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AC 97 front audio cables on this mb front audio? msi ms-7548

Question: AC 97 front audio cables on this mb front audio? msi ms-7548

msi ms-7548

Motherboard Specifications, MSI MS-7548 (Aspen) | HP? Support

this is a cable i have

plugging in for a test wont short the board?
I am interested if you can have front audio and spdiff output sound.

HP says ---> One 9-pin audio header for headphone-out and microphone-in (yellow, Vista capable, requires matching front audio jack module)

also HP says ---> "Supports one S/PDIF digital connection"
the board has an internal and external spdif, so what is HP saying?

Integrated Realtek ALC888S Audio
*Integrated audio is not available if a sound card is installed.
Audio CODEC: Realtek ALC888S
High Definition 8 channel audio
Supports one S/PDIF digital connection

shows the external spdif #2 rca jack which I use hooked up to a sony receiver.

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Answer: AC 97 front audio cables on this mb front audio? msi ms-7548

An AC97 connection will work in place of an HD Audio connection to the motherboard sound connection. The AC 97 doesn't support some jack sensing that the HD Audio does.

It should work OK to test if you can get front panel audio and S/PDIF at the same time.

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Anyone know where to plug these in on an Asus P5K-VM board?

L-out, L-Ret
R-out, R-Ret
Mic in
Mic Power


Answer:Where do the front audio cables go?

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Equal Left & Right Speaker Balance Causes T61 Audio Volume To Go To Zero on Front Audio Jack. -- SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD AudioWhen the left and right sound channels on the T61 sound card are set to be equal, no sound comes out of the front speaker jack for IE8 or Windows Media Player. Shifting the L and R off equal (e.g. Left 20 and Right 30) the sound comes back on. Moving them back toward equal setting slowly decreases the speaker volume until it is gone. I reloaded and reinstalled the SoundMAX driver, but no change. I really didn't notice this until we started with iTunes which definitely notices L and R levels on playback.  Setting L = R and, whoops, no sound at all. And, this doesn't happen to the onboard T61 speakers.  They work as you would expect the L & R to work. I am setting speaker balance from Control Panel -> Sound  -> Speakers -> Levels -> Balance This is really bizarre. BTW, 64-bit Vista Any suggestions?   I'd like equal L & R balance AND volume from the front jack. Message Edited by rmyork on 08-14-2009 09:51 AM

Answer:Equal Left & Right Speaker Balance Causes T61 Audio Volume To Go To Zero on Front Audio Jack.

I've got the same problem - did you find a solution?

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My audio rear outs used to work, but even so, i was primarily using hdmi out from my video card. I was also diagnosing BSODs at the time and sent my mobo back to asus for an rma. When it got back, I placed it in a different case and attached the font panel audio.

Due to a new living circumstance, I decided to switch back to the normal audio out, as my hdmi sound is awful on my new monitor. Problem is, now i find that the onboard audio does not work.

I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling and updating drivers, I have disabled all other drivers in the device manager, I have disconnected the front panel entirely. Nothing seems to re-enable my back panel.

Everything seems like in this thread Just got done building a new computer but... - techPowerUp! Forums
except my audio interface is ASUS, not MSI, and does not allow for front panel detection. (their solution was to "disable front panel jack detection" but this interface does not allow for this)

See the attached screenshots for interface.
Screenshot #1: As you can see, this is all the advanced settings allow. Also note that the bottom jacks are disabled, and does not see the speakers at all, even though they are plugged in.

Screenshot #2: This is with the HD settings enabled.

Screenshot #3: As you can see, there are no devices shown while HD audio is enabled, and the sound device manager does not see the speakers at all.

Screenshot #4: When I change to AC97, the computer sees the front panel, ev... Read more

Answer:Asus onboard audio no longer working since enabling front panel audio.

Have you tried system restore, or tried reinstalling the software/driver etc?

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My front USB slots work and every connector on the rear works fine yet when
i plug headphones into the front audio jack and nothing is detected.

My Bios are updated to the latest version, i have also tried switching to AC97 but makes no difference. Swapping between HDMI and s/pdif doesn't also does nothing.

The case is a fairly cheap case being a SHAW GT-M2 although it is new.

I have a dual boot of Windows 7 and OSX Lion the front doesn't work with either.

All drivers are up to date with no yellow ! in device manager

Answer:No front Panel audio detected but Rear Audio works on Asus P8H 61-M LX

Check to make sure that the front panel audio cable is actually plugged into the audio header on the motherboard. If the motherboard has HD audio and the front panel has a plug marked HD-Audio, then plug that into the motherboard. Make sure that it is correctly lined up, otherwise the front panel won't work correctly.

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(Not sure if I am posting in the right place, move me if necessary)
Hello BleepingComputer
I just upgraded my computer a few days ago, and I am having problems with the Front Jack Audio/Headphone.
Normally, I set my Headphone to run simultaneous with my Speaker with Realtek HD audi/Stereo Nix (Disable Front Jack Detection and vice versa), and I could change the volume on both devices separately.
But since I changed the motherboard, when I have realtek installed, it doesn't have the Headphone setting in Sound/Playback.
The headphone work perfectly, but its linked to the Speaker's volume, which is really annoying.
Also, the Realtek layout changed from the last one I got, and doesn't have the "Disable Front Jack Detection" option.
So far, I have tired..
Installing an older version of Realtek driver;
Changing the audio setting in the BIOs (HD or AC97)
Changing the audio connector on the MOBO (Hd or AC97)
Tried multiple compinations with Realtek HD audio manager settings.
Cleaned every plugs/jacks related on that.
So far, I couldn't been able to get the Headphone tag at all when Realtek is installed.
Thanks !
Here's my spec:
Audio: Realtek ALC887 (MOBO default)
CPU: Intel Core i&-3770k 3.50Hz
RAM: 2x 8 GB DDR3 Corsair
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512 MB
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
Current Audio Driver... Read more

Answer:Headphone/Front Jack Audio w/ Realtek HD Audio

could try ....
Control Pane>View by category>Hardware and Sound>Manage Audio Devices>(select device)>configure
It's  a long shot, I know. Just putting it out there.

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Hi all,

I'd be grateful for any advice to my problem....

Last month I bought a new PC, a Dell XPS 8500 with an Intel Core i7-3770 processor. The PC has onboard audio (Realtek High Definition Audio).

I didn't buy new speakers as I have a perfectly usable set of Creative 6.1 speakers.

My problem is that although my computer plays Windows event sounds through all the speakers, applications such as iTunes only emit sound through the front pair.

I have googled the problem and as a result have configured the Realtek to use 7.1 audio but without the side pair.

Also, I have disabled the Realtek driver and have reloaded by asking Windows to select the best available.

But still the problem persists.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,


Answer:No audio except front speakers (Dell, Realtek Audio)

First, for proper operation you must use the Dell supplied sound driver. Non-Dell will either not work or install or will not work properly, and that includes the basic function Windows installed HD Audio Codec.

6.1 is an oddball speaker configuration for current technology systems, its either 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1.

I used to do a lot of support on the Dell users forum (community) and recall that certain applications will only play audio through "stereo" speakers only. My experience on the Dell forum (I had over 37,000 posts and am still registered) also is the reason I note the Dell supplied sound driver.

You could also post on the Dell community Desktop hardware section and one of the user experts there may have more suggestions.

Desktop - Dell Community

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i have front usb-audio. the headphone and mic jack are not working. the usb works fine. the cable to the audio1 is connected to the motherboard correctly, because there is only one way to connect it. why does the headphone and mic jacks not work? do i have to set something in the bios or through windows,etc. ,etc.?

Answer:front usb-audio(audio/mic not working)

by the way i have integrated sound that works in the back, the case came with the front usb-audio. i built the computer myself.

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Question: No Front Audio

Just got new case from

No front audio, i plug in mic, headphones whatever, it doesnt work. Front USB works though. Any ideas?

