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Using 2 sets of identical usb speakers at the same time.

Question: Using 2 sets of identical usb speakers at the same time.

I am trying to use 2 sets of the insignia NS-NBBAR USB sound bar speakers on my laptop simultaneously. Both Speakers are recognized independently and I can choose one or the other to run, but I can find no way to link them both. Is there any way to set these up to run this way?

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Preferred Solution: Using 2 sets of identical usb speakers at the same time.

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Answer: Using 2 sets of identical usb speakers at the same time.

Please remove your double-post.

Double-posting is frowned upon severely.

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I have a rather cheap and poor quality Trust 5.1 surround system and a rather awesome View Quest SonicDock.

While my current, best, computer was away being repaired, I wired up all the speakers in a rather complicated manner which enabled me to have c/sub, the two front side speakers, and the SonicDock output simultaneously, at maximum volume. However, the read side speakers never worked with that cabling and I thought they had both died until I got this computer back and connected the surround properly.

Why do I want the audio to output through two sets of speakers at the same time? The subwoofer from the surround set is awful. The SonicDock produces some literally desk-shaking bass.

So, the computer has the following audio ports:
in (blue), out (green), mic (pink), c/sub (orange), rear (black), side (grey)
(front panel)
mic (pink), headphones (green)
Basically, I don't WANT surround. My room isn't big enough and the speakers can't be strategically positioned, I just want the maximum sound output. I.e. I don't want WMP to just be sending audio to the front speakers, I want sound to come out of all the speakers, even if it's just stereo sound but through all 6/7 speakers.
I've fiddled with all the Realtek HD Audio manager settings and can't get it to work how I want it to. When I tried stacking earphone splitters and connecting the four speaker cables into that stack and plugged into the rear green out port, it didn't work as intended.

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Answer:I'd like to have sound output through 2 sets of speakers at same time

First off, I use a Trust 5.1 surround system and I bought it knowing that I was getting what I paid for :I

But on to your problem, with Realtek it is easily possible to output to two sets of speakers at once (as long as your dock has a single 3.5mm for input).
Unfortunately I don't have Realtek anymore since I bought my X-Fi so I'm going purely from memory here. In the Realtek control panel (accessible through Windows control panel), there is the ability to toggle front panel audio concurrently with your normal, rear port audio. Luckily Google has a far better memory than I.

by clicking "Device advanced settings" in the Realtek HD Audio Manager and then clicking "Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio streams simultaneously"

How to get headphones and speakers working at the same time? - Super User

You may or may not have to reassign some of the speaker functions through the port connections in Realtek, but I never had to.

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So I've had 8GB (2x 4GB) of G.Skill Ripjaws RAM in my system for about a year now and I got another 8GB of the exact same RAM in December and ever since then I've been getting BSOD's every couple of hours with all 4 DIMMs installed - However if I use just use either the 2 old sticks or the 2 new sticks it runs fine, I don't think it's a compatability issue as all the memory is identical (Naming - Sticker information - AMD overdrive gives the same name), I'm sort of leaning towards an issue with the motherboard maybe? It's all really confusing and none of the DIMMs give errors in Memtest86+

Any help would be really appreciated.

Answer:2 sets of identical RAM seem to not work together?


There are two possibilities:

1. Defective RAM chips
2. Defective RAM slots on the motherboard

How long did you run MemTest86+ for? We recommend a minimum of 7 passes, which is usually an overnight job of several hours.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Upload your BSOD dmp files here, and we'll take a look:


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Question: 2 Sets Of Speakers

I was testing out to see if it was my speakers or my computer that make a fuzzy sound when I adjust the sound, and I had an idea I have two speaker female ends on my computer why not plug these other speakers in the other plug too to make a surround type feeling. Well I did but it turns out the speaker's plugged into the back turn out to be really quiet even turning them up all the way. Is there any way to fix this so its louder. I know there really not meant to work this way, but I think it would be cool, and also my other speakers don't make a fuzzy sound when I adjust the volume anymore.

Answer:2 Sets Of Speakers

Try relocating the speakers, making sure that the speaker wires aren't next to any power cords. I've seen this happen more than once, where the power cords interfere with the sound coming out of the speakers. I've also seen a friends computer speakers pick up his cordless phone

You can try adjusting the settings in the audio properties and making it 4 speakers (probably 4.1) to see if that'll make a difference. It may or may not, as there's nothing to seperate the sound to each individual speakers, as there's still only 2 lines going to 4 speakers so the computer recognizes 2 speakers. In a 4.1 or higher surround sound, the signal is broken up at either the sound card (or onboard audio) or at the subwoofer which delivers the "surround sound".

