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Realtek HD Audio Sudden Problem (One Speaker Only on front jack)

Question: Realtek HD Audio Sudden Problem (One Speaker Only on front jack)


I have spent many hours researching this and trying several solutions. I have bought brand new leads just in case. The problem seemed to start from nothing!

I use the front jack only, which I plug into my amp with a 'headphone > 2x phono' lead. Now only the left channel gives out sound. If I use the mono button on the amp it comes through both (so I've eliminated the amp being the problem). As I said I bought new leads. Still no good.

It gets worse, because I tried the rear and side jacks and get nothing through my amp. In the audio manager test screen it does give me sound through eaach REAR speaker but when its plugged into the front jack only left.

I've uninstalled the drivers, got new ones and even uninstalled Windows and tried Windows7 and I still get the same issue.

It is the onboard soundcard and I don't know if it is possible that there could be a fault.

Any help would be brilliant, thanks.

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Answer: Realtek HD Audio Sudden Problem (One Speaker Only on front jack)

Hello & Welcome, moneylife.

If your sound card is on your motherboard, I'd just suggest getting another motherboard since it's most likely a jack malfunction on your sound card.

Try this link for many great deals on sound cards. I've gotten good deals from there, and they don't scam you.


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

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

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

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I lost stereo through the front speaker audio out jack ( green). This occurred after I did some acoustic recording through the mic input using an acoustic pickup. Now I can only hear right or left on playback depending on how far in the adapter is pushed in.

Answer:Audio out front speaker jack lost stereo.

Since there is both left and right sound at the jack I would suspect that there is a fault with the wiring to the ring of the plug.

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

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

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

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Hi all,

I've just installed Windows 7 and was very happy to see all the hardware working, even my Realtek HD Audio sound card, except the front jacks.

On windows XP I could solve this by with the Sound Manager that comes with the realtek drivers, and select the "Disable front panel jack detection" check box. Unfortunately, after installing the Vista drivers, I could not start he Sound Manager app beause it said it worked only on Windows Vista.

So, if someone knows a way I could start the manager or how I could set the "Disable front panel jack detection" by modifying the registry, or ofcourse, any other way to make the front jacks work, please help.


Answer:Front jack not working for Realtek HD Audio on Windows 7

I installed it and run it as is and have no problems, everything's working. I don't have to run in compatibility mode or anything. Maybe uninstall it and reinstall

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MODS: I post this thread to isolate the most important problem from my previous thread and to make it clearer and easier to answer. I hope that's alright.

I have this on onboard Realtek HD audio card. And no matter if I connect the AC'97 or HD audio adapter to the motherboard, the sound that comes out of the frontjack is cracking. I have no phones or anything the like near my pc, the speakers are turned off and I reinstalled the drivers. Still I have this sound. Any suggestions how to fix it?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Realtek HD audio - Front jack makes cracking sound

If you really want a better sound output, check if your speaker or headset are plugged tightly.

But you can also lower the sound quality in the settings but this can eliminate the crackling sound. First, close the programs where sound comes out such as media players. Believe me, I had this problem on Realtek in Windows 7 too but I lowered the sound quality to 16 bits 44100 Hz, CD quality and the crackling sound was gone. I posted a screenshot. After you are done with that, refresh the desktop and play an MP3 file and hear if the sound got any better.

But if you really want some better sound, you need to buy a sound card that is fully compatible with Windows 7.

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Hello all,

I rercently came with the following problem without any reason:

I have a realtek audio chipset with my mother board.

Since some time, the HD audio drivers keeps on detecting/undetecting a device plugged in my front jack (resulting is sound cutoff, which is more than annoying). But, there is nothing plugged.

If I plug something then, the detection works right.

I'm wondering if it is a software problem, or if there is something wrong with my motherboard or my front jack connector (some kind of shortcut or whatever).

If someone as a solution I would really appreciate.

Thanks a lot in advance !

I cannot uncheck the "reload" option in the realtek driver because I need to have this detection working right.

Answer:Realtek HD Audio Drivers - Constantly detecting/undetecting front jack

Sounds like a loose or defective jack. No software will "fix" broken hardware. When nothing is in the jack, it's grounded and the chipset ignores or turns off the jack. When you plug something into it, the open ground signals the chipset to detect a device and notify Windows of it's presents. Windows (driver) will then allow you task the jack as necessary.

You don't give any info on your system but some manufactures have spare parts available. Most front panel assemblies are replaceable. Also make sure the front panel connections aren't loose at the motherboard. Be sure to completely power-down the PC and un-plug the power cord before checking wires inside.

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AMD Athlon 64bit 3200+
1gb DDR 400 RAM
NVIDIA Geforce 6800
Realtek AC97 Audio
Microsoft Windows XP

Heya all. I'm only new to these forums so just bear with me.

A month or two ago I had a new motherboard put in, I used to have a Gigabyte K8 mobo but now I have a Jetway mobo. I have front audio and mic jacks on my tower, but the problem is ever since I had this new motherboard put in it hasn't worked. Both mobo's had AC97 audio, but the Gigabyte mobo had a different brand I think, whereas this Jetway's onboard is Realtek AC97. I've tried different drivers, and still no go. But when I take the green speaker plug out the back of the tower and plug it into the front green jack, you can hear like the sound scratching as I put it in but there just isn't any sound when its in. Same happens with my headphones. The main reason I would like to get it working is so I can easily just plug my headphones in it like I used to and just turn the speakers off, but now I can't because I'm not getting any audio from the front jack what so ever ever since I got this new mobo. I hope somebody can help me with this issue. Thanks!

Answer:Front Audio Jack Problem

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Have the front panel audio connectors been connected to your new mobo?

Get whoever installed your new mobo to take a look.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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My internal speakers seem to work fine but I can't get the sound to go into my headphones when I plug in my headphones. Is there a way how to fix this?

Answer:Problem with the Headphone Audio Jack with realtek HD audio

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omg, I was switched to a different pc at my job and the person there previously downloaded realtek to the pc and im having a problem with the headphones, when i put the headphones in i get a pop up confirming the action but im still hearing music from the speaker...its really annoying because im use to just pluging in the headphones and everything being not even sure why she downloaded this program, anyhow if you can please help, i need my music to keep me sane at work, its sooo ver depressing. the operating system is microsoft windows xp

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Hi i'm having an issue with my front audio jack, the mic works but the headphones do not (When i go into sound in control panel it says that the headphones are not plugged in when they are). I tried to solve this issue with the Realtek manager as i read it can help but when i instal the latest version, the manager is no where to be found just like the guy in the thread below

Realtek HD manager missing

Im running windows 7 on an Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi i'm having an issue with my front audio jack, the mic works kind-of (when i hit listen i can talk and hear myself through the speakers but when i try to record it sometimes says cannot detect recording device and sometimes it records but scilence) but the headphones do not (When i go into sound in control panel it says that the headphones are not plugged in when they are). I tried to solve this issue with the Realtek manager as i read it can help but when i instal the latest version, the manager is no where to be found just like the guy in the thread below

Solved Realtek HD manager missing - Page 2 - Vista Forums

Im running windows 7 on an Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Front audio problem and Realtek Issue

Welcome to the Forums.

Have you tried Setting the front panel in your BIOS to AC'97?

