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HP400 sound from internal speaker and rear jacks but not front jacks

Question: HP400 sound from internal speaker and rear jacks but not front jacks

I can not get sound from my front jacks but I get sound through the internal speaker. If the rear jacks are enabled then they will work.

Device manager shows: 2 high definition audio devices (not realtek). One for the rear jacks and the other for ATPI Inernal ATPI jack. No playback device listed for the front jacks.

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the devices but the front jacks wont install

Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Answer: HP400 sound from internal speaker and rear jacks but not front jacks

High Definition Audio Drivers are only the generic, basic function, Windows installed sound drivers. They are not the full feature drivers that the hardware drivers provide. Check HP for a correct sound driver, if available.

ATPI (ATAPI) suggests this is an old Windows XP PC that was upgraded. There may not be any better drivers than the generic ones you have now.

Also check the front panel audio connection to the motherboard (reseat the connector).

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I got a M5A99x Evo Re2.0, brand new board and the audio from the rear doesnt work at all when I plug the pink and green plugs. I have an HDMI connecting from my TV to my Gcard, I get audio through the TV but cant seem to get those jacks working. Ive used two different headsets to see if it might have been the headset itself. im really stumped.

Answer:New board, no sound from front or rear jacks

Have you gone into the sound menu in your control panel and set your default audio device to your headset?

If, under the "playback" tab, the HDMI output is ticked, then this is the problem.

Just click on the correct device(It should either list your headphones or say "high definition audio", or something similar) and then click "set default".

This should solve the problem.

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Hi Everyone;
My del latitude 3440 sound had stop working since last year after connecting it to an external speaker listening to music. I tried system restore right after the moment it went off but does not do anything. I tried installing the audio drivers but still can't. I was assuming that it might be the hardware problem but don't really sure about it. Can anyone please remove the burden from me.

Answer:No sound on audio jacks and internal speaker Del latitude 3440

Hi Sadsea,
Do you hear the Windows start-up tone when it's loading? Can you run the on-board diagnostics <F12> and capture any error message or codes.
Please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your email address, so that we can check on the configurations.

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Hi all,

I'm currently having trouble using the front/rear mic jacks on my computer. Working microphones plugged into either of these jacks will be recognized by the computer (through Realtek Sound Manager Connector Sensing), but no sound will be received through the mic (testing through Sound Recorder for example).

I've checked through all the sound options, and there's no indication that the mic volume is too low or muted. Is there any way to diagnose or solve this problem? I searched through the forums and couldn't find the answer, so any help is appreciated.

Here are my system specs:
AMD64 3700+, 2.21GHz
Windows XP Pro
ATI Radeon X800
DFI NF4 Lanparty Ultra-D
Coolermaster Centurion case


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Ever since I update to windows 10 pro from win8 pro 64bit my front panel headphone and rear speaker jacks have combined into one playback device. How do I separate them back into their original two?

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Hey guys,

I installed the Hyper 212+ this weekend, but after installation, the audio stopped working. Thinking that this was a hardware issue, I went back and replugged some of the cables back into the mobo to make sure they were securely in there. No luck.

My setup (other specs in profile):
- Phenom x4 955
- Radeon 5850
- ASRock 870 Extreme3

Sound appears to work (green bars move, Windows doesn't detect any problems), but there's no output. Here's what the Sound control panel looks like:

(Note that I do indeed have speakers/headphones plugged in.)

I also went into the Realtek HD Audio Manager to see what's going on and it lists only Digital Output. None of the analog jacks appear to be active in the Manager window, unless I disable front panel jack audio detection. Here's what it looks like with front panel detection enabled:

And with front detection disabled:

I've done a couple of things so far:
- Tried headphones and speakers in front and rear audio jacks.
- Even tried microphone in front mic-in jack - didn't work. A USB (connected to front panel) mic did work, however.
- Restored BIOS to factory defaults.
- Disabled/re-enabled onboard audio in BIOS.
- Installed/uninstalled/reinstalled audio and video drivers.

I've also messed around with the Realtek HD Audio Manager itself:
- I disabled front panel jack audio detection. This added two additional in/ouputs: Speakers and FrontMic. Neither work.
- Changed default device to speake... Read more

Answer:No Audio Output via Front and Rear Jacks

flaergr, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Might help if you set the Speakers as the default device instead of the digital one. Unless you're specifically using the optical/digital connections on the back, both the regular and front panel jacks are analogue.

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This just started yesterday. I installed Windows 10 two months ago, so I can't blame that. I did all the recommended in computer repair steps with drivers and the speaker icon, but the computer says that the speaker or headphones are not plugged in. They were tested and do work. There are two jacks in the front, and the speakers work through one of them. I thought maybe the sound card was fried, but with the front jack working, what gives?

Answer:Inspiron 545 rear audio jacks not working, but front ones do.

What model sound card--integrated or separate? Check the ports in the back again with a flashlight. Make sure you are using the light green port in the middle for the speakers. The blue and the green look very much alike. 
Brave of you to install win 10 on such an old model. 

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I am trying to listen to both at the same time so i can hear double the kick in the bass you know? when i plug both in it mutes the rear and i can only hear the one jack in the front.
i have an Emachines windows 7 64 bit

Please if you have any feedback i will take it! greatly appreciated

Answer:How do I use 2 audio jacks simultaneously(front and rear)for 2 systems

BruteDubstep welcome to the Seven Forums.

Even if you can do that it won't double the bass. You want more bass in your sound you're either need to play around with the bass/EQ settings, or get a set of speakers/headphones that have more bass.

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Right, i've been having this problem since I THINK starting to use a HDMI wire. But now, i cannot get any audio from the audio jacks, they are detected, but no sound is produced and I just cannot figure it out.
I've disabled the HDMI, installed, un-installed, re-installed audio drivers and pretty much any method and i can find thus far and nothing at all has worked. I'm a huge lover of music, and the is driving me insane!
Note: The speakers are fine, they work with my iPhone.

Any help will be greatly appreciated and i pray it be swift!

Answer:Front&Rear Audio jacks not working, can't find a solution!

Right click on the little speaker icon on the taskbar, select playback. Do you have it set to Speakers ?

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I am fairly new with W7 so please excuse my inexperience with this.

I have headphones connected to front headphone jack (Dell Inspiron 560 W7 Home 64). I want to have cable connected to rear jack (for speakers in other room). I can't get audio from the rear if anything is connected to the front jack. I do get about one second with the rear pink jack and the yellow jack - but not the green jack - but after one second it stops.

The sound card is RealTek High Definition Audio, driver from 10/09 Vers

Note that when making a similar connection to my XP machine the RealTek card/jacks do play in both front and rear at the same time.

I have attached screenshots of the Control Panel ->RealTek image (annotated with mouseover text) and the Volume->Properties image.

Answer:Can't get Rear Audio jacks to work While cable connected to front jack

I do a lot of support on the Dell users forum. Dell uses a custom implementation of the RealTek audio, only the Dell RealTek audio drivers will work or work properly. Some models of the RealTek audio chip have the capability to do what you want and some do not, on others it's up to the PC/Motherboard vendor whether to implement certain functions or not. It may be possible but I don't recall seeing any posts on the Dell forum about this particular item.

Usually, the default setup is to mute the rear connected speakers when a headphone (or whatever) is plugged into the front headphone jack.

Here is the Dell on-line manuals for the 560/570 models

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I have a eagletech Dragon Case and i would like to enable the front Mic and speaker ports on the top of the system (near the reset button)

Sorry This is out of warranty and I when i plug them in they (the speaker and microphone) don't seem to work from this port. They do work from the main port on the back of the system but that is to much hassle to reconnect all the time.

I have tried searching this forum but don't appear to find the answer, also the

website does not have this model listed ( i will assume it's an older obsolete model)

Thank you for your help in advance.

Kind Regards

Answer:Unable to use front microphone and speaker jacks

You'll need to connect the wires for the front ports to the corresponding header on your motherboard. Post pics of the wires and your motherboard model and I'll see if I can tell you step by step what to do...

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Hi there, first of all nice job on this forum, as it seems this one is one of the most active for windows 7 help. I hope you guys can help me out.
My problems began after I clean re-installed W7. My rear audio jacks are not being recognised in device manager, and plugging in my headphones won't help. I disabled my front audio panels, because the front and rear jacks cant be used at the same time and my rear jacks have surround sound options, so I'm using those.
This setup has been working fine for 4 years, with me using the rear jacks for my 5.1 surround sound headset.

