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Front Panel Audio Not Working (Headphone/Microphone)

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April 15, 2014 4:43:05 PM

Hey guys, sorry I wasn't sure what category this should fit under so I'll try systems. Basically I have a Fractal Design R4 which I know the panel uses HD Audio instead of AC97 (Using an Asus Z87-A Motherboard too) I've never bothered plugging in headphones until recently and I discovered that I couldn't hear anything or get a message that a device was plugged in.

I traditionally use speakers in the back panel, so I unplugged them and plugged my headphones in and they worked. I then double checked to make sure the front panel cable was plugged in securely from both ends. Kind of lost on what to do next. The front panel USB work fine but I know they don't really have anything to do with the audio. Any guidance would be appreciated

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April 15, 2014 4:57:41 PM

If the wires are plugged into the front panel, also make sure they're plugged into the motherboards headers as well. Otherwise it's most likely faulty wiring or faulty audio port.
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April 15, 2014 6:26:55 PM

argeru said:
If the wires are plugged into the front panel, also make sure they're plugged into the motherboards headers as well. Otherwise it's most likely faulty wiring or faulty audio port.


Agreed.
Your problem MUST be one of the following:
1) Front Panel audio output from motherboard defective (unlikely)
2) Front Panel connectors not connected, or connected improperly (see motherboard manual)
3) Defective wires or connector to case.

If you have an all-in-one connector to the motherboard, but have the option of using individual wires instead try that and be very careful that you have each wire exactly correct. For example, it's common to have the correct two pins but have them reversed.
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April 15, 2014 7:47:39 PM

photonboy said:
argeru said:
If the wires are plugged into the front panel, also make sure they're plugged into the motherboards headers as well. Otherwise it's most likely faulty wiring or faulty audio port.


Agreed.
Your problem MUST be one of the following:
1) Front Panel audio output from motherboard defective (unlikely)
2) Front Panel connectors not connected, or connected improperly (see motherboard manual)
3) Defective wires or connector to case.

If you have an all-in-one connector to the motherboard, but have the option of using individual wires instead try that and be very careful that you have each wire exactly correct. For example, it's common to have the correct two pins but have them reversed.


AHHH!! I feel like such an idiot. This whole time I had the actual HD Audio cable upside down while plugged into the motherboard header. I always thought there was really only one way to fit them into headers but I guess I found a way lol. Thank you very much gentlemen for making me take the time and look into all the possible problems
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