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So my sound completely stopped working the other day and im trying to figure out whats going on. Ive tried updating my drivers and deleting them and reinstalling them but nothing has worked. I have no idea what to do im thinking it may be a hardware problem any suggestions 

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I've recently been having a problem with my headphones. The computer recognizes that I've plugged them in but it still uses the external speakers and there's no sound coming through the headphones. I've tried more than one pair of headphones and it still doesn't work. Restarting the computer worked once but not anymore. 

Go to Solution.

Answer:Speaker/headphone/audio jack problem

There is usually a hardware switch in the socket, which is engaged when you put the plug in. Seems like it might be mechanically broken.

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there is no headphone option on my ideapad 310 , only speakers option. i tried uninstalling the sound drivers and the re-installing them  but it proved to be  useless. now audio is being being played through headphones although my laptop has no headphone option on the "playback" tab ,,however after a while the headphone disconnects and then the sound comes out from the speakers again. I'm using windows 1064-bit. Hope anybody out there can help me out. thanks.

Answer:Speaker/headphone/audio jack problem

Hi, Omarattia  ?
Thank you for writing in to the Lenovo Forum - happy to have you here today.
You can also start by flushing out all static, remove battery and AC adaptor and hold down power button for about 15 seconds.
Check the Playback Devices under Sound Properties (by going to Control Panel > Sound > Playback Devices and see if the Headphone is being set as the default playback device. If not, click on it and set it as the default playback device, try to play a sample sound and observe.
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Update us how it goes.
Tap that kudos button if I helped  If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"! 

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My  new Logitech speakers work fine if I plug them into front audio jack.Get no signal if plugged into rear audio jack. Have default sound card. Any suggestions on what I need to try would be most welcomed.

Answer:Front audio jack works but not not rear audio jack

Is the issue only with the logitech speaker or have you tried another set of speakers or headsets  at the rear jack.


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Acer Aspire V5-131-2680 computer.  Realtek High Definition Audio Default Device duel audio jack does not respond correctly when to you plug in an adapter cable to split between playback (earphone) and recorder input.  Earphone appears to work fine but record appears to continue to default to the computer mike.  This is not acceptable.  I am a ham radio operator and I have applications that required the record input to the computer from a radio.  Due to this problem some time back I finally purchased a USB audio device which works fine but it takes up a USB port that is much needed.  This was a Windows 7 computer up until recently when I upgraded to Windows 10 and hoped it might resolve that problem but it did not.  What is the solution?  Bad driver?  Bad audio plug?

Answer:Acer V5-131-2680 Realtek audio jack problem

Hi Are you sure that the adapter is good?I mean I hope you did not make the same mistake as here If the adapter is OK, when you plug in the headset do you select headset from the realtek pop-up menu? Or headphone? Since you plug in a headset you should check headset.Or do you have any popup at all? 

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Hey everyone. First time poster with a problem that has really got me stumped.
Had a look around on line & it seems to be quite a common issue but have been unable to find a fix that works for me :-(

I'm running Vista 32bit on a Toshiba Satellite A210 laptop and for the past few days my speakers have been emitting a strange static/white noise buzzing that is driving me insane. It sounds similar to the static received when tuning a radio & gets worse as I increase the volume, there is also often a weird high pitched squeal thrown in there too.
Now when I plug headphones in I still hear this static so obviously the speakers are not blown. It seems to get worse anytime a system sound plays or i try to listen to music, watch videos etc. I can still hear the music/system sounds etc behind the static but they often sound garbled, not ideal for watching movies etc!

I've uninstalled & reinstalled my Realtek HD Audio drivers numerous times, all with no result. I also heard mutterings that this may conflict with my graphics card? Worth uninstalling my ATI Radeon card you think? Although this has not been a problem in the prior 2 years that i've had this machine....

Worryingly, I reformatted & reset my laptop to factory settings to try & resolve this yet it made no difference at all which leads me to think it's some kind of hardware problem or bad connection inside the machine? Although i've not knocked or dropped the machine to c... Read more

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I have an HP Pavilion m9402f system that uses the RealTek ALC888S chipset and I have it digitally connected to an Altec Lansing DP/N 028YKP – 4770-0CH-2C81 Rev A00 Amplifier by an SPDIF coax. The Altec Lansing AMP is connected to two front, two back and one base woofer speakers.

I am running windows 7 Ultimate (64Bit) using your latest device driver from your Web Site R2.68 download which shows up as the Rev driver. I have also tried using the original driver supplied by HP Rev. and both have the problems listed below.

Problem: I can only enable the 2-channel audio device. I cannot configure the speaker arrangement as five speakers on the Reltek HD Manager Display control panel. In addition the configure button is grayed out on the windows "Sound" Display Control Panel.

The displays shows only two channels of audio enabled. But the Default ConfigurationButton is Grayed out.

The Realtek HD Manager Display recognizes and shows that I am using an SPDIF Digital Coax Connection. I have a Digital Output Tab on that display but I do not have a Speakers Tab or a Microphone Tab displayed.

What do I have to do to configure the speakers? Is it a register setting that is not being properly set up? What are the registry keys for this device?

Thank you for your help!


Answer:Realtek HD Audio Speaker Configuration Problem Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Not sure about yours, but on many, two channel is all you can get out of digital.

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Hey, everyone! I am having a problem with my audio jack:1. First of all my laptop doesn't seem to acknowledge when I put my headphones/external speakers in the jack... no notification or reaction from the Laptop.2. Second- only left headphone is working. Other than that the laptop speakers are good, the only problem is with the jack.What I've done is to reset my PC, to return it to it's factory settings... but no change! Still the same problem!Laptop is new.. less than 3 months..  I am desperate... I really hope there's something I can do and you could help me with that! I really don't think it''s a hardware problem.. I have taken good care of the machine, no troubles.Thank you!

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I'm using windows 10 and I have the latest version of both NVIDIA and Realtek high definition drivers, but my computer doesn't recognize anything when I plug in my headphones/earphones.
All of solutions I've seen worked with the previous Realtek HD audio manager but I have this (I think) new one.

While taking this screenshot, my headphones were plugged in, but no sign of its detection anywhere in my PC.

Does anybody have a solution for this?

Answer:Realtek front panel jack doesn't detect anything

Has this ever worked? I assume you are using a headset with a separate stereo plug for the headset and another for the mic and NOT USB?

That Realtek panel is an ASUS custom panel. ASUS has different panels than other PC's. I have an ASRock and it defaults to the "standard" Realtek provided panel. However, what is displayed looks correct.

Assuming the headset works OK if plugged into the rear GREEN speaker connection, first thing I would do is reseat (unplug then plug back in) the front panel audio connector to the motherboard (with the PC powered off). Usually the motherboard connection is located in the lower left of the motherboard. Connector is usually marked "HD Audio" but you could have the older AC97 connector.

If the physical connection is OK, and it worked OK before, go to the Device Manager, Uninstall the Realtek in the Sound section, but DO NOT uninstall the drivers. Then restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound. See if this fixes it.

Best I can tell you without more specific information.

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It just don't detect headphones

Answer:No option to disable front jack detection Realtek 6.0.1

Eli said:

It just don't detect headphones

You only get the notification that you have plugged sthg in (assuming that's what you mean you are missing) if the setting at the bottom is selected and you then have a small red speaker icon in your system tray.

Lose the speaker icon, no notification.

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It just don't detect headphones

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Every time I wanna use speakers instead headphones,I have to use the same headphones output (green one - back panel), and therefor to disconnect and connect cables.. not very comfortable

I've tried to use the black output, and it worked, but only as a 'rear speakers', both left and right channels worked!