You never know, it might work! Give it a whirl! Good luck with it, I hope it works for you!

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Question: 2 sets of speakers

I currently have a Logitech Z-2300 speaker system hooked up to my computer. Is it possible to add a pair of Behringer MS16 powered desktop monitors and use both systems at the same time? How would I do that?


Answer:2 sets of speakers

Have you ever herd of a headphone splitter? That's the easy and economic way of doing it. I personally recommend buying a Creative X-Fi card, then you can emulate surround sound if you want.

Edit: I just looked at the card you put in your specs, it should have a plug you can just plug it into, unless you're missing the cord or don't want the surround sound effect.

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Hi,I would like to have 2 stes of Logitech Z623's ( a AUX Y splitter. ( was just wondering if that is really as simple as i think it is, i want to utilize all power i know these bad boys have. But i fear it may be more complicated than i think.Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hooking up 2 sets of speakers to one PC

Yep, that's all you'll need!

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I recently bought a new Dell XPS 720 with a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic(D) Sound Card and with Dell A525 2.1 Stereo Speakers with a Subwoofer. I have another set of speakers that I used to use on my old computer which I would like to hook up to work simultaneously with my current speakers. The older speakers are Dell A425 2.1 Stereo Speakers with a Subwoofer. How do I go about setting the two up.I am also thinking about reformatting the XPS 720 to repartition the hard drive so I may end up needing to setup the original speakers as well. It would be easiest if I could install both immediately after reformatting and partitioning.

Answer:How do I setup two different sets of speakers onto one computer?

taking a shot at this but;  go read on each one and see which if or  both would work*you need either an amplifier or an equalizer  with 4 speaker  inputs and you should be good to go, the creative sound card will setup the output levels.

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Alright this may sound a bit confounding if I don't explain a bit so here goes. I got a new monitor for Christmas the Acer H213H, looks great 1080p and all, however there is a small problem when it comes to sound. The monitor itself has speakers, while I'm using the computer this is fine as I don't care how system sounds are and most of the time when I am playing a game I have headphones on.

However, I have my PS3 hooked to it via the HDMI slot. When the monitor uses the HDMI port it defaults to putting the sound through the speakers on the monitor, but generally these speakers don't get loud enough to really hear everything in the game. I tried simply plugging in a spare set of speakers I have into the monitor to see if it would output through them, but it won't. I have the option to play audio via the composite cables if I want and could plug them into RCA to mini-stereo converter and plug a set of speakers into my PC and simply put the audio from the PS3 into line in. I have 4 speaker ports, what would be best to plug it into? I have the option of front rear, side and center. Right now I have the monitor plugged into front. I'm guessing I'd want the other set of speakers in the front jack as well, but I though having them in a different jack may allow me to isolate the line-in audio.

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Answer:Two different sound sources, two sets of speakers

Nobody has any ideas on this?

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Hi,I don't really know how to explain this but I'll try. What I want to be able to do is use my 'TFT stereo speakers' for all 'Windows sounds' such as warnings etc.ANDUse my Creative 5.1 surround sound speakers for all other activities, such as music or videos etc.I'm prepared to install two sound cards but don't know how to configure my system to tell it which sound card to use for what activity etc.Any help would be gratefully appreciated.Thanks, Ash

Answer:2 sound cards & two sets of speakers - Win XP

I've never heard of anyone wanting to do this and to be honest I don't think it is possible. I've never heard of a PC running with 2 sound cards.I may be wrong and others may have an idea as to how to do it but I don't think what you are proposing is possible.

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I have a stereo splitter i bought on ebay for a dollar, its basicaly a cable with 1male 2female.I am told it splits the audio quality in half also.I have 6 holes on my aluratek sound card, and only one is used (speakers:green for my logitech 2.1 sound) the rest: aux:blue, mic:pink, orange, black ,grey.The question is: can i use another hole to output a second set of speakers (my sony amplificator and two quality sound columns).Question 2 : i also have an old soundcard (creative live! audigy 24bit) can i add it to the motherboard and play sounds from two sound cards at the same time.

Answer:Can I output two different sets of speakers on the same sound card?

Hi Windows only supports 1 sound card at a time so in answer to question 2 no that's not possible.If your amp has headphone and speaker outputs and they can be switched to both work at the same time you could plug your analogue pc speakers into the headphone socket and use it like that .When you plug anything into the sound card do you see a pop up asking what the device is ?As you may be able to use different sockets on the sound card to drive the amp and PC speakers.For more information how to do that I would need the amp model and the sound card model. 

