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USB Headphones and speakers running different app's sounds seperately

Q: USB Headphones and speakers running different app's sounds seperately

I was wondering if it were possible to split up sound effects from different app's. For example, I want to be able to have sound effects for games running on my headphones while mp3s play on the speakers. The headphones are connected via USB port and the speakers are plugged into the regular sound jack on the back og my PC. I was thinking there was maybe some sort of program I could buy (or even better, freeware) that would make this possible. Or maybe there is a trick that Windows XP lets geeky guys like me do this? Thanks for the help.

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A: USB Headphones and speakers running different app's sounds seperately

Buy a separate MP3-player and hook that up to your stereo.

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I need to emit sounds from speakers and headphones but different content respectively. For example, from an application which will produce an alarm sound to notify the user that there is an incoming case will be produced from the built-in speakers at the monitor. Next, when I plugged in the headphone, the sound from the application shall be emit from the built-in speaker and filter off from the headphones and left with the sound that I desire. How do I do that?

A:Sounds emit from both speakers and headphones

that is down to the application itself normally, from past experience you can only do that if the program has a setting for it. For example setting the Output in ventrilo settings to headphones.

As far as I know there is no way to force it. But, I am probably wrong on this.

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A:Play some sounds through speakers and some through headphones

Not that I know of. Its either one or the other. You can have options on some sound devices for which headphone/speaker jacks are or aren't active but you can only have one default audio playback device at a time and thus everything gets routed through that device.

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Did my first budget pc build and I feel really sick because of a problem!

I've grown tired trying to fix this on my own and i see this as my last resort.
My problem is that when i plug in my headphones to the front panel of my PC, the sound plays out of the speakers still.
What i want is for the speakers to cut out when i plug my headphones in.
Headphones work as on my laptop speakers cut out when i plug in the headphones!

I've gone through forums and stuff and the instructions/help they have does not cover mine.

Here are 4 printscreens of my problem:

Below is the printscreen of the Speaker properties. As you can see, it shows the front and rear port together.

Below is the window i get when i click on the folder icon (connector settings ) on realtek manager:

Below is when i click on the link 'device advanced settings':

Below is when i click on the speaker icon in taskbar and click on 'volume control options':

So many forums/help guides have the disabled rear panel option thing and among other things but i dont have them.
The audio driver i downloaded from the asus website with respect to my mobo.
I've tried to include everything and sorry if i've left anything out.
Will be checking constantly for replies so i can reply back!

Please guys/girls,

Is there a way to fix this? I'm 20 and i've had really crap headaches over this.
My temp fix is to remove my audio cable from the rear lime panel that goes to my monitor speakers.
I beg that you great peo... Read more

A:Sounds still plays through speakers when headphones plugged in

sorry for the large images, i should have cropped. sorry

edit: show have done it on first thread sorry, just saw edit button

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Just installed a new motherboard and with that it reset all my sound options and a few others and before the new motherboard I was able to go onto TeamSpeak 3 and get peoples voices through my headphones and all other sounds through my speakers so I was able to hear voices and music clearer, one problem is that I can't scheme to remember how to do this and if I try to make the headphones the default communications device, the option doesn't show up for it. Looked around but there isn't anything about how to do this.

If anyone has any ideas on how to change this I'd be appreciative.


A:How to get desktop sounds through speakers & voices through headphones

I am a bit confused with what you are trying to do as usually plugging in phones automatically disconnects the speakers by way of a switch that is struck by the incoming jack plug. Unless you can disable that switch I don't know how you are going to do this.

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Sounds are coming out of my speakers even i plugged in my headphones! Can anybody help? Oh yaa, and by the way, when i go to control panel and go to hardware sounds and go manage audio devices, there is NO headphones sign/logo even when i have plugged in my headphones. And when i try to update my audio drivers, they say it is up to date. Please Help!

A:Sounds are coming out of my speakers even i plugged in my headphones

Hello Quzz and welcome to Seven Forums.

A lot seems to depend on how any particular computer is set up and what kind of hardware is installed. There are several suggestions in these two previous threads. Perhaps one will work for you.

Speakers and headphones play at the same time?

Speaker+Headphone at the same time Problem

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I recently got a new desktop and that is the only problem that I have. I like to go on Skype and then play music/game sounds through the speakers, but on my audio devices list, it only shows up Speakers/Headphones. I know that the Realtek HD Audio Manager would let me split them up, but when I download that, all I get is some worthless Dell Audio thing (picture at the bottom) that barely has any options. So, is there anything I can do about this? I don't know how specific to be, so if you need more information, just say so.

A:Splitting headphones and speakers to play separate sounds?

Do you mean you want communications (skype) through the headphones and everything else though speakers?

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Do I need more info?Compaq presario r3000xpall service packsAny ideas why the sound is skipping?Edit: Moved topic to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Sound Coming Out Of Speakers And Headphones Sounds Like It Is Skipping

Did you check that all your wires from sound card to speakers are firmly plugged in?

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I have been to over a dozen websites trying to fix this problem of mine, with no right answers. When I use my headphones on my laptop, I am able to hear game sounds through it, and I am able to hear Chat from calls through it, but not at the same time. While in game or youtube or whatever if I make a skype call or steam chat or teamspeak, all other sound comes through my laptop speakers so that the chat is alone in my headphones. This defeats the entire purpose of having headphones.
I have Windows 7. I am using the Turtle Beach Earforce X12 Headset. When I go to Control Panel>Sound>PLayback the options are 1) Speakers and Headphones 2) Communications Headphones. Both say IDT High Definition Audio CODEC.
Please, help me. out of all the websites out there, they all say to do the same stuff and it doesn't work.
Also, side note, on the headset there is two controls for game and chat. The chat one doesn't work for anything and game controls everything that comes through the headset. Not sure if that helps at all.

Thank you in advance.

A:Chat calls separate game sounds to speakers when using headphones

What are you options for playback devices? Playback options should likely be "headphones" only.