Is it possible to make the rear black output to work as FRONT speakers ?? this way ill be able to have both speakers and headphones available at the same time

In other simple words:Can I use rear speakers as FRONTS ?(when connector to the black rear output)

BTW;I don't wanna use the front panel, only the back panel

Thank you!

Answer:REALTEK|using front speakers through rear output jack - possible?

Easiest way would be to use an external speaker switch, since you do not want to use the conventional method with the front panel headphone jack.

With an external switch you could select either the speakers or headphone.

I don't know what sound you have but the only option is RealTek audio is to mute or not mute the speakers when a headset is plugged into the front panel headphone jack. There's no way, that I know of, to route primary audio to some other jack.

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I'm using windows 10 and I have the latest version of both NVIDIA and Realtek high definition drivers, but my computer doesn't recognize anything when I plug in my headphones/earphones.
All of solutions I've seen worked with the previous Realtek HD audio manager but I have this (I think) new one.

While taking this screenshot, my headphones were plugged in, but no sign of its detection anywhere in my PC.

Does anybody have a solution for this?

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Hello, I have a problem with any Realtek driver since I updated from Windows 8.1 to 10 (x64).
On every boot, I have no sound on the rear speakers : the black pin switches automaticaly to "side". I have to reconfigure the black pin to rear every time !

Did someone had a similar issue ?

Here's my config if it helps : Asus Sabertooth Mark 2 and Logitech Z906 5.1 speakers.

Answer:Realtek Audio 5.1 configuration : rear speaker switch to side speaker

Up !

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Hello, I have a problem with any Realtek driver since I updated from Windows 8.1 to 10 (x64).
On every boot, I have no sound on the rear speakers : the black pin switches automaticaly to "side". I have to reconfigure the black pin to rear every time !

Did someone had a similar issue ?

Here's my config if it helps : Asus Sabertooth Mark 2 and Logitech Z906 5.1 speakers.

Answer:Realtek Audio 5.1 configuration : rear speaker switch to side speaker

Up !

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I recently installed the program, Driver Sweeper, which picked up a problem with my audio driver, Realtek High Definition Audio after my speakers had been making some static sounds while playing audio. After running Driver Sweeper and cleaning the driver I restarted the computer.

When I returned to windows my driver had been uninstalled. Windows ran a troubleshooter when I clicked on the volume controls. Then it automatically installed the same driver back again. My speakers continue to make the same sounds after this and if I run Driver Sweeper again the same thing happens again. I'm not sure whether I should install a different audio driver or something.

Thanks for the help


Answer:Realtek High Definition Audio driver problem and speaker static

Hi Brian Go to the Asus site and download the latest driver for your sound card using such programs like Driver Sweeper cause more problems than they cure in my opinion .

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Hello. I have a Asus Z87A motherboard. It comes with Asus Realtek HD Audio Manager. Driver version This has no "disable front pannel jack detection" option.

I wish to have both speakers and headphones to output at the same time, and I used to do this with my old Gigabyte board, as well as a MSI Z87 G45 (which broke and I had to replace it with this)

Can you please help me? I tried this also without installing the Asus Realtek drivers (using default Windows 7 sound) and couldn't find a solution. I don't even have stereo mix, which I usually had with the MSI and Gigabyte.

Thank you in advance

edit: I also noticed that the rear jack detects my speakers as "front speakers". Is that the problem?

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i encounter the same problem. my laptop is thinkpad e431. please help
Mod's Edit: Updated Subject line and moved post to the Thinkpad forum from the Lenovo Y & Z series notebook due to the difference in models.

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and I have a problem with sound. When I plug my speakers in front panel I have output audio, but in back panel I don't.

My Audio Manager looks like this, but front panel is enabled and back panel is disabled. It does not recognize back (ANALOG) jack.

I tried with settings in this manager but without success, I cheked Control Panel > Sound and followed instructions but still no sound if speakers is in back panel. What to do?

Sorry for bad english

Answer:No sound in back audio panel jack - Realtek HD Audio Manager

What is set as the Default Playback Device? If "Digital" or "HDMI" is set as default you will not get any sound from rear audio connections. "Speaker" must be set as Default Playback Device/

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Hi all,

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

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

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

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

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

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

But still the problem persists.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,


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

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

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

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

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

Desktop - Dell Community

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Hello Everyone.

I have a Jabra bluetooth speaker (the Solemate Mini). On Windows 8.1 I plug it in to my laptop using the 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable and then, when I watch a movie, it correctly outputs to the speaker and does not use my laptop speakers.

However, in Windows 10, no matter how many times I plug it in using the 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable I cannot get Windows to output sound to the speaker UNLESS I also connect a USB cable from the speakers USB port to my laptop, then it works.

If I disconnect the USB cable I lose sound through the speaker and it uses my laptop speakers instead.

How can I solve this please?

Many thanks.


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The audio jack on the back works, just the one on the front doesn't work.I googled to find a fix but i didn't find one that works for me.What i know right now is that the front's device is using avnex virtual audio device and the one I'm using (the back) is realtek high definition audio.I'm not pro at these stuff so sorry if you cant understand what I'm saying
help is appreciated
pic(s) if needed VVV

Answer:Front audio jack not working?

Hi taikor,
This may be stating the obvious but if you haven't tried this may work.
As per your screen shot click on the top speakers >set default should light, click on it> click OK > exit.
Hope that might help you

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Hi there,

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

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

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

My Sound Card is the Conexant HD Smartaudio 221

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

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

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

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

Answer:Front Audio Jack Disabled?

what is make and model of the laptop

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

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

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

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Hello all,

I just bought a new computer off of a friend (who built it 3 months ago) and have been playing around with it and setting everything up. Everything is going well except I can't seem to figure out what's wrong with my front audio jack. I asked my friend about it and he said that it was perfectly fine before (i trust his word) so I don't think it's an issue regarding the actual building of the computer.

Here are the specs:

Windows 10 OS
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H
Heatsink: be quiet! Shadow Rock 2
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
Case: Fractal Design Define S
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 650W PSU 80+ Platinum
After purchasing the PC, I reformatted it and downloaded all the drivers for the motherboard and graphic card. The problem I'm facing is when I plug in my headset (Razer Kraken Pro) into the front jack, the sound is fine and everything but when I start using programs, for example: starting Overwatch, there will be a lot of buzzing and static noise in the background. I tried the exact same headset and plugged it into the rear jack and the static was completely gone. Similarly, I tried using my apple headphones into the front jack. This time, the sound was extremely off. Like I could hear the BGM but voices and stuff were barely audible. When i plug it in the rear, the sound quality was fine.

I've tried playing around with Real... Read more

Answer:Front Jack Audio Issue

You should check the audio connectors at the motherboard end, there could be a poor contact, audio should use shielded cable which depends on a good earth/ground connection to work.

If that doesn't help chances are that wiring is picking up interference, if so you will have to use the rear connectors.