Intel Pentium D: Dual Core 3.2ghz 800mhz FSB

MSI P6N SLI Platinum
AMI v1.0d bios

500w PSU

3 GB PC-4200 DDR2 533mhz ram

eVGA GeForce 8600 GTS Superclocked: Overclocked at 730mhz core clock

160 GB IDE Maxtor

Windows XP Professional SP3

Answer:No Front Audio

You might have to open the case, and look if the audio ports on the front are connected to the motherboard or not.

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Question: Front HD Audio

I need clarification on the following matter.

For a front panel audio solution, to enable HD audio, does this depend on the type of cable that is used or the physical front panel board that it connects to or both?

my question is that i have a asus ta-210 case but am not sure if it supports HD audio for the front panel. It has a 10 pin block connector as well as approx. 7 or 8 individual pins and i have tried the block connector but it doesnt seem to work. my motherboard does support hd audio. therefore, would puchasing and connecting a HD 10 pin front audio cable do the trick or would i need to buy a separate front panel board?


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Question: No Front Audio

I am pursuing my hobby & refurbishing an old unit with a core 2 quad and a new MSI G31TM-P21 motherboard.  I cannot find any indication of case model or manufacturer. My unknown generic case has front panel audio (mic\headphones) with a proprietary cable attached.  The proprietary cable has two different ends. At one end is an 8-pin plug with seven connected wires.  It is plugged into the circuit board which "powers" the front audio jacks. The other end is 10-pin with seven wires.  My MSI mobo has JAUD1, a 10-pin header that mates with this 10-pin plug. The rear audio jacks are functioning as they should be whether this cable is connected or not connected. I found no BIOS setting related to audio. The front audio (mic\headphones) is dead when I connect to JAUD1. I am wondering if there is specific cable wiring I could confirm (or maybe modify) to enable the front audio jacks to function properly? Windows 7 Home Premium installed.

Answer:No Front Audio

Did you install the full audio driver package or are you using the generic default that the OS selected as the driver? Many of the newer audio chipsets have a jack detection in them where it will sense that a device was plugged into them and then it will question you whether it was a headset or stereo speakers etc and until the selection is made there is no output in some cases. Its usually part of a HD Audio Package that goes with the sound card / integrated sound. The motherboard that was installed should have come with a CD with all of the drivers including the correct one for the jack activity sense.There sometimes has to be a loop or jumper connection for the front audio to be functional. Either on board jumper on older style boards or its a loop that is seen at the plug end of the audio cable that plugs into the motherboard from the front panel audio.Have you looked in the manual to confirm that if there are any specific jumper settings for sound that they are set correctly?*** Also is it possible that the front audio jack is damaged as for it sounds like your using an old case...

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I'm looking for one of those 3.5" panels that fit into your 3.5" drive bay to give front USB ports (USB 2.0). Audio isn't essential, but wouldn't be a bad thing obviously.The USB ports would need to connect to the internal USB header on the motherboard. I've seen plenty where you run the cable from the back into the computer and through to the front. That's not what I'm looking for; this has to be professionally done!The trouble is, I used to be able to find these, but now that there are loads of cases with this sort of thing built in, I can't seem to locate any! Also, it's got to be cheap - nothing fancy, just bog-standard 2 USB 2.0 ports and in boring beige!Thanks in advance for any directions to this product,Gaz

Answer:Front USB and Audio (or at least USB)

click hereI havnt seen one with usb and audio

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Question: Front panel audio

Do i need to connect the front panel audio to my motherboard? I got hd audio socket and ac97 front panel issues. I never use the headphone socket anyway

Answer:Front panel audio

You don't have to if you don't want to.

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I have had this problem for months and I have never been able to solve it.

Bios is set for HD Audio. When I connect the front panel hd audio plug from my Lian-Li A77 case into the Asus Rampage II Extreme Supreme FX mini sound card the system will boot up normally. Then when I plug in the microphone all is ok and the mic is perfect. System sound is normal and just awesome.

BUT when I plug in the headset the system crashes and the computer turns off. I have tried different headsets too.

All software is up to date and kosher as far as I can tell. This is a really strange problem.

Any help would be appreciated.



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Answer:Need help with Front Panel HD Audio

Does this problem occur if you plug the headphones into the line out jack on the back of the Supreme FX card? If not then you may have a short in the line provided by Lian Li to the I/O panel jack. I'd remove the I/O panel to see if a proper connection is being made or if there is a short occuring up at the connector.

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I recently built a new pc and my case has two punch out holes on the front for a do-it-yourself front audio installation. I have two questions that I need help with:

1) Does anyone know where to get a front audio connector? I checked Fry's and the guy there said that he had to get his online, but I have yet to find one.

2) Is it even possible to connect a front audio port to the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS? I know it can connect to bothto CD-Rom drives with both digital and analog, but I dont see a clearly labeled internal MIC in connection. If anyone has any experience with this sound card plz help.

any help will be appreciated. thnx.

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hi i recently purchased a xblade case the trouble is i dont where to connect the font usb and audio jacks as i cant find a manual for my motherboard it is a epox ep-4plmi but i cant find a manual anywhere please can anyone help

Answer:front usb and audio jacks

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Have antec case and It has front usb,firewire and audio ports.Motherboard had hookups for front usb and firewire.There is a front 10 pin connector for hooking up front audio.My understanding is this will disable the rear audio.If I wanted both front and rear to work then I would have to add a sound card for rear?already loaded drivers for onboard AC97 sound,if i add sound card for rear would that cause a conflict?never hooked up front audio before on a case.can somebody give me the scoop on this? always figured didnt need front audio hooked up before just wondering so I could hook both up if I wanted to sometime.

Answer:Hooking up front audio

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Question: Front Audio Jacks

I have an Antec Sonata II case with ASUS P5LD2 motherboard.
I have some problem with the front audio jacks, at first there isn't any response when I plug in my mic/headphone, but then I checked an option called "Disable Front Jack Detecting", now there is input/output. But I want the detection to work like the jacks at the back, because I want my speakers to shut off when I plug in my headphone.
Is there anything I can do?

Answer:Front Audio Jacks

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Assuming that you have a standard case, you probably have not properly connected the front case jacks to the audio block on the MB. There are usually several jumpers on the audio block that are removed when you have front speakers/mike to allow the front jacks to disable the rear jacks. These must be removed and replaced with the front panel wiring.

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At power on, the HP desktop beeps and displays "F1 boot" in the lower left, and the above 917 message at the top. When I press F1, Win 7 starts normally. Is there a way to have it start normally without the boot key
Thank you.

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I have attached an image of my cabinet, i have front usb & two covered hole (selected with red line in the image) besides it. I think they are front audio but it has no wire from inside. please have a look at it & let me know if i can make it a front audio connector.

Answer:Front audio connector

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what the difference between Line out_R & BLINE_OUT_R
i need to hook up my front audio and mic these are the wires i have from the front of my case

Line out_R &
Line out_L

but the rest I am not sure
thanks alot for the help

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Hello,I have just bought a Thermaltake Soprano case.I have fitted all the components ,and have an issue with the front audio leads.The MB I am using is a Shuttle MV43V/VN.The MB has a panel 1 header.Currently the header has jumpers across 5&6 9&10.To connect the lead I must first remove the jumpers.When I connected the lead from the original PC case,I lost the use of the rear sockets,and the AC97 drivers became uninstalled.So,what is the best way to connect the front sockets so that they will work this time.This is what the MB manual says about the panel 1 header....FRONT PANEL MICROPHONE AND LINE OUT HEADER(PANEL1)The header allows users to install auxiliary front microphone and lineout ports.Either the MIC and line out on back panel 1 are available at this time.If you would like to use panel1 header on front panel,please remove all jumpers from panel1 and install the your special Extra mic/line out cable instead.Like I said,I did this and lost all sound and drivers.Any ideas please...Thanks

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Question: Front Panel Audio

Hi all,

I've just aquired a front panel that has a Card Reader, USB and
Audio. I've got the Card Reader and USB working great but I can't
work out the audio connections. My motherboard is an MSI 848p Neo-V (AC97)
with the following JAUD1 front panel connection pins:


The front panel audio lead has connectors that are as marked follows:


After connecting logically, I have no sound from the back panel at all but
can get sound if I plug headphones into the Front Out jack on the panel. I
was hoping to get sound from the back for normal speakers but then get sound
from headphones plugged into the front panel. AFAIK, plugging in headphones
should disable the rear panel sound. Also, it would appear that the 'Mic In'
on the front panel doesn't work either, or if it does, it's extremely quiet.
I've looked in the motherboard manual but other than saying that if pins 5+6
and 9+10 are jumpered, the signal is directed towards the back panel, it
basically just lists the pins and their labels. It would appear that to
connect the FP leads, the jumpers on 5+6 and 9+10 have to be removed.

