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Windows 7: Sound coming from speakers when headphones attached

12 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Sound coming from speakers when headphones attached


I have the following problem with Dell Inspiron N5010 with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit: When headphones are connected to the headphone jack, the laptop speakers will not disable.

The laptop recognizes headphones (test sounds are coming through) and they can be used for communications, e.g. Skype. The laptop has IDT High Definition Audio CODEC driver's latest version.

On the other hand, sound from softwares and games are coming from the speaker.

According to me, the problem would be that it is not possible to switch headphones as default device in control panel -> sound.
See the Attached pic, even if i click "Default Device" for headphones it does nothing, there is no tickmark even after clicking
Pls Help!

Apparently, This problem was caused after my motherboard and heatsink were replaced by dell service guy due to overheating.

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12 Jul 2011   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Control Panel | in the box, top, right which says Search Control Panel, type troubleshooting | Under Troubleshooting, Find and fix problems | Hardware and Sound | you will have Playing audio and Recording audio.

Let me know if this solved your problem.
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13 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Although it identified that the problem is "Audio device is not set as Default" but it was unable to fix it !

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15 Jul 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I'm going thru various stuff I've saved. Let's see what I can find. You'll have to see if any really help.

No sound in Windows

Diagnose and repair sound recording problems automatically
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27 May 2012   #5

Windows 7

Im having the exact same problem. It is not the headphones. Has anybody found an answer to fix this???
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26 Jun 2012   #6


I would just like to say that this problem has still not been fixed and is a massive annoyance. I am on the same laptop (a Dell Inspiron N5010) and I cannot set my headphones to be the Default device no matter what I do. I have tryed trouble-shooting and using FixIt as well as googling the entire net and this is the only thing I could find about it. Can someone please find a way how to fix it because I find it hard to believe how hard it can be to set headphones as the default device when so many others do it with ease.
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26 Jun 2012   #7

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
Muddled Answer

I use headphones (Corsair 1500) on one of my rigs (for gaming). It appears to me that to use them in a particular program they do not have to be default. The program should be coded to detect the headphones and give you a choice of which output dievice you want to use. Software that is not coded (written) to accopmplish this just continues to use your default device.

For instance, I have not tried this but this is what I would expect with say Win Media Player. You would have to set the headphones to the default device and when you call up WinMedia it would play via the default device.
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14 Sep 2012   #8

Win7 Pro x64

Hate to bump an old thread but have you found a fix? I can't find a solution

As you can see in the audio settings panel, it will NOT let me change the default device for some reason
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30 Sep 2012   #9
rahul narendra

windows 7 32 bit

same problem here, same ans till nw plssss provide a solution fast
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30 Sep 2012   #10
rahul narendra

windows 7 32 bit
same problem

i have the same problem. pls provide a solution fast....
same laptop..
sound is comming from both speakers and headphones
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