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When using the front 3.5mm audio jack:when the cable is pushed in all the way I only hear audio out of the right earcup when its ever so slightly not pushed in I only hear a very feint sound out of the left earcup and nothing out of the rightusing the back mobo audio port (which is meant for speakers) I get audio out of both earcups but the sound isn't very loud at maximum I've tested the headphones on my phone etc and they work just fine, they're audio technicas that I've had for ~year and they're in perfect shapeI've also tested the cable I've also been playing with all the audio settings etc and nothing so farspecswin 10 proasus z170-a prousing realtek HD audio manager that came with MSI product (open to anything really)any help is appreciated this is driving me nuts

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Hello, I recently built a new PC and have been very happy with it's performance. But the only problem is my front audio jack doesn't want to work! I have the standard 6 jack audio on the rear of my computer's case, which seems to work fine with some speakers I'm using. But when I try to plug in headphones on the front of my case, none of the headphone devices will work!

The speakers attached to the rear panel will continue to operate when headphones are plugged into the front. But the headphones should be taking sound priority from the speakers when plugged into the front, if I'm not mistaken.

The cases front panel connections are indeed properly attached to the motherboard, so nothing in terms of hardware should be wrong with the front audio jack. I believe it's something I may have to configure using Windows Control Panel, etc. But here's a link to my case anways:

Answer:Front Audio Jack Problems

What motherboard do you have?

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For some reason my audio and mic jack doesn't work at the front of the computer. I tried unplugging and replugging the F-Audio jack cable in my motherboard. I also have realtek "Disable front jack detection" checked off in the box. Any other advice to fix this? Thanks!

Edit: The audio jack does work, but I need to tweak my Mic cord but noise only comes from 1 ear. So must be a damaged audio jack im guessing.

Answer:Front Audio/Mic Jack not working.

Hi ad84555,

Do you have another Audio cable to test and see if its the cable/connection and not the Audio jack?

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

Answer:Front audio jack not working

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my Lian-Li PC-V1000 case has a mic and speaker/headphones jack which I want to use
the cables going from it are:

mic power
mic in
L ret
R ret
L out
R out

my motherboard is a Gigabyte 6VXE+
my 2 sound cards are: a 5.1 Ectiva which has a 4 pin connector which is supposed to be used for connecting to a CD or DVD drive
a C-media card with this written on the SPU:
e3DX <- the maker
HRTF Audio Com

now my question is, can I use this front audio jack with this hardware, and if so, how?
the pic attached is from the C-media sound card, and I've quickly strengthened the lines and writing

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

Answer:Front audio jack not working!

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

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Hello, Last month I built my own computer. I am having a problem with my Front I/O audio jacks.

- Headset is Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD

- I have went into BIOS and enabled my Front I/O

- My front I/O is properly connected to my Motherboard

- My driver is Realtek HD R267 (Newest driver)

I have looked up this problem for quite some time but can't find a way to fix it. People have said to go into Realtek Audio HD Manager and click on the folder next to analog and untick disable front detection. I don't have this folder.

Any help is appreciated i'm 16, this is my first computer build myself. If you need anymore details just ask me below.

Thank you.

Answer:Front I/O Audio Jack not working.


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I have in the last 6 months bought a new PC that came with vista, ever since I have owned it the front audio jacks have not worked in the "Realtek HD Audio Manager" it doesn't even show as something is plugged in.

I have become very annoyed at this as time goes on as I notice how useful it is so today I just decided that I will try it in Ubuntu and the front audio jacks work perfectly I can get sound out of the headphone jack and can record with the microphone jack!

Darn you vista!

Can anyone help me with this problem?

Answer:Front Audio Jack not working

It is NOT a Vista issue, call the OEM and have them help you fix it.

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

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

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

Edit: Problem solved.

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I recently got a new computer with Vista Home Premium x64, and it is working great except that my front audio jack is not working properly. I wasn't the one who assembled the computer, but I know it is connected correctly because when I right click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and select playback devices>headphones>properties>enhancements and click "preview" it plays out of the front audio jack perfectly. However, it does not work with any of my applications.

Is there some setting I have to change to switch from between the speakers and headphones in Vista? Is this likely a driver issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Full specs are listed above.

Answer:Solved: Front audio jack not working

Have a look at Device Manager/Sound-Video-Game Controller.

Right click items shown, then check for –Enable, update driver or roll back.
Also check - Other devices, if listed.

Not quite sure of your total system connection set-up?? Have you two audio outputs?
Speakers - rear connection, headphones - front connection.

Utilising both outputs may disengage or mute one of jack sockets.

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Hi, My front audio jack does not seem to work. When I plug in my headphones into the rear jack, it works. I have tried reinstalling the audio drivers from the Lenovo website. There also does not seem to be a separate front audio jack device listed under playback devices, if there is supposed to be any. What should I do? Thanks,Horace

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I have related problem, but with diff. specs. can someone help me?

Answer:Front Panel audio jack not working

Tell us about your problem. Is it the headphone jack or the microphone jack or both? Has it ever worked?
If its the headphone jack, what type of headphone are your trying to use?

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After connecting to the front panel my headphones (audio and mic), nothing happens, no sound through them. How to fix that?

IS this tut about that? Realtek HD Changing Jack output reassignments ( FIX )

If so, I didn't find DevType_0888_SS147b1083 or ending in DevType_0885_SS18490890
mine ends like 9999

Answer:Realtek front panel- audio & mic not recognised

Hi iMaStEr,

If you have an AC'97 front panel, it won't work with HD audio unless you change the following setting in the Realtek HD Audio Manager. It needs to be checked, as shown.

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I cannot get beats audio working via front speaker headphone jack following upgrade to windows 10. Can you provide a link to the relevant drivers please? Error Message from windows update : ? IDT - Audio Device - IDT High Definition Audio CODEC - Error 0x8007001f

Answer:Beats Audio not working on front headphone jack

I tried to download drivers from HP but keep finding this message: HP encountered an error while trying to scan your product.Please verify your product is powered on and connected, then try again in a few minutes.Or, view all available drivers for your product below. HP has no problems identifying my PC, details as below: Product name = h9-1335eaProduct Number = C5V41EASerial Number = [Personal Information Removed] 

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I am a budding IT tech and during essentials I decided to take apart my comp... without taking a picof where all the lil plugs went Now everything works but the front audio jacks. I looked up the mobo documentation and am plugged in as it says to be & checked device manager and the device is working properly (so it says) but still no sound... am I missing something? No new hardware or any changes, the rear ports work but not the front heres the mobo and I have the HD AUDIO cable plugged into 20... what am I doing wrong

Answer:Front audio jack doesnt work... anymore

Are you using onboard audio, or on a card?

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I have a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 motherboard with on-board sound by Realtek, and my case is Thermaltake's "Element G".

I connected the front panel audio cable to the designated connection on the motherboard, however, whenever I plug-in my headphones, the stereo is reversed! Meaning that the headphone for the Right ear is playing the audio channel for the Left ear, and vice versa.

I end up having to wear my headphones in reverse to enjoy correct stereo sound.

I checked the front panel audio connection to the motherboard, thinking that maybe I plugged it in the wrong way or something, but apparently there is only one way to plug it in.

My first guess was that this was a design flaw with the case, and that they mixed up the audio channel connections in the front panel. However, when I plugged my headphones DIRECTLY to the REAR audio jack, it's exactly the same story!

The fact of the matter is that the on-board audio is mixing up the stereo channels! I actually remember that on my previous computer with on-board audio it was the same exact problem.

1) Is this a known issue with on-board sound cards in general?

2) Most importantly, is there any way I can fix this in Windows 7? Reverse the stereo channels so that they are outputted correctly?

Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Front audio headphone jack reversed stereo...