Any guidance as to which connector goes onto which pin to get the desired
result would be very much appreciated.

Alternatively, is it possible to run with the onboard... Read more

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Question: Front Audio Jacks

My computer has a panel on the front with 4 usb slots, a mic input, and a headset output. Can anyone tell me how to get these mic/headset thingys to work? It's funny, I cant remember EVER using a computer that had front audio jacks that worked. lol. I know there must be a way.

Answer:Front Audio Jacks

first, your motherboard/sound card must support it.
what is your motherboard and sound card?
if you got a manual with them, they should tell you if they support it and where the pins go

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Question: Front panel audio.

Hi, i feel like a fool for having to ask this. but im having trouble matching up some audio connections. i have found another post about this somewhere. but was still not too sure.

got a rediculasly cheap case. and an asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe mobo...

the mobo connectors are as follows...


4=(blank no pin)

8=Line out_R
0=Line out_L

there's jumpers connecting pin 3 to pin 8 and pin 5 to pin 0

on my case.. i have the following 5 leads...

1 = MIC DATA < red wire
2 = MIC GND < black wire
3 = EAR GND < black cable
4 = EAR R < red wire
5 = EAR L <white wire.

i would be greatfull if someone could match these up...

thanks alot.


Answer:Front panel audio.

I'll take a stab at this....

Case to board so 1 is mic data to 6 mic2

1 - 6
2 - 1
4 - 8
5 - 0

I dont think the 3 ear gnd is needed as it will ground through the 1 - 6 connection.

Let us know,


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Question: Front Panel Audio

I have recently purchased an Abit FP-IN9 SLi motherboard. I used to use a Dell system, with a Dell motherboard, and the front audio connectors worked fine. On this new system, there is a slight problem with it.

When I plug in the headphones to the front, nothing happens. No devices are recognised by the computer, and no audio is generated from the headphones. When I unplug the green jack for the speakers from the back of the PC, re-insert it, then insert the headphones into the front they get detected and are useable.

I don't want to have to keep doing this every time I want to use my headphones. Anyone have any ideas why it might be doing this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Compaq Presario windows XP. No audio through front line in. Rear audio line in works fine.

Answer:no audio through front line in

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Ive connected the necessary wires from the case to be able to listen to music through the front audio, is there some settings that i need to change so this will work ?

Answer:How do you enable the front audio ???

If you are sure that all the hardware is installed correctly and
working (device manager)-and all the cables from cd/dvd drives
are connected properly and you have installed the drivers and
audio applications and you are plugged into amplified speakers then.............

Run the audio diagnostics utility or the creative speaker utility.
This will allow you to setup and test your speakers.

You didnt say anything about where you were having problems,
listening to audio from the cd/dvd drive or an mp3 file on your
hard drive etc.

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Well, after a HOT USB cord from connecting it wrong, I got them down and working, but I am now having serious trouble with the Audio Header/Connections

Here are two things that might help that are screen-shots that came from the manuals-

And here is a list of the connectors that are labeled, (All Female)

SPK R (2 Pins)
SPK L (2 Pins)
Mic (1 Pin)
Mic In (1 of 2 on same connector)
GND (2 of 2 on same connector)

So If you can I want to know the places of where I put all these Pins.

And BTW dont you wish everyone put this much effort into their posts lol.

Answer:Front Panel Audio Help!

If I ever helped you pay back the favor

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help front usb and audio the numbers on the usb cables are 1 and 2

Answer:to 4steve44 front usb and audio

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Question: Front Panel Audio

Can someone help.....

My headset and mic jack is plugged in the front panel but he panel however does detect the jacks.


anyways to solve tis ?

Answer:Front Panel Audio

Hi skallz and welcome to the forums

This might sound like a daft question, but are you sure that the front panel is connected internally? There have been cases where it has not. Another thing - do your headset and microphone actually work? Check by using the sockets at the rear of your PC. You can check the front panel sockets (at least the one for audio out) by temporarily plugging your ordinary speakers in. Sorry that I can't help you any further other than with these suggestions, but if you require further assistance don't hesitate to ask. If you can reply with some more details, i.e. make and model of motherboard and also your soundcard (if it is not the on-board solution) then I will see what I can come up with for you.

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i recently purchased a Sapphire pure innovation M/B and an Antec case and want to connect the front audio lead from the case to the M/B
however it doesnt work so i am guessing the pin allignment is not compatible between the m/b and the case. the wires i have on each are;

on the Front audio lead from the case;


and on the M/B the pins are labbeled as;



Answer:Front Audio Connection - What Goes Where???

Try to search for the motherboard's manual. The pin alignment is there itself.

I've the alignment for the intel mobo, but seems it can be of no help to you.

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I am wondering if someone can help me here.

I have a new motherboard which I installed myself, and connected the front usb and audio ports. They connect fron the front to the back (cheater ports I guess). They worked when I first installed the drivers, now, on reboot, the USB in the front does not work at all (even when i unplug it and put it back in at the back), and the front audio panels do not work at all either. When the headphones are plugged directly in the back, the speaker jack will work consistantly after reboot, but I constantly need to reset the mic jack (pulling it out and putting it back in) for it to work.
I am so frustrated, and I don't know what's going on with it.
Tips / advice please?

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Question: Front Panel Audio

I am connecting front panel audio pins but the mobo labels and the pin lables are confusing,

mobo lables:
Line Out_R
Line In_L

Front Panel Pins are:
Mic In
Mic Bias

mobo is a asus P5GC-MX/1333

Can You help??

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     I have HP compaq elite 8300 onvertible monitor, when I run it i sound beep 917-front audio not connected but I'm sure the audio cable was connected in mathorboard. Any Body can help me? Regards.

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Here is the deal:I got me a new PC(only main parts) and it came with that thingy front audio connections.Sound drivers are forking fine cuz the sound output on back side of the case is working perfectly.E.g when i plug my speakers
in back connection the Realtek sound manager recognizes the plugin of both speakers and headphones.They also posses the little image for settings in upper corners of their window parts.But,after i reconnect speakers/headphones to that front side audio plug,nothing happens.There is also no key in the upper corner of that window

What steps I must take to fox this thingy?
My Motherboard is Asus P5K .

Answer:LOLZ?Front audio?where?

Does your case hane front audio sockets? And are they connected to the fp audio socket on your mobo?

I suspect your front audio sockets would have to be switched ones in order for the software to detect them too. I .e. they must have send and return for all the channels.

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I found out that my board allows me to use the front audio.  I removed the jumpers an connected the cable.  Went into the bios an disabled the on board sound.  I get no feed from the front but there is sound going threw my sound card.

Answer:No Front Panel Audio

Well that's you problem isn't it? You just disabled your motherboards sound card. Wont you need the front panel audio connectors to go to your PCI/PCI-E/ISA sound card if it has those capabilities?