- Windows 7 Ultimate x64
- ASRock P55M PRO motherboard ASRock > P55M Pro
According to ASRock: Audio - 7.1 CH HD Audio (VIA? VT1708S Audio Codec)

What I've tried to do / done already:
- Checked volume, sound ON/OFF and all that basic stuff
- Looked at Device Manager, see screenshot.
- Updated windows with windows updater
- Checked my headphones, they still work on other devices
- I enabled the on board sound in BIOS (maybe I did it wrong?)
- Downloaded the drivers from the asrock website, however, after using the setup.exe for the driver and restarting my computer, it's as if nothing changed.
- Did the same for the drivers from the VIA website.
NOTE sometimes after restarting after setting up a driver I get a black screen prior to logging onto my desktop saying: 'General Serial ATA Driver diskette (Y/N)?', saying NO will restart the pc, and then into the black screen with the qu... Read more

Answer:No sound from rear audio jacks after installing W7

Sounds like something is amiss with the device itself or possibly the jacks themselves(possible hardware issue). But; i would try completely uninstalling all the devices that have the issues; reboot; and let windows try and reinstall them. If you have disks for any of the devices you might have to use the disc to load the drivers and then update them online if needed. If that does not work then it sounds like those jacks may have just bit the dust suddenly in which case you could try sending the board in to the manufacturer to have them fix it; or just get a new board which i know is not what you want to hear but if it comes down to that you may have to.

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I have a mic and an earphone jack on the front of my case. There is also two usb ports. The usb ports work but the jacks doesn't. I don't use the onboard soundcard (AC 97). I use a Sound Blaster Live Value. How can I get my front jacks to work. I hate to go to the back of my case every time I want plug in my headset.

I am using Windows XP Pro SP3.


Answer:Sound jacks in front

If you don't use the onboard sound card then you will have to run extentions from the back of your sound car in the back to the front of the case. Those audio jacks in the front are connected to your MB allowing your onboard sound to come through the front speakers.

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My system, Asusu mobo M3A, AMD x2 64 3.0 ghz, 340 gig's hdd space, 2 gig ram, Radion vidcard hd 3850, Vista Business,
I have front sound jack and mic jack. the don't work i check control panel find the front jacks listed as high def audio device check mobo book find there is a setting in the bios to change the front jack setting from high def sound to regular jacks, cheanged the setting rebooted and no joy. both jacks still listed in device manager as hifgh def devices. tried to delete in device manager and reboot still the same no sound or mic out the front jack's ?????
Any ideas would be much appreciated,


Answer:No sound or mic from front jacks

I can suggest reinstalling the drivers.

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New rig with GA-h55m-usb3 mobo with Win 7/32 pro SP1 - back panel sound fine. but trying original front panel jacks (AC97), and Silverstone fp94s jacks (HD or AC97) nothing. HD recognition should be automatic! Audio is integrated on board Realtek, driver r2.49-6121.

I have upgraded the bios and the drivers. I have tried changing the switch to turn off automatic recognition for AC97. I can see that the system playing, I have ensured the voilume is up. Tried different speakers.

Having read other forums, come to the conclusion that this is a win 7 issue, and/or a mobo issue (however I gather this happens on other mobos).

Any suggestions?

Answer:No sound from front panel jacks

Do you have the correct cable connection between the motherboard and the case front panel jacks? When I assembled my home built PC, I had a problem with the front panel assembly in the case and had to get a replacement front panel assembly (and cables) from the case manufacturer to fix it.

As this is a new system, it could be anything - from the connection on the motherboard to the cable and /or front panel, to a hardware problem with the integrated audio.

Go back and verify that you have the HD Audio connection connected to the motherboard pins and that it is connected correctly. You may have to take an ohmmeter and try to trace out the connections to the front panel headphone and mic jacks to ensure continuity in the cabling. But the wiring is the first thing to check.

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Hey everybody, I just installed Windows 7 and everything works fine, but I am not able to get my sound from the jacks that are on the back of my computer. The front jacks are working and all but my audio one is broken, so the sound is horrible. I tried to fix it with drivers and all, but I just can't find anything to solve my problem, and I haven't seen anybody else having this problem. Please help me guys, I want to listen to my music D:
EDIT: Okay guys, I fixed it... Because there was a thingy broken in the front jack, the computer was thinking there already was a headset plugged in the front jack, so it didn't play the two sources. Thanks anyway !

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My Computer

Purchased ?Feb 2005?


Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Class: Pentium 4 Processor
Processor Number: 560J with HT Technology
Processor Speed: 3.6 GHz
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Duel 200 Gig HD w/ Raid: 400 Gig HD Total; SATA 100 7200rpm
Op system: Windows XP Media Edition

Current on M/S Security updates according to Microsoft

I have Norton Internet Security 2005 with automatic update Version

And Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3.0

My Problem
My question is: How do I download the latest greatest version of M/S Master Volume and make it work on my computer???

M/S Master Volume 5.1 is corrupt and I can?t find it on the M/S update website to reinstall???

I use to be able to listen to Music CD?s on the front of my computer?s headphone jacks now I can not. I click on the Volume Control and all that shows in the window is (Master Volume, Wave, SW Synth and CD Player).

This window use to show many more controls, front and back speaker, Sub Woofer, Mic and Front Mic controls, but Master volume does not show this any more.

I went to ?Control Panel? > ? Sound and Audio Devices? to set up the front Mic and it would not read (hear) it. I have done this many times before, always with great success.

My question is: How do I download the latest greatest version of M/S Master Volume and make it work on my computer???

PS My Speakers work out of the rear of my computer. I do have sound out of the back

Answer:No Sound in Head Set Front Jacks

This is wrong and needs to be reloaded


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Hello. As you can see in the title, I have 2 jacks in the front (1 audio 1 microphone) and 2 jacks in the back (also 1 audio 1 microphone). I would like to plug my headphones into the front jacks, and my speakers into the back jacks.

However, Vista doesn't seem to recognize my front jacks. When I plug in my headphones, there are no new devices detected or anything, and the audio keeps flowing through my speakers. When I unplug the speakers, the Realtek HD Audio playback device displays "Not connected".

So the only choice I have at the moment is going over to the back of my computer and switching cables, which is quite annoying.

Any help?

My playback devices are:

"Litexmedia Virtual Audio Cable" (9 of them)

"Realtek High Definition Audio" <<<SET AS DEFAULT

Realtek Digital Audio
"Realtek High Definition Audio"

Answer:Got front and back jacks, but Vista only recognizes the back jacks.

hi you may need to get the motherboard manual and open your comp to check the wiring for the front jacks is correct

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My computer came with on board sound. I disabled it in the bios and installed a Sound BlasterAudigy4 sound card. Now i can no longer use the front sound Jacks on the computer. Is there any way to connect these easily to the sound card i installed?


Answer:How do you connect front sound Jacks to an add on sound card?

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Hello, first post, first Lenovo.I am a teacher.  A Lenovo A57 9702 was donated to our school and I got it.  It has a Vista basic sticker on it, but has been upgraded to Vista Business.  I think it?s a brand new machine.  My problem is that the only sound I get is from the onboard speaker.  The front and back sound jacks are not outputting sound.  Plugging in speakers or headphones won?t even cut out the onboard speaker sound; it?s like they are not even connected. If you have a clue, thank you!

Answer:A57 sound from onboard speaker only; integrated sound jacks do not work.

I installed the A57 audio drivers.  Afterward it said that they may not have installed correctly.  It still does not work. Thank you.

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Ont he back of my computer, I have 6 Audio Jacks. Two of them are In's, so we won't be discussing them (much). The other 4 are as follows, Line Out, Rear Speakers, Side Speakers, Center/Sub. The only one that works is Line Out, I never checked the other ones because I didn't think I would ever need them.

I just got a new Subwoofer today, it's for a Home Theater, but I was able to rig up a compatible cable. I know the cable isn't the problem because I tried it with my MP3 player, and it worked great. But when I plug it into the Center/Sub channel, nothing. Just to make sure, I played a song, and tried plugging my main speakers into the other 3 jacks, with no sound.

Computer Specs:

Custom Built by me.

Intel Pentium D Dual Core 3.0 GHz
256 MB single SLi Graphics Card (Gigabyte)
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI motherboard
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

Drivers all updated fully (Windows Vista edition drivers if available)

The sound is Realtek AC850 with AC'97 codec.