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So as the title says, I have set up a surround sound system using 2 sets of speakers. The first set is set up as the front speakers in the realtek audio manager, and the second set is set up as rear speakers. I have it set up as 7.1 with no sides, subwoofer, or center speakers. Front, left, and right is checked, as well as surround sound. The sub is on my front speakers, and works fine. The rear speakers however get absolutely no bass, only treble, and sound super tinny and terrible. The speakers are fine, and work and sound great if there set as front speakers. What's the problem? I originally had another subwoofer/speaker combo hooked up as the rear, but the subwoofer didn't vibrate at all. I thought maybe I should just hook up some normal speakers with built in subs. Same thing though, they just sound terrible. I also have dolby home theater on, and if I shut it off the rear speakers don't even work when playing music. They work if I click the speaker icon in realtek.

Answer:surround sound with 2 sets of speakers, no bass from rear

In many cases if you don't have an actual 5.1 or 7.1 system you can't "assemble" a surround system, or a system that works properly. In a surround system, there are three connections to the PC's audio and they go to the main unit (bass speaker) that has amplifiers and sound distribution.

Trying to duplicate that with separate speaker systems can result in problems such as you are encountering.

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I have a problem with Avast! telling me "There are too many identical e-mails in appointed time" and I don't know what to do.Here is my HijackThis! logfile:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:12:13 PM, on 6/04/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXEC:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exeC:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXED:\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexStoreSvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceS... Read more

Answer:There Are Too Many Identical E-mails In Appointed Time

Sorry but it seems in the short time from when I last posted till now Avast! released an update, it seems to have solved my problems. However during the many alternate solutions I tried something has gone wrong and I get two error messages when I start up.Here is my new HijackThis! logfile:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 5:21:36 PM, on 6/04/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exeC:\Program Fil... Read more

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After 2 days battling a trojan spambot I'm exhausted and need some help... desperately! I have a question for you, but first some background...

My daughter was using my computer on Monday 17 Dec and got a message within MSN purportedly from a friend inviting her to click on a link within the message. This placed a winRAR file ( in the Received Files folder. She clicked on that and it produced a dialog saying it couldn't open.

In fact some files appeared in C:\WINDOWS/system32 at the time she clicked - all with image icons:

Very soon after Avast started to get excited about emails being sent and threw up dialogs saying: "There are too many identical e-mails in appointed time". It showed the headers of the outgoing messages and it was spam... tons of it.

Then yesterday an MSN contact of mine clicked on a file that appeared in his MSN purportedly from me; btw MSN hadn't even been open my end. This friend runs an IT company and is about as IT-savvy as you can get, and yet he clicked on the file... so I can't be too hard on my 12 year old daughter for being fooled!

I have been trying to stay offline to limit the damage to others but, having read your Preparation Guide, realise I need to be online to download the programs you recommend... though I could download them on another computer and transfer them I guess? There are 4 computers here at home and... Read more

Answer:Avast Says: "there Are Too Many Identical E-mails In Appointed Time".

Well, in case anyone is interested in how it turned out... in the absence of any comforting words of wisdom via this blog, I backed up my files, reformatted my hard disk, reloaded Windows, my files and programs and began normal life once more. Not a great way to spend Christmas, but effective. Moral?... make damn sure those in your neck of the woods are careful about what they click on in any chat program, and I wish you many years of trouble-free computing.

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I am trying to figure out this new (as of a month ago) hotspot. It's a Verizon MIFI and I've used it both for WIFI and USB tethering. The tethering has me confused though.

Every time I connect the device to the computer it asks me if I just want to charge it or use the USB tether option. When I choose "tether" I next get a window on my computer asking what kind of network I want to set up - home, work, or public (I think). I always pick "home" because it's my home computer and usually the connection is fine after that, but I've noticed that the name changes slightly each time. It started with Network 1 and is now up to Network 9.

I did try looking in the Network and Sharing Center for a way to delete all the extra networks and just set up one that I could use whenever the device was tethered but I couldn't find a way to do that. Next I was going to ask about it here but honestly - it didn't seem to be a priority. Now, though, I'm periodically getting a message from Windows about an IP address conflict. The message says there is another computer using the same IP address, but that doesn't make sense - I have only one computer. I don't know if it's related to the multiple "home network"s - and I apologize if it isn't - but I think it's time to get this straightened out.

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My brother downloaded a keygen the other day in order to try and install Starcraft which required a CD-Key. Seconds after he ran the exe file, Avast started blaring about viruses, and though I managed to deal with that, now it periodically pops up with this warning:

There are too many identical e-mails in appointed time.

