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Please help me setup my speakers+headset

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stef1808, Feb 20, 2016.

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  1. stef1808

    stef1808 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Im using a Creative SB X-Fi sound card which up until now when i want to use my headset - I have to keep plugging in the green 3.5mm and unplug the current speaker setup I have.

    My MB's audio panel doesnt work either (never did since i build it, do you need to plug something in?)

    Is there a way to configure my sound card to accept both audio outputs and choose from winsows (10) which 1 i want - can this even be done? do i need a new sound card or perhaps a audio slitter ??

    Many thnanks
     
  2. Dougx789

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    Hi,

    Can you give the exact model of the Creative SB sound card? A link would be even better!

    How do you currently plug your speak setup in? which jack's are you using and which do you have to unplug?

    If you're using an internal PCI sound card, along with the audio driver you should have some software to set up your configuration. This might give you the choice to select inputs.


    As for your MB audio - What MB do you have?

    You said "since I built it", so I'm presuming this is a custom build PC. When you installed windows did you install all the drivers from the manufactures website starting with the chipset driver?
     
  3. stef1808

    stef1808 Thread Starter

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    Hi Dougx, thanks for your reply.

    Sound card: Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer PCI
    http://support.creative.com/Product...laster&prodID=15853&prodName=X-Fi XtremeGamer

    I have the speakers plugged into in the 3.5mm green jack on the sound card. when i want to use my headphones, i unplug the speakers, connect the headset using the green and white jacks for sound/mic.

    Yes, its a custom build PC running on a Asus P8Z77 V
    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V/

    Im pretty sure I got all the chipsets. Wouldn't audio quality be better anyway run through the card? If so, im not that bothered about the MB sound.

    Thanks
     
  4. Dougx789

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    Hey,

    If you want to use your sound card for both your speaker system and your headset (without having to switch jacks all the time) you will need to buy a 3.5mm splitter.

    Such as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...e=3.5mm_audio_splitter-_-12-200-956-_-Product

    This would send the sound to both devices all the time. (Just don't go cheap on the splitter though with a non-brand generic one as this will likely lead to problems, mainly a large drop in audio quality)


    If you want to be able to select within Windows between speakers and headset you will need to either

    - Buy a different sound card with multiple jack points (eg a line out and a headphones out) then switch between using the devices software

    or

    - Fix your MB on board audio and plug your speakers into your sound card and your headset into your MB audio. You could then use Windows to switch between audio devices.


    Onboard audio is pretty good on modern motherboards and for most peoples uses they wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
    It entirely depends on what you're using it for and which sound card you have (some very cheap sound cards can be worse then onboard audio).
     
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