Now, if I plug the subwoofer into the Line Out, that works too, it's just these other jacks that don't work. I've tried to get them to enable in the software that came with my motherboard, but there is no option for that, I guess it's just supposed to... work, and that's exactly what it's not doing.

Now I said we wouldn't be talking about the "IN" jacks much, so here's that little bit. Int he software, those two I can change to be In's or Out... Read more

Answer:Rear Jacks On Motherboard

Now, if I plug the subwoofer into the Line Out, that works too, it's just these other jacks that don't work. I've tried to get them to enable in the software that came with my motherboard, but there is no option for that, I guess it's just supposed to... work, and that's exactly what it's not doingYou are probably in two channel audio mode.In control panel>sound effects manager>speaker configuration tab, you should see the option to enable more channels. As you do it, you will notice the port functions for the sound card change. For 3 output ports, you need to set it to at least 6 channel.I don't have my vista system in front of me now (xp) but the directions should be close.

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 Above is a close-up photo of the audio input/output jacks on the rear panel of my Acer Aspire M1641-E3750A Desktop PC. I think this setup is for a 7:1 surround sound system. When I access the Acer Aspire manual from the PC itself, it doesn't specify exactly which jack is for which function of a surround sound system. I do know the universal audio symbols mean: 'output'-arrow pointing out of wave circle and 'input'-arrow pointing into wave circle. The pink jack is the microphone input jack. The blue jack is the line-in jack. The green jack is for a headphone. Here are the three problems I'm trying to solve:1) Which output jack serves what function in a surround sound system?Since the green jack is for a headphone then on a surround sound system this output would likely serve as the 'Left' and 'Right' front speakers. Is that correct? I suspect that the black top middle jack is the woofer. Is this true? I don't know what role the white and yellow output jacks serve in this system.2) What is the proper wiring/hook-up procedure to attach speakers to these output jacks?I think ALL the output plugs are mini stereo plugs. So, do I attach two speakers from each output plug like a stereo headset?3) Does the PC power the attached speakers in the surround sound system? If not, do I have to patch the outputs from the PC through an amplifier and then output the signals to the speakers? I apologize for all this deta... Read more

Answer:Acer Aspire M1641 Desktop. Rear audio jacks have 7...

Some integrated audio card (like  Realtek) can have multi-purpose jacks. apart the pink one that's Microphone jack, the others can be used as headphones or speakers output (normally the green one). if you go to your control panel and double click the Realtek icon, probably will popup a window with various settings and can help you to understand what every output does. for sure you need an amplifier, the PC audio card doesn't have enough power to handle a surround speaker without an amplification system.

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I have upgraded this with ssd's and harddrives; started losing surround sound several years ago, was having a hard time switching between surround sound and headset/microphone (which works very well), have uninstalled/reinstalled audio manager and files over and over, d/l files from dell, but still can't get my thx back; yes, i did d/l the thx trustudio pc and installed and the interface is on my computer, but it does nothing, still no surround sound, tried talking to dell, they wanted $ to fixit, i said no, i can live without, but it would be nice to have it back, i did a new install of windows 7, 2 new ssd's , one for 7 itself and one for my games, then a new 2 tb hard drive for stuff in general;
thanks in advance

Answer:XPS 8300, NO THX TruStudio, doesn't recognize rear audio jacks

Did you install the two Chipset drivers before installing any audio driver? On the XPS 8300 driver page, I see several Audio items. Which did you install?

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I have a HP DV 2000 notebook that is about 3 months old. It is running windows Vista business. Yesterday i noticed that the front headphone jacks will not work. I have tired all the drivers i could find however the ports still will not work. I here a pop when i insert headphones into the jack however sound still ONLY comes from the PC sneakers . Any ideas??

Answer:HP DV2000 front jacks

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Help would be greatly appreciated. My sound and microphone are working perfectly on the rear jacks of my desktop, plug into the front jacks and NOTHING.I am runing windows xp home edition with service pack 3and Realtec HD audio manager.

Answer:Front Mic jacks not working

Have you opened the case and checked to make sure the front panel audio cable is hooked up

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Hi, just bought a webcam & headset to use skype but cant seem to get the headset to work on the front audio in/out jacks on my computer.
Is there some setting I need to adjust? (Vista!) I didnt get any software with the headset only the webcam but that seems to work (after a fashion!) the image is very slow! Is there some adjustment for that too?

Answer:front jacks enable?

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Question: front panel jacks

When connecting the front panel (mic, headset) of a case to the mobo, is it possible to plug it in backwards and still have it work. I ask only because in my VIA HD screen it lists the back panel and front panel. In it the green jack is highlighted where my speakers are connected to. In the front panel I have my head phones w/mic plug in and in the VIA HD panel it's not showing up. So when I use my headphones it does not mute my speakers.....sound comes from both speakers and headset. If I plug headset in to jack on speakers it mutes speakers and sound comes only through headset but I can't use my mic. So I have to use front panel w/headset and turn off there a way to work around this or a fix.

Answer:front panel jacks

is it possible to plug it in backwards

Probably not, but seeing as the case is from Ultra who knows. Anyway check you bios settings under "Onboard Devices Configuration" and make sure the "Front panel Select" setting is set to AC'97. Reason being is that your case doesn't have/support HD Audio through the front panel, only an AC'97 connection. Couldn't find anything on Ultra's site support/manual-wise (they are willing to sell it to you though, at nearly twice the price as from Tiger Direct; go figure, one owns the other), but I did find this review on it,

Ultra Products E-Torque Midtower Case | Maximum PC

that at least says which it has. Probably find once you make that one change in the bios (HD Audio is the default), it should work as expected.

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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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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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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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Question: front panel jacks

hi bas i have problem here hope u can tel me a solution.i am using asus p5kpl-am/ps motherboard and iam using on board sound card that is realtek alc662 6-channel high definition audio, whats the problem i am having is i am not able to use my front panel audio jacks(both headphone and mic).all the wire connections are given correctly from the motherboard to the cabinet audio detection is been occurring in the front side when the pins are i have attached the audio manager snap.please help me.thank you

Answer:front panel jacks

Have you checked your BIOS to make sure the front panel jacks are set to AC'97?

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alright the fng has sumthing for u computer masters....i have an hp pavilion dv6000....running windows XP...i installed active x on my computer from microsofts website with the intetion of downloading updates....after active x installed my front heaphone jacks cease to work but my speakers are fine....ive tried rolling back sound card drivers, updating drivers, deleting the original drivers and then reinstalling them...ive gone through system properties and changed things around countless times via hp's troubleshoot website/ instructions...ive even tried system restore and then finally system recovery....ive worked with an hp technician; they said the jacks are shot...but i beleive other wise giving the circumstances....the computer is not even a year old still got the warranty....but without sending it back painfully enough to hp.....has nebody heard of this problem??? is there a going crazy here...please help me!!!!!

Answer:front headphone jacks on hp notebook

And why do you believe otherwise? Do they work in other circumstances, e.g. when you boot from a CD? From what you describe I'd agree with the HP tech-your jacks are shot. (Or maybe headphones now that I think about it-you say the problem is with the front jacks, are there other jacks which do work?)

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The front audio jacks of my tower won't work. The USB ports are working fine. I opened the casing and re-checked the wiring, and everything is where it should be, but still I don't get a detection from the Realtek software. The back panel works btw.

Could anyone please help with this issue?

Answer:Front Audio Jacks won't work

Can anybody help?

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I recently purchased a Dell XPS 8700.  I cannot get the front audio jacks to work at all.  Any suggestions?

Answer:Front Audio Jacks not working

Hi Jim,
Thank you for writing to the Dell Community Forum.
Please open the Dell Audio by Realtek, under the main tab ensure there is no check mark on mute for the microphone, under advanced tab select restore defaults and restore. Check the jack information, if the microphone jack is highlighted when you connect. Also request you to please check if the microphone works on another device. If it still does not work please reinstall the Realtek audio drivers using this link (Select the OS and the version).

Please reply if you have any further questions.

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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 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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hi. i have recently had to wipe my computer and now the front audio jacks for the microphone and headset no longer work. this is driving me crazy cause my husband plays WOW and now he cant ventrillo chat with his guild.
not sure what stats to post, this is a gateway desktop running windows vista.
any help would be appreciated!! thanks in advance!!!