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I got a new motherboard and case. The case has front microphone and headphone ports and I have been messing around with the plugs to try and get them working but have had no success. There's 7 plugs on the case and 9 pins on the motherboard (There's 10 spaces but only 9 with pis the other is labled NC) and most of the names are different. I was wondering if anybody could help and tell me where they go. The plugs and pins are:


1. MIC_L
2. GND
3. MIC_R
4. VCC5
5. Line-out_R
6. MIC2_JD
7. Front to Sense
8. NC
9. Line-out_L
10. Line_JD



I did a bit of research and found that the solution is probably:

5. R-OUT
6. R-RET
9. L-OUT
10. L-RET

However this still doesn't work. I posted this up onto another couple of forums where people have suggested another couple of possible combinations. Also someone there told me that I should change my audio to analog. I'm yet to try these things but I was just wondering if anyone here had any other suggestions or can back up that changing it audio to analog may work. I'm also not sure about how to go about changing it. Do I do it through hardware or software?

Answer:Connecting Front Audio

First off your mobo doesn't support left and right return so they shouldn't be connected at all.

Your case doesn't support a stereo microphone also.

So, for headphone socket, 5 to r-out and 9 to l-out.
Ground to ground obviously.

For the microphone, 6 probably mic power. Mic in either 2 or 3 or both.

The reason that the case L and R return aren't used is because your mobo doesn't support a switched socket where the speakers would be cut off when headphones are inserted.

I'm not %100 sure on the microphone but i am on the headphone side of things.

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Hi. The case i have at the moment doesnt have front panel audio connectors. I used to have it on my old case and front it really useful since i use my headphones quite a bit. Does anybody know if it's possible to buy an extension or device that lets you have front panel audio?

Answer:Possible to get front audio for case?

You can buy panels which fit in a spare CD/DVD drive bay which ave all sorts of connectors on them - USB, audio, card readers. If you're in the UK check Maplin

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So I get my HAF932 and unplug everything and transfer it over to the new case and get it all working and plug it in how my MOBO says to....

and Front Audio fails.

Not just audio, but mic as well. I thought.. ok maybe I forgot a plug or something.. so I unplug it all pull it out from the desk open it up and... it's all plugged in.

It had 2 audio so I figure "ok maybe my audio isn't HD" so I unplug the HD Front cable and push in the AC97 cable and go into my mobo and set it to AC97 instead of HD (so everything matches up) and...

still nothing.

SO... either my Front audio port on my case has arrived DOA....

or my motherboards audio connector has been DOA for months now, but my last case didn't have Front audio.. so I never knew....

anyone have anything i can try to figure out which? Hate to pay shipping back on the case just to find out it was the motherboard.. which I don't think I can send back to get a replacement...


It's not the case... it's the motherboard. I found some old parts and one was a front audio- so I plugged it in and tried it under both HD and AC97 settings and still no front audio.

Would possibly a BiOS update fix this? Cuz the other option is Sending back "DOA" after nearly 6months of owning it... or buying a new board.... (or going without front audio which means my headset is gonna be a pain to plug in)

Answer:Front Audio not working

You may have to enable to front audio in your audio driver's settings; that's I had to do on my old Asus board.

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As an elderly pensioner, I have taken up building computers as a hobby. Having built numerous ATX systems successfully in the past couple of years, I have not yet built a system which has both FRONT USB ports and AUDIO. I am now attempting to do this, as I am building a system for my 36 year old daughter.I am using an ASUS mini case, and building the system with a Gigabyte GA-K8N51GMF-9 motherboard.My query is: As the ASUS case is fitted with block connectors for both the front USB ports and front Audio, will these block connectors of the case be compatible,(wired correctly) with the Front USB and AUDIO pins of the motherboard, or not. There are separate wires as well as the block connectors if required. If I did wire them wrong, would it damage anything. Thanks for any help given.

Answer:Front USB and Audio connectors

From one elderly pc building pensioner to another I have yet to meet a modern case and board where the front USB and audio connector blocks are not compatible. In most cases it is only a question of making sure that they are put on the right way round - usually blank pin to blank pin. Not sure what you mean by the separate wires though... And yes, if you did wire them wrongly you could do damage.Good luck

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hey guys! i'm new here, i just installed windows 7 yesterday, and i having a problem with my front audio pane both headphone and mic are not responding when i plug it in .i had Xp before, and the front panel worked without any problems, but now i can't get it working... tried the , newest driver, tried from bios (onboard audio ---enabled) and i cannot get it to work... there is one more thing when a put headphone jack in front panel it did no detect it but when i pluged mic into front panel just for a second i heard song for the headphone(which was i am playing that time),all is it just detect my headphone for a second that means it is working ,and plz dont tell me to "disable front audio detection" from realtk because all i get in my realtek manger is "enable jack detection when pluged-in" plz guys help me out ..i am not a computer genius so plz.....
and yes,this is my pc configuration:

right now i am using realtek Vista_Win7_R255 driver which is most updated
HardwareBase processor PentiumD 820 (S) DC 2.8 GHz
800 MHz front side bus
Socket 775
Chipset ATI Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel Processors

MotherboardManufacturer: ECS
Motherboard Name: RC410-M
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Asterope-GL8E
Sound/AudioIntegrated High Definition audioRealtek ALC 883 chipset
Supports up to 8 audio channels
Dolby Pro Logic II compatible

Dolby 5.1
External I/O portsI/O ports on the front panel

Port typeQuantity9-in-... Read more

Answer:help me with the front audio panel :(

Hi crysisdark and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

I think that this could be because you have HD audio on your motherboard, but are using an AC'97 front panel (as the vast majority of users are). See AC'97 and HD audio front panel layouts for an explanation. As regards the difference in behaviour between XP and Vista/Windows 7, this is entirely down to the driver.

I know that you probably don't want to hear this, but I suggest that you do check Disable front panel jack detection and possibly uncheck Enable auto popup dialog, when device has been plugged in. It should be pointed out that you will only get complete functionality with an HD front panel, and whilst these are available they are not common.

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Just doing a new build at the mo.Have an Asus case with front panel audio - headphone and mic. Have connected this to (hopefully) correct pins (JAUD1) as outlined in mobo diagram.However, I don't get any sound or mic input. I do have a soundblater live 5.1 card connected and thats fine - can connect headphones to there no probs, but front panel audio just doesnt work. Have got power and the 2 usb ports working on it.Can you have a sound card and the front audio at same time?

Answer:Front Panel Audio - Help please!

Is it onboard sound disabled because you have a soundcard.

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Hello, I recently bought a new motherboard and tower. I have installed all the latest drivers from Asus and know the case uses AC'97 sound and have set the Mobo accordingly. However, when I plug in my headphones (tried multiple pair) it continues to play from main speakers, with nothing coming through the headphones.

when I plug in the speakers from the rear jack, a pop-up tells me something has been plugged in. not the case with the front jack.

also, I have checked "Playback Devices" and it shows me the headphones as "Not plugged-in".

while playing around I managed to get the H Phones to work, but the speakers didn't mute when I did. in tinkering, it went away again and wont come back.

any ideas what I could do?

Answer:Front audio not working

Hi Novercalis,
Are you sure that your front jacks are connected?
You forgot to mention your .OS, but anyway you can find all settings from control panel

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Question: front audio panel

I know that this question has been asked more that a few times but when I did a search I could not find the exact solution I needed, and I found a few posts that said to start a new thread for questions like tis so here goes.
I have the same problem. The pdf listed by Triple6 sovles some of my questions but I still have a few more. The afore mentioned pdf shows where to hook up my case audio wires but I am curious as to exactly which pins to hook to. I have a Biostar MB model # M7NCG 400 and a "Powerup" case. The case has a set of wires coming from the front audio jacks with the following wires: (each wire has a seperate plug with the label on the side)

The MB has the following "JF_AUDIO1" pin labels according to the manual: (listed in order from pins 1 through 10
Mic In
Mic Power
Audio Power
RT Line Out
RT Line Out
Key (no pin)
LFT Line Out
LFT Line Out
The MB also has a front panel connector "JPANEL1". On the front panel connector it has pins 1,2,5, and 7 listed as SPK but no listing for a mic.

I have tried asking Biostar and the respone I got was that if I hook up the front audio jacks the rear ones will not work which I already know. Can anyone here shed some light as to which pins on the FJ_AUDIO1 connector I need to hook each wire to?