I've tried a lot of things, including Ad-Aware, Spybot, AVG Anti-Spyware, Avast Virus check, and nothing helps. Here is my log. Please help me, I'm getting pissed.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 11:10:20 AM, on 6/3/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
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I have a question for those who are experienced in performing numerous vista installations. I have 2 identical laptops as far as hardware goes, each with its own COA sticker (that is obviously different). I just did a clean install of Vista 64 on one of them from the digital river SP1 files available. As you know, there are several hundred updates to Windows since then, and these take many hours to download and install. I am trying to avoid some of that in the future. What I am wondering is this: If I want to do a clean install on the second machine as well, can I simply create a disk image of the first clean install machine (with Windows totally updated), clone this to the second machine, and then re-activate Windows in the second machine by changing to its COA in Windows? This would save a lot of time by not having to download and install all the hundreds of updates. If that will work, I would like to keep the clean updated disk image for re-installations of both machines so I can use that as a starting point instead of starting from SP1. Thanks for your insight.

Answer:Question on trying to save time performing a clean install on 2 identical computers

Yes, that will work. Or you could mount the drive from teh 2nd computer as a slave in the 1st and do a direct clone using Macrium Reflect Free.

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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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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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If I have stripe or volume sets on one machine, lets say spaning 2 disk in either case. If I unplug the drives as a pair and put them in another XP/2000 box, will the OS automatically recognise them as the stripe or volume set pair? Likewise if I install XP/2000 on a box containing such a pair, will the OS detect the volume/stripe correctly during install?

Answer:Windows stripe sets and volume sets

Could we have a little bit more information on what you are doing? And is it Windows XP or Windows 2000 there is no Windows XP/2000?

Try this article it may help answer a question or two.

4809 How to choose between a Stripe Set, a Volume Set, a Stripe Set with Parity, and a Mirror Set while using Windows NT 4.0? 07-Feb-02

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I received my 2 Samsung BX2431 LED monitors today, hooked them up, installed drivers. And now after wasting an hour on finding out that I had to do scaling on my card in the AMD Vision control center to get rid of the black bands, I still am left with the problem that one monitor is whiter than the other. I had two different white windows open to compare on my second monitor has a yellow tint to it. Far enough to be bothersome. From what I can tell, my first monitor is fine as is.

All of the settings are exactly the same for both of the monitors. I switched the cables on each to see if that made any difference, and I even changed which DVI port I was using for them. It seems that one just is insistent upon being yellow.

Is there any way that I can fix this issue? I don't have very much knowledge in dabbling with the colors of monitors. It's not as simple as just turning the yellow down. Or is this a permanent issue that cannot be resolved?

Thank you

Answer:Identical Monitors, not identical colors

Unfortunately, there can be variations in colours even with identical models.

There are three things you can try:

Type 'color' in the search bar to open color management:

Ensure that either both the monitors are using the same .icm profile, or that neither are.

Adjust more settings on the monitors. ie the colours, brightness, contrast - make sure they are both using the same modes etc
Use the ATI control panels colour controls for the monitor.

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How would one go about using both regular computer speakers and speakers on a tv hooked up with a hdmi cable. They work independently but not together.

Answer:use tv speakers and computer speakers at same time

I am pretty sure that cannot be done without a 3rd party program.

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Greetings to all!

Yesterday, I started getting warning pop-ups from my Avast saying ?There are too many identical e-mails in appointed time?. The frequency of the pop-ups is once every few seconds, to the point that it gets too disruptive to work on the computer. When I open the Avast Scanning panel I can see it constantly scanning outgoing e-mails, at the rate of about 50 e-mails per minute! The e-mail subjects are ?Happy 4th of July?, ?Celebrate Independence Day?, ?Nation?s Family Day?, and similar. The senders are all random e-mail addresses (probably fake). When I turn off the Avast Internet Mail Provider, this stops the pop-up warnings (but I?m sure it doesn?t stop the actual e-mails).

I tried using different virus detection software (Avast4, AVG Anti-Spyware, Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4, VundoFix V6.5.4), but nothing unusual was found except for a few cookies.

On top of all, I?m experiencing random system reboots. It seems to happen during anti-virus scans and only when I?m connected to the internet, but I could be wrong. I have a cable connection through Comcast.

Here?s my DSS log (the extra.txt and Panda log are attached):

Deckard's System Scanner v20070611.50
Run by Admin on 2007-07-04 at 17:59:44
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's Syste... Read more

Answer:Avast pop-ups "There are too many identical e-mails in appointed time"

1. Download & Save this file to Desktop ->

2. Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.