Never mind. I tried a different pair of headphones and there was no problem. Apparently my cheap "Sony" headphones were just defective.

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HiI've recently upgraded to windows 7 and installed the latest Realtek drivers, those it seems that Realtek's "features" are more counter-productive than it's worth.All I want is to have both my speakers and headphone plugged in (via rear and front panel phonejack) at the same time, and get the same audio feed from both (so if i ever need privacy, all i need is to turn off speakers and put on headphones)though it seems that the Realtek driver forces one of them to be "default device", where all the sounds would go to one or the other (depending on which is default)this really sucks, how is it helpful to have a secondary device if nothing plays through it??Is there a way to duplicate the main speaker audio feed to the headphones, at all?(my Realtek is the onboard sound device, on my P5Q pro motherboard, if it helps)

Answer:play same audio feed from front and rear jack

though it seems that the Realtek driver forces one of them to be "default device", where all the sounds would go to one or the other (depending on which is default)this really sucksYou Motherboard is set to only use oneWindows through PnP will respond by disabling the rear plug when the front plug is plugged in (I think I have that right)Anyway, Realtek is not doing it.You can only have one, unless you split the wires and run two from oneI think there was another way as well, but I can't remember this second

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!'ve got a probelm with my compaq 615
i had a problem with my audio quitting on me after the laptop went to sleep (which required a reboot) so i reinstalled the drivers (IDT HD)
now my laptop speakers are set as the default audio device and my headphone jack is set as the default communications device .. what kind of nonsense is that..
anywho.. all efforts trying to tell the pc i want the headphones as default speakers were in vain... it won't change any settings
simply disabling the speakers isn't a real solution either because i would still like to be able to use the media keys on my keyboard to adjust the volume.. i can't use them on a device that isn't the default however
i tried reinstalling the drivers aswell with no results

does anyone know what could help?

Answer:can't set front jack as default audio output (notebook)

no ideas?

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Hello, I'm Artekis. A year ago, sevenforums helped solved my BSOD problem! Now I'm back for help on audio problems.

I recently noticed that the front audio ports of my Windows 7 PC do not work properly. I plugged in both speakers and my headset, and the right side of the speakers do not work as well as the right side of the headset cups.

The back audio ports work perfectly fine for both my headset and speakers. As a result, I can safely say that it's a problem with my front audio ports.

According to the Sound tab, I have VIA HD Audio, which is integrated audio on my ASUS motherboard. There also seems to be NVIDIA High Definition Audio in the sound controllers section of the device manager. According to some people on Sevenforums, it's used if you want to use a HDMI cable to connect audio from my PC to the TV? Is this correct?

So what should I do to get my front audio ports to work? I will gladly provide any information that can help solve my problem.


Edit: Just a little update, but the front audio panel worked perfectly fine from both cups of my headset for a couple of seconds after I restarted my computer. But it quickly switched back to the left cup working only. However, the mic jack in the front doesn't work at all.

Answer:Front Audio Jack, right sided speakers/cup not working

Check the front panel connection on the motherboard. Reseat the connection (unplug and then plug back in).
The front panel headphone jack may have developed a problem, which is not uncommon.

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So I have windows 7 installed on my pc ..... I cant hear any sound from my headphones or speakers whether plugged into the front or rear panel. and also windows shows that there are headphones plugged into the front panel. maybe that's the reason I cant hear any sound....but I tried all possible ways....also disconnected the front panel from the motherboard but still it says its connected.

Answer:Front audio jack panel wont disconnect in any way

Have you checked out the Sound section in Control Panel. Also check Device Manager.

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Does anyone know of a generic replacement AC'97 audio cable and front 3.5mm front port replacement kit available? In this particular pc, the audio cable that connects from the audio header on the mobo to the front 3.5mm jack has been damaged badly (it touched a hot soldering gun). I wouldn't mind replacing the front jack anyway since I have to wiggle the plug in it to get any sound. Needless to say, because of the damaged cable, the sound output is scratchy and very weak.

Any sort of generic replacement would do since I don't care about drilling a hole on the front of the case on this pc case if I have to to accomodate a new jack. I've looked for hours but can't find anything.

Answer:Looking for replacement AC'97 audio cable and 3.5mm jack for front of case

You probably have to find another case to get the cable out of

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About a year ago, I bought the HP Pavilion Slimline s5780d Desktop PC.
All was fine and dandy.
Then one day, about 2 months after my purchase of the PC, my speakers would only play sound from the left one. I thought that my right speaker had died, but didn't bother to replace it.

4 days ago, I bought new parts to upgrade my PC.
New casing, graphics card, RAM and speakers.

Got a friend over to help me assemble it. Everything worked fine.
But when I plugged in the new speakers, I realised that again, only the left speaker would work. I then concluded that the port in which the speakers were connected to was bad, and plugged the speakers into the headphone jack at the front of the new casing which worked.

When I came back to the computer 2 days later, only the speaker on the RIGHT would work!

I realised that I could reassign the ports at the rear as audio out via registry editing(my realtek control panel thing won't let me), but again, audio would only come from the left speaker.

tl;dr, speakers connect to rear of computer, only left speaker has sound. Speakers connected to headphone jack at front of computer, only right speaker has sound.


Thanks in advance!
EDIT: I am running Windows 7 64bit Home Premium

Answer:Realtek Audio Will Only Play Audio Out Of One Speaker

One of the jacks may be broken and causing issues, or the audio chip is faulty. Easiest fix to replace the sound card and use that for the audio, here's one with a internal header for the front audio jacks;

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Hello there ,
my friend is having so much trouble with his computer, his operating system is vista basic ,
the problem that he is having is this.....
the jack plugs are all mixed up, we have tried for days to try and sort this out. we have uninstalled his realtek software , then reinstalled the latest version, but to no avail.
we have tried to sort the jacks out through the hd audio control panel and reassign them but they wont change.
I know that when you plug the jack into the computer it normally picks up you have plugged in a device , and that you select the mic or the speakers ... but this aint happening there anyone out there that can give me any help or suggestions with this please.... thanks in advance

Answer:realtek audio jack mixup

Hello flukezoid and welcome to the Vista Forums

Could you provide some further information on the actual hardware involved,
is this a desktop or laptop
is it a "major Brand" or "hand built"

Quite often with home builds the actual physical connections are not made or the bios settings can be incorrect you may want to check the bios first to see that the correct options are set anyway as many systems have alternatives

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Good morning, all.

I am trying to re-map my rear audio jacks (bass, l/r or whichever) to be the default audio output (green jack) as my front jack is broken ( I have to tape male 3.5mm at certain angle) and the tip of another male 3.5mm is broken in rear normal (green) jack.

I found the sticky thread pertaining to realtek drivers/audio manager, but I do not have a realtek sound card. Despite this I searched through my registry to get to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000\Settings\DevType_0888_SS147b1083 or ending in DevType_0885_SS18490890" but it does not look the same. (see attached screenshot).

When I check what my drivers are under device manager -> Sound, video and game controllers, there are 5 items that drop down:

High Definition Audio Device
NVIDIA High Definition Audio Device
NVIDIA High Definition Audio Device
NVIDIA High Definition Audio Device
NVIDIA High Definition Audio Device

Any help as to how to re-map one of my unused rear jacks to a normal jack is greatly appreciated.
If any more info is needed, let me know.