Answer:front audio panel

Well I found my answer at this link:
I hope this helps someone else who might need it.

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Ok, just bought a PC kit, with an ATX Black Phantom Case. Has a Shuttle AB60R Motherboard. The labels on the front audio controllers are as follows: GND, GND, MIC IN, MIC Bias, L In,
L OUT, R IN, R OUT. In the manual for my motherboard, the following pin assignments are listed: 1 - Front MIC, 2 - AGND
3 - MIC_VCC, 4 - VCC, 5 - FPOUTRAMP, 6 - FOUTR, 7 - HP_ON,
8 - Key, 9 - FRONTLAMP, 10 - FOUTL. I think that the FPOUTRAMP is the R In, and the FPOUTLAMP is the L In, and FOUTR is R OUT, and FOUTL is L OUT, but I could be wrong. Please Help!!!!!

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I have tried to wire the audio connections (Microphone) on a Gigabyte 7VT600 motherboardIt instruction says Pin 1 Mic Pin 2 Gnd Pin 3 REF Pin 4 Power on the case I am using there only 3 Leads so were do you take the power from and at what voltage. Can anyone helpThanks

Answer:Front Audio connection

This is the soundcard connector on the motherboard. The cable to plug into here is a four pin plug that comes from your cd or dvd drive. Are you trying to connect something else to your souncard?...TT

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need help,
my front audio panel doesn't work,
my spec : MSI K9A2GM socket AM2+, X2-7850, 2GB DDR2-800, 512mb 4650 DDR3, XP SP3, Realtek HD Audio

HD Audio Pin on the mobo:
1. MIC_L
2. GND
3. MIC_R
6. LINEout_R
7. Front_JD
8. NC
9. LINEout_L
10. LINEout_JD

Cable inside Casing:
Mic In
Mic Pwr
Ret R - out
Ret L - out

thanks in advance

Answer:Need help about front audio panel

The case is not setup for HD audio. The front panel connector might say AC97. You can try plugging the front panel connector into the motherboard audio connector. It might work... or not

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WEll, last night I went to plug my headphones into the front audio jack on my Antec 900, and no sound came from them, it was still coming from my normal desktop speakers. I have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R mobo, Antec 900 case, and Win XP, and I connected the HD audio, rather than the AC'97 cable, to the F_AUDIO whilst building. Does the HD audio not support the front panel, whereas the AC'97 does? THanks for the help, I appreciate it.

Answer:Front audio not working.

Nevermind... fixed it... And I had AC'97 plugged onto the F_AUDIO on the mobo initially, and I just switched it to the HD plug, and now it works.

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I'm trying to connect my front audio on my motherboard but when I connect the pins it doesn't work... got the mic to work though. I was using the manual for my mobo but the titles of each pin didn't match what the titles were on the black sticks that connect to it. Is there a standard as to how you would connect the front audio to the motherboard?

Answer:Front audio on motherboard

You just need to identify each lead to the plug on the mobo. Some connectors at incorrect, i.e. a 3 slot connecter when the mobo has 2 slots. For this, you need to use a small screwdriver and rearrange the leads.

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Question: Front audio panel

I would like to use a spare bay to mount a set of front audio connectors, so I can plug in a headset and over-ride the rear speaker connections.Maplins are the only source I can find, but their offering has USB & 1394 ports as well, which I don't need - and it's a bit pricy.Can anyone point me to a source?

Answer:Front audio panel

I know Creative make something similar, but u'd have to troll their website for it (and I imagine it would cost an arm and both legs, but u neva know...)

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I've seen a few posts on this topic and found a few web sites, but none of them seem to be able to help me (they had different connecters, etc).

I am trying to hook up a front panel mic and head phone jack to my mobo. The mobo has 10 pins labled:

1. aud_mic
2. aud_gnd
3. aud_mic_bias
4. aud_vcc
5. aud_fpout_r
6. aud_ret_r
7. hp_on
8. key
9. aud_fpout_L
10. aud_ret_L

I only have 7 connecters labeled

mic in
spkout r
spkout l
return r
return l

Is it possible for me to hook these up and if so how?

Answer:Need Front Audio Port Help - No Help On The Net

Morglum5780 said:

I've seen a few posts on this topic and found a few web sites, but none of them seem to be able to help me (they had different connecters, etc).

G'day Morglum you might try this..........

1. aud_mic mic in
2. aud_gnd gnd
3. aud_mic_bias micbias
4. aud_vcc
5. aud_fpout_r spkout r
6. aud_ret_r return r
7. hp_on
8. key
9. aud_fpout_L spkout l
10. aud_ret_L return l

Some of these tasks can be involved.
Edit. Everything moved but you get the idea it is often best to leave the operation for the rear sockets. (and forget about the fronts)

qldit.Click to expand...

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I just built my computer but I have a problem... what's wrote on my case's front USB audio wire is not what's wrote on my mobo manual. I'll try to show you how it is the best I can :
Here's what it says in my mobo manual :
(o = pin)
Ground - Front panel sense - MIC_JD - N/C - LINE2_JD
__o____________o___________o___ (no pin)__ o

MIC2 in_L - MIC2 in_R - LINE2 out_R - Front I/O sense - LINE2 out_L
___o__________o_________ o_____________o_____________o

Here's the front audio wire I have in my case :
-Return R
-Return L
-Spkout R
-Spkout L

If you don't understand my representation or need more infos plz just ask!

The first person who can help me resolve this problem will earn my admiration, gratitude, etc...

Answer:Front audio ports -> HELP!

BTW : My mobo is a ChainTech V915P Zenith and my case is a Diablo ATX Mid-Tower Case with 450Watt Power Supply, Front Neon Lights, Front USB and Audio Ports.

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I am trying to figure out if this is right, so any feedback is appreciated.

1 l l
l l
l l
l l 10

hooked Mic2 to Micin R=Pin 1

hooked AGND to GND=Pin 2

hooked Micpwr to Micin L=Pin 3

Pin 4 is audio Power? Have nothing coming from front panel for it

hooked line out R to R line out=Pin 5

hooked bline out R to R line out=Pin 6

pin 7 is reserved

hooked line out L to L line out=Pin 9

hooked bline out L to L line out=Pin 10

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Question: Front audio ports.

Okay, I record my guitar/drums a lot through my computer... I recently bought a SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit PCI card. It's only a $30 card, but it sounds so much better for standard recording. I have to plug in the back of my computer though. Is there any way to get my front audio ports to hook up and run through the sound card? I know that for onboard you hook them to the mobo (duh) but if I hook them to the mobo will they work with the SoundBlaster or only if I use the integrated sound? The only thing I have on the front is a speaker output jack and a microphone jack (red and green).

I hope what I am asking is clear, and if not, just let me know and I will try to re-word it. Just wanted to make this last post before hitting the hay, and I'm a bit tired, so it may be worded oddly

Answer:Front audio ports.

Have you thoroughly investigated the specs for your new soundboard...if the manual doesn't give much...check out the might find that some of those open jumper pins on the soundcard are for connecting to the front side audio ports!!!!

Just like if you were to connect it to the motherboard but only you are connecting to the sound card!!


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I want to buy this motherboard but I am unsure if it will hook up to my case with front audio and front USB ports. Is there a way to tell?

This is my case:

Answer:Front Audio and USB Ports

most likely it will if the mobo is recent. but the best thing would be to find the manual for the mobo online aand check there.
my mobo is 2 yrs old and it came with extra usb connectors, so im guessing that now it would be standard to have them on all the recent ones.

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Got me an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe. My new case has Front microphone and headphone sockets. I seem to have gotten the headphone socket to work but not sure where to connect the microphone power. There are two pins (micpwr and +5VA) on the board but just ONE connector from my case. See picture.

Where does the remaining (Mic VCC) go?

Please also check what I've done with the rest. Let me know if it's wrong.


