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Windows 7: Multiple Headphones?


26 Nov 2011   #1

Windos 7 Pro 32 bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Multiple Headphones?

Hi

I have in the front of my computer tower 2 port(audio and mic). I usually insert into these ports a head set when I need to make calls.

I also have headphones that I hooked via the back port. How can I set it up so that it recognizes both of these?

Right now I have to unplug the front one and when I go to audio in my control pannel it thinks my headphones are speakers.

How can I set it up so it thinks both are headphones?

Thanks

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27 Nov 2011   #2

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i think you may need one of these, and plug it into the front headphone output.



they are very cheap, and allow you to plug two headphones into one output.

you should be able to find it at any shop that sells audio leads etc.
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27 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As far as I'm aware, the rear sound port should be used for a speaker setup while the front sound port is best used for headphones, so I'm sure Mickey's suggestion should be fine.

I tend to use Maplins for parts such as this. If you don't have a store near you, their online shops lists the full catalogue.
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27 Nov 2011   #4

Windos 7 Pro 32 bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
As far as I'm aware, the rear sound port should be used for a speaker setup while the front sound port is best used for headphones, so I'm sure Mickey's suggestion should be fine.

I tend to use Maplins for parts such as this. If you don't have a store near you, their online shops lists the full catalogue.
Why? Kinda makes no sense if that is the case. My last case did not even have a front rear port only a back.
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27 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chobo2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
As far as I'm aware, the rear sound port should be used for a speaker setup while the front sound port is best used for headphones, so I'm sure Mickey's suggestion should be fine.

I tend to use Maplins for parts such as this. If you don't have a store near you, their online shops lists the full catalogue.
Why? Kinda makes no sense if that is the case. My last case did not even have a front rear port only a back.
Because the audio software on your computer will recognize that something has been plugged into the headphone jack in the front and automatically disable the rear port.

It assumes that if you are using headphones, you do not want the sound also coming out of the speakers at the same time. That's why the speakers go in the rear port and the headphones go in the front.

Mickey's solution is the best one. If you want something more fancy, you can purchase a headphone Amp/Splitter. This unit costs about $70usd and will take one headphone signal and split it 4 ways, each with it's own volume, tone and balance controls.
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27 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Thanks for the clarification Gromit710.

I made the basic error of making a suggestion without substantiating why, so the query from chobo2 was quite justified.
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