Answer:front audio jacks not working

Need the exact model number of the Gateway, please

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I recently upgraded my HP Pavilion a1430n Desktop from Windows XP to Windows 7.  In doing so, the front panel headphone and line-in jacks no longer work.  Tried upgrading the RealTek HD soundcard drivers to no avail.  Looked for drivers on the HP site but my computer is considered "retired" so there are no drivers available.  Are there any workarounds for this issue or trust-worthy legacy driver sites?  Thanks, in advance.    

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I have a problem similar to one posted earlier this year. I have a sound blaster live card that I took out of a dell and I've put it in an HP dc5000. Everything works except the front audio panel. I know that I need to connect them to the card but the headers don't seem to be compatible. Is there any way around this?

Answer:Front panel audio jacks not working

Assuming your Live has the connector shown here,

Connecting the SoundBlaster Audigy2 ZS to the Front Panel

the easiest would be if you still have the Dell case to pull the entire wire harness (from the front plugs to the connector) from the Dell case and swap it with the one in the HP case (if possible that is). Or you can follow that guide and make your own cable as the pinouts for that connector are the same on all Creative cards that have it. One other option is to buy one ready made (pretty sure I have seen them cheaper on ebay),

The X-Tap -- Sound Blaster Audigy/X-Fi Harness

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Hello. My audio / headset jacks on the front panel of my PC running Windows 8.1 will not work. I had the Beats Audio Panel installed and was using the IDT High Definition Audio Codec and had rear sound through my speakers only. After checking your forum, I unistalled that driver (and Beats Audio) and installed the High Definition Audio Device driver only (no Beats Audio) and both rear jacks work. So, I can get sound and recording in the rear, but not it the front. I hope you can help me. Thank you.  

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I have this motherboard. and get no audio when I plug in headphones in the front or back ports. I'm running win 7 so there aren't compatible drivers available on asus site,

I tried downloading the vista x64 and installing them in compatibility mode but the device manager shows "High Definition Audio Device" so I think it's still using a generic windows driver.
Also tried these: Realtek

Sound>Playback shows Digital Audio (S/PDIF) and sound bars move while playing a mp3 or movie but still no audio. Usually speakers and headphones show up I though? I don't even see them when I choose show disabled devices. I tested usb headphones and got audio but I really need those 3.5 jacks to work.
The audio on this board is: Realtek ALC662, 6-CH High-Definition Audio CODEC
I've also reset the bios, and the mic shows up and receives data when plugged in but still no sound.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:No Audio from front or back panel jacks.

I'm still looking for suggestions. I'm wondering if buying a newer sound card would work.

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Hi, I recently bought a second hand T61 (Type: 6458-6QG). According to the warranty checker from the Serial number is tells me was made on or sold in Finland on 2008-03-15. The BIOS date is 2010-04-08 (v 2.27) I have two questions: Is it possible to find out if the GPU problem was resolved under the Warranty? (Neither I nor the previous owner had any trouble but I would like to know if possible). The second thing is: According to the online documentation and videos, the Audio Line-In/Out Jacks are on the front of the laptop with 2 USB ports on the left side and 1 on the right side.  But my T61 has the Audio Line-In/Out Jacks on the left side and 1 USB on the left and 2 on the right. Edit: After some Googling I found that the T61p has the Audio jacks on the left side, but mine is labelled as T61 and even has NVS 140M video card that came with the T61, mine seems a hybrid between T61 and T61p Does anyone know why mine is different? Thanks for any help or advice offered! Andrew DonaldsonPrague, Czech Republic.  

Answer:T61 Audio Line-In/Out Jacks (Front or Side?)

There are three different size T61 models, yours is the 15.4" available with Intel (uncommon), nvidia nvs140m or nvidia fx570m (in "p") version and has the jacks on the side. There was a 14.1" standard screen with similar options, also with the jacks on the side and a 14.1 widescreen (intel and nvidia nvs140m only) with the jacks on the front. The motherboards are not interchangeable between them. It's highly unlikely that you have the updated gpu on yours, but that doesn't mean it's going to fail either. Even if the board was replaced under warranty, the refurbished boards used often had the same gpu. The only boards I consider safe are the ones originally used in august 2008 models or a board refurbished by lenovo that has had the gpu replaced. 99% of the time when a refurbished board is installed by warranty service there is a "mac address" sticker left on the upper ram socket, if you lift up the flap that covers the socket you'll be able to see it if it's there, if not it's likely to be the original board. Also, on many of the original boards the fru is under the battery, but sometimes under the ram. All refurbished boards that I have seen have it under the ram. (the 14.1 widescreen always seems to have it under the ram).  Lastly, you can pull your heatsink off and look at the nVidia chip, it will have a number similar to 08 04  (2008, 4th week) That's a rough guess of what you might find on your march 2008 laptop.  Here is a photo of a rare ... Read more

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Hi again. I've installed a surround sound capable audio card to my dekstop and it's working fine. The problem is I have to keep switching out the wires on the back of the computer whenever I want to use headphones. As I'm a gamer and watch a lot of movies/TV shows on my desktop this happens frequently and it's getting very annoying.
How can I route the sound from the new audio card to the jacks on the front of my computer?
This is the connector that came from the jacks off the front of the desktop. It will fit into a slot on my motherboard but it won't fit on the audio card anywhere:
Link to picture
These are the various connector slots on the audio card:
Side 1, Top View
Link to picture
Side 2, Top View
Link to picture
Side 2, Angled side View
Link to picture
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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Answer:Front headphone and microphone jacks not working


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I'm a bit confused here. My mobo is an MSI K9N-Ultra. Currently, the connectors on the motherboard for the front audio panel look like this (see attached document jaud.jpg)

Here's a description of each connector, from 1 to 10.
MIC_L: Microphone - Left Channel
GND: Ground
MIC_R: Microphone - Right channel
PRESENCE# : Active low signal-signals BIOS that a High Definition Audio dongle is connected to the analog header. PRESENCE# = 0 when a High Definition Audio dongle is connected
LINEout_R: Analog Port - Right channel
MIC_JD: Jack detection return from front panel microphone JACK1
Front_JD: Jack detection sense line from the High Defintiion Audio CODEC jack detection resistor network
NC: No control (you can see from the attached diagram that its empty)
LINE out_L: Analog Port - Left channel
LINEout_JD: Jack detection return from front panel JACK2

However, for the wires from my casing, all I have are:
7 in total.

Yes it's not a typo - I have 2x L OUTs and R OUTs. I have no idea what wires to attach to which connectors, besides GROUND. I've tried various combinations, but I can't get my audio jacks, especially the microphone one, to work. I really need some help here please!

Answer:Need help getting front panel audio jacks to work

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We have a few systems where the front audio jacks are not working correctly on the NF68-A1 boards. Bios updated, latest realtek audio drivers for vista installed. One of the systems strangely enough only the mic is working, the cases are not the same on these systems and it is unlikely the ports are all bad.

Specs for system #1 (Bios 100% recent audio 100% latest)

Power Supply: 750W Thermaltake (SLI Compatible) (Silent Toughpower Edition)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz (1066MHz Front Side Bus) (4MB Cache)
Motherboard: eVGA Core 2 Quad (Chipset: nForce 680i) (SLI Compatible) (Quad Core Conroe)
Memory: 1GB DDR2 Super Talent at 800MHz (High-Performance)
Floppy / Media: Sony 1.44MB Floppy (Black Edition)
Hard Drive 1: 320GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Hard Drive 2: - No Thanks
Raid Option: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: Sony DVD-ROM/CD-ROM (DVD Reader 16x / CD Reader 40x)
Optical Drive 2: Sony DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 18x / CD-Writer 48x)
Network Card: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Modem: - No Thanks
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800GTX 768MB (By: eVGA) (PCI-Express)
TV Tuner: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Motherboard Multi-Channel High Definition Audio (7.1 Channel)
Physics Card: - No Thanks
Cooling: Air Cooling (Certified Digital Storm Heat-sink and Fan (Stage 1 Cooling)
Case Lighting: Blizzard Internal Lighting (Blue Edition) (Cold Cathode Tubes)
Round Cables: - No Thanks
Windows OS: Microsoft Wind... Read more

Answer:Front audio jacks not working on NF68-A1

the evga board in question only supports HD audio, so cases with ac97 front connectors will not work!! solved.

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Ever since i upgraded to my new case, the front mic and headphone jacks have never worked. The computer doesnt recognise anything at all when i plug something in

Answer:Front headphone and mic jacks dont work

Are you sure the front panel sockets areconnected correctly to the motherboard?

