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Windows 7: Broken piece of a headset is messing with my outputs!

25 Apr 2011   #1
Hobbito

32bit
 
 
Broken piece of a headset is messing with my outputs!

Hi guys, I just recently got windows 7, but I can't get any sound to my headset! My green main output is in the back, but I broke off a piece of a headset plugin some months ago. When I had XP, it worked fine plugging in my headset in the front, but now when I got win7, the broken piece seems to be stealing all my sound. How do I tell windows to send sound to the black output in the front, rather to the broken off plugin in the main green output in the back?
Here is a pic of how my device panel-thing looks like. I've tried turning on and off all these things, but it none seems to be the headset I have plugged in the front, as nothing works.

Btw. The post I'm quoting from the pic is from another forum.




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25 Apr 2011   #2
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Plugging various component jacks into sockets switches some functions. If you break a jack off, any functions it disables remain disabled. The only way to fix that is to extract the broken piece. Plugging headphones into some sockets automatically disables the loudspeakers for instance.

Reassigning sockets might work for some things, but the only really sensible thing to do is remove the broken jack.

I must stress once again that using various "workarounds" to try and solve problems with broken or otherwise faulty equipment is a very bad idea.

Regards....Mike Connor
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25 Apr 2011   #3
Hobbito

32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Plugging various component jacks into sockets switches some functions. If you break a jack off, any functions it disables remain disabled. The only way to fix that is to extract the broken piece. Plugging headphones into some sockets automatically disables the loudspeakers for instance.

Reassigning sockets might work for some things, but the only really sensible thing to do is remove the broken jack.

Regards....Mike Connor
Okay thanks for your reply. Can I do this on my own somehow?
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25 Apr 2011   #4
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hobbito View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Plugging various component jacks into sockets switches some functions. If you break a jack off, any functions it disables remain disabled. The only way to fix that is to extract the broken piece. Plugging headphones into some sockets automatically disables the loudspeakers for instance.

Reassigning sockets might work for some things, but the only really sensible thing to do is remove the broken jack.

Regards....Mike Connor
Okay thanks for your reply. Can I do this on my own somehow?
There are various tricks to extract broken pieces of various things, that technicians use. Unfortunately, as I have no idea what is actually broken in your case, I can't really make any sensible suggestions that are guaranteed to work.

For broken off jacks here is a trick which often works. YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK great care is required or you may make the problem worse!!!

Get a good wooden cocktail stick or toothpick, with no splits or anything in it. Very carefully smear a very small amount of superglue on one end. You only need a very small amount AND NO DROPS!!

Make sure you have good access to the socket. You need good access and good light.

Very carefully insert the smeared cocktail stick into the CENTRE of the socket where the broken part of the jack is, . DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE!!!

Wait for at least thirty seconds or so, ( depends on the superglue you use ), and then carefully remove the stick, hopefully with the broken jack attached.

If the broken jack is hollow, then the pointed stick is best. If it is not, then cut one end of the stick off so that it is blunt. The idea is to get the best adhesion to the broken part.

Work slowly and carefully.

Regards....Mike Connor
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25 Apr 2011   #5
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

There are some "instructions" floating about the internet involving a straw and epoxy/super glue.
If you can't grab the debris with some tweezers or needle nose pliers, I would just get a PCI audio card (from ~$9.00 up to $200+ depending on your level of audiophily Thus bypassing the jammed up circuit altogether.

Newegg.com - audio card pci

-DG
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25 Apr 2011   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Mike that jack re-assignment only works with Realtek audio, and we don't know whether Hobbito has Realtek audio or not because he doesn't list his specs and from the screen shot he posted he doesn't have the driver for the onboard audio installed; it is running off of the default Windows driver.
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25 Apr 2011   #7
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Mike that jack re-assignment only works with Realtek audio, and we don't know whether Hobbito has Realtek audio or not because he doesn't list his specs and from the screen shot he posted he doesn't have the driver for the onboard audio installed; it is running off of the default Windows driver.
Good point. Reference to Realtek deleted.

The main point is that reassigning jacks is a very bad idea anyway in this case. There is a broken component in the system. The only sensible solution is to remove it.

Regards....Mike Connor
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25 Apr 2011   #8
Hobbito

32bit
 
 

But how come it worked fine with XP? There must be something I can do in windows to fix it?
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25 Apr 2011   #9
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hobbito View Post
But how come it worked fine with XP? There must be something I can do in windows to fix it?
Various systems work in different ways, they use different software and different hardware drivers.

There is no way you can fix broken hardware by using software. You MIGHT be able to achieve a temporary workaround for some things, but even these are strictly limited.

If something is turned off with a mechanical switch, there is no way to influence it at all using software.

Trying to get software to do various things when you know that you have a broken component in the system is an exercise in futility.

Also, as has already been pointed out. Unless you fill out your system specs, then it is impossible for members to give you advice on many things.

Regards....Mike Connor
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