Unable to play back and front jacks at the same time

June 13, 2012 at 15:39:12
Specs: Windows XP
Can I make my speakers (plugged into back panel) and my headphones (plugged into front panel) play normally at the same time(on windows xp).

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June 13, 2012 at 23:32:18
Usually plugging headphones into the front socket cuts out the speakers by design - the manufacturers figure you want the headphones plugged in so as not to disturb others around you with the speakers which, I guess, is fairly logical. If you have an integrated soundcard then this is handled by the motherboard design, not by XP so I don't think there's an easy workaround. If you have a separate soundcard, like a 'Creative' brand then there may be a setting in the card's software which can do what you want.

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June 14, 2012 at 06:58:28
As johnr said, "the front socket cuts out the speakers by design", so if you want the speakers & headphones to work at the same time, you'll have to plug the headphones into the rear panel. If you don't have an additional audio-out port to plug into, you'll have to get a splitter.

1/8" audio Y-splitter

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June 14, 2012 at 07:29:06
Hi Q7, google:-

sound splitter

gives hits such as :-


Make sure it has the correct diameter.

With one of these you can split the output from *EITHER* the back or front speaker socket. You may suffer a reduction in volume, but should be able to adjust for both the earphones (via pc) and the speakers, which normally have a volume control.

Please advise back what you decide.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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June 14, 2012 at 11:30:26
Has it ever been any different?

Sometimes there is a jumper on the motherboard which selects or deselects speaker disable when something is inserted in the front sockets.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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