Answer:Little help with Front Panel Audio (mic)


I viewed your panel with my very tired eyes and kind of got lost in the process...been up for about sixteen hours. However, in the process of building some computers, I have the following charts that you might be able to match up somewhat with what you have. I will try to take another look in the morning after I have had a chance to catch some shuteye, but if you want to take a stab with what I have put down before, here is some of that info:


Don’t know if this will help, but this is from an Antec Sonata Case and a P4P800 motherboard.
The pin assignments are:


Leave the motherboard's +5VA and NC pins alone. Hope this helps.

Here is another sample that might help
Case ----->MB
RED ----->Line out_L
YELLOW----->Line out_R
GREEN ----->MIC2
ASUS A7V880 MB which has the same front panel sound setup as your similar boards to what you have.

Here is the setup:

(I have the same exact labels for the same colors as yours so im just going to list the colors).

Case ----->MB
RED ----->Line out_L
YELLOW----->Line out_R
GREEN ----->MIC2

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I have front audio, usb and fire wire ports. my usb works fine but i cant get headphones or the fire wire to show anything up. i looked in the case and there all hooked up so i was wondering where i go to, to find out if there working proporly?

Answer:Front audio and firewire

are you sure they are hooked up PROPERLY? i find them so hard to get right... especially if you have no mobo manual to tell you the order to plug them in etc.

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Question: Front Audio Plugs

Alright, so I'm building a new computer, and the case has two front USB plugs, a Microphone plug and a Headset Plug... I am using a MSI K8N Neo4 Mainboard, and I'm not too sure which plug to plug to which socketmabobber... o_O

Ok, so for my Motherboard I have:

7. HP_ON

and for my Case I have:

a. SPK-L
c. LIN
d. RIN
g. GND

9 Sockets, 7 Plug Ins.... o_O

Any help is appreciated... Yes.. I did read the user's manual... Pretty vague to be honest...

Answer:Front Audio Plugs

first, this would go under the HARDWARE topic, and second try connecting AUD_FPOUT_R to SPK_-R and AUD_FPOUT_L to SPK-L. for the MIC, connect AUD_MIC to MIC-IN. hope this helps.

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Hi I have just bought a new case and i am having trouble hooking up the front audio ad the pins provided with the case don't match the names in the motherboard manual

here is the motherboard pin settings


And these are the pins that came with the case


Any help you can give is appreciated


Answer:Gigabyte 7NF-RZ Front Audio


And these are the pins that came with the case

MIC POWER=3.MIC_BIAS or 4.POWER(this one you need to read manual)
If you look at your mobo connector, you should see pins 5and6 are jumpered and pins 9&10 are jmpered. Remove jumpers connecting wire as above.


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Question: Front Audio issues

Hello all-

I did a search and read through others issues regarding this and tried some of the solutions with no luck. I just purchased a case with the front audio and mic ports and hooked it onto my motherboard (wondered why I was missing the power pin/connector from the case).
No luck then I realized I still had my PCI sound card still on my board so I removed it and tried again. Still no luck.
I disconnected the wires and tried rear audio to make sure the onboard sound was working, and it was.
So then I reconnected the wires but left off the rear audio pins and when I boot up I now have sound but after a minute or so I lose it.
I went to device manager and uninstalled Realtek 97 Audio and let it reinstall after boot up and I had sound until I shut down my comp for the night. Now I am back and again sound at boot up then it cuts out.
I have updated the driver as well.
Other things in my sound portion of device manager that I didnt know if I should uninstall or not are as follows:
-Audio Codecs
-Legacy Audio Drivers
-Media Control Devices
-Standard Game Port
-Video Codecs
I am wondering if there is something possibly conflicting from having a soundcard on the m/b and I need to change a setting? or if I am just one of those unlucky ones where I will not be able to get this to work.

Any ideas?


AMD Athlon 64 3500
1gig ram
Soundblaster Live 5.1 (taken off)
Win XP SP2

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ok so i got a computer case from a friend and i put it all together but i can find the right pinout diagram for the front audio....the wires leading to my motherboard from the front panel are all single wires that have to be plugged in one by one but there are only seven seperate wires instead of nine to hook up...the are labeled as follows...
yellow-mic bias
pink -mic in
green-spkout R
white -spkout L
black -ground
grey -return R
blue -return L

any help figuring it out will be greatly appreciated

Answer:Front audio problems

I suggest going to the motherboard manufacturer's website and download the motherboard manual. It should have the pinout diagram. That would be best. The second best would be ANY current motherboard manual with onboard sound. Most motherboards have a standard audio pin layout since many, if not most, cases have a single combined front panel audio connector. Case manufacturers couldn't do this unless motherboard makers had standard pin layouts.

This might or might not apply to Dell PCs, however. I just don't know. Dell audio pin layouts could be proprietary for all I know. I note that you did not state your motherboard brand and model.

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Question: front panel audio

i have a mercury cabinet which has ports in the front for connecting speakers and headphones,ive been trying to get it to work but havent been able to do motherboard is an intel946GZIS.
the wires in the cabinet for connecting to the motherboard are R-out,R-out
the motherboard has 2 places for connecting is an hd audio link with the following pins sdi,sdo,sync,rst,bclk,ground,i/o,ground,vcore,+12v,stby,ground

the other audio chip has the following pins port1l,port1r,port2r,sense_send,port2l,ground,pres ence#,sense1_ret,sense2_ret.

so please could anyone who has some knowledge about this help me out and tell me which pins i have to connect to get my microphone and headphone working from the front panel

Answer:front panel audio

Hi, welcome to techspot.

Co-incidentally, i have EXACT piece of motherboard with you (946GZIS) and i've just solve the problem. You can connect the cable from the small board containing front audio jacks (panel). While doing so, there's 2 jumpers (cable connecting 2 pin) connected. In order to use the front panel, you should either cut one of them or both of them. If you want your rear output to be switched off straight while inserting any source in front, cut only one of the jumper. I'll give you brief description after visiting intel website.


found it here:
Page 52, the place you should insert the connector is "A". About the jumper removal instruction, go here instead :
it's similar.

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Question: Front Panel Audio

Hi guys i have an MSI 6741 M/Board want to connect my front panel audio wires but dont know the pin assignment. My F Panel wires are coloured and marked as follows White wire HPOUT L , Red wire HPOUT L , Black wire to a shared conn marked GRND, White wire HPOUT R , Red wire HPOUT R , Black wire to shared conn marked GRND , then white wire MIC IN , red wire MIC PWR and finally black wire MIC GRND. I have consulted my Motherboard manual along with MSI support online with no joy. I have also checked previous threads on this forum but have not found an instance where the wires are coloured and marked as described , I hope someone here can help !

Answer:Front Panel Audio

Looking at this picture and table (, It would seem like your mic should be easy enough. The audio out is less clear, though. It seems like the front panel allows for floating ground outputs. The HPOUT (headphone out?) R wires will connect to pins 5 & 6, and the L wires to 9 & 10, I'd guess. The white wires can be considered the return side (6 & 10).

Other than the mic, the rest is educated guesswork.

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Question: Front Panel Audio

My motherboard has a hdaudio connector and my case front panel has an AC'97 connector. Is there anything I could do to connect my front panel audio? I'm afraid there is no solution to this problem but maybe someone can prove me wrong

Answer:Front Panel Audio

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The front panel audio doesn't work but the rear does. I DO NOT have the "disable front panel jack detection" option under the "audio i/o" tab. I've had this problem before and don't remember the solution I found. I thought it was to disable the equilizer under the "Sound Effects tab" but that didn't work this time. Everything is on the board properly and nothing is muted. This is a new build. System Specs:
RAM: 2GB ddr2 800
CPU: AMD 5200+ 2.7GHz Dual Core Processor
HD: 320 7200RPM WD HD
PSU: Cooler Master 550W
OS: Win XP Home SP3
Optical Drive: 20x LS DVD/RW

Has anyone encountered this and found a solution?

