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Windows 7: Windows won't detect headphones device.

04 Sep 2010   #1
typeslowly

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Windows won't detect headphones device.

I have a Realtek ALC888 and I'm trying to get the front panel headphones to work as a separate device. Everything is set up correctly in the BIOS, as HD-Audio and I've reinstalled the drivers like 4 times now.

It detects when I plug anything into the front panel, but there is no Windows device that I can use independently from my speakers. The headphones are just a clone of the speakers. My front panel mic is detected and works perfectly, so I'm really confused what is going on.

I can "disable front panel jack detection" in Realtek and my speakers will shut off when I plug into the front panel, but I still don't get a separate device.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I've been trying to fix this forever and haven't had any luck at all.




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04 Sep 2010   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can stop trying as what you are trying to do isn't possible. If you want to be able to use speakers and headphones independently of each other, you're going to have to get another sound card. or a USB headset that will work independently of the sound card.
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05 Sep 2010   #3
baarod

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
You can stop trying as what you are trying to do isn't possible. If you want to be able to use speakers and headphones independently of each other, you're going to have to get another sound card. or a USB headset that will work independently of the sound card.
You might want to revise that opinion in light of these new Realtek chips. Provided a compatible HD Audio front panel is installed they provide both 5(7).1 rear panel output as well as independent stereo for the front panel jack. I had to get a replacement front panel microboard for my case as my problem was the same as OPs -- I had an AC97 front panel microboard.
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22 Sep 2010   #4
Leo79

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 
I managed to get a separate device

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by typeslowly View Post
I have a Realtek ALC888 and I'm trying to get the front panel headphones to work as a separate device. Everything is set up correctly in the BIOS, as HD-Audio and I've reinstalled the drivers like 4 times now.

It detects when I plug anything into the front panel, but there is no Windows device that I can use independently from my speakers. The headphones are just a clone of the speakers. My front panel mic is detected and works perfectly, so I'm really confused what is going on.

I can "disable front panel jack detection" in Realtek and my speakers will shut off when I plug into the front panel, but I still don't get a separate device.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I've been trying to fix this forever and haven't had any luck at all.
I managed to separate front panel headphones jack and back speakers jack as separate devices. Since automatic detection doesn't work for me I have to switch "default device" manually

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The option is hidden behind that "device advanced settings" link, second option in first group box. I hope it helps, although you probably tried that already.

Cheers


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22 Sep 2010   #5
baarod

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Leo79 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by typeslowly View Post
I have a Realtek ALC888 and I'm trying to get the front panel headphones to work as a separate device. Everything is set up correctly in the BIOS, as HD-Audio and I've reinstalled the drivers like 4 times now.

It detects when I plug anything into the front panel, but there is no Windows device that I can use independently from my speakers. The headphones are just a clone of the speakers. My front panel mic is detected and works perfectly, so I'm really confused what is going on.

I can "disable front panel jack detection" in Realtek and my speakers will shut off when I plug into the front panel, but I still don't get a separate device.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I've been trying to fix this forever and haven't had any luck at all.
I managed to separate front panel headphones jack and back speakers jack as separate devices. Since automatic detection doesn't work for me I have to switch "default device" manually

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The option is hidden behind that "device advanced settings" link, second option in first group box. I hope it helps, although you probably tried that already.

Cheers
It's all about that damn front panel. If you're in the market for a new case, I'd make sure the next one you get has HD front audio inputs. If you're not and you have a spare 5.25" bay you could get this: Newegg.com - Koutech IO-FPM522 All-in-one USB 2.0 5.25" Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with USB 2.0 / eSATA / HD Audio Ports
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