I'm not sure it both volume controls function when connected to a PC as it's a single audio stream.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
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As the title suggests no sound through the laptop speakers or the headphone out. Last Saturday my laptop prompted me to download 2 important Windows updates. One of the two updates was Internet Explorer 10. After installation and restart everything seemed ok. Then I went on the internet and almost immediately I was getting this popup "Ulead MP3 Codec: About" "Ulead MP3 Codec v1.0.18" and then an OK button as the only option. You could proceed no further unless you clicked OK, but once clicked the web page froze. I believe I was trying to read NY Post online at the time. So I started Googling the problem and see that many others have the same most in association with checking either AOL email or some other web based email program and it was associated with sound. The fix recommended for everyone was either to turn off sounds in email, download Windows 7 Codec pack from MS Updates or to put as a blocked site on IE. I tried the latter two as I do not us web based email, rather I use MS Outlook. ... Read more

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Hi, i really really need help, coz my laptop compaq presario V3203tu does not have anymore sound coming out of the speakers or even when i try to plug in a pair of headphones and even the system sounds wont play..

i really want to get this fixed, but i dont know how? please help.


A:Solved: No sound through speakers, headphones and even system sounds dont play.

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Had skype playing through my headset, but music was palying through the speakers. Windows 7.

A:Different applicatons playing seperately through headset and speakers

Install updated/ fresh audio drivers.

Check audio device manufacturer's CP in Windows CP.

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What i am wondering is quite simple in theroy but it can't be as simple in practice now can it?

What i am trying to achieve is running 2 monitors on a single system with 2 diffrent gfx cards in non sli mode.

I know it would be easiest to buy a gfx card with dual monitor support outles but atm i can't afford that.

What i was thinking was if it was possible to plug in an older gfx card and use it to diplay movies for example while i can use the other monitor to surf the web or play games etc.

where are the problems in doing this if it is possible?

I'm guessing both have to be nvidia or ati or can i mix?


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

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

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

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Hi everyone,

I am currently having problems using my new Plantronics headset with my computer (win7, intel quad core 2.4ghz processor, asus pk5 deluxe wireless mobo, 4gb corsair ram, onboard sound card, geforce 9600gt graphics card). It recognizes that I have a headset plugged into the front USB port, installed the driver software no problem, and displays in the volume mixer that there is sound playing over the headset. However, no sound comes out.

Here's what I have done to try to solve the problem:

1. Turned the volume on the speakers up.
2. Plugged the speakers into another computer (they work no problem -- the speakers are plug-and-play)
3. Plugged in another USB device into the port to see if the port is dead (the port works)
4. Restarted the computer and rebooted with the speakers plugged in. (still recognizes it, but no sound plays)
5. Checked the device manager to see if it is recognized (it is)
6. Checked the win7 troubleshooting guide to see if it detected any problems (windows cannot detect any)
7. Checked the headset and my motherboard to see if the drivers are updated (they are)

As an additional note, I have a Logitech 5.1 surround sound speaker set as well. It plugs into the back of my computer and works no problem. When I play my Zune player, I'll set the default player to the speakers, and music will play. I'll switch it then to the headset, and nothing will come out. I had a great deal of difficulty setting up those speakers as well, however... Read more

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I used to have an older, HP Pavillion (don't ask me which one I have no idea) and the headphones worked great on that. On my current computer, however, the only sound that will go through the headphones are the test sounds. So I plug them into the speaker jack in the back, and no sound whatsoever. I go onto the audo devices panel and there are three devices on there. There is "Digital Output (S/PDIF)", "Communication Headphones", and "Speakers/Headphones". My headphones are still plugged into the speaker jack in the back and I disable the Digital Output device. The headphones start working, but the volume is really low, even on 100% power. I plug them into the heaphone jack on the front of the case and they still aren't working. I notice that all three devices are run by the same audio controller, IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. I then go onto the device manager to see if there are any driver updates that I need to install and I notice that there is another audio controller listed; AMD High Definition Audio Device. For whatever reason, this controller is disabled and when I go onto the properties it does not allow me to enable it (the enable button is grayed out).
Some additional (probably useless) information: the headphone jack in the front is "Beats", and my computer came with a "Beats Audio Control Panel. The icon for "Communication Headphones", by default, is a picture of Beats headphones. The previously mentioned Beats Control Panel has settings t... Read more

A:Headphones not playing any sounds.

Hi there @Official_Dalek,Welcome to the HP Support Forums! It is a great place to find the help you need, from other users, HP experts and other support personnel. I understand that you have had some issues with audio on headphones. I am happy to help with this. Please post the full product number and operating system in use on your computer. See the following, if you need help with that information. How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number? I realize from your updates that you got it to work but you are looking for a cause as you are unsure what it was that you did that fixed it. Once I have the model information, I will see what I can find for you to use as a resource in future, that applies to your system and OS. 

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The situation is, I want to put a CD in my computer and play Halo Wars' soundtrack while playing some StarCraft 2. Of course, not to bother anyone, I plug my headphones. The problem occurs once I enter the game. Everything goes well until that moment, everything is playing in my headphones and suddenly, booms, the speakers of my computer starts playing everything and I don't seem to be good enough with the volume mixer to be able to make it all go into the headphones. Thanks for help.

A:Problem about playing sounds in my headphones only

Canada, welcome to Sevenforums!

Wow, this is very very strange. If I assume your are playing the audio cd in the drive, and starcraft is loaded on your computer without needing a CD, am I assuming correctly? That is a lot of music, do you have Starcraft music disabled?

Without knowing very much about your computer, you might simply look for a place on your speakers to plug headphones in and use your speakers (speakers>headphones) as your only audio output. Or you might consider unplugging the speakers and plugging in the headphones.

Any other function would have to be through software. So you would have to look up your audio device's software (and windows standard audio controls) and change any other settings through them. Make sure your audio driver is up to date.

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Hi everyone,

My USB headphones worked perfectly up until last week. The headphones still play the Windows 8 system sounds, but when I try to use them with Youtube or VLC, they don't play any sound. The strange thing is when I go to Playback devices, the headphones are connected and installed as the default device, and they work perfectly if I test them in the playback menu. Headphones also work when I connect them with the 3,5mm cable.

