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P180B front audio ports got highjacked! P5WDH the culprit?

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September 5, 2006 7:44:04 PM

Hi,

I use SkyPe and GTalk to speak to friends quite a bit, and when I'm not doing that, I'm playing games. I use my nice Logitech 2.1 speakers that are plugged into the rear audio ports of my Asus P5W DH for gaming. I need to use my headset when talking on the internet phone cause of the mic.

When I want to quickly hop on to a call, I need to get to the back of the P180B to plug in my heaset. The front ports DO NOT pick up the headset. Why??? If I unplug the rear speakers and reboot, then the front ports work (well they used to, and now the mic doesnt get picked up - audio still works). I know its a SW/driver issue, and should be simple to fix.

Anyone else had this prob? How do you fix it?

Thanks!!!!!

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September 5, 2006 7:50:37 PM

Quote:
Hi,

I use SkyPe and GTalk to speak to friends quite a bit, and when I'm not doing that, I'm playing games. I use my nice Logitech 2.1 speakers that are plugged into the rear audio ports of my Asus P5W DH for gaming. I need to use my headset when talking on the internet phone cause of the mic.

When I want to quickly hop on to a call, I need to get to the back of the P180B to plug in my heaset. The front ports DO NOT pick up the headset. Why??? If I unplug the rear speakers and reboot, then the front ports work (well they used to, and now the mic doesnt get picked up - audio still works). I know its a SW/driver issue, and should be simple to fix.

Anyone else had this prob? How do you fix it?

Thanks!!!!!


My son had a similar problem. The mic was busted, but the audio still worked. Solution=new headset/mic.
September 5, 2006 7:53:35 PM

The headset and mic work just fine! If I plug it into the back of the P5W DH, the sound and mic work fine with the headset.

The prob is having the 2.1 speakers in at the back, at the same time as having the headset in the P180B font ports. NO GO! Only the 2.1 speakers work.

Sounds like the mobo is giving me gas. Has anyone had the same prob? Anyone managed to fix it? It's a PAIN to get up and climb to the back of the case each time I take a call!

Thanks!
September 5, 2006 7:55:12 PM

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The headset and mic work just fine! If I plug it into the back of the P5W DH, the sound and mic work fine with the headset.

The prob is having the 2.1 speakers in at the back, at the same time as having the headset in the P180B font ports. NO GO! Only the 2.1 speakers work.

Sounds like the mobo is giving me gas. Has anyone had the same prob? Anyone managed to fix it? It's a PAIN to get up and climb to the back of the case each time I take a call!

Thanks!


Maybe the front ports are lacking a part of the audio connection (mic capability) the rear ports on the MB have.
September 5, 2006 7:57:47 PM

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It's a PAIN to get up and climb to the back of the case each time I take a call!


New USB headphones would solve the problem if you have front USB ports.
September 5, 2006 7:58:30 PM

I really dont think so. If I plug in the mic and the headset into the front panel and reboot, then the headset works well.

Its not the mic, not the front panel and not the P5W DH. I'm telling you, its a SW prob with the drivers, or even more likely, the settings! The Asus p5W DH comes with a whole sha-bang of audio software.
September 5, 2006 7:59:18 PM

Quote:
Hi,

I use SkyPe and GTalk to speak to friends quite a bit, and when I'm not doing that, I'm playing games. I use my nice Logitech 2.1 speakers that are plugged into the rear audio ports of my Asus P5W DH for gaming. I need to use my headset when talking on the internet phone cause of the mic.

When I want to quickly hop on to a call, I need to get to the back of the P180B to plug in my heaset. The front ports DO NOT pick up the headset. Why??? If I unplug the rear speakers and reboot, then the front ports work (well they used to, and now the mic doesnt get picked up - audio still works). I know its a SW/driver issue, and should be simple to fix.

Anyone else had this prob? How do you fix it?

Thanks!!!!!