Answer:Audio Jack Reassignment without Realtek

The correct sound driver would be a first start, as it may include a panel that you can reassign jacks. You list "High Definition Audio Device" which usually suggests all you have is the basic function Windows installed sound drivers.

You didn't fill in the "My System Specs" so we don't know what PC you have. But if its a factory built PC (e.g. Dell, Acer, HP, etc) to to the vendor's site and download the correct sound driver. If no Win 7 driver is listed, but there is a Vista driver, it is fully compatible. If its a custom built, go to the motherboard vendor and download the applicable sound driver.

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Hello all, I am a newbie in this here forum but would sure appreciate some help. I have acer aspire PC (Vista) with Realtek HD Audio card. I have the cheapest pair of stereo speakers I could find plugged in to the line out (lime green jack) on the rear of the PC. When I play audio files all sound comes from just one speaker.. thought that perhaps speakers were just rubbish but then i had the same problem when i sent the sound via a Kenwood sound system.. ie all sound from one speaker.. I have tried numerous things to get sound from t'other speaker but no joy thus far!I happened to download BBC iPlayer today (as I had missed Dr Who last night!) and when I watched Dr Who earlier I got sound from both speakers!!Hoorah! I cried... but sadly I still have the problem.. when I play audio from say iTunes or from saved MP3's all sound from just the 1 speaker but I get sound through both when watching iPlayer downloads!Have i waffled a little too much?If anybody has read this far I would appreciate any help that anyone can offer.Kind Regards x

Answer:Sound from only 1 Speaker (Realtek HD Audio)

If you are getting sound from one speaker its most likely a Hardware Problem. Could be anything from a dud Speaker to a bad connection in the Jack plug that shoves in the back of the computer etc

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Hi, I'm new to these forums and I've been searching everywhere for help with my Problem but nothimg seems to work.

I'll start with my setup:VGA to VGA for my Display
3.5mm Aux cord from my PC Audio Out to my TV's PC Audio Line In

I have Realtek HD Audio Manager Installed. Whenever I go to Control Panel>Sound>Manage Audio Devices, Realtek has the Green bar moving up and down to indicate sound however the speakers have nothing. Note that I do have iTunes running and playing Music. Here is a screenshot of the Realtek and Speakers thing. Let me also add that I'm not very Tech Savvy. If needed I can provide more screenshots of whatever you may need and thank you to anyone who can help

Answer:Realtek Audio and Speaker Conflict?

You need to set the "Speakers" as the Default Playback Device, assuming your 3.5mm connection is to the Green speaker jack. In your screen shot, the Digital (Possibly S/PDIF) output is selected.

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Hey everyone, I have a X200 with a build in Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD. Driver Version is The Computer doesn't switch any more between the build in speaker and the audio jack. I do have a signal on the jack, but the speaker doesn't work. If I have plug my headphones to the audio jack, I can hear the sound properly and the green bars in the Control Panel / Sound / Playback menu indicate that there is indeed sound. However, if I don't have a plug in the audio jack, these green bars stay dead. Does anyone have any idea, how I can fix this? Any hint or help is greatly appreciated. Best regards,Tao

Answer:No switching between buildin speaker and audio jack

I'd appreciate any suggestions too. I often have similar issues especially when using Skype.   

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Hi,  I just made some driver update and windows ( windows anniversary ) update and after installing i do not have any sound with the built in spaker or with my headphone plugged with a jack anymore. But with a usb headphone it works! When i go to the Windows playback devices window there is no device present. I already update the Audio drivers and restart run the audio troubleshooting tool in Windows but nothing new it doesn't work. Gauthier  

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The audio of my LAPTOP HP Pavolion g4 was lost after I inserted a jack from the speaker.  When I checked the device manager, I have two warnings that I couldn't find. These are: 1. BCM20702A0.     Location: Port_#0003.Hub_#0004     Hardware IDs            USB\VID_0A5C&PID_21E3&REV_0112           USB\VID_0A5C&PID_21E3  Device Status:     The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)    To find a driver for this device, click Update Driver. 2. unkown device     location:  on Pci Bus.    Hardware IDs:       ACPI\VEN_HPQ&DEV_0004       ACPI\HPQ0004       *HPQ0004    Device Status:     The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)    To find a driver for this device, click Update Driver. WhenI click the Update Driver, I can't update it. Thanks ... 

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The audio was lost after I inserted a jack from the speaker.  When I checked the device manager, I have two warnings that I couldn't find. These are:1. unkown device, location:  on Pci Bus.Device Status: The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)To find a driver for this device, click Update Driver.

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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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Everything worked fine until a couple of days ago. Now, streaming audio does not come out of the front jack. Rear jack is fine.  If I disable the Digital Output, sound DOES come from the front audio jack (so no hardware issue). BUT keyboard volume buttons do not work. In that mode, volume must be adjusted by opening the appropriate window and using the mouse. I can't seem to make the front jack the Default Device. I do not know of anything I did to preciptate this. No new software, nothing. Just came back from vacation and that's the way it was. Thanks in advance. ~LMG1

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Title basically says it all,what do I have to do?

Answer:Front Jack is broken,The back one isn't shown in Audio Prospeties.

Fill in your "my system specs" and give us more info than "it doesn't work".

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Since I purchased PC few years back, my front audio jack was not working. Today I decided to fix the issue instead of purchasing a new headphone (I'll use mobile headset :P ).

I'm using Windows 7, my motherboard name is Gigabyte GA MA78gm S2H. When I saw a video in youtube and read mb's matual, I found that there is something called F_Audio. I checked my MB, there was nothing plugged in that port.

I've four wires coming out from front side i.e HDD led, power led, reset and Speaker. I've connected those wire properly. Which wire should I connect to f_audio ? There is no wire left to connect I think the front jack is not working due to the missing cable. My rear audio jack is working properly.

Please help

Thank you

Answer:Front audio jack issue, F_Audio port query

You should have a cable (or cables) coming from the front panel for audio. One connector will be marked HD Audio (what is needed for current audio systems) and the other is AC97 which is for older audio systems.

Check around, if you don't see them as they may be stuffed somewhere in the front of the case.

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Hi guys,

I've signed up here to try and get some help with this issue in particular. After having a quick Google around I've seen that it is a fairly common issue for headphones or earphones to sound tinny on Windows 10 with Realtek HD Audio. However, the only fixes that I could find were driver updates are disabling all sound enhancements. I've tried both of these fixes but yet the problem persists on my end.

Has anyone had this problem before or have any suggestions that may fix the issue? I imagine I'm missing something simple but can't think what it could be for the life of me.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Many thanks,


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hello buddymy hp dv6 pavilion 6154tx beat audio speakers are not working after installation of IDT Drivers,also done install and uninstallation of IDT.fn + b is not working for beat music.please resolve this problem...

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This is just a quick tutorial so you can get the most out of a 2.1 speaker configuration, I was helping a member out on a different forum since he was asking if there was a Realtek HD Audio Manager option for 2.1 speakers and I thought this tutorial might be helpful if you guys want your 2.1 speaker setups to sound better. From doing this tutorial the bass coming from your sub wont have a bunch of static when you're blasting your speakers and from doing this everything will sound more clear when you're playing music at a low or high volume. Just open up Realtek HD Audio Manager and copy these settings from the screen shots I took on my computer.

