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Rear and front audio jacks: Can't use both

Front and rear audio outputs not being registered as seperate:

So i've been trying for a few hours to figure this out without any luck.
Basically i've got a set of speakers running of an amp plugged into the rear 3.5mm audio jack, and i've got my headphones running of the front jack.

What i want to be able to do is basically run all audio off both devices at the same time so that i can listen over my speakers while streaming videos or music, and simply switch them off and turn on my headphones if im gaming.

If anyone could help it would be much appreciated!
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  1. On some mobos I think if it's Realtek

    If you installed the drivers, run the Realtek program, and click on the spanner in its options

    There's an option here you can tick so both work

    Cant remember the name of it tho. It'll say something about front and rear ports
  2. Paul NZ said:
    On some mobos I think if it's Realtek

    If you installed the drivers, run the Realtek program, and click on the spanner in its options

    There's an option here you can tick so both work

    Cant remember the name of it tho. It'll say something about front and rear ports


    Ok, so this is where i've really been getting stuck. I've found loads of solutions using teh realtek software or VAC (Virtual Audio Cable), however i can't find the Realtek programme. And i couldn't get VAC to work either.

    Is there anywhere the software can be downloaded?
  3. The mobo site
  4. Best answer
    what you asking for is not possible.
    front and rear connectors are either:
    * same audio device - connecting anything to front, will mute the rear
    * separate audio device - you can set different programs to different outputs, not the same output to both.
    you can simply buy a splitter and connect both speakers and headphones to it.
    https://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Audio-Splitter-Speaker-Headphones/dp/B005GNQNHU
  5. Wrong you can https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG8z-ou6rG0

    I've done it before with Realtek HD manager
  6. n0ns3ns3 said:
    what you asking for is not possible.
    front and rear connectors are either:
    * same audio device - connecting anything to front, will mute the rear
    * separate audio device - you can set different programs to different outputs, not the same output to both.
    you can simply buy a splitter and connect both speakers and headphones to it.
    https://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Audio-Splitter-Speaker-Headphones/dp/B005GNQNHU


    It doesn't necessarily have to be running the same audio off of both.
    But at least being able to switch between them without unplugging my headphones.
    What keeps happening now is i run my audio off the speakers (rear audio jack), and whenever i plug in my headphones i'm no longer able to play off the speakers.
    Every single audio playback device is now my headphones. (In the default audio playback devices menu in windows)
  7. Paul NZ said:
    Wrong you can https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG8z-ou6rG0

    I've done it before with Realtek HD manager



    So what the guy in the video has done is, using the realtek software, set both ports to headphone and then the mute setting?
    Well, now i'm trying to get the software but i can't find it anywhere, i've got my motherboards disc and i found drivers on there which i installed, but i can't find the software.
  8. Go to the mobo's site. Under Audio
  9. you need to go to advanced settings of the realtek HD audio manager and select the behavior configuration you want.
    but even if you do change the behavior, when you will plug in the headphones, nothing will happen. you will have to manually switch the audio device.
    I use AudioSwitch that allows to use keyboard shortcuts to switch between different audio devices.
  10. Paul NZ said:
    Go to the mobo's site. Under Audio


    It's an asus board but i honestly can't find anything about downloads.
    Sorry about this
  11. Go to the model of the mobo / support / driver and utility. The model of your mobo may say something else
  12. Paul NZ said:
    Go to the model of the mobo / support / driver and utility. The model of your mobo may say something else


    Finally!
    Found the downloads, all i can see are drivers though, but let's see
  13. Ended up doing this with an audio splitter as suggested by n0ns3ns3 as i just gave up trying to get other stuff to work.

    Huge thanks to Paul NZ for trying to help, would suggest his solution if you have the realtek software
  14. You click on drivers, select the OS, then the downloads are on the right.

    If audio is there click on all downloads
  15. what is the exact model of your motherboard ?
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