Any one knows what might have caused the problem and mainly how to solve it? Thanks!


A:USB headphones only play system sounds




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Im freaking out I just got a new Inspiron Gaming Model 7559 please help every time I plug in any audio device it plays sounds twice I cant send it back in because I need it for an event this saturday. Ive updated all drivers, checked play back devices and ect. I feel like I have tried everything please prove me wrong and make my day this is so extremely urgent I will be refreshing this page like every 5 minutes. Thank you for your time I hope you can help me!

A:When headphones are plugged in I hear sounds twice, please help me.

IWantToCryevery time I plug in any audio device
Hello. What kind of audio devices. Like analog headphones plugged into the headphone port, or like a usb sound card plugged into a usb port, or something else?
IWantToCryIve updated all drivers
Have you reinstalled the audio driver?
1. Open the Device Manager2. Expand the Sound, Video & Game Controllers section.3. Right click on the Realtek and select to uninstall.4. Put a check mark in the option to delete the driver software, and then ok.5. Restart the laptop and go back to the Device Manager and check again for a Realtek driver. Keep uninstalling & restarting until Realtek no longer appears under Sound...Controllers and "High Definition Audio Device" appears in its place. "High Definition Audio Device" is the name of the native driver.
[The reason you might have to go through the process more than once is because the driver files for more than one Realtek driver could be on the hard drive. When a Realtek driver is removed, the next one gets installed if Windows can locate the files. Windows installs its generic driver only after all Realtek files have been removed.]
6. At this point, test the audio while the native driver is installed and see if the same problem occurs.
7. When finished testing, download and install a fresh copy of the Realtek driver for your operating system. Get it from your Dell support page. Test the audio again
If the same problem occurs with both the Realtek and the native d... Read more

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the sound of the laptop works fine, but when I insert the headphones jack the sound goes away. 
even if I remove the headphones the sound doesnt come back. I have to restart the computer to have the sound back (both with or without headphones). 
any suggestion?

A:XPS15 9550 sounds goes away when using headphones

Hello. It seems to be a common problem with that model that Dell has not addressed. See this thread, XPS 9550 Headphone/audio issue.

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Hello there! I've been looking all over the net and asked my friends and tried out various things, but nothing seems to work and I'm quite clueless as to what to do now to solve this problem.

Before I start, here is the complete list of my computer's specs:

My computer is identical to what is listed there, except that I have a legit version of Windows XP installed on it instead of Vista. The Vista that came with the computer caused way too many problems and I couldn't do what I wanted with my computer so I decided to use XP till Vista gets some of its stuff fixed. I've installed all the necessary XP versions of the drivers on my computer and everything is working fine and dandy, except for one thing. For some reason, when I record sound using my headset, it also records the sounds heard on the headset at the time of the recording. My speakers aren't on and there's no way the mic could pick the sound up from my headphones, the sound isn't *that* loud. This happens with normal Windows sound recording, Ventrilo, Skype... Everything. If I speak on Ventrilo while listening to music, the music gets transmitted as well even though it's playing from my headphones. The recording used to be fine on Vista and on my old computer where I've always had XP installed. Not really sure what I should try to do now or where to start solving t... Read more

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My model is: Elitebok 840 G1
My Windows Version is: Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64
I have already tried:
1. Restarting Computer
2. Trying different headphones
3. Updating Audio Driver
4. Updating Chipset Drivers
Please advise on next steps for fixing this issue.

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I bought the HP Envy x360 a few weeks ago and noticed that when my headphones are connected to the laptop it makes a irritating cracking noise when the music or any sort of audio is playing. I tried many different headphones to make sure that it wasnt the problem of my headphones. I have asked mmany of my friends with the same laptop is they have experience the same thing and sure enough they have. But i would like to find a slolution to this problem. Is there any way to solve it? Please help!

A:Crackling sounds when connected to the headphones

Hi @Fathima1,Welcome to the HP Support Forums! It is a great place to find the help you need, from other users, HP experts, and other support personnel. I understand you are having an issue with sound quality. I will be glad to help you.Please post the full product number and operating system in use on your computer. See the following, if you need help with that information.How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?Is the Windows Version on My Computer 32-bit or 64-bit? Plewase egt back to me and I will do all I can to help you.

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I have a screen recorder that records my screen and also my mic at the same time, i make videos to help with my knowledge base articles in sharepoint. I need to record my mic/ and also system sounds like if i have someone on skype and i am screen recording, i need to be able to record there audio, my audio, while i am wearing headphones (dont want to disturb people at work), is there some kind of virtual mic that will do this, so i can shoose this "virtual mic" with my screen recorder program and pick up sounds to record from that. Sorry if that is super confusing lol. I could not find a solution to this on google.

A:Recording Audio/ mic and system sounds...with headphones?

Try this one ( Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Pro | H.264 Encoding | VC-1 Codec | Streaming Silverlight Video | IIS Smooth Streaming | Real Time Encoder | Microsoft® Expression® ). The free version does, however, have a 10 minute recording limit. If you need more time for the recordings, you'll need to buy the Pro edition ($199). But I would first try it out and check whether it does what you need.

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I've posted this elsewhere, but wanted to see if I could get some help here's what I've got so far...

I don't know how better to describe it than that. All audio on my computer, when played through a headset, sounds off. Either it has a faint "underwater" sound or some other distortions. Voices will be too quiet and echo, while background audio will be loud and jarring. I've used several different headsets, and tested them on different devices, and they seem to look fine. I've used them directly in the computer's audio out, which I thought was the problem, but I've also tried using USB headphones, and using my phone and it's USB as a third party. And even odder, things seem to sound fine when played through the computer's speakers. I could be wrong about that one and just not noticing, but it seems alright.

I'm on an Acer Aspire 7551, and this sound issue seems new. Like I said, I thought the issue was the port, and that could be an unrelated problem, but it's even giving me trouble through USB ports which are fine otherwise.
I have a temporary solution that I don't like, but maybe it will offer some insight for anyone who will know what my problem is?

