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Windows 7: Speakers only work with headphones plugged in

09 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Speakers only work with headphones plugged in

Ever since last night, my internal speakers will only work if something is plugged into the headphone jack, be it headphones or external speakers. This happened right after I unplugged some external speakers.

In control panel, it says headphones are plugged in when they are not and that they are not plugged in when they are. Sound comes through both the speakers and the headphones when headphones are plugged in.

Oddly enough, Skype login sounds still play. Windows startup sounds and all other media, videos, etc doesn't work without the headphones however.

I have tried updating the sound card driver using the automatic detection program from the AMD website. Then I tried updating the sound card driver via the HP website. Then I tried a system restore. Nothing has worked so far.

Help please?


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10 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Try an uninstall/reinstall of the sound. Go to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for your sound device and the LEFT click "uninstall". DO NOT check the box to also uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound. This fixes a lot of flakey problems and if you are lucky will take care of yours.
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10 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply! I tried uninstalling the device, but that didn't work either. I think it's odd that Skype login/logout sounds will still play (although if I'm on a call, headphones need to be plugged in for sound to work), so I uninstalled Skype thinking maybe the application somehow took over the use of the sound card. But that didn't work either. Reinstalled Skype, and once again login/logout sounds play but no audio from any other program.
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11 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Depending on what sound you have, there may be a configuration panel, such a RealTek HD Manager, in the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound that can set functions such what the various speaker/headphone jacks do. If you have a panel check into it as you may be able to set/reset something in the panel.
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