3. When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Post that log & a fresh HJT log in your next reply

Do not mouseclick combofix's window whilst it's running. That may cause it to stall

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I'm passing my 10-yr-old Sony 27in CRT TV to my old Dad, who's rather deaf. I would like to give him some headphones to use with it (it has a headphone socket) but when you insert the jack, this cuts off the speakers. My Mum doesn't think much of that!Is there any way that I could get the phones and the speakers to work at the same time? The TV has a variety of sockets and interfaces, but I don't really know what they all do. It has two SCART sockets.Thanks for any advice and ideas.

Answer:TV earphones and speakers at same time?

You can get SCARTS with a breakout of the sound cables. These could be wired to the headphones by way of an adapter.You need to look at the SCARTS on the TV and find which is an output (or Input/Output) - there should be an arrow moulded in to tell you.Look here for suitable adapters, or search around Maplins, or the local TV hereWhich one to use may depend on the headphone connections.

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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 think my computers speakers are dying after being in service for than 8 years. I need your helping finding good, affordable, gaming speakers.I say gaming because I don't know if regular speakers are to low or just don't cut it.

My HP computer I bought 2 years ago had free speakers with it but they were sub-par, and are very small and low quality in my opinion.

I currently have Insignia Speakers, any good ones you guys know about?

Also, I have a question. Do sound cards make a difference in desktops? I don't know anything regarding speakers, other than you plug them into the hole with the matching color and they produce sound lol

Answer:Time to get new gaming speakers

check this out,
Creative have the best speakers and they are usually very affordable, i would check around your local tech stores and look for random deals if you want to save even more, i got my 7.1 system for $200 and its still going perfect 6 years later

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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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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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Season's greetings!!

This may have been asked before in the forum (my search didn't show anything), but, for the sake of a more multi-speakered environment, I'd like to be able to hear audio through my laptop speakers as well as through my external amplified speakers at the same time.

It seems silly, I'm sure, but my laptop has a better high end than my old amp'd speakers which have a much deeper take on the audio spectrum, so combining the two balances things out a bit.

I am running a Lenovo X200 Tablet (+ Ultrabase) full spec'd with a Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221 card. Vista. Let me know if you need more hardware spec.

To be perfectly clear I'll restate what I want from this:
1. To play audio through the internal speakers.
2. To play the SAME AUDIO through the headphone jack at the SAME TIME.
3. NOT to play a separate stream (I do have multistream functionality).
4. NOT to play audio through two separate external devices (which would require a splitter).
5. To avoid the purchase of additional hardware, unless it is some sort of cable.

Just getting some initial confusion out of the way. I've read up as much as possible before posting.

Help! Feel free to be technical; I'm way into the killer advent of computing.


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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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Here's my problem.

I have speaker that I use for music and a USB headset for games.

I'd like to make it so I can just turn the volume down on one and just use the other for what I desire, instead I have to open my sound settings and switch the default every time.

Any solutions?

Answer:Trying to run a USB headset and Speakers at same time

ok so u want to be able to listen to music through the headset while your speakers are on as well?
theres the problem
your computer has one audio out (which is hooked to your speakers) the reason the usb mic works is when that out is disabled it goes to your next default, your usb port.
so basically sound can only come out of one place at one time from ur comp.
i hope i helped

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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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I would like a usb headset to function at the same time as a pair of speakers. The speakers plug into a 3.5mm jack. And I would also like a microphone, that plugs into a jack, to function at the same time as the microphone on the headset. I have Windows 7. My intention is to allow another person, with whom I am talking on Skype, to hear audio of a video that I will play. There are Youtubes on the subject, but they have not helped me.

I would appreciate any help, thanks.

Answer:Using a headset and speakers at the same time

Have you considered using the swap screen function in Skype? It allows the person you're chatting with to view your computer screen and (I could be wrong) hear its audio.

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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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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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My Dell latitude will let me use the speakers and record sound when I am not on the internet but as soon as I dial up with the Hayes usb modem , any thing I try to do with the speakers or microphone gives me the message that my audio is already in use with another application. (that application being my modem) I turned the sound off in the modem properties box and no mute boxes are checked. It acts like a resource conflict but when I go to device manager, I don't find any conflicts. Since I'm trying to use voice chat on yahoo messenger, this problem is annoying. I feel like it is a simple check box somewhere I'm missing and I've just graduated from a computer maintenance class and the Cisco Networking Academy with a 3.94 GPA and this really makes me feel stupid. Please help before I lose all confidence and through this thing in the lake. Thanks

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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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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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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 have two audio jacks in the back of my computer. I just bought a headset today and no sound is coming through them and I just want to be able to play sound through the speakers and the headset at the same time. I'm using windows 7. Can someone please walk my through the steps and help me with this! Thank you!