Like I said, speakers work fine, no problem.

When using headphones, I can make it bearable by going into playback devices' options, and adjusting the balance left or right, and turning the other to zero. Regardless if I have it to left or right, there's no more echo or distortion. Obv... Read more

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

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

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

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

Thanks so much


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For some reason, when I plug in my headphones, speech is muted, but music and other sounds are not.
I checked most of my sound settings, but the only thing I found that could cause it was a karaoke function,
which was turned off. So I am somewhat confused on what is causing this.

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hi everyone,

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

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

i have a compaq pressario from 2004,

A:Speakers or Headphones

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

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

Thanks in advance

A:Mic, headphones & speakers at once help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:headphones and speakers

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

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

The headphones plug cancels the speakers automatically.

A:How to run both speakers and headphones

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

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I have a Thermaltake Xaser III V2000A Aluminum Series (

With a GigaByte 2004 GT Motherboard (

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

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

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

A:Speakers & Headphones

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

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

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

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

Your best bet would be a simple Y splitter,

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I'm running Windows XP.

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

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


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

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


A:headphones and speakers

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

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

Current setup with both headphones and speakers plugged in:

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

A:Speakers and Headphones?

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

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

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

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

A:speakers/no Headphones/yes

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

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I am using windows 10 on my dell vostro 2520. I have a problem with my speakers. My laptop speakers don't work while my headphones do work on my laptop. Since somedays the speakers won't work but earlier it was working fine. Need help?

A:Speakers don't work but headphones do

Hello. Download and install a fresh copy of the Cirrus Logic audio driver.
If the speakers still will not work, test the speakers with the audio test in the ePSA or the PSA diagnostic utility. This utility is in the BIOS memory on the motherboard -- you don't have to download or install it.

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ok, so i play MMO's and i want my Ventrillo to come through my headphones through the front jack's, and i want all my other sounds to come through my speakers. i cannot figure out how to get it to work like that. i had it no problem with XP but i just went to windows 7 ultimate last night.

A:want different sound through speakers and headphones.

anyone please?

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I recently took my computer to get a new graphics card GeForce GT 240 and I came back plugged in everything and my speakers didn't work. It worked before I got my new graphics card, Please help this is extremely annoying, I've tried so many other ways.

A:No speakers or headphones are plugged in. PLEASE HELP!

If you have an independent sound card, it's likely that whomever installed your gfx card unseated your sound card from the PCI slot. You simply need to open up your computer and make sure that all of the cards (graphics, sound, etc) are all seated properly and have all their cables connected.

Note: When you open the side of your computer, the cards that are seated in slots on the largest board are the PCI cards. The one with the largest dies and fans is likely the graphics card, the sound card is the other card. If there is only one card then your sound is built into your motherboard. In that case you may have a hardware failure.

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I had my computer recently restored after a virus problem, and now that it's back up, everything seems to be fine - except for the audio. I cannot receive any sounds from my headphones or speakers plugged into the jacks; however, when i plug in the same pair of headphones with a USB adapter, i can hear sound. How can i fix this problem?

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A:No sound in headphones or speakers.

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

A:Headphones + speakers simultaneously

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

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I had this problem before but forgot how i fixed it.Well sound comes through my laptop speakers and headphones.It is definitely not the headphone jack problem.I have conexant hd-audio smartaudio 221.Everytime I increase the wave, it doesnt matter if i mute all volume cause sound still comes out.

I have a Compaq Presario C700.I tried updatin it but it messed up and the volume icon disappeared so i rollbacked it.Not good with tech stuff but help would be appreciated,

A:Volume through headphones and speakers.

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whenever i plug in my headphones to the front jack on my computer it sends the sound to my headphones and turns it off of the speakers, which are plugged into the back... this is fine and expected... but i would like to be able to leave my headphones plugged in and still tell it to come out of the speakers when i want... is this possible?


A:switch between headphones and speakers?

If you're using Realtek for your audio, there should be an option to control how the front audio ports respond when there is a device plugged in. (e.g. Whether the speakers are disabled or not) If something else, you'll have to poke around in the options.

You can also try start > control panel > hardware and sound > manage audio devices and adjust the default device by right clicking and selecting 'set as default device' on your speakers / headphones. I can't verify that works as I haven't played around with that while having both speakers and headphones plugged in.

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

A:Sound from headphones not speakers

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

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hello, i'd jus made a very long explanation about my query and clicked submit button and it went to could not find page. i can't b bothered to write it all again, so i'l b short. when i went 2 korea i went 2 my cousin's house and discovered that he could use his headphones and his speakers @ the same time. back then i was dumb enough not to find out how he did it, nor did i check if he had two soundcards. he could control the volume of both sound devices with one volume adjusting control. i have two soundcards, and i have some random 2.1 spearks and sony headphones. wut i want to do is be able to listen to both sound devices, well not really, but i want to b able to switch from speakers to headphones simply by switching my speakers off without havin to manually switch cords, which gets realli annoyin coz i do it lots. any suggestions?

A:using headphones + speakers simultaneously

Plug your headphones to the rear output channel of your sound card if it exists.

You can also use an adaptor to split the speaker signal coming out of your sound card.

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i brought a new acer desktop computer that use vista and everything was fine until today. i turned on my computer and wanted to watch a video on youtube and the sound wouldn't play. i opened my zune software to listen to my music and it wouldn't play. i've checked device manager and my speakers and sound card don't have any yellow exclamation marks next to them. my computer says the device is connected and working and the power source is okay. i don't know what to do anymore so can someone help me before i lose my mind.

A:Speakers and headphones not working

Go to Acers support website and download and install your systems sound driver from there. Is this Acer running Vista? If so, make sure it is fully updated to Vista, Service Pack 1

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Hi there,

I use Windows Vista, 32-bit.