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After I reformat my computer which is orginally Windows XP and upgrade it into Windows 7, my microphone jack is not working. Not only that, all jacks in the front panel also not working. The only thing working is the speaker jack in the rear panel.

I believe the problem is that I haven't install the proper driver yet. But I dont know the exact audio device I'm using (I dont know how to find it). If I'm not mistaken it's manufacturer is either RealTek or SigmaTel

When I check the device manager, the sound section only shows:
-ATI High Definition Audio Device
-High Definition Audio Device

Please help me, I have googled for the solutions but none seems to work

Answer:Speaker and microphone jacks not working

Often the front controls could require special drivers- I would advise going to the PC manufacturers' site and checking to see what the latest drivers they have are, With the PC being XP there's a good chance they at the least updated their drivers to vista, Often vista drivers will work across systems to 7. If not, try the XP drivers for it.

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My problem is that I can't seem to make my speakers (plugged into back panel) and my headphones (plugged into front panel) play normally at the same time.

I'm using the latest Realtek HD Audio manager on Win 7.

I managed to do this thing on Vista before, but no I somehow can't. The reason I want this is to simply be able to mute the device I don't use and switch between speakers and headphones without any plugging.

I hope somebody can help.

Answer:Unable to play back and front jacks at the same time.

I also would like an answer to this.

I have dual monitors each with an audio input for their speakers.
The obvious solution is to get a Y cable and hook them both to the rear output but if you don't have one, then we should be allowed to use the front output at the same time as the rear.

How do you enable this, I've fiddled inside Realteks manager but nothing helps.

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I?m having a problem with the front panel audio of my new Antec One case. While the headphone jack plays sound fine the problem is that it doesn?t detect when headphones are plugged in and does not mute the rear speakers. Jack Sensing is not working at all and Realtek HD Audio Manger marks both the headphone and mic jack as permanently plugged in.

I?ve tried re-installing the audio drivers many times and can verify that an HD Audio header is plugged into the mobo and not an AC?97.

Anyone else have any ideas what the problem could be? This is a very minor but rather annoying problem. Thanks.

Answer:Front panel audio jacks not muting speakers

On some systems, The RealTek HD Audio Manager will give you the option of muting the speakers when you plug in a headset or give you the option not to mute the speakers.

Its found in the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound. I'm not sure how to access this in Win 8 without a Start button. I have an add on program (Start8) that adds the Start Button and Windows 7 look so I can access it on my Win 8 system.

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It shows my front jacks. But when I plug in my headset nothing pops up, and I can't manually click the jack. Having to pull out my entire computer every time I want to plug in my headset it really really annoying, which is the whole reason I got jacks on the front of my they don't work?

Answer:Realtech HD Audio Manager not working with front jacks

Originally Posted by Megz

It shows my front jacks. But when I plug in my headset nothing pops up, and I can't manually click the jack. Having to pull out my entire computer every time I want to plug in my headset it really really annoying, which is the whole reason I got jacks on the front of my they don't work?

Hi Megz,

Welcome to the Forum,

You need to check that the front speakers are connected to the motherboard. There are up two connectors one is for HD (mine is yellow) and the other for AC97. You now need to Enter the Bios and check that Front Panel Audio is selected to the same HD or AC97
I hope this helps


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Just bought a Dell XPS 8900. I cannot get any jack to pick a microphone. I have tried several different microphones that do work on other computers. 

Answer:Dell XPS 8900 Front Jacks will not pick up Microphone

Do you mean the top right microphone jack? Did you test the microphones on the rear red microphone jack?

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The Specifications

Computer type: PC/Desktop
Computer Manufacturer/Model Number: Custom Build
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
CPU: i7-5820K
Motherboard: X99-A
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4
Graphics Card(s): Either GTX 970 STRIX or GT640
Monitor(s) Displays: BenQ GL2250H
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Hard Drives: A WD10EZRX that is still trying to tell me it has 1TB of memory. Yeah yeah...
PSU: Corsair CS450M
Internet Speed: Optimistic

(Please tell me if you need anything else on this front!)
The Issue

So I'm finally finishing up on installing a load of new components, and the last pressing issue seems to be that, for some reason, my audio jacks do not work. Both the front and back ports do not register my headphones or my speakers. Neither of these are defective, and I've tried them in a friend's laptop to verify this. I tried reinstalling both my NVIDIA Audio Drivers as well as the Realtek ones that came with the motherboard. NVIDIA reinstalled fine, but Realtek comes up with errors during the install (such as 0x000000FF) but 'completes' regardless. That is to say, when I restart it can be found and uninstalled via Control Panel, but it can't be found in device manager. I'm pretty sure that's the culpit, but I've no idea how to deal with the issue.

Side Note: Due to the issues laid out in this thread, I am working on backdated NVIDIA drivers. I don't think that's t... Read more

Answer:Front Audio Jacks Don't Work; Realtek Issues

The audio jacks don't work, obviously because the sound driver is not installing.
Does the Windows installed "High Definition Audio driver" install? (instead of the regular hardware Realtek) If that is not installing there would seem to be a hardware problem or that the sound is disabled in the BIOS.

Another remote possibility is that you are using the HDMI port, which in that case Windows automatically switches to the HDMI for audio. The regular sound should still install, but this is one remote possibility.

The last possibility is a hardware problem on the motherboard.

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Hello all,
I recently built a computer over the summer and have got most of it working. Unfortunately, I am still having a problem with the sound for this system. I am using my motherboard's (Asus A8N5X) on board sound, and the back ports work perfectly thus far. The problem is that my case (NZXT Guardian) has front ports for headphone/microphone. To connect the internal wires for these ports to the Line out_L and Line out_R, I have to take off the jumpers that connect them to BLINE_OUT_L and BLINE_OUT_R. Doing so disables the back sound ports. From talking to others, it appears this is a common problem with many soundboards/cases. How have you guys gotten around it? Or alternately, does anybody know where I can buy an internal audio extension wire that has one male end and two female (or a jumper) end? Thanks for any advice!

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I'm looking for PCI and PCIe network cards that have internal jacks. I dont suppose anyone knows of qualifying products?

Answer:Network card with internal jacks

Ok, just to make sure I know what you're asking, you want a NIC that has the connector on the inside of the case. If so then no I haven't heard nor seen any thing like that.

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I recently (last month) sent  my IdeaPad Y410p in to Lenovo for repairs due to the laptop not turning on, or repeatedly restarting at the BIOS screen. The laptop was repaired by Lenovo (they replaced the motherboard), and returned it to me. The laptop has worked great sincce then, except that the two USB ports on the right side and the headphone and microphone jacks do not work. I have reinstalled the audio drivers, twice, but have not reinstalled the chipset drivers at all, as I don't want to screw around with those untiol I no more about what I should do. Any help would be appreciated.

Lenovo Ideapad Y410P


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Answer:Y410p Front headphone and microphone jacks not working after repair

Hi Talonek, welcome to the forums,
the problem you are experiencing is probably due to the cable connecting the ports on the right side, front of system, to the mainboard unfortunately not being connected or connected properly.  Please see pdf page 52 of the system's Hardware Maintenance Manual.
I've never taken an Y410p apart, but having looked at the manual the cable connection may well be accessible to check / fix by removing the hard drive.  Another alternative would be to call service and ask them to do this for you.

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Hope I picked the right forum section, please let me know if not. I have had this Gateway GM5664 model for over a year and am pleased with it. Just recently I decided to plug audio/video cables into the front jacks. Alas nothing shows, I don't hear the sound or video of it. I don't know if I am missing a step like opening a program or something to view what is plugged in. I don't even know where to start since i have never used them. Gateway no longer provides support for my comp because MPC acquired the divison of Gateway that produced it. MPC then went belly up and closed shop sometime after so I have no support lol. Go figure!

Here are the technical details of the comp.;psum The only change I have made is replacing the video card with an ATI Radeon 4650. Evrything is the same and the computer has ran perfectly with no problems as of yet.

I have no idea what do or what I am doing wrong.

Thanks in advance for any help offered and let me know if you need any additonal info.

Answer:gateway GM5664 Front Panel Audio/Video Jacks Not Working I Think?

I am not sure about the front jacks, but some of the back ones are universal and can be used for either imput or output depending on how they have been configured.. You would need to go into Control Panel, Sound/Video and check to see if they are set to be used for imput or output.

