Solved Need help using headphones on a new pc

October 4, 2011 at 09:51:08
Specs: Windows 7
So i recently built my own computer but then for some reason I cant get my headphones to work or do skype phone calls. My pc seems to be a special case because I have monitors that have built in speakers which provide me with sound. My parts are as follows...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
2 Monitors
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers
Graphics Card
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100314VXSR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Also when I look at device manager, when I look at the sound portion, it says

AMD High Definition Audio Device
HIgh Definition Audio Device

My first Monitor is hooked up with an hdmi cord and the other with a vda. All I want to do is use headphones please help.

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October 8, 2011 at 06:06:50
Double click the speaker icon in the taskbar down by the clock. That should open the realtek audio manager. Look at audio i/o for your choices.

October 4, 2011 at 12:31:33
The monitor speakers are getting sound thru the HDMI cable which is receiving the audio signal from the video card. You need to plug the headphones into the motherboard audio. Did you install the motherboard audio drivers? Are you plugging the headphones directly into the jacks on the motherboard (rear of the case) or the front audio ports? If you're using the front ports, are you sure they're wired correctly & are enabled?

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October 7, 2011 at 01:28:17
so my mobo's headphone works but the front ones dont. However, my usb slots work on the front.

Also, what would be the best way to update all drivers for free? i recently starting using bios agent plus and it says i need an bios update.

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October 7, 2011 at 06:35:18
You have realtek onboard sound. Open the sound control program and you should be able to designate where the headphones will be. Don't use BIOS update programs. Go to the Asus website and look for a bios update from them. Don't update the BIOS if you don't need it.

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October 7, 2011 at 17:25:43
Can you guide me through how to designate where my headphones should be? I am kind of at a loss... thanks!

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October 8, 2011 at 06:06:50
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Double click the speaker icon in the taskbar down by the clock. That should open the realtek audio manager. Look at audio i/o for your choices.

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October 8, 2011 at 15:27:50
Cool thanks! I think I got it! I Think I had to change my BIOS setting to AC97 in order for it to recognize my Headphones in addition to your instructions. I guess the problem was that the headphones werent in HD, so my computer did not recognize it. I am still not 100% sure why my computer did that. But thanks a lot for your help!

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