Yesterday the speakers on my Dell laptop stopped working. I tried restarting the computer, no change. Tried plugging in headphones, and here's the weird part:

Sound works FINE on headphones, but doesn't come out of speakers. I went through the control panel to sound (Conrol/Hardware and Sound/ Sound) and tried to fiddle around with things, but that didn't help at all.




A:Speakers not working, but Headphones DO

hi,,, right click on the volume icon in the tray select sounds and make the speakers the default device,,, if this does not work then click on start menu ,,, type device manager into search box,, click on it when highlighted,,, in d/m click on sounds video and games controllers,,, when in there uninstall the drivers for your sound devices and restart the pc,,, fresh drivers will load on start up,,, then see if the sound works,,, if not then your speakers could have gone west
good luck.

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I have checked all my cables and updated all the drivers, and still get this error
"No speakers or ha screen shot with some more details.eadphones are plugged in"
I am including a screen shot with some more details.

A:No speakers or headphones are plugged in

Are you trying to get your sound through the HDMI connector or are your speakers connected to a 3.5mm audio jack?

The only device listed is the HDMI, I just had this issue, updating the driver didnt fix it for me, I had to remove the driver then restart. After that selecting "speakers" as the default device fixed it for me.

You should have more devices listed in the left hand pane of your screen shot "sound"

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I have quite an odd problem which I am stuck with. For some reason my laptop doesn't play any kind of sound out of the laptop speakers but works fine when I use heaphones. I have checked all the speaker settings and I can't figure out how it's happened. If I click on the sound icon whilst playing a song in itunes it shows the audio is being played, it just doesnt play through the speakers.

Any ideas or suggestions would be really helpful because i havent got a clue!


A:Headphones work but speakers don't!

Hi Now you try control panel/sound/speakers/properties/advanced/restore defaults

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Hi. The sound on my laptop will not work. I think this occured when I tried to update my sound card drivers... Anyone wanna help a brotha' out?
The little speaker icon in the tray has an X on it and reads what is in the title. I will provide a link to a picture of the sound control options.

Hope this helps!

A:"No speakers or headphones are plugged in"

There is no need to update any drivers unless its required by the manufacturers for improvements/fix or patches on certain glitch. But rarely this happens. Unless there is something wrong with your PC, do not change anything. Its possible that you have downloaded a different driver so check on you device manager, sound controller and post your laptop model/brand.

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hi, im using my mobos builtin ac97 6-channel codec. i have 2wo questions:

first, im really into music, so should i get a card? is the ac97 as good as a mid-range soundcard (im not interested in all the fancy external boxes, and usb/firewire ports and optical out etc. etc. just want good sound)

second, my speakers, which are 2 sets of panasonic JV-100 125watt rms speakers, and my 3bucks headphones both crackle. and only the front left speaker does this.

A:speakers crackle, headphones too!

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I just installed an AUREAL sound card it worked fine for about 15 min. then it reversed the speakers and the headphones, left is right ect... How do you change them back?

A:Speakers and headphones reversed

welcome to tsg, maj.loki

did u change any setting during those 15 minutes? some sound cards have a reverse channels setting.

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I stream live music on the net using Vista. To use the headphones and the speakers I spilt the speaker cable at the back then took one to the speakers and the other to the blue line feed in. This works fine. The headphones and mic go in the front panel.
My headphones have stopped working recently and either I have applug gone down or I have accidentaly changed a setting.
Can anyone run me through all the settings
I use a HP and Vista Home basic
Thanks Glitters

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ok i have windows 7 64 bit, before i updated my sound card my headphones would crackle with music, movies, any sound, now they don't crackle but the most annoying thing is when i unplug my headphones i have to click on the via hd sound deck icon at the bottom and click make speakers default, if i plug in headphones i have to do the same for the headphones in order for sound to work through which ever device i want. Imagebin - A place to slap up your images. how do i fix this where it works normally like its supposed too?

A:I need help with my audio, headphones and speakers.

Where did you get the driver update? From ASUS for your specific PC model? or from some other source? If it wasn't from ASUS, that may be the problem. Non-Vendor specific drivers may or may not work properly.

If it was from ASUS, there may be a Windows/sound driver corruption. First thing to try is go to the Device Manager. There should only be the entry for the VIA sound and possibly an HDMI audio (if you have that). If there is any other entry, such as HD Audio Codec, RIGHT click on that entry and then LEFT click Uninstall. Then restart the PC and see if that fixes it. If not, go back to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for the VIA sound and then LEFT click Uninstall. DO NOT check the box to also uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the VIA sound. Check to see if it is now working OK.

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

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

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

A:Speakers AND Headphones At the Same Time

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



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First let me say that I saw the guide stickied at the top for how to properly post a request for help. But I don't know how to classify this.

The problem is I have no sound on my computer from either the speakers (part of the monitor) or the headphones. And my microphone doesn't seem to be working, but I think these two are related. I want to hear sound.

So I'm not sure what to say. I have Windows 7. I have an HP Pavilion Slimline s7320n desktop PC. My monitor is an SVA, model number 7005L. Maybe SVA isn't the brand, but it has those letters on the front.

I have tried plugging the cord that normally handles the sound into all of the jacks in the back of the tower. But I keep getting told that "No audio output device is installed." Maybe I did this simple process incorrectly. I am willing to retry it with help. I can't adjust the volume from my keyboard. Not that it matters because no sound is coming from the computer.

I'm not sure if this problem is hardware or software related. I called tech support for Windows and HP. They both wanted to charge me for them to take the equipment and repair it. But I don't think it's an equipment problem because everything runs just fine. I just can't hear anything.

I recently had a new hard drive installed. As a result, I ended up being upgraded from XP to Windows 7. The sound worked with XP.

A:No sound from speakers or headphones

They would try to make you pay for that...

Let's take a look in the Device Manager. Open it up using the instructions here if you need help: http://cid-120d9bfa03f629fd.spaces.l...29FD!151.entry

Do you see any yellow !'s or red X's?

