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Turning off speakers when headphones connect

December 30, 2009 at 08:34:35
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.9 GHz / 2813 MB

Hi There

I have a Toshiba Satellite L500D. I often plug into the headphone \ external jack to listen with headphones. However when I do this the computer speakers still play. I've looked for a software setting to resolve this (no results), but I understand this is a hardware issue. Any ideas how I could get the speakers to turn off when I plug in the headphone jack. I often use my computer in public spaces and would like to have this option. Thanks in advance.
Teemo


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#1
December 30, 2009 at 09:03:41

If you go in to the Advanced Settings for your sound, there should be an option to switch the audio output to only headphones (I think). Have you tried that?

From what I can see, it sounds like quite a widely reported issue.

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#2
December 30, 2009 at 09:23:39

Thanks Kirsty,

Yes it is a widely reported problem, and I just figured it out after some helpful direction from a Toshiba forum. Now for the life of me I can't get back to where I was to resolve it.! LOL. It required going to control panel and changing sound settings so that I get a pop up dialogue box that asks me to recognize the device each time it plugs in. But as I say now I can't find again where I changed this setting, as I tried so many things! Duh!

Thanks though


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#3
December 30, 2009 at 09:44:15

OK here it is:

First play some music \ sound \ song using whatever program you use (ie winamp) through the computer speakers


Then go to:

Control Panel>RealTek HD Audio Manager>Speakers (tab)

In the right hand column under digital or analog (depending on your settings) you'll see your mic and headphone inputs represented by small circles. If nothing is plugged in then they should both be greyed out and unavailable. Then plug in your headphones. The headphone input should now be blacked in and available. Right click and select "Connector Retasking" You'll get a dialogue box pop up that says "The current connected device is" . Select "Headphone". Also below select "Enable auto pop up dialog when device has been plugged in". Click "OK". Now your computer speakers should cut out and your headphones should still be playing. In future each time you play sounds, adn then plug in headphones, the dialog box will appear allowing you to make the selection again. Kinda complicated I know but it worked for me. I'd be interested to hear a more simple way to accomplish the same thing????
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