Answer:How to: 2.1 speaker configuration (Realtek HD Audio Manager)

this is nice but it should have been posted here Techspot's Guides and Tutorials

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I am running on a Dell Latitude D630. Just recently my audio jack isnt wanting to understand that my headphones are plugged in. I know that my headphones work cause when I would play them on my iPod they would work perfectly fine. I went into my drivers and uninstalled then reinstalled the audio drivers. I looked for other solutions online and there were none that fit to what I was looking for. the only sound that comes out of the computer are the stock "High Definition Audio Device" speakers.

At this moment I have plugged in 3 sets of headphones and none have been able to get sound out of the audio jack. They are all the simple 3.5mm plugs and I have used them numbers of times when making music on FL Studio or listening to music on Spotify. I know that there has to be a solution because there has never been a problem like this before.

Thank you for any help that you can give me

Answer:Trouble with audio jack. Plays on speaker but not on headphones! Help?

If you are not using the Dell supplied sound drivers that can be a problem. I used to do a lot of support on the Dell forum and we found that non-Dell drivers either did not work or did not work properly on many Dell's.

Here is the Dell Vista/Windows 7 SigmaTel sound Driver.
Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

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Hi! I have a subwoofer and two front speakers. They were working fine together before I re-installed Windows10 (it still took some confusing steps to get them working), but after, they aren't working together properly and I can't figure out how I did it last time in Realtek HD Audio Manager. The front speakers work fine alone, but with the sub-woofer, they either sound off or the sub doesn't work at all. Does anybody know how to set it up so that they work together properly?

Answer:Realtek HD Audio Manager subwoofer and front speakers set-up confusing

If you have the typical "2.1" speaker system (two speakers and a bass speaker), there is only one connection from the PC to the speaker system. Internally in the bass speaker is the amplifiers that separate the signal and route it to the bass speaker and the two front speakers. In the Realtek HD Audio Manager select either Stereo or Front Left and Right, depending on the version of the HD Audio Manager you have. If its not the speaker selection, then I would suspect a problem in the speaker system from your description.

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I'm having trouble with the audio on my desktop. All of my audio plugs have stopped working, however USB audio devices are fine. Whenever I plug in a cord to either the front or back, nothing is detected. 
Clicking on the sound icon in the system tray immediately brings up the troubleshooter, which prompts me to plug something in. After I unplug and plug whatever it is back in, it won't recognize it:

When I right click on the sound icon and hit on playback devices, I see 6 AMD HD devices, which would be for an HDMI cable I believe, and then my speakers device which supposedly isn't plugged in:

I can't set any of them to be default devices; the options to do anything but disable them are grayed out.
So then looking at Realtek HD Audio Manager, everything appears blank. No nice icons on top to select and then configure, just a blank page:

I'm not given the option to click on absolutely any of the plug icons on the right hand side. 
Clicking on the wrench in the bottom right gives me the following page:

Now, I've tried disabling the front panel detection, which does allow me to "manage" the device, ie it gives me the option to change volume and such. However, sound still doesn't come out.
The gear in the top right gives me:

Selecting options here doesn't work either, even in conjunction with disabling front panel detection.
My relevant specs are :
MSI Z97 G55
Intel i5 - 4670
Sapphire Radeon R9 280
Win 7 x64
I've tri... Read more

Answer:Realtek HD Audio not detecting plugs in the front or back panels

Hi lpakman and to the Bleeping Computer Community.
Go to BIOS section and see if any onboard audio is disabled. If everything is ok from there, go to device manager and right-click your Realtek audio then choose enable.

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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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Front headphone jack is now assigned as a communications device (basically call-center style headphones & mic).  I am unable to use this jack for regular headphones any longer.  I am unable to change the assignment back to simply 'headphones' -- the original setting when the PC was manufactured by HP.  Also, Beats Audio (and its Control Panel) no longer works and HP has no software download for my PC for it ("cannot find .startup file!").  How do I reassign the front 3.5mm headphone jack to be what it used to be and how do I get Beats Audio from HP if their support website doesn't even let me choose the software?

Answer:Front Headphone Jack Reassigned; Beats Audio No Longer Avail...

Welcome to the HP Support Forums @maadiman70! I understand that you were having an issue getting your headphones to work. I will do my absolute best to help you resolve the problem on your HP Pavilion HPE h8-1300z CTO Desktop PC.  As you know the HP Pavilion HPE h8-1300z CTO Desktop PC software and driver page does not have supported drivers for Windows 10 available.  When did the headphone jack stop working?When did the Beats Audio stop working?Have you tried to do a System Restore back to when they were working?Have you tried using the Windows troubleshooting tool?Have you tried to see if the headphones are recognized by the Desktop? Here is a document called No Sound from the Speakers or Headphones. There are some steps in it that may help you.  The best thing you can do because there are no Windows 10 drivers available for you at this point, is to do your Windows Updates and the HP Support Assistant updates. Just download and run the application and it will help with the software and drivers on your system that need updating. If this reply resolves your issue, please share the good news! Let others know this reply was helpful by clicking the Accept as Solution button at the bottom of this post. To simply say thanks, please click the Thumbs up below! If you require further assistance, I would be more than happy to continue to help you. Please re-post with the results of the troub... Read more

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Front headphone jack is now assigned as a communications device (basically call-center style headphones & mic).  I am unable to use this jack for regular headphones any longer.  I am unable to change the assignment back to simply 'headphones' -- the original setting when the PC was manufactured by HP.  Also, Beats Audio (and its Control Panel) no longer works and HP has no software download for my PC for it ("cannot find .startup file!").  How do I reassign the front 3.5mm headphone jack to be what it used to be and how do I get Beats Audio from HP if their support website doesn't even let me choose the software?

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I have seen similar problems to mine but not exactly the same. I am using windows 7 home prem. 64 bit
Motherboard H57m01 with a Gateway dx4831- 01e. All drivers are up to date as of 6-3-11. I'm new to the forum so please forgive any ignorance on my part. All was working fine until yesterday. When front jack detection is enabled with Realtek HD manager I can't hear my speakers, but my headphones work. When I disable it the speakers work as do the headphones if plugged in. The funny thing is when I enable the detection, it is showing that on the front panel headphone/ speakers that there is still a jack plugged in and also shows where I actually have the speakers plugged in and that is the rear jack. I assume that is why I can't hear any sound from the speakers. I don't know why it doesn't respond when I unplug the headphones. Note that it detects all of the other jacks when something is plugged in or unplugged. Any help would greatly be appreciated

Answer:Realtek HD Audio Manager not recognizing unplugged jack

Have you installed all the Windows 7 updates including Service Pack 1?

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The jack outputs are all bundled into one device. I want to have one device for each output jack, and not all on one. That means to automatically have detected various output devices...I add also a pic, so you can understand my problem. The picture text is in italian, but it shouldn't be a problem
Thanks for helping

Answer:Realtek Audio Jack Output Assignment Troubleshooting

1. I see you have the "High Definition Audio" as the device type. That suggests that you do not have the RealTek sound driver installed. Instead just the basic function Microsoft/Windows sound driver.

I have RealTek and I have a RealTek HD Audio Manager that will allow SOME (not all) jack assignment changes.

You can only have one default audio playback device and if I understand you correctly, you can't have different devices for different outputs. You can have "Stereo" (2 channel) or 2.1 speaker system that is connected to the Green speaker jack. OR you could have a 5.1 speaker system with the the THREE connections to the PC. But, you can't have one jack for one device or speaker system and another for a different speaker system.