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On my brand new Asus laptop, I have not been able to figure out how to get sound out of my headphones when I plug them in. On my old laptop, if I plugged in the headset, sound went there automatically. Not on the new computer. The headset I have has a USB plug. I was able to get sound out of them once- by disabling the speakers, Realtek Digital Output and Realtek HMDI Output--- if I just disable the speakers, the default goes to the Digital Output and I get no sound at all, so I had to disable everything. AND, in order to get all that back, I had to do a system restore to an earlier date because I have no idea how to get them back otherwise. Please help.

A:Sound out of Speakers, not headphones

You need to select the "Speakers" as the default device if you have it set to "Digital Output" you wont get any sound at all, Go into Control Panel\Sound and rightclick on "Speakers" and select default device.

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I have speakers plugged into the tower's rear jack and headphones plugged into the front jack. (Windows 7 x64 HP desktop)

The headphones have about a 1/4 second delay - this is also reflected in the tray's volume control level meters.

(I'm pretty sure I had them working in sync yesterday and I don't know of any changes I've made since then.)

Has anyone else had this issue and does anyone have a solution?


A:Delay between speakers and headphones

That is a new one. I've never seen a problem like this posted before.

If it was OK yesterday and now bad, use the System Restore and restore the PC back to "yesterday" or and earlier date and see if that takes care of it. System Restore has an "undo" option if that does not take care of the problem.

If System Restore does not fix it, reinstall the HP supplied sound driver and see if that helps. In most cases the vendor supplied sound driver works best.

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At the moment I have speakers plugged into the green port/audio jack and a headset plugged into the purple port/mic jack. I use TS3 a lot so what I do when I need to communicate, is I put some headphones into the speakers, and wrap the headset around my neck so I can use the mic.
This is getting really annoying and I have cords coming out of everywhere, but I can't buy a simple green/purple headset because then my speakers would be unplugged (constantly changing them is a problem because I bought a desk that limits my access to the back of the tower :|), and I switch between the two about ten times a day.
My goal would be to have a headset that I could maybe plug into a USB port or into some new speakers if the option is there, but I don't know if that's possible. Any help is appreciated.

A:Speakers/Headphones/Mic issue

Oh yes...usb headsets with mics are a plenty and can be found just about at any retail store you like. The beauty of those is the simple plug and drivers to mess with.

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Hey, around 10 minutes ago I was messing around with my audio settings trying to get the +20DB settings to work on my microphone (failed). I then think that restarting my system will help, so I power down and reboot. However when windows loads again the start-up music will play, then cut out almost instantaneously.

If I was to play a song then it would work through my headphones but not my speakers. All settings seem to be correct in Audio porperties.

Any ideas?


A:Headphones Work; Speakers Do Not

In most cases, it is a matter of updating your system drivers (found at your Manufacture's support site)

In some cases it is a Virus\Spyware infection that must be removed

Have a look at:

Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions

For further help:

Please put your System Specs information in your Profile

If you have a brand name computer (like Dell; HP; or other) please place the Computer name & Model number in your Mobo field of your Profile

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

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

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

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

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

A:Headphones don't mute speakers

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

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I don't know if what I want is possible. Or what my options are. So that's why I'm here.

I have logitech USB headphones. and a set of logitech speakers. and I use them both regularly. In fact so regularly, that I am tiring of right clicking the speaker icon on my taskbar, going to playback devices, setting one as default, and hitting ok.

Is there a way to make more of a toggle switch? Like a one button press. Either icon for my desktop, toolbar for my taskbar, script that I can program into my G15 keyboard?

I'm open to all ideas.

A:Speakers to Headphones Shortcut

Hello Static,

It's not a toggle switch, but this shortcut below to open Sounds directly to the Playback tab may make it easier for you to do this. You can pin it to the taskbar or move where you like for easy use if the shortcut.

Sound Shortcuts - Create

Hope this helps,

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My speakers/headphones make noise when no audio programs are running.

A:Noise from speakers/headphones

Turn up the volume on the computer and turn down the volume on the speakers.

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helloWhen i plugin my headphones and play an audio then sound come from both the headphones and speakersso please guide me how to solve this problem this problem arises when i reinstalled windows 10 on my laptopthanks

A:audio come from both headphones and speakers

Hi, Try the following. Depending on whether you've installed the anniversary update of Windows 10 or not, download the relevant Realtek HD Audio installer on the link below and save it to your Downloads folder. Windows 10 Windows 10 Anniversary Update When done, hold down the Windows key and press R Into the Run window, type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. In Device Manager, expand Sound, Video and Game Controllers.  Right click the Realtek device and select Uninstall - you should also get a prompt to remove the current driver, tick the box to allow this and then proceed with the uninstall. When complete, download and reinstall the relevant Chipset driver on the following link. Windows 10 Windows 10 Anniversary Update When the Chipset reinstallation has completed, shutdown the notebook. Unplug the AC Adapter and then remove the battery.  Hold down the Power button for 30 seconds.  Re-insert the battery and plug in the AC Adapter. Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to launch the Start-up Menu and then select f10 to enter the bios menu.  Press f9 to load the defaults ( this is sometimes f5, but the menu at the bottom will show the correct key ), use the arrow keys to select 'Yes' and hit enter.  Press f10 to save the setting and again use the arrow keys to select 'Yes' and hit enter. When windows has reloaded, open your Downloads folder, right click on the Realtek insta... Read more

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Okay so here is the issue.

I would like to have my headphones and speakers playing at the same time, but for different applications. For example, I would like to use my Razer Carcharias headphones for applications such as TeamSpeak or Hangouts so that others in my house hold cannot hear others in chat. I also have speakers in which I would like to use for the audio of Pandora or even video games.

I know there is a way to do this by going into my sound settings for Windows 7. The real issue lies in selecting the playback device in the Stereo Mix Properties. The drop down menu only shows the speakers. I figured it might be a driver issue with my headset, however Razer options in the Synapse 2.0 show the only selected audio source option as Speakers(Realtek High Definition Audio). I know of someone that used to have it set up the same way with their headset and speakers so I know there is a way, but I am now lost on what needs to be done. It may also be helpful to know that my Speakers mentioned are only Water Speakers so they do not have a specific driver associated.