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Help, i have just built my first PC, everything is working well, the only problem i had is i could not find where to connect the front Audio panel connections to on my Asus P5B motherboard can anybody help me please thanks simon

Answer:Front Audio Panel Connections

The front audio connectors should connect to the header on the motherboard where the on/off switch and lights for the case connect to.Unless its the type of connectors with the 3.5mm jack plugs on it, in which case they have to go through the case, out the back and connect to the rear connectors. If its this type then you have the choice of using the front connectors OR the back, you can't use both at the same time.Correction on the first bit I typed, look at the manual page 2-30. At the bottom left of the board is the Front Panel Audio Connector and you would use that.

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I finished setting up my own custom built PC 2 days before and i noticed this problem.
There is no sound output from the front audio jack. I'm using Asus motherboard. There was a similar question in their FAQ. I tried it but it didn't help.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support-

Please help me fix this :/

My CPU configuration goes like this :
CPU : AMD FX8350
RAM: Corsair 8GB x 2 = 16GB
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Video Card: AMD Radeon R9 270x 2GB
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0

Any kind of help is highly appreciated.

Answer:No output from front audio jacks :(

Did you plug the front audio connector to motherboard yet?

There should be a little plug called HD Audio or something similar, plug it on the appropriate connector on motherboard. Check manual to locate it. If it's AC97 then plug that one.

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I recently installed my new X-Fi PCIe sound card but I have a problem. I connected the front panel audio (consisting of a mic and headphone jack) to the card's "Front Panel" pins via the audio cable that came with my case. The connector on the end reads "Audio" so I figured it was hooked up correctly. Anyways, there is audio output from the main ports, on the back of the card, but there is no front panel audio. I am hearing a little bit of static when I first connect the headset line to the jack on the front of my case but there's no sound. I'd really like to use the jacks in the front for my headset/mic so I don't have to plug it into the back. Any help would be appreciated!

I've looked in the Control Panel and the Creative consoles but I couldn't find anything that would "enable front panel" or anything like that...

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i have a acer ax1700-u3700 desktop computer. the front audio jack makes a static audio noise when moving the mouse. but when im not moving it it doesnt make noise. its worse when i click the start button and look threw the stuff on the menu. all drivers are current. upgraded bios to lastest at least i think. help plz

Answer:static from front audio jack??????

My first thought is to have you make and unmake the connection into that front plug many times and even hit it with air or better yet to use a little contact enhancer on the pin and make and unmake the connection. What happens is if the connections are barely being made then noise and interference can make it's ugly and noisy presence known.

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I have Logitech® X-530 speakers, and don't know why but I never noticed that my front middle speaker doesn't put out any sound. I checked the connectors in my sound card and they are fine. When I ran the diagnostics on the speakers nothing would ever come out of the front middle one. Actually when I just looked, that cord goes directly into my subwoofer. Is there any obvious reason why it isn't working like it should?

Answer:Getting audio from my front speaker in a 5.1 setup

Did I post this in the wrong forum or what? Just wondering where I should post or does anybody have any recommendations on if there is a better forum (like the logitech one) that I should try or not?

Edit: Problem solved.

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Ok, i have an Alienware x51 and the front headphone audio jack has stopped working. I will admit that i tried messing around with the settings on my computer to solve an issue with sound in a game but, this made it worse. 
When i plug in my headphones and do an audio test with Realtek i can hear the sound but it is so low that i have to make the whole room silent to hear it. This also happens with my speakers too and any other device.
If it is a problem with the audio jack and not something to do with settings can i follow up on my warranty? Or does this not come under it? 
I really need help because i am now forced to use the normal sound coming out of my monitor and it is very bad quality. Any help will be appreciated!
Thanks in advance!  

Answer:Front audio jack not working!

Same issue and one of very many issues I have had. I can say with confidence I will not purchase another Alienware system.

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Hi Guys!

I've just bought a new case with 2 front usb ports and front mic and headphone sockets, anyone know where these connect to?
I have a gigabyte GA-7IXE4 motherboard and a soundblaster live card.


Answer:Where do the front usb and audio ports connect to

Hi there, If you read the manual that comes with Gigabyte boards, it should detail which pins you need to connect to for your audio and USB front panel.

if you don't have the manual, you can download it here.

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(windows 7 ultimate)
There is some loose contact problem with my rear audio jack. So, i want to use my front audio jack. How can i make it start working?
I cannot also find Realtek HD sound effects manager in the control panel.

Answer:Front audio jack not working

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Hi everyone! Just having some problems with my front panel audio connectors. I have 2 connectors for a set of headphones, one for audio and one for a mic. For some reason, I cannot get any sound out of it and the mic won't work. When I plug the headphones into the back of the computer, everything works great.

Here's my specs:

ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 LGA 775 VIA PT880 Pro/PT880 Ultra ATX Intel Motherboard

APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Realtek Audio driver

I am assured I have the front audio cable connected to the front audio on the MOBO. I have also tried going into the BIOS and switched the front audio selection front AUTO to ENABLED.

If you need any other information, let me know! Thanks in advance!


Answer:Front Audio Panel Not Working

I know you said you have checked and it is plugged in to the mother board but can you see it device manager.

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Should I plug my front panel audio pins into the sound card or motherboard? Because the last time I used my sound card's front panel connector, this happened.

I'm not sure if it's the sound card (Asus Xonar DX) or the headphones that's at fault here but would it be safer if I used the motherboard's front panel connector instead? Both plays HD audio btw.

Edit - I also want to know if there will be any problems if I use the sound card for speakers only while I use the motherboard for the front panel.

Answer:Front panel audio header

The safest thing would be to plug the headphones directly into the sound card.
That would avoid any potential problems with the front panel connections.

Did you fix the problem at the other topic you linked to ?

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I have the current specs on my mobo:

1 PORT 1L Analog Port 1 - left channel (Microphone)
2 GND Ground
3 PORT 1R Analog Port 1 - Right channel (Microphone)
4 PRESENCE# Active low signal that signals BIOS that an Intel® HD Audio dongle is connected
to the analog header. PRESENCE# = 0 when an Intel® HD Audio dongle is
5 PORT 2R Analog Port 2 - Right channel (Headphone)
6 SENSE1_RETURN Jack detection return for front panel (JACK1)
7 SENSE_SEND Jack detection sense line from the Intel® HD Audio CODEC jack detection
resistor network.
8 KEY Connector Key
9 PORT 2L Analog Port 2 - left channel (Headphone)
10 SENSE2_RETURN Jack detection return for front panel (JACK2)

On my front panel, I got this

2x Ground
1x Mic In
1x Mic Bias
1x R In
1x R Out
1x L In
1x L Out

I have an HD Realtek on a P6N SLI V2. Can anyone help me?

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I am not able to the front panel working. The pins dont make sense to me. Please help

HD Front Panel Audio:

1. MIC2_L
2. GND
3. MIC2_R
5. LINE2_R
7. GND
9. LINE2_L

The pins from the chasis are labeled
Mic Power
Ret R
L Out
Ret L

Answer:Front Panel Audio Header

Mic: Pin 1
GND: Pin 2
Mic Power: Pin 3
Rout: Pin 5
Ret R: Pin 6
L Out: Pin 9
Ret L: Pin 10

Please let me know whether this works or not... In the last day or two I've posted such suggestions in 3 threads, never had any posts back, assume things worked out but I like getting a post and thread marked solved if things work out. Thx

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I currently have a cooler master centurion case with an audigy 2 zs sound card on an asus a8n premium board. My case has front headphone and and microphone port. My question is how to I get these ports to work? What do I need to plug in? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:I need some help with front panel audio jacks.

inside your pc should be two cables by your sound card take those and plug them into your back panel on your sound card then your front ones should work

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i have a foxconn 45cmx series board
HOW DO I configure the Front panel audio header pinouts to the casing pins...

the pins from the casing are labelled:-


similar to the pins on the image


4 +5VA
7 NC


how and which option should i use?

