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Getting headphones to work on PC - Help Please!

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  1. joe501

    joe501 Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    I have recently purchased some new headphones and as I listen to quite alot of music on the PC I would like to use them on there.

    However the back my PC tower is hard to get to and I don't want to be crawling underneath everytime I want to switch between PC speakers and headphones.

    I do have a headphone hole on the front of my PC, near the CD tray, but when I plug it in there it makes no sound.

    Could anyone help me work out how to get my music playing through my headphones through this hole at the front?

    Joe
     
  2. rexgrant

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    Hi Joe.
    It can be complicated to get both connection working.What I would recommend you do is buy some speakers that have a headphone socket built into them.
    Regards
    Rex
     
  3. johnpost

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    that jack on the cd drive is only for listening to music playing
    on a cd in that drive, it is not computer audio.

    easiest is to get a stereo extension cord and plug in the back and bring
    around front for all the audio from machine.

    though rexgrant's suggestion is good. you can get speakers
    for your computer that have a headphone jack in them,
    when you plug a headphone in it shuts off the speakers.
    advantage is that it brings a jack around to plug into
    and when you unplug headphones you will still have sound.

    a simple extension cord will leave you without sound when
    you unplug headphones. unless you have a pair of speakers
    that don't have a headphone jack on them, you can plug
    them in extension cord when not using headphones.
     
  4. joe501

    joe501 Thread Starter

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    I have a gold thing which came in the box.
    It looks like a bigger version of what is on the end of the headphones currently. (sorry don't know the name for it, the thing that goes into the 'jack'?)
    Can this help me out in any way?
     
  5. johnpost

    johnpost

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    that sounds like a plug adapter to switch between plug
    sizes (e.g. 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch) which is of no help.

    headphone extension cords come in various lengths,
    anything over a foot long will do, though you can
    get some just 1 to 3 feet long for just the purpose
    you need.

    if you have room on desktop and the money then
    speakers with a headphone jack would work well.
    if no room or less money then get a headphone
    extension cord.
     
  6. joe501

    joe501 Thread Starter

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    ok thanks for everyones help
     
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