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Windows 7: 2 audio outputs? Help with sound card

10 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
2 audio outputs? Help with sound card

Hey, I know this is a topic that must have came up so many times, but after trying several methods on Google, I've had no luck.

So yeh, I'm wanting to have 2 separate audio outputs. So I first had an output coming from the motherboard. I then added a sound card as I beleived this would allow me a second audio output. Now however, I can only get sound from the sound card. To test I have speakers plugged into the sound card & headphones into the motherboard.

Some (possibly) useful system info:
Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
ASRock 880G Extreme3 (Socket AM3) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard
Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Xtreme Gamer Sound Card

Please tell me if any more info is required, thanks!

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10 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1

As far as I know windows can only use one device at a time so the only thing that you can do would be to change the default device when you want to switch.
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11 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 10 64 bit

townsbg is correct. You can only have one default audio playback device. e.g. either the added sound card or the Integrated audio.
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12 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 / Ubuntu

I'm having the same problem atm, all the 'solutions' I've tried have been in vain ._.
I'm starting to hate windows 7 for this really, this is so stupid that they don't have something like this, and it's even hard to set it up.
L.E: Follow this, it's just great:) though you won't be able to listen to both simultaneously, it's still better than doing 5 clicks every time you want to switch.
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13 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7

I have been using two cards for quite a long time and had no problems - just the hassle of choosing the sound output device for some apps. The main card was an Audigy and the secondary was an onboard (quite good).
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