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Windows 7: Easiest or any way to?

26 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 
Easiest or any way to?

Hello I have two monitors attached to my video card. One monitor I can throw a movie on and the other play an online game. I want one monitor with headphones and one with speakers.

What would be the easiest way to have sound for both? I have not tried anything.. I'm new to windows 7 and I'm not sure if my sound card is capable...

Thanks for your help!


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26 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

The problem is that while your graphics card can sort out two independent video feeds, one per screen; your soundcard cannot do this with the audio. You could of course hook it up any number of ways in any configuration you want (please ask if you want more details) but you'd still end up with the sound from both the movie and the game, coming out of both the headphones and the speakers at the same time.

You'll have to try and find some software which will be able to parse out the individual signals from each application or... Hang on, 7 might be able to do this. Give me a few minutes.
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26 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

There is no way to do it natively in Windows, although it is possible to set a different default device and default communications device. Unfortunately few programs except for actual communication programs support the use of sending their audio to the comms device and instead will only send to a dedicated default device.

The hard way of doing this will be to have two seperate soundcards. Whether you use onboard sound at the moment or have a seperate soundcard, buy another. Then in your movie player's settings (I recommend either VLC or Media Player Classic as part of the K-Lite codec pack) select one card as the output; in your game's settings (if it allows this, a lot of new games don't) select the second.

That's the only way I can think of to accomplish you want, although one of the other members might have a better idea for something software based.
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27 Jul 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If i remember rightly there is a application that i downloaded once which allowed me to play my speaker output to my microphone input, so in other words when i was gaming i could play what music i was listening to on my pc clearer to my fellow gamers, i cannot for the life of me remember what it was called, i will get the link if i can dig it, if it did that im sure it may have some more potential?

In the meantime it may be worth experimenting with the audio mixer in windows? So at least then if your primary focus is movie you can make that louder?

edit: forgive me had a "der" moment, depending on the game you are playing, you should be able to configure what output it goes to, at least in my LOTRO days i could configure what speakers i would like the audio output to go to.

My thinking would be if you set the one you want your movie on to your "default" audio device, then in the online game tell it to only output through the other, then maybe it will work?
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27 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Aside from a separate sound card, it would have to be some type of 3rd party app that can direct audio output from one specific application to a specific output device; ie headphone jack. Otherwise, are you really going to play a game and watch a movie at the same time? You could always configure the priority volume to be higher than the secondary volume, but keep it high enough to hear dialogue, etc.
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