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Windows 7: 2 Defaults?

12 Dec 2009   #1

Win 7
 
 
2 Defaults?

is there a way to have both my headphones and my speakers set to default? instead of selecting which one i want.

thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2009   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-Bit)
 
 

Hello, Rizolicious.

Yes, there is a way to have both your headphones and speakers as the default devices. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the original default, so I think it should be a fairly quick fix.

If you navigate to your toolbar at the bottom of your screen, you should find a 'volume' icon. Right click it and select 'Playback devices'. You should get a window that looks a little like this.



If the 'Speakers / Headphones' option isn't set to default, right click it and select 'Set as Default Deivce'. If it doesn't appear altogether, then we've got another issue to deal with.

Give this a go and let me know how you're getting along. If it doesn't work, post so in this thread and we'll take it from there. All the best.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2009   #3

Win 7
 
 

when i right click the headphones and set that as default device, the music will only play from the headphones and not the speakers,

the speakers then changes to 'default communications device'.

im trying to find a way to have sound playing from both the speakers and the headphones at the same time, but can't set 2 defaults.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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12 Dec 2009   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rizolicious View Post
when i right click the headphones and set that as default device, the music will only play from the headphones and not the speakers,

the speakers then changes to 'default communications device'.

im trying to find a way to have sound playing from both the speakers and the headphones at the same time, but can't set 2 defaults.
How many jacks do you have for output devices? I highly doubt that you'll be able to run sound through your speakers and through your headphones at the same time.

That is what you're asking, right? You want to be able to play sound through your speakers and headphones simultaneously?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #5

win7
 
 

I happened to find the solutions.

  1. Open Sound panel
  2. Select Speakers as the default playback device
  3. Go to the "Recording" tab
  4. Right click and enable "Show Disabled Devices"
  5. A recording device called "Wave Out Mix", "Mono Mix" or "Stereo Mix" (this was my case) should appear
  6. Right click on the new device and click "Enable"
  7. Right click on the new device and click "Set as Default Device"
  8. Double click on the new device to open the Properties window
  9. Go to the "Listen" tab
  10. Click on the "Listen to this device" checkbox
  11. Select your speakers/headphones from the "Playback through this device" list

This is kind of a way to copy the sound to another device, but the only drawback is that you cannot use microphone at the same time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #6

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Offshore View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rizolicious View Post
when i right click the headphones and set that as default device, the music will only play from the headphones and not the speakers,

the speakers then changes to 'default communications device'.

im trying to find a way to have sound playing from both the speakers and the headphones at the same time, but can't set 2 defaults.
How many jacks do you have for output devices? I highly doubt that you'll be able to run sound through your speakers and through your headphones at the same time.

That is what you're asking, right? You want to be able to play sound through your speakers and headphones simultaneously?

yes that is what i want. i was able to do it when i had windows xp installed, but since i installed my windows 7, i am unable to do this? there is jacks on the back of the desktop (speakers) and then at the front also (headphones)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #7

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lunash View Post
I happened to find the solutions.

  1. Open Sound panel
  2. Select Speakers as the default playback device
  3. Go to the "Recording" tab
  4. Right click and enable "Show Disabled Devices"
  5. A recording device called "Wave Out Mix", "Mono Mix" or "Stereo Mix" (this was my case) should appear
  6. Right click on the new device and click "Enable"
  7. Right click on the new device and click "Set as Default Device"
  8. Double click on the new device to open the Properties window
  9. Go to the "Listen" tab
  10. Click on the "Listen to this device" checkbox
  11. Select your speakers/headphones from the "Playback through this device" list

This is kind of a way to copy the sound to another device, but the only drawback is that you cannot use microphone at the same time.
when i do 'show disabled devices' i only havE:

microphone (no plugged in)
microphone (default device)
line in (not plugged in)
microphone (webcam)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #8

win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rizolicious View Post

when i do 'show disabled devices' i only havE:

microphone (no plugged in)
microphone (default device)
line in (not plugged in)
microphone (webcam)
did u choose "separate all input jacks as independent input devices" in your driver control panel?( it can be found in the "device advanced settings")
if u have done that there should be several line in devices and the "Stereo Mix" too
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ult. 64 bit
 
 

OffShore thanks for info; it helped me out a lot. I did find the how to get same result with your mic still working. Please don't mind me copying part of your post.

1. Open Sound panel
2. Select Speakers as the default playback device
3. Go to the "Recording" tab
4. Double click on the Mic (front if you use front, back if you use back) to open the Properties window
5. Go to the "Listen" tab
6. Click on the "Listen to this device" checkbox
7. Select your speakers/headphones from the "Playback through this device" list (select speakers if you’re output is defaulted to headphones and headphones if you’re speakers are your default output.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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