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Windows 7: 2 headphone jacks as different devices?

26 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
2 headphone jacks as different devices?

Hello, my headset just broke which was USB...I have a laptop which I sort of dock on my desk with a dozen things plugged into it, and normally I have my computer speakers plugged into the headphone jack, which I use those for music, and then my USB headset for gaming/voip at the same time.

Anyway I went out looking at headsets and I found an awesome one but it was just copper rather than USB...however my laptop does have 2 headphone and 1 microphone jacks on it, so I'm wondering if its possible to have each of the headphone jacks as its own device so I can have different things playing to each one.

I'm googling and messing around with 2 different headphones plugged into my laptop right now, but they are both just playing the same thing And I only have 1 Audio device (which tends to be whatever is plugged in...Forexample if nothing is plugged in, it will come out the Laptop's Speakers, and If I plug something into the headphone jack, it will come out that and the speakers will mute. I'm using the Windows 7 default audio driver, because the manufacturer of my laptop (HP/IDT) was having major issues with Windows 7...However its been quite a while since I looked into that.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64

Update, just installed the latest Realtek driver, In Devices I can see both Speakers and Headphones, however the headphones are set as communication device, If I try to make them default device nothing happens.

Right now in playback devices it shows this:

Another example of how I want it to work is there's a racing game I play called iRacing, in Audio options you can select the device for game sound, voip sound and 3rd for spotter sound (computer voice that tells you when a car is on your left or right, things like that).

Right now on my laptop I have computer speakers plugged into 1 port, and a set of headphones plugged into the second. By default the game was on "Speakers and Dual Headphones", and it was coming out of the computer speakers and the headphones I had plugged in. When I selected VOIP to be "Independed Dual Headphones", the game sound switched to my laptop speakers, and the VOIP was now coming out of the plugged in Computer Speakers and Headphones.
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 2 headphone jacks as different devices?

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