Answer:Hooking up my Speakers and Headset at the same time?

Depends on your PC and what audio I/O jacks you have. The GREEN jack is the Speaker (or can be used for headset or line out). If there is a second Speaker/Line out jack you could use that, however most new systems only have extra output jacks for surrond systems and that won't do you any good.

If you have a headphone jack on the front of the PC, and again depending on what you have, some systems have a sound control panel and allow configuring either both the front headphone and rear speaker are both active or the headphone jack cuts off the rear speaker (usually the default mode).

Post some system specs, or better yet fill in the My System Specs so we know what we are dealing with.

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Hey everyone

Recently i had my motherboard fixed and my speaker ports are in a diff place. Vertical instead of horizontal down the bottom (no i don't know much about hardware). There are still the same three holes, pink blue and green, not sure if they were different colours don't think it matters. I've got creative inspire 5.1 5200 speakers
and only the speakers which are plugged into the top speaker port (green) work.
The subwoofer seems to work no matter which speakers are plugged in but I
can only have the back two, the front two or the centre speaker working at once.
The bottom port is used for the microphone and that works all the time, the middle port doesn't do anything really.
I've tried downloading a bunch of realtek AC97 drivers to get it to work because I used to have one which had a speaker setup tab, and i could change from microphone to surround sound from there: ac97 (ms6547)/audio4.JPG
I don't have the speaker config tab on mine anymore, but i do have HRTF demo.

............... :bounce:

Answer:5.1 sound not working - only 2 speakers at a time

activate the surround sound 5.1 function on your sound card drivers

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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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I had an issue recently where I upgraded from OEM Vista x86 to Windows 7 Professional x86. There was very little sound coming from the internal speakers. I also had major BSODs from then, so obviously I was focusing my attention on the BSODs as a priority.

That issue has been resolved, however, or, at least, I implemented a workaround - reinstalling Vista. I no longer have BSODs.

The audio, however, is still extremely quiet. I've checked the following:

Went into properties and maximised the 'levels' on everything.

Went into volume mixer and maxed everything.

Went into Devmgmt.msc and tried updating drivers - drivers already up-to-date.

SOMETHING I HAVE NOTICED: I have two internal speakers as well as what I guess is a subwoofer (I'm sorry, I'm terrible with hardware - its icon looks like a box server or something. I'm currently at work so I'll upload screenshots when I get home).
ONLY ONE SPEAKER PLAYS AT A TIME. I can change between the speakers by right clicking and saying "set as default speaker" and that plays sound out of one at a time with no problems, unless I choose the subwoofer(?).

Is there a way to make both speakers play at the same time, instead of just using one of them?

All help appreciated!

Answer:Onboard Speakers Only Play One At A Time

Without knowing what kind of speakers and how they are connected, we can't really comment on the problem. More info is needed.

Normally, if the speakers are connected correctly both to the PC and internally in the speaker system, you can go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally the Sound Panel, Playback section. Your "Speakers" should be set as the Default playback device and then you can click on Configure to configure the type of speaker system you have and also test the speakers.

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Hi guys!

I've been struggling with this problem since I got my computer, a little over a year ago.

I've tried everything, but can't figure out how to get sounds from my pc speakers and HDMI at the same time. It's really annoying having to change the primary output multiple times a day (I watch a lot of movies using HDMI-cable to my tv). Might sound like a little problem to you, but I'm becoming obsessed with this

My soundcard is some kind of a Realtek HD -thingy, if that helps.

Any advice would be appreciated

Answer:Sound from HDMI and pc speakers at the same time

That is the way it works. You can only have one "default playback device" - either your Speakers (PC sound) or the HDMI.

I've seen other posts about this, but don't recall seeing any way around this.

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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 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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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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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.


Answer:Speakers and headphones working at the same time

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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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Hey all!

I am trying to get my headset (which plugs into the Front-Green-Out) to work along side of my speakers (which plug into my Rear-Green-Out).

Both are being recognised and both work, but not at the same time. That's because in the screen where you manage your Audiodevices you can only have 1 "standarddevice", which it uses to play the audio.

Is there any way to have more than 1 standarddevice? (or another way to make both work at the same time).

By the way, for anyone using the same motherboard as me: Asus is not supporting it anymore =/. I use the P5K-EPU sounddrivers. Also, if you want the front jacks to work you have to set them in the BIOS to AC97, not HD-audio.

Answer:Front headset and speakers at the same time?

I know on mine when I plug into the front panel it disables my rear inputs. I don't think there is a way to do that using the same driver. What I do though is use a sound card for my speakers/monitors and use the onboard for my headset. I have WMP set to my sound card so I can listen to DVD/music through my monitors while gaming through my headset simultaneously. Helps when the Mrs is scrapbooking and wants to listen to music.