Thank you in advance.

A:Seperate Speakers from Headphones

not all audio chipsets allow what you are asking....whats the make and model of your PC?

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Hey Guys,
I have Logitech Speaker IDK what are they exactly called... Anyway there are 2 speakers and one Sub Woofer, I used to have sound untill Yesterday when I was putting on my headphones which are connected to the Speakers Controller (Somekind of device which looks like a mouse which has a wheel for Volume + and -) Then When I removed them there was No sound!
I checked if the sound was muted from the PC but it wasn't, I plugged back my headphones and there was sound again, Unplugged and no sound!

Thanks in Advance!

A:No sound on Speakers but there is on Headphones!

Help me please!

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

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

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

Hope this helps

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

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

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



A:Speakers and Headphones - Skype

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


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

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

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

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

A:No sound from Speakers or headphones

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

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When i plug in my headphones they are detected as speakers. They share the same playback device icon as my actual speakers. I am plugging them in at the green jack which is in the front of my case. I have a realtek soundcard and drivers are updated.

A:Headphones are detected as speakers

Could be the driver update has messed it up, so try rolling back to the previous driver in Device Manager (right-click > properties > driver - roll back)

If still no change, try System Restore. Choose a restore-point that predates the start of the problem.

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I stream live music on the net using Vista. To use the headphones and the speakers I spilt the speaker cable at the back then took one to the speakers and the other to the blue line feed in. This works fine. The headphones and mic go in the front panel.
My headphones have stopped working recently and either I have applug gone down or I have accidentaly changed a setting.
Can anyone run me through all the settings
I ise a HP and Vista Home basic
Thanks Glitters

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Hi everyone, i've been having audio problems with my laptop since a few days ago. When i start up the laptop and play some music everything works fine, the speakers and the headphones sound pretty good, but after a few minutes the sound suddenly dissapear, the speakers and the headhphones doesn't work. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the audio drivers, but that didn't work. I am thinking doing a crean reinstall of Windows 10, but i am worried if the problem will persist after the reinstall. What do you guys think is causing the problem?. Any help will be appreciated. My laptop is an HP ENVY 15t-j100 Select Edition running on Windows 10 64 bits. 

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When I plug my headphones in sometimes random things don't play through them. For example atm I'm talking on skype and I can hear my friend talking to me but if I play a youtube video the audio from the video comes out through the speakers. How do I make everything come through the headphones?

I am using an HP pavilion dv7 laptop.

I have tried making the speakers the default sound device
I have tried making the headphones the default sound device
I have tried disabling the speakers while the headphones are in
I have tried updating both drivers via right click>properties>drivers>update driver

Any help would be much appreciated

edit: just discovered that if I am not in a skype call all of the audio comes from the headphones. So it has to be something to do with skype I guess

A:Headphones & Speakers problem

I need to know your sound card, the I might be able to help. Anyway here is what usually helps:
Download the software of your sound device (e.g. Soundblaster X-FI Gaming edition). Usually the software provides a way to configure each (I do not know the English word), the things where you can plug in audio devices. You can tell the software to switch the ports of you can disable ports and so on.

With this software you can tell your computer, that if you plug in a jack in device 1, than disable all other inputs.

Got the problem with a Medion laptop, and it happens quite often, that devices are wrongly configured. Your PC does not recognize when you plug in headphones. So you need to tell him what to do.

Download the software and configure your device. It is easy.

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Hi! Sorry if this topic already exist, but i think it is little different. I had this problem, i went to BIOS and enabled sound, but, when i turned on computer there was sound, but it was show as headphones, and speakers aren't plugged in. Actually is opposite, headphones aren't plugged in, but just like they are, and speakers are plugged in, but they don't work. Help me whatever you know.

A:No speakers or headphones are plugged in

Have you reinstalled the correct sound drivers, from the PC vendor for your system? That would be the first step in trying to resolve the problem.

You didn't fill in the "My System Specs" so I can't link you to the correct driver.

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I have the following problem with new Compaq 515 with Windows 7: when headphones are connected to the headphone jack, the laptop speakers will not disable and headphones or external speakers woun't work.

The laptop recognizes headphones (test sounds are coming through) and they can be used for communications, e.g. Skype. The laptop has IDT High Definition Audio CODEC driver's latest version.

Strangely, it is not possible to switch headphones as default device in control panel -> sound. The laptop has following options: Speakers/HP as default device and Headphones (RTC) appear as "Default Communications Device" when selected as default device. I'm not sure this is the problem but it seems strange enough.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

A:Sound from speakers rather than headphones

Hi, i have the same problem with my latop, do you have a solution?

Thanks you,

Best Regards...

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I am running Win7 64 bit with an ATI high def audio device and an IDT high def audio CODEC. After plugging my headphones to my USB port and then REMOVING the headphones all my audio players (WMP, WinAmp etc) continue to attempt to use the USB instead of switching back to my external speakers. The USB port appears to be HUNG. What can I do to resolve this?


A:USB headphones work but not speakers

I forgot.. I'm running on an HP Pavilion dv5 laptop. AND my speakers are working all the while the audio is 'hung'
on the USB post.. you can 'click' the audio level adjuster and get the proper 'click' all the while, but the audio
output devices all are 'directed' towards the USB PORTS.


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I have an HP 550 laptop running Win XP SP3. I use the headphones most of the time. Recently I found that when I plug the headphones in, the speakers keep playing and there seems to be no option anywhere to turn them off. The volume control only lists a single wave output device and Device Manager has no option or tab which differentiates between speakers and headphones. After 10 minutes of chasing my tail on the HP customer support site, which demanded an "SKU" (no description of same or information on where to find it, the link just goes back to the main support page and I'm having to start over from scratch picking my device type), or a product number and which wouldn't accept the P/N I entered ("more than 500 hits, please narrow the search" and back to the beginning we go yet again) - bearing in mind that I'm having to turn a plugged in, running laptop upside-down in order to find the label on the bottom of the machine, while I'm currently online and on the HP website trying to get help on the issue - I gave up looking for a BIOS update. My question is this: Is there any solution to the problem other than sending the machine in for repairs? And if there is a BIOS update, is there a direct link that doesn't involve surfing in circles on the HP support site, which seems to have been deliberately coded with the single purpose of driving innocent people insane?Thanks.