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I have a Thinkpad W530 (243852U) on a Thinkpad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 with USB 3.0 running Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit.  When plugging a headset using the microphone and speaker jacks on the docking station, there is no sound.All the other ports on the docking station work.In the Sound window in the "Select a playback device below to modify its settings" it only lists:Speakers (High Definition Audio Device),Headphones (High Definition Audio Device), NVIDIA HDMI Output (Port 0) NVIDIA High Definition Audio,NVIDIA HDMI Output (Port 1) NVIDIA High Definition Audio, NVIDIA HDMI Output (Port 2) NVIDIA High Definition Audio. The headset does work when connecting it to the laptop's audio jacks.I have recently updated the Realtek audio driver on the laptop.Any ideas what the problem might be?Thanks

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I have a really frustrating problem...
My front panel/jacks won't work..
I tried installing realtek audio drivers..
But no audio manager..
I downloaded the drivers from realtek website
Others say it is already packed in with the codecs..
I mean the audio manager is already packed with the codecs.
There's no icon on the taskbar
and no realtek control thingy in the control panel
My headset and my mic doesn't work on the front panel
The rear panel is fine
But I want my front jacks
Tried searching on the webs.. But couldn't find any audio manager
I installed the drivers and restarted over and over..
Still nothing.. Mind helping me out?
Please... I really need assistance..

I have ASRock G31M-S for my motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo
Nvidia GeForce 9500
Memory is 4GB

I'm really pissed... But I'll check out the BIOS

Answer:Windows 7 Home Premium 32xbit front jacks/panels doesn't work

This is probably a silly question but have you checked to be sure those front panel jacks are connected correctly?

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please could anyone surgest a fix for problem with sound output jacks on the front of these devices.this has occured with a new pc build,using Asus 64 bit M/B K8 DELUXE with AMD 3000 MHz cpu.I have fitted sound cables from back of devices and run them to the respective inputs on M/B ie CD and AUX I tried selecting digital output from devices in the device manager properties,but this also does not fix the problem.Also l have had the volume turned up also,Please feel free to make your surgestions.

Answer:cd/rw +dvd/rw sound jacks

Slightly confused, the output jacks on the front of your CD DVD players etc will respond if your pop in a set of headphones, load up a cd with a song on it and, you should then hear ot playing provided that the volume slider on the front is turned up.This will work whether you have connection at the back or not.Try this first.The output at the back is pretty well the same as the front but, you have a plugging facility to go into your MB.Having tried this earphone thing, and if it works then come back.

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I recently re-installed Windows Vista on my Acer, and the entire set of jacks and USB ports on the front of the case don't work. All the USB ports etc on the back of the machine respond fine, but the headphone/mic. jack and USB ports on the front don't work at all.

I've tried re-installing the drivers from the Acer website and it still doesn't work. Help please

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The sound card in my Dell PC has 6 jacks with the following symbols:

Answer:Symbols on Sound Jacks

Although I included an image of these jacks, it doesn't appear in the message. The "include image" feature of this forum seems to be broken. The images are at

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I have recently restored an HP DV7 3063cl laptop that died from an overheated motherboard (MB). I replaced the MB with a new board from HP when the price was reduced to about $100, upgraded the CPU with an advertised as new AMD 640M, and applied Arctic Silver on both the CPU and Graphics chips. I put in 4 G of fresh memory, got the computer to operate, and installed Windows 10. There is no sound through either of the headphone jacks. When I insert the plug into the jack, the sound from the speakers usually stops. I have done the following several times without success: uninstalled and re-installed the sound device in Device Managerrun the windows troubleshooterverified that I have the latest driverinserted different earphone into the jacksmade the headphones the default sound device Any more suggestions, other than replacing the headphone jack assembly?

Answer:no sound through either of the headphone jacks

#HPExpertDayAs suggested earlier, call HP support.

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soo i have a 5.1 system for my computer

it has 3 jacks

i know green is for the headphones

but what is black and orange for?

a little program i have, has both of them set for "front speaker out"

so i guess my question is, is this correct? or should one of them be set for "rear speaker out" or something along those lines?

Answer:Solved: sound jacks?

Orange should be: Sub+Center (or just center), black should be Rear out. Green is actually not for headphones, but front channel (which includes also headphones, as well as the front pair of speakers in a 5.1 setup and any stereo speakers)

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Recently, all of my sound stopped working on my HP Pavilion 8765c desktop.

Today, in cleaning dust from fans and fins within the box, I find the cable from the sound in & out plugs (on the back of the cabinet) just dangling in space. I have no idea where it was plugged in before...

Can anyone describe where I might plug it back in?

Can you steer me to a link to a schematic diagram for this model?

Noel Murdough
(steam and vapor heating)

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I recently picked up this computer used. It's an older model, but it still works good. I am primarily using it for the kids to watch videos.
However, recently, the sound from the external speakers stopped working. I had done all the Windows and Dell updates about a week before, and had it disconnected from the Internet.
I've updated the drivers, and the system detects the speakers and acts like it's playing audio. But no sound from the speakers. I've verified that the speakers do in fact work on another computer. There is no warning symbols in Device Manager, and everything is up to date. The built in speakers work, just not the external ones, which leads me to believe that it has something to do with the audio jacks.
Any one have any ideas?
Dell Inspiron One 19.
Windows 7 home premium.

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Hi, im looking for a way to connect both my xbox and my pc to a set of speakers, both output in 5.1 format but the xbox is optical and the pc is a set of 3x 3.5 stereo jacks. I would like to know whethee the best bet is to have the sound from the xbox into the pc and then all out to the speakers (would need a new card) or to get a set of speakers able to handle both. If anybody can give me any advice on what speakers i should get and what works out cheapest id most appreciate it. Im looking for less than £150 for sure and ideally under £100. Thanks very much!

Answer:5.1 sound from optical and 3x 3.5 stereo jacks

any1..... please ......

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Hi, i recently whiped my desktop that is around 8 months old of XP, and Had to Install Vista Home Premium.
Before the new Vista installation i was able to use Ventrilo and Teamspeak with no worries over the period of many many years. All of a sudden since Vista is now in Charge of my PC i can Plug my -HP Premium Stereo Headset-(exact brand, and brand new) In to the rear in/out jacks pink and green. And hear vent and the game but not be able to talk through the Mic, same goes with Voice recognition and Skype etc etc etc...

Now before i get a bunch of answers just know i have been at this for over 7 days now researching it every last waking minute i am not at work.. I have done the Driver Updates, Currently there are two High Defenition Audio Drivers which i believe are Vistas, and also done the Recording Devices and Sound/Playback etc adjusting the levels. I have noticed that when i tried to Install Realtek to replace the Vista drivers, since they don't have front / rear jack control panel or w/e it goes through the whole process then it restarts comp like normal, and whalaa.. Nothing back to default Sound Devices.

I have been into Device Manager as well and checked both the HDAD and neither have a yellow innactive symbol near them. I have also uninstalled and reinstalled both. And along with this i have done MANY MANY other things trying to solve this..... It isn't my comp, everything is good here. And Can't be my headset/mic those are brand new.((Unless Vis... Read more

Answer:Vista Issues with Sound/Audio In/out Jacks.

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My laptop has 2 headphone jacks. One of them has a guitar amp hooked up to it, the other has regular small computer speakers hooked up to it. I want the sub woofer to only play bass waves and the computer speakers to play only treble. Is there some kind of a program I can use to direct certain sound waves to different jacks?

Answer:Send different sound waves through different headphone jacks


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I have a Dell Dimension E51O and there are five 1/8th in. jack slots in the back of the computer. They are different color - one is black, one is blue, one is yellow, one is red, and the last one one is green. I know that the blue one is an input for playing sound from an amp or something, and I know that the green one is for speakers or headphones. The red one is for a microphone, but what are the black and yellow ones for, surround sound (kidding, I have no idea)?

Answer:Solved: Just a question about computer sound jacks

Green: Stereo/Front sound. Black: Rear speaker of 5.1/7.1 sets. Yellow/Orange: Center/subwoofer of mentioned kits. And one that you're missing, gray: only used in 7.1 setting for side speakers (a pair between front and rear)

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Alright, pretty sure this is the right forum to post this one in..

I have a computer that has jacks in the front of it next to its usb jacks for headphones and a microphone.
I have two sound cards, and it seems that it only wants to let me use the primary crappy one with those jacks, but I want to use the front ones for my better soundcard for a bit more mobility for my cords.

