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Windows 7: Front audio panel panning issue. Both sides playing at the same time.

15 Feb 2015   #1
ytbro00

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Front audio panel panning issue. Both sides playing at the same time.

Both my front audio ports detect devices I plug in. The issue is, both sides play at the same time even if the panning options are set to the middle to play both right and left. If I pan all the way to the right and test the right speaker for sound, it would result in both sides playing. Testing left would mute both naturally. Panning all the way to the left does the same thing. Plays both sides, if the left speaker is tested and naturally would mute both if the right is tested.

Microphones work with no problems and other devices are still being detected aside from the panning problem. All other headset experience the same panning issue including phone headsets.

I have installed the latest Realtek drivers, the back panel is working perfectly but my wired headset isn't that long which is why I'd prefer to use the front audio panels.

Motherboard: MSI Z87 MPOWER (Not the max one)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two


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16 Feb 2015   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

First question have you checked the headset to make sure its not the problem, rather than the PC? Try the headset in another computer or an MP3 player or phone, etc. to see how it works with something else.

Several possibilities, assuming the headset is not the problem. (1) the front panel connector that is plugged into the motherboard port (2) the front panel headphone/jack assembly.

Many cases have both a "HD Audio" and an "AC97" connectors for the front panel headphone and mic jacks. Check and if you have both, try the one not being used to see if makes a difference (The HD Audio is the preferred connector as it has jack sensing).

Its a remote chance there is a problem with the front panel audio connection on the motherboard, so the case front panel assembly is the most likely problem. If you are capable, you can look into the front panel assembly and see if you can see anything obvious wrong or shorted and if you have an ohmmeter you could try to trace out the individual wires from the connector to the jack.
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16 Feb 2015   #3
ytbro00

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Yes, I've tried 3 different headsets and tired them on my laptop and phone as well. My headsets are working fine.

I only have HDA connectors on this case. It is the Antec Three Hundred Two. I connected it to my Z87 MPOWER's JAUD1, based on the manual that is the only place to put it as well as the only place it would fit.

I have checked the front panel, there seems to be nothing wrong with it.
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16 Feb 2015   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The motherboard (audio) would be a remote possibility. I would think its more the case wiring or front panel assembly. Just looking, unless its something obvious, won't tell you anything, It will require tracing out connections with an ohmmeter.

Same way with drivers/software only a very remote possibility.

I've had several cases develop problems in the front panel assembly, one was an audio problem (not the same problem as yours) and the others were a bad USB port and a bad case fan speed switch on another.

Unless you can trace everything out with an ohmmeter and prove its OK and nothing shorted together, you are "holding the bag" on what the problem is. You could buy a separate I/O panel with the headphone/mic jacks for testing.

Something similar to this, is relatively inexpensive for testing.
PC Computer Case PCB Front Panel USB 2.0 Audio Port Mic Earphone Cable Motherboard Connection Cable - Newegg.com
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16 Feb 2015   #5
ytbro00

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Is it possible to rewire the HDA cables itself? I only installed it as it is seeing as it is already wired. How will I be able to tell if it is correctly wired?

I've tried installing previous driver versions of realtek and even without the driver, microsoft's own detection, it still plays both sides.

I do have an ohmmeter but I'm not familiar with using it. I would try and see how to use it so I can check.

Thank you for the recommendation. I'd like to test out all the possible options I have before I have a bunch of parts laying around again. Sorry for the trouble.
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16 Feb 2015   #6
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Here's a drawing. Pin 5 is right, 9 left and pin 2 is ground (common).


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16 Feb 2015   #7
ytbro00

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I see. It's the same as the one I saw in the manual. The only thing is, how will I know which pins are the correct ones to go in? They don't really have a label on the wire itself if I pull it out of the connector.
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17 Feb 2015   #8
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Look at the drawing. One pin is missing and that can orient you on the pins and pin numbers.
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