I reccomend unplugging your speakers and plugging your headset in when you want to talk.
September 5, 2006 8:00:08 PM

Now that is a good idea. USB phones - but I dont want to spend more money. The set I have now works just fine!

Do you get wireless USB headphones? What does the Medusa 5.1 have? Never mind - I'll try stay on topic.

Anyone had the same prob?
September 5, 2006 8:00:53 PM

I can do that, but it's irritating to do that every time you take a call. It should work, thats why you have front audio ports.
September 5, 2006 8:02:19 PM

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It's a PAIN to get up and climb to the back of the case each time I take a call!


New USB headphones would solve the problem if you have front USB ports.

Then you'd have to **** about when you want to get your speakers to work.
September 5, 2006 8:04:45 PM

Hehehehehehe. Wireless is the way to go baby! I just dont have any more money!
September 5, 2006 8:05:19 PM

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I can do that, but it's irritating to do that every time you take a call. It should work, thats why you have front audio ports.


Well quite a few mobos disable your rear ports when the fronts are in use and the other way round. Could just be that.
September 5, 2006 8:06:23 PM

Now we are talking. How do I sort that out? That's on the right track.
September 5, 2006 8:07:23 PM

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Now we are talking. How do I sort that out? That's on the right track.


It's a feature of the mobo. RTFM or look in teh BIOS
September 5, 2006 8:08:53 PM

RTFM = read the &(*&$ manual? HAHAHAHAHHA. Ok ok, I'll check it out. Downloading now.
September 5, 2006 8:09:14 PM

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It's a PAIN to get up and climb to the back of the case each time I take a call!


New USB headphones would solve the problem if you have front USB ports.

Then you'd have to **** about when you want to get your speakers to work.

Just one click of the mouse and your from headphones to speaker.
September 5, 2006 8:10:59 PM

I know the SW package that came with it allows you to switch between a headset config and a 2.1 config. I did try that out and that didnt work. I think "diasable back ports when front USB is used" is the way to go. I have to find that setting somewhere.
September 5, 2006 8:12:27 PM

Info from another site:

James_L
When I hook up my headphone to the front audio jack, I can hear the audio test when using the ASUS realtek audio software that accompanies the motherboard.

However, I dont know how to use it so that i can toggle between my audigy and the built-in asus audio (via the front audio output).

I scanned the Asus manual but, not being a techie it was all bits and bytes to me.

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September 5, 2006 8:14:00 PM

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I know the SW package that came with it allows you to switch between a headset config and a 2.1 config. I did try that out and that didnt work. I think "diasable back ports when front USB is used" is the way to go. I have to find that setting somewhere.


I have four ASUS boards. If you look around on the ASUS site there are threads on the forums everywhere addressing the sound driver issues. There is an updated driver on the site. I'll see if I can locate it and post the link. I like to never got my ASUS on board sound working on my newest board. I have it working perect front the front ports as well as the back.

EDIT: Your board is ASUS right?
September 5, 2006 8:22:03 PM

HA! You just beat me to it. I'm scanning the forums now......
September 5, 2006 8:23:50 PM

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HA! You just beat me to it. I'm scanning the forums now......


I'm tellin' 'ya fish, I like to never got my audio working right on my board. I even posted the topic on this forum! I'll see if I can find it.
September 5, 2006 8:30:45 PM

I just called Asus. They have no known problems with this situation, but they logged it and sent it to the engineering dept. Maybe if enought peopl call, they will work on it and incorporate it into the next driver update.

Still reading on ........ THERE MUST BE A WAY!
September 5, 2006 9:40:07 PM

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It's a PAIN to get up and climb to the back of the case each time I take a call!


New USB headphones would solve the problem if you have front USB ports.

Then you'd have to **** about when you want to get your speakers to work.

Just one click of the mouse and your from headphones to speaker.