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I just bought a new pc and received it today, and i plugged my headset in to check if i hear audio from both speakers and headset but its not working. When i plug my headset in i only hear audio from my headset and not the speakers. Ive been googling and found something about it but with the newest realtek hd audio i dont have the Playback Device there, only the Recording Device. In this picture it has both the playback and recording device.

Answer:No Audio coming from speakers and headset at the same time

In the Playback Device section of the panel you have displayed. Check the Make front and rear output devices playback tow different audio streams simultaneously and see if that does it for you.

The usual default mode on PC sound cards is to mute the speakers when a headset is plugged in.

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I have an Insignia NS-NBBAR USB sound bar and the internal speakers of my Lenovo V570. I am trying to use both sets of speakers at the same time. Is there any way to accomplish this?

Answer:USB sound bar and internal laptop speakers at the same time

You can only have one default audio playback device, such as your "Speakers" (the PC's sound card and speakers) or some other device such as the USB soundbar, if it sets itself as the default audio playback device.

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Hi, I am currently looking for a way to make my built in laptop speakers and my external speakers play at the same time.

Like most laptops if there is something plugged into the line out jack the internal speakers are disabled and the external speakers take priority.

Is there a program that could accomplish this or is what I'm asking terribly difficult to accomplish?

Something that may be significant is that my integrated audio chip set is not manufactured by Realtek (nor is any other part of my computer).


Answer:Enable Internal and External speakers at the Same Time

You could try something like Virtual Audio Cable. Theres a trial version available.

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For several last days, I have a strange behavior of speakers and microphone in my t470p. For most of the time they are unavailable in both Linux or Windows OS. However, where I'm doing little push on screen backward (like adjusting screen little bit), both microphone and speaker start working and become available. After I stop adjusting screen (making push backward) device become unavailable again. I'm sure that it is some kind of hardware problem and it should be easy fixing (like some connector is not attached properly inside LCD panel), but according to maintenance manual, I do not see any wires related to speakers or sound card going inside LCD panel. Can anybody advise how to fix such behavior?

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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 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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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 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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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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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'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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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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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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Hi Everyone,

Hopefully someone can assist with this annoying problem. My mother's computer, for some unknown reason, plays all sounds and music through the actual PC tower AND the external speakers.

We want to disable the sound coming from the PC, as when she has music on or is playing World of Warcraft etc, its really annoying to hear the tinny sounds through the PC tower. We just want to hear it through the external speakers.

She's running a HP Compaq dc5700 PC with Windows XP. The default sound is via RealTek HD Audio.

It hasn't always done this - its a recent issue.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys!


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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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I had been facing this problem for a long time. At the beginning after the laptop is turned on, the speakers on it work just fine. But after 4-5 minutes, the problem begins. The speakers suddenly stop playing, then again play, again stops and again resume..this thing goes on until the system is rebooted.  Then again after 4-5 minutes the weird phenomenon starts. I have the coexant hd audio driver installed. Tried reinstalling windows several times. None produced any positive result. It happens on any application i use and even in case of the system sounds too. Can anybody help me solve this problem please? I know its something not many people heard of. But i'm facing it.

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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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I just installed SP1 for my Vista64-Ultimate system. Well as soon as it was done installing it goes to desktop a loud static scratching sound is coming from my speakers now, and it is on the whole time, but I have no programs running ? WTF

What does SP1 do to my X-Fi drivers ? Are there newer drivers I need for my sound card that work with SP1 ?

Answer:Vista64 SP1 = static sound comin from speakers the whole time ?

I had no issue with mine. Do you have the latest from Creative's website? That's all most of us are using I think... and without issue.

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i have a compact presario C700(CND8094VHY series number). when i plug my headset into the headset jack, i recognized dat d sound plays in both device(headset and speaker). how can i solve this problem.. i want it only plays in headset when i plug it into headset jack.. and wen i unplug d headset, i want d sound plays in speaker as normal.. can anyone help me out.. thanx

Answer:headset jack and speakers play sound at the same time

In device manager what sound card do you see listed?

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When I plug my headphones in the sound plays out of both my speakers and my headphones. My headphones are not broken and they work elsewhere.

Answer:Satellie L500-1CQ - Sound from headphone and speakers at the same time


Have you tested other headphones or external speakers? If not you should do this!!!

Furthermore I miss some important informations about your operating system and sound driver. You should try updating the sound driver. The newest version you can find on the Toshiba website.