So, the question here is, how can I make the front jacks on my computer be assigned to my better sound card?
I went through the sound/audio option, and everything including primary decice is set to my better card, but for some reason it still feels the need to use my crappy card as a default here.

Answer:Assigning Sound Cards To Computer Jacks?

Am I correct to say that the primary sound card is a built-on sound card and the second one is an Add-on card?

See the thing is those front jacks are connected to your motherboard thus connected to the on-board sound card.

What is the make and model of your mother board and second sound card so we can better help you?

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I'm having a rather annoying problem, i use this surround system: Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System (Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System)

And recently something has gone wrong, the front speakers have stopped playing and only my rear/centre and bass are working. my first conclusion would be they failed ofcourse, but there is still a humming sound coming from both of them + they stopped working at the exact same instant.

Realtec HD audio still recognises all 6 of my speakers, and if i do a soundcheck on my front speakers it plays sound , but the sound is played through my rear speakers and when i test my rear speakers the sound is also played through my rear speakers (only softer)

I didn't used to have this problem and i'm not aware of any changes i've made.

Thanks in advance,

edit: i have tried to plug them in and out. I've also checked the wiring, if i put the wires of a front speaker into a rear one the front speaker still refuses to work and the rear speaker works. so i doubt the problem lies there.

Answer:Front and rear speaker problems.

Have you checked for the windows automatic updates. Go into the settings for your speakers and try to reset them.

Have you tried this speaker system on a different computer?

Do all the speakers connect to the base system like The Creative systems.

The Humming sounds like feedback or electrical interference, have the speakers been moved or an ac source or cable added.

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After Windows 10 updated with the Creators Update last night, my earbuds now have no sound. (They were fine yesterday.)

They plug into the laptop's 3.5 mm headphone jacks. I've unplugged and plugged into both of the available headphone jacks.
If I unplug the earbuds, the sound is fine out of the laptop's speakers.
The earbuds work fine with another device. I've tried another set of earbuds.
The sound isn't muted and the level is not set low.
I've tried a number of output types (iTunes, Youtube, the PC warning sounds themselves), and none come through the earbuds.
I've looked for driver updates (none available) and have done the sound troubleshooting.

Any ideas?

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I used this forum trying to get my problem solved, but i couldn't do it by viewing other threads about simillar problems.

Well, i recently upgraded my SO, from WindowsXP to Windows7.
Before this, my speakers worked fine but now they don't.
I've made many tests and configs changes, had some results but none is what i want.
I can tell that my headphones are working fine when i listen to music or sounds in the web, that stuff, so i think they're fine. On the other hand, my speakers don't make any sound when i listen to media player or youtube.
I've made tests on the speakers and 3 of my columns and the bass do sound, but the 2 front speaker don't make any sound on the tests, instead the headphones do the sound.
I also tried changing the green jack (from the 2 front speakers) to the green headphones jack, and then they made sound, but still the other columns didn't work playing music.

I have a 5.1 sound system from creative
Device Audio : 82801IB/IR/IH (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller from Realtek (PC Wizard info).

Also, my drivers cd is incompatible with this SO, so i've downloaded the drivers from the web.

Any help i can get i'd be very thankfull.
Filipe Fonseca

Answer:Realtek sound problems - Audio jacks switched(?)

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After Windows 10 updated with the Creators Update last night, my earbuds now have no sound. (They were fine yesterday.)

They plug into the laptop's 3.5 mm headphone jacks. I've unplugged and plugged into both of the available headphone jacks.
If I unplug the earbuds, the sound is fine out of the laptop's speakers.
The earbuds work fine with another device. I've tried another set of earbuds.
The sound isn't muted and the level is not set low.
I've tried a number of output types (iTunes, Youtube, the PC warning sounds themselves), and none come through the earbuds.
I've looked for driver updates (none available) and have done the sound troubleshooting.

Any ideas?

Answer:No sound from headphone jacks after Windows 10 Creator Update

The Creator's build seems to use a different reference driver database to that used for the Anniversary build. Having the latest greatest drivers (according to Uncle MS) may not necessarily be the answer, but the problem.

Just one possibility...

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I made a clean install on my Portege R100-11Z of windows 7 and later a new clean install of Windows XP Prof SP3.

In both configurations I've got no sound from the headphone/microphone jacks. (yes I check all options: Mute / sound wheele at side / new drivers / Toshiba help program "remove mute" e.t.)
All configuration looks OK. I don't see anny message/warning at the configuration settings.

But I get sound via an USB headphone via the USB-plug.

It looks like that the onboard audiocard is running OK because I get the sound via the USB-plug.
What is the solution to get the sound via the headphone/microphone jacks?

Thanks for your help/advice.


Answer:Re: Portege R100-11Z no audio via headphone/microphone jacks, via USB sound OK

> In both configurations I've got no sound from the headphone/microphone jacks.

But does the sound come from the speakers?

Theoretically it could be possible that the headphone jack is faulty?
Inside the headphone jack there is a tiny switch which switches between the headphone and speakers.

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I wasn't able to determine the make and model of my sound card. It came with my Dell Dimension E520. I'm hoping that the colors and/or symbols associated with the individual sound card jacks would indicate to someone here what the jacks are for.

First of all, let me describe the output jack that my speakers are hooked up to. The color is yellow-green and the symbol is a small pair of parentheses inside of a larger pair of parentheses. In the middle of this is an arrow pointing to the right that starts in the center and ends outside the two pair of parentheses.

I'm attempting to digitalize an old LP. (I've never done this before.) I need to know what (sound card) input jack to hook my amplifier up to (line-in).

There is one particular jack that I'm pretty sure is the correct one: The color is sky blue and the symbol is, once again, a small pair of parentheses inside of a larger pair of parentheses + an arrow that points to the right - only this arrow starts to the left of the double-parentheses and ends in the center. It appears to be the opposite or counterpart of the output jack my speakers are hooked up to. But I have to find out for sure if this is for "line in" so I won't blow out my sound card.

There are a total of six jacks (sky blue, yellow-green, pink/salmon [clearly for microphone], black, yellow-orange, and light gray).

I did switch the default from "microphone" to "line-in" so all I should need i... Read more

Answer:Solved: sound card. multiple jacks. correct for line-in?

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Hello everyone, you guys seem to know your stuff so Ill ask for your help:

I have a frustrating problem with my brand new XPC Shuttle computer. Everything works fine, just not sound. I tried hooking up the computer via HDMI to a TV for the first time as I didnt have a monitor - sound works just fine. Then later I removed the casing and installed 4 more Gbs of RAM for a total of 8. In order to do this I had to remove and reinsert the videocard. Computer was never on during that procedure.

Now, I cannot for the love of God make this computer produce sound trough the (correctly) connected audio jacks while it is hooked up to a proper pc monitor - Ive tried with numerous speaker/headphone devices which all are in mint condition (confirmed with other devices).

My OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. In the sound manager down in the corner it said at first only "Realtek Digital Output". I figured this could mean that somehow, using HDMI cable (as it was the first monitor I used the system on) that the system defaulted on a HDMI output for sound. It would not show bars for anything else, and Speaker/Headphone devices were listed as "not connected" - despite clearly being so. It seemed at first like a problem with drivers - classic stuff. Please dont go there: Drivers are installed, up to date.

Then I launched Realtek HD audio manager and checked the box "Disable front panel jack detection" - as instructed by the program in case I had proble... Read more

Answer:HDMI sound output works just fine, audio jacks not at all! New PC

My problem seems very similiar to this gentleman's:

No Audio Output via Front and Rear Jacks

He seems to not have found a fix to his problem too. About my system: Could you guys look at the pictures attached to this post?

Thank you so much for any insight or help!

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Hi guys, my friend is having trouble with his headset. He has the jacks plugged in on the rear ports and they come up in the control panel but they dont seem to be transmitting his voice at all while the he can hear sounds. We have checked the control panel sound menu and the realtek drivers, and im at a loss of what the issue could be. We have also tried the front ports and while they also come up in the menus they refuse to transmit

Any available help would be appreciated

Answer:Jacks picked up by computer but still no sound, checked control panel

Has the headset's mic been checked with a different PC? First thing is to verify the headset/mic is good.

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I recently done a new build, not with the same specs I have on here;
i5 2500k
p8z77-m pro
sapphire radeon 6870

I cannot get any sound through the front+back headphone jacks, realtek doesnt detect any audio devices, however i can mess around with the settings to get windows to say i have speakers+mic and 2nd audio devices plugged regardless if anything is plugged in or not. I have tried everything!