Answer:front audio connection pins

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I bought a Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 320 yesterday, and I have a major issue with the surround sound. Whenever I play a game, audio that is coming from the front is very quiet. For example, when I play Skyrim, and someone is talking to me, I can only hear them properly, if I turn my back to them, so that their audio is coming from the back, because it is too quiet from the front.
I tried to reconfigure my headset, by going into the sound options (I have Win7) and changing it from 7.1 surround, but the audio is still too quiet. I tried messing with this step of the configuration:

But the front audio is still very quiet. I noticed, however, that when I clicked on the speaker circled in red, the noise that was played was much quieter, than the ones played if I clicked on the other speakers
I hope that was enough info, but I can provide more if needed

Answer:The front audio of my headset is very quiet

I messed around a bit in properties, and found, that if I turn Dolby off, the front audio is even quieter

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I've recently built my first computer from scratch.

Among the several problems I'm having (see previous posts that are as of
yet, still unanswered) I have a problem with my front audio panel.

I have a Biostar i945P-A7 motherboard with intergrated ALC882 sound.

I'm trying to get my front mic and headphone jacks to work, but with
no luck as of yet.

I've properly wired the front connectors but the Realtek HD Audio Manager
refuses to detect that I've inserted either a mic or headphone.

Anyone have any advice?

Answer:Problem with front audio panel

just check with that the wires are inserted tightly with the board and the pins coz this may be a dumb reason for the problem...and check the configuration for front panel for fitting the wires in the sockets...

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Hi all,
I recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Window 8.1. My desktop has a front audio and mic jack and also a rear audio and mic jack. While watching movies , I connect my rear jack to a large set of speakers and for better voice clarity I plug in earphones onto the front audio panel. This setup was working fine in Windows8.1 and below. But now after upgrading, if I plug in rear audio jac, I loose the sound in the front and vice versa. Kindly help.
In addition, during the fresh install of Windows 10, I did not install any drivers for monitor, default inbuilt sound card of motherboard,inbuilt lan card,etc. Do I need to install these as they seem to be functioning except well except for the audio part which I mentioned above.

Answer:Front and Rear Audio cannot be used simultaneously !

This was resolved by installing latest Realtek Audio Codecs for Windows 10

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I built a new computer a while back, but never used the front panel audio until today so it had gone untested. I've checked the connections and the front audio cables are one large connector that fits into the HD audio pins on the motherboard. I've installed the latest drivers and still get nothing on either my headphones or microphones. My main speakers are connected through the sound card.

The case is a generic one I bought from my local computer store, but the mother board is a MSI K9N4 SLI-F Motherboard.

Answer:Front panel audio issue

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Hi there,

Hope you guys can help me out - I'm at my wits end.

I found similar thread about this here but unfortunately the troubleshooting didn't help.

So, my Front Audio jack is disabled and not sure what happened. The front audio mic has no issues

My Sound Card is the Conexant HD Smartaudio 221

Yes, I tried looking at Device manager and the only thing that pops up is that (Conexant) under sound.

I also tried right clicking the speaker icon on my desktop tray but it didn't let me enable the audio jack. not sure why.

I tried downloading the realtek ac97 for vista (saw something else online about this) but that didn't work either. The thing couldn't be installed in my laptop for some reason.

Any help would be so much appreciated - thanks in advance you guys.

Answer:Front Audio Jack Disabled?

what is make and model of the laptop

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Hi, i just installed a new zalman hsf for my cpu and decided i wanted another go at making my front panel audio jacks work.

From the panel i have wires labeled: R-RET, L-RET MIC-POWER, MIC-IN, L-OUT, R-OUT, GROUND, GROUND.

The pins on my motherboard are labeled: (starting from top left, going anti-clockwise) Mic, MicB, LOR, (unlabeled pin), LOL, INL, (gap), INR, A5V, RGND

When i originally bought my case i tried a couple of ways of connecting them but neither worked. If anyone has any ideas or knows how i should connect everything together it would be much appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Front panel audio connection help

oh yeah, perhaps i should say that all the cables aren't stuck together like they probably should be so i need to match the wires and pins up if that makes sense

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I just finished installing my new MSI P6N SLI motherboard and everything is cool, but i came across a problem i couldn't solve. The JUAD connection for front panel audio didn't match up.

The Instillation Manual Listed this:
[1|3|5|7|9 ]
Pin 1: MIC_L (Mic-Left Channel)
Pin 2: GND (Ground)
Pin 3: MIC_R (Mic-Right Channel)
Pin 4: Presence# (Active Low Signal-Signals Bios That A High Defination Audio Dongle
Is Connected To The Analog Header)
Pin 5: LINEout_R (Analog Port Right Channel)
Pin 6: MIC_JD (Mic Jack Detection)
Pin 7: FRONT_JD (Jack Detection Sense Line From The High Def Audio CODEC Jack
Detection Resistor Network)
Pin 8: NC (No Control)
Pin 9: LINEout_L (Analog Port Left Channel)
Pin 10: LINEout_JD (Jack Detection return From Front Panel)
The Case Provides The Following Connectors For The Front Pannel Audio:

Return R - Gray
Return L - BLue
Spkout R - Teal
Spkout L - White
Ground - Black
Mic Bias - Brown
Mic In - Pink

Other Than The Ground And NC; I'm At A Loss As To The Rest.

Any Help?

Answer:Front Panel Audio Connection

look at your motherbard manual to see which pins are for what, it is possible that some may not hook up, so you may have to choose.

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Hello, I'm Lara from Italy. I've just bought a new computer, the case is an ASUS chassis, with audio ports on the front, and I've got an Asrock motherboard with video and audio cards on board.The audio front ports don't work... Do I have to enable them somehow?Thanks for your helpLara

Answer:Disabled audio front ports?

Some motherboards have to have the front ports wired in to work. Some will only allow front or back at one time. It just depends what you have. How about posting the model # of the board and we can look for a manual? Or do you already have one of those?

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I've just bought a new mainboard (KM2M) and am fitting into the case. Everything is fine until I come to connect the front panel audio connectors. I'm completely stumped so if anyone can help me out I'd appreciate it.

The manual labels the pins as follows:

1 AUD_MIC - Front panel microphone input signal
2 AUD_GND - Ground used by analog audio circuits
3 AUD_MIC_BIAS - Microphone power
4 AUD_VCC - Filtered +5V used by analog audio circuits
5 AUD_FPOUT_R - Right channel audio signal to front panel
6 AUD_RET_R - Right channel audio signal return from front panel
7 HP_ON - Reserved for future use
8 KEY - No pin
9 AUD_FPOUT_L - Left channel audio signal to front panel
10 AUD_RET_L - Left channel audio signal return from front panel

There are two bunches of cables coming from the front panel.

The first, clearly the microphone one, is coloured and labelled as follows:

Green - MIC
Red - R
Blue - L
Black - G

The second is labelled as follows:

Red - VCC
White - PORt -
Green - PORt +
Black - G

Which cables connect to which pins? Some are obvious but others are not (at least to me) and I don't want to blow anything up by getting them wrong.

Any help appreciated.

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Hi all,
I recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Window 8.1. My desktop has a front audio and mic jack and also a rear audio and mic jack. While watching movies , I connect my rear jack to a large set of speakers and for better voice clarity I plug in earphones onto the front audio panel. This setup was working fine in Windows8.1 and below. But now after upgrading, if I plug in rear audio jac, I loose the sound in the front and vice versa. Kindly help.
In addition, during the fresh install of Windows 10, I did not install any drivers for monitor, default inbuilt sound card of motherboard,inbuilt lan card,etc. Do I need to install these as they seem to be functioning except well except for the audio part which I mentioned above.

Answer:Front and Rear Audio cannot be used simultaneously !

This was resolved by installing latest Realtek Audio Codecs for Windows 10

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I have the cable from the case plugged into the mother board, but I am getting now audio or my mic working. The back works, but I need it in the front. In audio options, everything is enabled, volume all the way up. PLz help, thanks. Spec is in my sig.

Answer:front audio/mic isnt working

Assuming you have Realtek and all cables are properly connected, click on the Realtek Sound Manager in the bottom right corner. Next click on the "Audio I/O" tab and then click on the wrench icon near "Analog Front Panel". Now disable "front panel jack detection".

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