Not quite as easy as that. I have Logitech 350 headphones and to change to speaker it's a fair few mouse clicks. Personally I don't like speakers. Due to the fact I'm an FPS player I almost constantly have my headset on anyway!
September 5, 2006 9:56:22 PM

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Not quite as easy as that. I have Logitech 350 headphones and to change to speaker it's a fair few mouse clicks. Personally I don't like speakers. Due to the fact I'm an FPS player I almost constantly have my headset on anyway


I use only my Sound Blaster card and some 75w Boston Acoustic speakers, no headphones. My son uses some 95w surround speakers and a usb Logitech headphone/mic. He just opens the sound control (one click) then opens the area to switch from headphone to speaker (two clicks), then closes out, three cllicks. Works well.

Anyway, the newer ASUS boards can be -itch to get the sound working properly. I managed to get my ASUS micro board to play through the front speaker jacks when I built it. Took me about two weeks to get the REAR MB speaker jacks working. I use Logitech 2.1 3 way with those. Enjoy that micro system, sound great for being a relatively cheap build.
September 5, 2006 10:22:24 PM

Seem simple to me.

I have the same board, and I'd guess your problem is that you have the front panel connector set to "HD Audio" in the BIOS, try setting this to the other option (I forget what it is called)

However, the best solution is a USB headset. My headset is actually just a normal one, that came with a little USB dongle (which actually functions as a USB soundcard). The advantage of this is that everything comes though my speakers as normal, except the GTalk calls (the ringing is on speakers AND headset).

Its really good when playing games etc that are also making their own sound as the sound comes from a different place and you can still hear the person you are talking to. I also never have to plug in/unplug things.
September 5, 2006 10:37:45 PM

I think Darkstar has it: the manual gives info on page 4-28 (at the top of the page it says 4.4.6)
September 5, 2006 10:39:38 PM

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I just called Asus. They have no known problems with this situation, but they logged it and sent it to the engineering dept. Maybe if enought peopl call, they will work on it and incorporate it into the next driver update.

Still reading on ........ THERE MUST BE A WAY!


Like I said, I don't have your board, but I have four ASUS boards. I don't think anything was ever really resolved, but here's my thread from when I built my micro ASUS board.

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam...


Did you find the updated driver for your MB? It's on the ASUS site.
September 5, 2006 11:30:51 PM

I don't have that issue on the P5b Deluxe. I get audio out of the rear line out and the front panel simultaneously on mine. If you want to use the mike connector on the front panel though, you have to remember to go intro the sound options, and check the "Mike2" box, or if you have the SoundMax panel running, and you click the little black button to the right of the mike LED, it gives you the option there to check the "front panel microphone" box.

Maybe it's as simple as that!

September 5, 2006 11:36:37 PM

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I don't have that issue on the P5b Deluxe. I get audio out of the rear line out and the front panel simultaneously on mine. If you want to use the mike connector on the front panel though, you have to remember to go intro the sound options, and check the "Mike2" box, or if you have the SoundMax panel running, and you click the little black button to the right of the mike LED, it gives you the option there to check the "front panel microphone" box.

Maybe it's as simple as that!


I believe ASUS should hire Kreskin to write the instruction manual chapters on sound.
September 5, 2006 11:38:34 PM

Goto the BIOS, the Advanced tab, onboard devices, change front panel audio from HD Audio to AC97 Audio.

I'd bet that will fix it.
September 6, 2006 2:27:58 AM

Oh yeah, forgot about that. That could well be it.

I Googled the "HD Audio" panel and couldn't find one - does anyone know if such connectors exist on a panel or in a case?
September 6, 2006 1:20:35 PM

I fiddled around last night and came up with this - plugged my heaset into the back panel into 2 slots (red cord for mic & green cord for sound). My 2.1 speakers are also plugged into the back (just one green cord that goes into a 3rd slot). I went to the RealTek Audio config station, and input what was going in and out of those slots.