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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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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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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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every thing is on max not shure why it works only sometime head phones work all the time but speakers come and go sometime when i bang the back the volume comes for a second and diissapears i need help

fully updated driver

Answer:Help please my Dell laptop(internal speakers) dont work all the time only sometimes

The jack where you plug in your headphones probably turns the speakers
off when the headphones are plugged in.
Over time,this causes wear to the jack and it does not make contact
properly,so the audio is not being passed to th speakers.
You can have the jack replaced(expensive?), or use a set of USB powered
external speakers.
BTW,not a good idea to bang on a laptop.

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I am not computer savvy so not sure what terms are. The bottom part of my screen where date and time, speakers etc appear frozen. Also my Icons for google, IE, picassa etc are no longer there. I also cannot access the start menu. So it appears anything in this area I cannot click on and get. I've shut down the computer, rebooted router and such, it updates the time but is still frozen. I am able to use my desk top icons to access anything and everything on the internet seems to be working. Not sure when thes started I just noticed that the time had not updated so that is how I knew there was a problem, the google icon and such were there until I shut down the computer. Where they normally appear there is a blue line. Appreciate any help.

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I have a newer Dimension 8500.  Cant get audio to come thru external speakers and headset simultaneously. Seems like have always had issues with this in my Dells.  In previous models there Realtek drivers also came with a REALTEAK AUDIO MANAGER app that had some hidden setting that you could select to do both.  Now, it was always hard to find this software, but you could always make it work.  Now the Realtek software seems wrapped in a Dell Audio Manager shell without this option.  My device manger shows an Nvidia HD audio manager and the Realtek HDA.  Tried every realtek driver I could find, got the latest from Dell, and tried to find older Realtek KHA manager app.  Cant find it anymore. 
Tried every combination of rear and front jacks and most of the solutions I found online under Sound Mixer options.  But no love.
My neighbor has a very basic HP and if I plug my headphones into the rear of his both his speakers and my headset audio work plug and play.  Why is Dell so difficult?  Sure it may be User Error, but ....
I went to a newer HP and it fires right up.

Answer:Always an issue with Dell/Realtek: Audio from speakers and headset at same time


Did they ever work simultaneously before??
Have you tried working on the stereo mix options under recording options. 


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Hi all,

I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to 8.1 using the same hardware as before, and have encountered a strange problem that I can't find the solution to.

I'm using an Alesis IO|2 usb audio interface (which my speakers are connected to) and a Razer Megalodon usb headset. Both are completely functional when used independently (ie. if I'm not using my headset, everything plays through my speakers fine, and vice versa).

However, there are many situations where I'm used to having audio coming through my headset and speakers at the same time. For example, if I'm on a Skype call I'm used to having the call audio coming out of my headset while still being able to play music etc out of my speakers.

The problem: Since using Windows 8.1, when trying to do this, both my speaker and headset audio breaks down completely into sporadic glitchy & loud crackles. If I want to listen to music while talking on Skype I have to disable my speakers (in windows playback devices screen) to force all audio out of my headset.

Neither of my USB devices has drivers associated with them, and I have the latest firmware on both, leading me to believe this is some problem with Windows. Has anyone got any ideas? I've spent hours trying to resolve this and have yet to even find someone with the same problem...

Answer:Broken audio when playing sounds through speakers and headset at the same time


I guess this problem really is a rare one huh?

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Hello all -Just bought a brand new SL410 at Best Buy last night.  Liking it a lot, but one major problem.  When I am surfing the web and listening to music at the same time, the speakers have an annoying crackle each time I load a new web page.  This is happening on IE, Firefox and Chrome.  It is happening when the laptop is plugged into a power outlet and when it is running on a battery. It only happens when a new page loads, not when I am scrolling or anything like that.  All of my drivers appear to be updated.  I am running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.  I have 4 GB of RAM and I am running an Intel Dual processor...can't have anything to do with system resources.  Any thoughts?  If I can't get this resolved, I am going to bring it back.  It's just too annoying for the money I paid! Thanks for any help you can provide!

Answer:Brand New SL410 - On board Speakers Crackle when Listening to Music and Surfing Web At Same Time!

I have the smae problem, it is also the same with headset. Can anyone help? thanks. alex

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A friend of mine just built a system in which he installed two identical Lite On DVD RW drives. Windows won't recognize both of them at once since when he goes to install the drivers on the second one, windows says that it can't do it since it already has that driver installed. He can use either one or the other but not at the same time. Is there a way to work around this? thanks

Answer:Two identical DVD RWs

You don't have to install any drivers for optical drives in Windows. It either Just Works or not.

Does the BIOS recognise both drives?

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