if someone 'calls' me via Skype, I can't hear the ring unless I have my headphones on.

So, unless I am at my computer, I miss the call.

Any way to set it so that both can be on at the same time - or better yet, to easily switch between the two w/o having to plug the darn things in and out all the time? My father-in-law is trying to use Skype as well, but he is less computer saavy - just plugging them in and out is the limit of his techno skill, so the easier solution the better...



Answer:Speakers and Headphones - Skype

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Okay, so I would like to play sound on both my Headphones (logitech) and at the same time als on my speakers.

I don't have Realtek, so I can't just click in the Audio Manager "Play sound on both output thingys"
I have IDT with HP Beats audio as manager.
I know you can do this with the StereoMix playdevice and I have tried some stuff but nothing worked and at some moment my headphones started making a squirrel being tortured sound.

Answer:Headphones/Speakers not simultinous (IDT)

Okay just managed to fix it, no idea how thou.
In case anyone else has problems this are my settings:

Speakers: main device
Headphones: communication device
Stereomix: Listen to enabled, listing to communication device.
Options for volume control
Devices that play sound: unchecked (most solutions I saw said that it had to be enabled?)
Standard communication device: unchecked
Sound devices:
Headphones: checked.

Can anyone explain why this works?

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Small problem. My gf has a Vaio laptop and everytime we plug headphones into the jack we no longer get sound out of the speakers. we still get sound out of the headphones just not the speakers. She found a setting once that was set to headphones only and she changed it back to speakers and they worked again but now she doesnt know where that setting is anymore. Im alot more comfortable on a desktop and have never seen this setting and i have gone through just bout everything in audio settings but still have not found this. TY in advance to anyone who can help.

Answer:Sound from headphones not speakers

do you have the make and model
from this site you can get a manual - it may tell you there

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I have a Chillblast Fusion PC running Windows 8.1, with a Dell ST2220T Monitor and Logitech Z623 Speaker System. We have an AMD High Definition Audio Device and a High Definition Audio Device, according to the specs. We have recently moved house and our furniture was in storage was six weeks. Now we find that we have audio only through Headphones, but not through Speakers. We have tried everything but nothing seems to work. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Sound through headphones but not through speakers

Have you set 'speakers' as default in the sound properties?

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