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Trouble getting front panel headphones working

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by thelamecoolguy, Nov 19, 2011.

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  1. thelamecoolguy

    thelamecoolguy Thread Starter

    Sep 16, 2006
    Headphones (or speakers too) do not work on my machine. I want both the front panel and back panel to work at the same time - both my speaker and headphone. My mainboard is MSI K9N2GM-FIH. It's not a problem with connection (front panel is properly connected to the mainboard).

    And I know it works fine because fiddling around the settings I got both the front and back panels working (front headphone and back speaker). It doesn't work after a restart.

    Ethernet and display drivers came with Windows 7 itself, but audio didn't work, so I searched around and tried some drivers and it didn't work. The Realtek Audio Manager had worked in XP (see http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/953972-solved-k9n2gm-fih-driver-download.html - I got the download link for this from here), but it didn't on Windows 7.

    I tried some fiddling around, and inserted the microphone input jack of an old headphone and suddenly audio worked! It still works, and stops working when I remove the microphone input jack of the headphone (works with any headphone). Some more fiddling with Sound on control panel and Realtek HD Audio Manager and I got the front panel working as well. Didn't work again after reboot.

    Here's the screenshot of the Sound properties on control panel:

    And here are the screenshots from Realtek HD Audio Manager:

    I think there's some problem with the settings on Realtek HD Audio Manager or something. What should I do?

    Thanks in advanced,

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  2. Oddba11

    Oddba11 It's My Birthday!

    May 12, 2011
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    On most motherboards/audio chipsets, connecting a device to the front panel disables the rear port. It's a standard feature as when you connect headphones to the front panel, you typically want the (rear output) speakers to shut off.

    With that said, if you are looking for drivers, first check the motherboard manufacturers website. If those don't work, then try getting drivers directly from the audio chipset manufacturer.
  3. thelamecoolguy

    thelamecoolguy Thread Starter

    Sep 16, 2006
    But I used to have both front and back panels working at the same time. And my front panel just isn't working. I played around with the Realtek HD software and I did get it working so I know its not a hardware problem. Please check the screenshots I posted ( http://i.imgur.com/IchNW.jpg in particular shows me an option to have both front and back panels working).
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