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Audio issue - front and back audio ports not working.

I have a Geforce GTX 660 and P8Z77-i motherboard.

I moved house this week so I assume this issue occurred in transport but I cannot find any issue when I open the case! There is no sound coming out whatsoever. At first I thought it was an issue with my speakers but then I tried to plug my headphones in to both audio ports and same issue occurred. I have tested my headphones and speakers on our other pc and they work perfectly on there. I have updated all drivers etc and everything seems to be fine and dandy!

Admittedly, I am no expert at this stuff - when I initially built my pc I had a friend helping me out so I wonder if I am just missing something. I checked all loose wires but there has always been a tonne of unused cables set aside in the case so it's hard to tell if any are new. One of these is an ac'97 which I found out with the help of google, is an audio cable but I don't think this was ever plugged in. I cannot see anywhere for it to go to test it and have checked manual etc. From google results it seems like this is an optional cable and only used for specific things??

I am really stuck. I hope someone can help me! Thanks in advance for any advice.
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  1. Make sure your Motherboard sound device is set as "Default Device". All newer GPU's have sound built into them and it is possible it has been switched.

    default device can be found by Right clicking the speaker Icon and selecting "Playback Devices".
  2. bgunner said:
    Make sure your Motherboard sound device is set as "Default Device". All newer GPU's have sound built into them and it is possible it has been switched.

    default device can be found by Right clicking the speaker Icon and selecting "Playback Devices".


    I have just checked and the default device is selected although the symbol for this device looks different to what it usually is. It now looks like a black box with a small blue panel, whereas before it was just the standard windows symbol for speaker. Could this mean anything?
  3. Best answer
    Yes that means the Default device is set to "SPDIF out". This is no correct. Find the speaker icon and set it as default device. IF you do not see it right click in the screen, as long as it is not on the default device, and select "Show Disabled Devices". This should show the icon if it is hidden.
  4. bgunner said:
    Yes that means the Default device is set to "SPDIF out". This is no correct. Find the speaker icon and set it as default device. IF you do not see it right click in the screen, as long as it is not on the default device, and select "Show Disabled Devices". This should show the icon if it is hidden.


    You wonderful person! It's working perfectly now - Thank you so much!
  5. your welcome. Have fun and enjoy :)
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