Now what I have is the 2.1 speakers running perfectly, I have the mic going in for recording, but I also have the sound coming out my headset headphones 24/7. This is a bummer. So while I play FEAR Combat and roast somebody with a grenade, the bass roars out of my woofer, but at the same time the sounds are coming through my phones. It's not a trainsmash, but I wonder how long my headset will last with 100% volume noise being played all the time.

This looks like my only option at this stage. The board should be reading the front panel when you insert a headset, and disable the back panel (there is actually a setting for that in the config station). I made sure it was set, but still didnt work. It's a glitch, and really frustrating when you pay big bucks to get the stuff you want.

Also, I tried to config the audio drivers in windows, for Mic-in, and 2.1 for sound out, and the only drivers to drag and select where the RealTek ones (back panel). Good luck guys! Arrrrggghhhhh.
September 7, 2006 1:55:07 PM

Hi Guys,

I ran PCMark and 3DMark on my PC last night. I was using the free version. As I am not using the pay service (just not worth it for one run at $40 if you dont use it professionally), I cannot check to see how my system stacks up against others. I hit Google and the forumz, and got some data points. If those points prove true, then I think I am going to be very disappointed with the new system. Could you please take a look at my scores and let me know what you think? Please post yours too so others coming to this page can learn too. THANKS!

PCMark = 6493
3DMark = 4936

The list of detailed components are on this page:
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam...

-Antec Performance One P180B Mid-Tower
-Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 550W
-Asus P5W DH Deluxe
-Conroe E6600
-OCZ Platinum Revision 2, 2GB, DDR2 800
-MSI RX1900XT-VT2D512E Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB
-Lite-On SHM-165H6S Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer
-ViewSonic VX922 19" LCD Monitor
-Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Elite Mac/Win PS2/USB
September 7, 2006 2:36:40 PM

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Hi Guys,

I ran PCMark and 3DMark on my PC last night. I was using the free version. As I am not using the pay service (just not worth it for one run at $40 if you dont use it professionally), I cannot check to see how my system stacks up against others. I hit Google and the forumz, and got some data points. If those points prove true, then I think I am going to be very disappointed with the new system. Could you please take a look at my scores and let me know what you think? Please post yours too so others coming to this page can learn too. THANKS!

PCMark = 6493
3DMark = 4936

The list of detailed components are on this page:
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam...

-Antec Performance One P180B Mid-Tower
-Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 550W
-Asus P5W DH Deluxe
-Conroe E6600
-OCZ Platinum Revision 2, 2GB, DDR2 800
-MSI RX1900XT-VT2D512E Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB
-Lite-On SHM-165H6S Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer
-ViewSonic VX922 19" LCD Monitor
-Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Elite Mac/Win PS2/USB


Why have you posted this in the case/psu section?

For some reason I can't get PCMark or 3DMark to run on my P180 and NeoHE 550. Tell me how to and I'll post my benchmarks.
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September 7, 2006 2:48:00 PM

On my Abit mobos, there is a jumper that you set to use front panel instead of rear panel connectors. It's on the same block where you plug the front panel connectors into the mobo. I'm kind of surprised no one has suggested this possibility yet.
Of course, setting a jumper like this for every switch is not really workable. In this case, your best choice is to either:

1. Use speakers that have a headphone jack on them; this will cut out the subwoofer too. On mine, the jack is on the wired remote volume controls.

2. Use a stereo extension cable to bring the rear speaker connector to a more convenient place to plug in whichever device you prefer. This idea works for the mic too of course.
September 7, 2006 3:33:54 PM

You know, you could always get a cable splitter from radio shack and have both plugged in all the time to the rear port. Or you could get a splitter and then an extension (I have a 20-footer 8O ) and just uplug the 'phones when not in use. This is essentially what I have been doing for several years now because the front panel sound is very poor on my el-cheapo case.

The only problem this setup can cause is a bit of signal attenuation, but it is easy to adjust for that: Turn up the volume. You should still have enough overhead to pump the volume up when you feel like it. Just make sure to get the gold plated cables. They are usually of better construction and the signal transfer is usually better.
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