Answer:No sound via audio jacks, but sound via hdmi.

Hiyya and welcome aaron mate sure the board is hooked up right?
Otherwise drivers? or failing that a decent sound card I use a cheap Asus Xonar DG which gives excellent audio and mixing features but my next build is having the Asus Xonar DS or DX .

Another option would be one of those card readers in a front bay but am surprised you cannot get sound off the board connections?

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Recently purchased a new Gateway PC, Windows 7, 64 bit. Originally, the sound was very limited, and now has become unevident. Intel(R) High Definition Audio HDMI, and Realtek High Definition Audio are the two items listed under Sound, Video, & Game Controllers in Device Manager, and BOTH give the Windows message that the device is working correctly, and that the driver is up to date.
The speakers that I am using work perfectly with my other PC, and I even went out and bought additional speakers, with the same result.

Answer:Solved: Sound Jacks-Low 2 No Sound!

The issue is SOLVED! Also, the fix was totally incredible (though a novice could have done it)!!! I found out through a "Geek Squad" associate, since the computer was purchased at Best Buy, that newer computers do not produce the necessary power for speakers that are not "self-powered" (that have to be plugged into an electrical outlet). I now have the correct speakers, and am "BLASTING"!!!!!!!

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i have a Cambridge SoundWorks FourPointSurround FPS2000 speaker system and my rear channels don't work in music match i have tried all the settings my rear channels wok fine with kazaa lite.

Answer:no rear speaker sound

ok the speakers work i unplugged the front and rear channels and switched them and the rear speakers worked but then the front didn't so it's eighter the sound card or the program but if kazaa can use both channels then it's the music match right?

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I'm wonderind if both these onboard devices are linked somehow. Haven't made any hardware or software changes. Computer started giving 1 beep at startup. No conflicts in Device Manager. WMPlayer reports no sound devices installed. Is my motherboard dying? Emachines T4511 with Trigem, VG31 motherboard made by FIC. 478 socket with P4 2.53 ghz. Is this situation worth risking a sound card on? Any help appreciated.

Link to MOBO specs.

Answer:Lost both onboard sound and front/rear USB

After submitting previous post, my power supply went down. I replaced PS hoping it might fix sound/usb issues but it didn't. I guess I'll try a sound card. if it doesn't work I can use it on another pc or new motherboard if I need to replace this one.

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Good Evening,

I currently am experiencing the following problem with my speakers. I have the ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe motherboard. I have Logitech X-530 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers plugged into the built-in jacks on the MOBO. However, my system only recognizes the right front and right rear speakers has being connected and will only play in 2.1 Stereo. Any ideas on how to correct this?

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I have an expensive motherboard (ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe) with 5.1 sound (Realtek AC'97) IO on the back panel and an internal 10 pin (with 2 pins missing) AC'97 header to which I should be able to attach the AC'97 lead from my case's front panel headphone + mic sockets.

However, when I plug in the internal header, I lose the front left and right speakers from my 5.1 back panel socket (without getting it out the front socket either). I assume this is something to do with the way vista has only one "speakers" thing in control panel's "sound" thing and how it detects if things are unplugged. The only way I have been able to get the back panel sound back has been to unplug the front panel from the internal IO header.

Does anyone know how to fix this so that I can use both the front panel (headphones) and back panel (speakers) without turning my computer off to attach a lead to the motherboard?

Answer:Front + rear panel sound in vista

try disabling hd-audio in the BIOS

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My speakers work fine. Not sure how long it's been like it. I have a Creative sound card.
But basically, when I test or configure the sound settings the speakers work, but when it comes to the front right speaker, the sound also comes out of the rear right one, too. No idea why? Yet, when I test the rear right one, that works fine and just comes out the one. 🤔

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I have a Gigabyte ma770t-ud3p board and My headphones and stuff were working fine until my realtek kept asking me if i was plugging things in even when i wasnt, now my rear sound ports dont work and my microphone ports wont work either, When i went into the Realtek jack information the plug for the front and back microphone port is lit up.

Answer:Help, no rear sound or microphone front or back!

Go ahead and install the latest realtek drivers for your sound card.

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I have an issue with my 5.1 speaker. Only the front left and front right would produce sound. However, when i run the speaker test on the CP, everything are working fine.

Here's what I did.

Thanks in advance!

here's what i found. I'm using an on board sound card. Don't really understand what Creative is talking about. lol.

Answer:Solved: 5.1 speaker, front speaker produces sound only.

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I use a 4.1 surround sound setup with onboard sound, and I can't seem to get sound from my rear speakers. I only get sound from the front. I didn't update any new sound drivers, and used the Microsoft and ATI ones.

When I do the sound test, it shows that the 4 speakers show some sound activity from the green status bar.

But no sound is coming from the rear speakers. I switched my speakers around to test if the speakers themselves are faulty (and they aren't). I went to the RealTek website and downloaded the latest driver. After installation it prompted me to restart. After restart, all my files in my desktop disappeared! My rear speakers are still not making any sounds after the new driver. I did a system restore to get my desktop files back.

I had nearly the exact same problem when I used Windows XP x86 (the difference being my desktop files weren't deleted when I installed the latest RealTek driver in Windows XP).

These speakers used to be connected to a Sound Blaster card from an old computer, and the surround sound worked on that.

Can anyone help me?

Answer:4.1 Rear Speaker Sound Problem

I have the same problem on my laptop, just enables the rear set of speakers no other options. I have the realtek drivers

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OK this sounds simple - but I cannot understand what is happening here. The problem is that I have a new computer with a Soundblaster Audigy 2 Card (may be platinum not sure) and Creative 6.1 speakers. The simple issue is that there is no sound from the rear centre speaker.I am not sure if I have connected the cables up correctly as I am colour blind and cannot tell the difference between a lime green cable and an orange one. Is that it?There is a little switch on the back of the sub woofer that if a switch to 5.1-6.1 UPMIX and then play music means that the rear centre speaker plays - so its not a case of total failure.What really does not make sense is that in Control Panel/sound speach and audio devices/change the speaker settings I do not have the option to specify my speaker arrangement. There are many choices,including 7.1 surround sound speakers, and 5.1 surround sound speakers, but not 6.1? This is strange as in Creative Speaker settings 6.1 is selected and the box "Synchronise with control panel" is ticked. Is this the problem?I am sure that it is a setup issue rather than a hardware one - can anyone help?

Answer:No sound from Centre Rear 6.1 Speaker

Hi ZX81userIs your sound card onboard or a PCI card? The reason I ask is that either on your mother board layout diagram or your sound card layout diagram there should be a socket location diagram. This would eliminate the need to find your way by colour and determine if your leads are in the right sockets.

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hiasus a7n8x-x mobo with latest drivers/bios. it has onboard sound. i have creative 4.1 speakers but i can only get sound out of 2 front speakers and subwoofer. under control panel, sound and audio devices, volume, speaker settings, advanced, it is set to surround (shows diagram of 4 speakers and sub) and i apply this. do i need to change speaker setup to 4.1 anywhere else?cheersP

Answer:can't get rear sound from 4.1 speaker setup

i have this problem.when you test the speakers they all work but when you play stuff just front two work.i assumed it was because you only have stereo output from musioc but if you use the 4.1 creative card you get the 2 channels front and back but not with the intergrated sound from the motherboard.just out of curiosity do you get anything from the rear if you run a 5.1 dvd.darren

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I bought 5.1 sound system and JVC receiver, connected to PC via S/PDIF... All components work(play sound) but the problem is that for example in game when i must hear something behind me, i hear it from the front speakers... left/cntr/right balance works fine but rear/front.... the receiver adjusts the mode to 'LINEAR PCM' automatic and the mode goes to 'DOLBY DIGITAL' only in sound options, where i can test the DD... when i test it everything`s great... i can hear every single speaker playing alone for itself but thats only from the test ... in the applications i hear the sound not 5.1 but 3.1 ... the rear speaker work but they work at the same time with the front... And so... any ideas how to adjust the thing correctly to have a nice surround sound ... is it from soundcard or maybe some codecs(driver`s are the latest btw) or maybe some options on the receiver i dont know ...can i make somehow the receiver to work in DD mode all the time or it make`s it only automatic... i don`t know I just want to hear sound from behind when someone talks behind me sound Realtek HD audio ... pls help

Answer:5.1 surround problem-rear sound through front speakers

what game was it?

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