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I've been finding a solution for days now and I still haven't found for this. I am using windows 7. I can clearly hear music from my 2 speakers, but when I plug my headphones into the front jack sound! in the playback devices,it shows my headphone is not plugged in!! The mic works fine. I have DL'd the latest realtek drivers and made sure all mute's are off but still nothing. If anyone knows how to fix this, you will be a better man than I. thank u in advance

Answer:No Sound From Headphone Jack With Realtek Hd Audio Device?


Was your PC built for you or did you buy it in a shop?

If it was built for you, you might want to check that the front panel connectors are connected to the motherboard. I have seen many people forget to do this.

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I have Realtek AC97 Audio on laptop but would llike to increase speaker volumeAdvent laptop with windows XP no exteerior volume controls

Answer:how to increase volume on pc speaker with realtek AC97 Audio

You're only going to get so much volume out of a pair of laptop speakers. Plug in a set of desktop speakers to the headphone jack & you'll get all the volume you desire.

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In my right speaker, I have a slight distortion when i hear high-pitched sounds. I checked on my headphones and I dont hear it. I updated my Realtek audio drivers a few times. It improved the first time. I still have a subtle issue and I'm not sure what to do.

I switched the inputs on my speakers and I still seem to be getting it on the right speaker. it might be the speaker, but since it improved with the driver update, I thought I'd seek advice here before buying a new one.

Answer:Realtek audio driver causing distortion/speaker

Did you update the drivers to the latest one ?

if yes manually update the drivers to High Definition Audio Device via device manager.

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Hi there!

Before I start with stuff, I'll link my hardware and drivers used:

SteelSeries - Gaming Headsets - SteelSeries 7H Fnatic Edition

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution

Sound card (removed):
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Multimedia- ASUS Xonar DX

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution
(Realtek 889/892 Audio Driver V6.0.1.6257 for 32/64bit Windows Vista & Windows)

Other drivers:
(HD Definition Drivers)

So I bought a new computer not too long ago and I've had some issues with my headset and whatnot. I have a ASUS Xonar DX sound card with an optic fibre cable for my Logitech Z-5500 system and they worked just fine with it.

However, when I bought my headset (Steelseries 7H Fnatic, normal non-USB) I had issues. When I plugged them into my motherboard it couldn't find them. And when I tried to plug them into my Xonar card, people I was skyping with could hear my sounds (videos I watched etc) even though I had earplugs. So I removed the card and decided I'd go with the normal drivers etc. So I checked ASUS website and got the drivers.

I installed the drivers (Xonar drivers uninstalled clean before) and it asks me to reboot. I reboot and I get the message: "No speakers or headphones are plugged in." from the system tray. I run dxdiag and no sound card is detected (it's just empty where there should be driver names etc). In the control panel there is no Realtek option etc. ... Read more

Answer:No speaker or headphones are plugged in and Realtek HD Audio Manager

Bumping this since I got no answers.. I found a thread like it, but to no help..

No sound in windows 7

I have no tray of the HD Audio Manager, and the only files in my install folder are RtlUpd64 and some other file as I mentioned above. Drivers from ASUS website aren't working either. Please help, been without sound for a few weeks now..

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In my right speaker, I have a slight distortion when i hear high-pitched sounds. I checked on my headphones and I dont hear it. I updated my Realtek audio drivers a few times. It improved the first time. I still have a subtle issue and I'm not sure what to do.

I switched the inputs on my speakers and I still seem to be getting it on the right speaker. it might be the speaker, but since it improved with the driver update, I thought I'd seek advice here before buying a new one.

Answer:Realtek audio driver causing distortion/speaker

Did you update the drivers to the latest one ?

if yes manually update the drivers to High Definition Audio Device via device manager.

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Help, as I try to do this. The option is greyed out and all I can select is Stereo. Is there a way to force the ability of the option?

Answer:Having trouble changing Realtek HD audio to 5.1 speaker configuration

Can anyone else help me with this issue?

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Hi,I'm running a NEC Versa S3200 laptop purchased just 3 months ago, running Windows XP. Everything was fine until a few days ago I noticed that my laptop's speaker slot is kind of loose, and if I insert the headset's port, every little movement causes the port to loosen up a bit and I have to fix it to hear properly.The next day or so suddenly all voices became very very distorted. If I play at very low volume I can hear correctly, but as the volume goes up the voice gets REALLY distorted and crappy.I've tried both the headset and some earplugs, this happens on both of them. If I don't use anything and try the laptop's built in speakers, no voice comes out.I've tried doing system restore and uninstalling/re-installing the audio drivers but they didn't fix it. If I change the 'Karoeko' setting to 0 its just like hearing on a very low volume, which works mostly ok except I often can't make out what is being said.To top it off I've lost my laptop's serial number, the sticker is nowhere to be found on the back of the laptop so I can't use the warranty.  If anyone can assist with this it'll be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Distorted speaker voice, please help! (Realtek high def Audio)

Well first I think we should know what happened before the problem started?Any recent downloads, installs, hardware changes, ect....?

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Hello, I recently purchased the Creative T6160 5.1 Multimedia Speaker System for my computer but cannot get the center and sub to work. The other 4 speakers work just fine. My Computer: Radeon 4650 video cardMy computer has Realtek audio installed, and in the Realtek HD Audio Manager I have set my speaker configuration to 5.1. The audio manager recognizes that my c/sub is connected but they produce no sound when I test them. I have updated all of my audio drivers. All of the speakers are connected into the back of the subwoofer and all 3 cords coming from the sub are connected properly into the back of my computer. Any help as to why these 2 speakers are not working would be appreciated.

Answer:64Bit Vista with Realtek Audio, C/Sub Speaker Problems

Hello, I recently purchased the Creative T6160 5.1 Multimedia Speaker System for my computer but cannot get the center and sub to work. The other 4 speakers work just fine. My Computer: Radeon 4650 video cardMy computer has Realtek audio installed, and in the Realtek HD Audio Manager I have set my speaker configuration to 5.1. The audio manager recognizes that my c/sub is connected but they produce no sound when I test them. I have updated all of my audio drivers. All of the speakers are connected into the back of the subwoofer and all 3 cords coming from the sub are connected properly into the back of my computer. Any help as to why these 2 speakers are not working would be appreciated.I had this under Windows XP, just keep messing with the configs. It took me like 3 hours to get it to work one day.

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I purchased new earphone with mic & connected to my laptop, V570. But no sound is coming. Then i checked the earphone to mobile to check the output. It is working. But connecting with laptop is not working . Also a USB port next to it is also not functioning.  


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Answer:Audio combo jack vs headphone/earphone with mic and speaker connector

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
On your computer the audio jacks along with the USB port are mounted on a card that is separate from the motherboard.  The two are then connected with a ribbon cable.  If your headphone jack is inoperable with more than one pair of headphones and the USB port does not work would be a good indication of a problem with the card.   
Just to rule out a possible hardware conflict try doing a BIOS reset.  Just do this.......
1. Unplug the charger / adapter. 2. Remove the battery. 3. Press and hold the Power Button for 15 seconds. 4. Re-install the battery, plug in the charger / adapter if needed and power up the system to see if the problem was resolved.
If the reset did not correct the problem then I would suspect either the audio card is faulty or the ribbon cable has become disconnected.  In that case I would suggest you contact Lenovo Support for additional service especially if your warranty is still active.  You can find the phone number for Lenovo Support in your country or area by using the link below....

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