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August 19, 2011 5:37:00 AM

Hello,
I use an ASUS P8P67 PRO B3 motherboard with onboard HD audio and I have the Realtek Audio Manager installed. My rear speakers work fine and sound quality is great but when I plug headphones into the front audio jack (green), the sound sounds very distorted with lots of static, squeaking and absolutely no bass at all (the headphones work well with other computers and MP3 players). I tried switching to AC97 but that made the front panel audio have no sound at all. However, I found that by bending the motherboard HD audio connector slightly, the front audio sound became perfect. Once I let go though, the sound always returns back to its very ugly and low quality state. My system is less than a month old. Is there any way to fix this? Is it a software or hardware based problem? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
a c 212 V Motherboard
August 19, 2011 5:39:22 PM

Honestly, it sounds like your front panel connector is the problem and not making a good connection. That would be a problem with the case. If under warranty, return/exchange it.

If not under warranty, look closely at the connector to verify that each wire if firmly connector to the pins inside the connector itself.

Or....get a new case.

Good luck!
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August 20, 2011 12:31:18 AM

Could it be the actual audio pins on the motherboard? As I mentioned, the audio is fixed when I bend the case audio connector (which is dirrectly plugged into the pins on the motherboard) downwards slightly.
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a c 212 V Motherboard
August 20, 2011 2:41:13 AM

It is possible, but not likely. If that was true, the mobo would be defective as those are soldered into place and would likely just fall off.
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August 21, 2011 10:56:53 PM

The case is brand new though...could there be a software solution? If not, how could I fix this without getting a new case? I just built a water cooled system and I really don't want to take anything out.
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a c 212 V Motherboard
August 22, 2011 11:39:57 AM

You can try to tighten the FP connector to make sure the pins make a solid connection. This may take a bit of trial and error to address.

You could also remove the FP connector (disconnect) and only use the ports on the motherboard (back of system) and your speakers (many speakers have a headphone jack(.
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August 22, 2011 11:47:15 AM

Would buying a USB headset solve this?
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a c 212 V Motherboard
August 22, 2011 12:51:45 PM

Cs342 said:
Would buying a USB headset solve this?

Yes, that would by-pass the problem. Also (I thought of this while driving t work this morning), you could contact the case vendor and explain your situation. They might send you a new FP connector or front bezel (depends on how you case is made). Worth a shot.
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August 22, 2011 12:55:11 PM

Okay thanks a lot for the help!!
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August 22, 2011 12:55:20 PM

Best answer selected by Cs342.
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