Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Audio limited to just one playback? speakers/headset

05 May 2009   #1

Audio limited to just one playback? speakers/headset

I installed the latest realtek ac97 drivers and so far my speakers (playback) and mic (recording) works just fine. Unfortunately I cant get the sound to playback through both my speakers and headset at the same time.

It only allows me to set one or the other as my default playback device, is there any way I can have both playback at the same time?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jul 2009   #2
John Henry

Win 7 RC 64bit b7229

I have the same issue, hoping that it can be solved!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jul 2009   #3


i have almost the same problem, i want to use 2 soundcards for 2 diffrent things, etc my gf would be watching a movie using vlc media player using the soundcard for the speaker system while i would like to listen to music through the other soundcard, connected to my headphones
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Jul 2009   #4

Windows XP/7

I have same problem. There is option in master volume to set playback to all devices but it doesn't works.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 64bit
Same here, kinda.

I also want to use both my headset, and speakers. And can only utilize one at a time. But the thing is, when I plug my headset it, it automatically uses it, and doesn;t even display it as a separate playback device. wtf? I'm gonna assume it's a soundcard thing(using the onboard sound on nforce680iLT)? Dunno, fricken annoying tho, I want to listen to music through my speakers, but have games and stuff going through my headset...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Audio limited to just one playback? speakers/headset

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Headset microphone not recording when headset is default audio device
Hello So three days ago I wiped all of my drives and installed Windows 10. I have a Corsair Vengenace 2100 headset. I installed the realtek drivers from ASUS download section for my motherboard and then I installed the headset drivers. The problem is that my headset does not record anything...
Sound & Audio
Bluetooth Headset Won't Show in Playback. EVER.
I've tried about every solution imaginable to this, found in tons of threads. I have HP Bluetooth Module in Device Manager, and my headset shows up as a Bluetooth Peripheral Device there too. I have two Bluetooth instances in the taskbar, I have all the settings on for recognizing BT devices and...
Hardware & Devices
Skype returns audio settings to speakers from headset
I bought a bluetooth headset with microphone and only works on multimedia in HP Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit but not with Skype. There is no stereo sound, microphone doesn't work and sound can be selected as mono device only on Skype settings. I also set it up on advanced audio settings in Skype...
Headset not showing up as playback device
I recently got a new laptop and my headset doesn't seem to work on it. I've identified that the laptop is recognising it, but it doesn't appear as a playback device and so I can't set it as the default one. There's definitely not a problem with the headset as it works fine on my computer, just not...
Sound & Audio
Audio from speakers, not from headset, vice-versa.
I have 2 speakers, nothing fancy. And a Sennheiser USB headset. Problem is when I set my default audio device to Realtek High Def Audio, my speakers work and my headphones don't. I have to manually set the default device to my headphones, but then my speakers don't work. Is there a way to have...
Sound & Audio

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:24.
Twitter Facebook Google+