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Hi iv had this problem for about a month now every time i want to use my sound it just says 'No Speakers or headphones are plugged in'
I have tried everything
- system restore
- plug my headphones in but it does nothing
- uninstalling it/ re installing it
- keeping it up to date
and i tried a few other stuff which didn't work for me if anyone has recommendations or can help i will be very grateful.

A:No Speakers or headphones are plugged in

Please fill in the "My System Specs". then we will know what PC/hardware we are dealing with.

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Hi,I seem to have symptoms which are pretty common but am unable to find a cure which works! So am hoping someone can pick this up and help me to resolve.When I turn on my pc it all seems to start-up ok but It looses audio and will not play any sounds out of the speakers (which are in built into the monitor) or the USB headphones (Plantronics Audio 500).Having looked at various help sites I have learnt to run the Services.msc command and look at the Windows Audio status in Services. When I first look at this, after starting the PC, it shows that the startup type is 'automatic' but the service status is 'stopped'. Also when I look at the Sounds and Audio Device Properties it shows that both audio and voice default devices are listed as 'Modem #0 Line Playback' with no other options available (i.e. USB Audio Device - Plantronics Audio 500 or Avance AC'97 Audio for VIA ® Audio Controller).When I click on Service Status 'Start' in the Windows Audio Status, the Service Status changes to 'Started' and the audio and voice default devices in properties, change to 'USB Audio Device'.This is about as far as I've got but, even though the audio status tells me the default device is the USB, I still cannot hear anything and, when I restart the computer, it goes back to no audio devices being detected/selected.I'm a reasonable novice where PCs are concerned so apologise if this is either confusing or lacks the correct info. I have run HJT and have added the results below, apart fro... Read more

A:No Sound From Speakers Or Headphones

I do realise that the people who offer advice on this forum are extremely busy but I would really appreciate some guidence on this most frustrating problem I have with sound.

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My old computer only had one audio output, so I wired it to a toggle switch under my desk so in the up position the audio was connected to my speakers and in the down position the audio was connected to my headphones. The drawback was that if I moved the switch to within easy reach my knee would bang into it every now and then.

My new computer (with an Asus P8Z68-Vpro MBD) has two headphone jacks (front and rear) as well as separate jacks for the speakers, so I'm hoping I can hook it up without using this switch. I don't want to be plugging and unplugging into headphone jacks all the time however. I would like to use one of the keys on my keyboard ideally. I have the Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5000, so there are volume up/down buttons and a mute button. The mute seems to mute both headphones and speakers however, where as I would really only want it to mute the speakers. (Actually I can get only speakers or headphones to work, but not both. Although this is not really a problem since I only need one or the other to work like it did with my old switch).

There is also a button on the keyboard with a picture of a headphone would seem to make perfect sense for purpose. (The default set up by the keyboard driver is to start the media player when you hit that button, but I assume I could use it to start whatever program or batch file I wanted to).

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A:switching between speakers and headphones

"Actually I can get only speakers or headphones to work, but not both. Although this is not really a problem since I only need one or the other to work like it did with my old switch"
what you describe is the way it is supposed to work--you plug in your headset--the speakers shut off

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I have a HP Pavilion p6267. For some reason, I have no sound coming out of my stereo speakers or headphones (rear panel and front panel respectively). I have uninstalled and reinstalled the Realtek Audio Driver, downloaded the new update for the driver (which supposedly fixes an HDMI issue), entered BIOS setup and enabled onboard audio, all to no avail. The speakers and headphone symbols in the playback manager says "Not Plugged In." I have an HDMI cord running to my television. The computer acknowledges this connection, but no sound from the TV. I have unplugged the HDMI cord and tried the speakers and headphones; no go.

I've confirmed that the speakers and headphones are working properly as I have hooked up both to the headphone jack on an iPod.

Any help to solve this issue would be greatly appreciated.

A:Speakers and headphones not plugged in... even though they are

Do you have the HDMI output selected as the Playback device, when right clicking on the volume icon in the tray?

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Apologies in advance I am not computer savvy.

For months I have used my headphones without problem. At the weekend I unplugged them and connected my Phillips speakers which worked fine. Later that day I swapped back and the sound has vanished. I tried reconnecting the speakers and now they don't work either.

I've tried reinstalling the drivers and checking all the levels but - nothing. I get a crackle on the headphones as the plug enters but no volume.

Help! (please)

A:Sound gone after using speakers when normally use headphones.

Not enough information available in your System Specs. Also, the OS is not London, posting here suggests it is Windows 7.

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When I plug my headphones into my front jack, HP m1180n desktop, they work fine however sound keep playing in my speakers as well.

How do I prevent sound from coming through both headphones and speakers at same time?

A:Sound comes through headphones & speakers - why?

You will have to reconfigure your motherboards sound configuration. The Audio header has to be configured for HD (Hi-Definition)... You may have to contact HP tech support to do this

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My speakers were working perfectly, but my headphones weren't. It says my headphones were working when I went to Control Panel then Sound. I unplugged my speakers and tried my headphones and they still didn't work and now my speakers aren't working either.

A:No sound on speakers or headphones.

what is your system/model?
You may need to reinstall audio driver/manager

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I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 Laptop. One day out of nowhere, my speakers stopped working. If I plug in my headphones, ii works fine. In device manager, it says device is working properly. I even ordered a new set of speakers from Dell and it still wont work. I searched everywhere. PLEASE HELP! Im over this!

A:No sound from speakers, headphones ok

Hi there!

I am glad that you are using Bleeping Computer as your help today!

Do you currently have an audio type named "Sigmatel"?

After you tell me this, we can diagnose the issue!

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Hi there,

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

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

Many thanks, Amy

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

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

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

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

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