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Front Panel Audio Jacks keep connecting and disconnecting

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September 18, 2012 2:11:06 AM

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-VPRO/GEN3

Ram: 2 x 4GB Kingston Hyper X Genesis

Video Card: Geforce GTX 580

Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB 7200RPM

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit

Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

Bought parts on boxing day 2011.
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Hi, Recently my front audio jacks have been having problems. Currently I have my speakers plugged into the back audio jacks and my headset plugged into the front. The weird thing is that even when I don't touch the front audio jacks I keep getting a notification telling me that "An audio device has been unplugged." 1/2 a second later I would get the message "An audio device has been plugged in." This would repeat for quite a long time. Sometimes it works fine but after awhile I keep getting the notification again and again. I know that it is my front ports problem because I tried plugging in my headset to the back and it worked fine. I then plugged in some earphones into the front speaker audio jack and I would keep getting the notification again. Also, If i try listening to music or something, I can hear the sound jumping between coming out of my headset then to my speakers then vice versa each time the notification pops up. If I don't plug anything into the front then it is fine. However I really want to fix this. The front audio ports are really useful to me. If somebody could please help me I would be really glad!

I searched around the internet for the few days and found no solution. I tried uninstalling Realtek and not using it but I still had the jumping betwen speakers and headset but just without the notification. I tried updating Realtek drivers but it did nothing. I checked for motherboard updates but I already had the most recent one. I tried messing with the Realtek Sound Manager settings but it still did not help. I have surfed tons of posts on the site but could not find somebody having the same problem as me but only similar. I tried their solutions but it still did not work. I am really really stumped right now.
September 18, 2012 2:30:17 AM

do you have a setting in the realtek panel to redirect sound from speaker to headphones when they are connected to the system
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September 18, 2012 3:10:38 AM

scout_03 said:
do you have a setting in the realtek panel to redirect sound from speaker to headphones when they are connected to the system


Yes. I have the option that says "Mute the rear output device, when a front headphone plugged in." I tried enabling it/ disabling it but it has no difference. The thing is is that even if I only have my headset plugged in to the front the problem still occurs. Thanks for helping though (:

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September 18, 2012 3:39:25 AM

Which connector did you use for the front panel AC97 or HD ?
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September 18, 2012 4:15:41 AM

knightdog56 said:
Which connector did you use for the front panel AC97 or HD ?


I am using HD right now.
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September 18, 2012 4:43:06 AM

That should be right, I have heard of people getting these mixed up and that is the symptom. You can check on the ASUS forum and see if anyone has this problem.
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September 18, 2012 10:59:51 AM

srjohann said:
What do you mean by this? Even if I only have my headset plugged into the front panel I still get the problem. Thanks for replying!



Plug everything into one jack. (Assuming you can get one jack -front or back- to behave)

I would also try running with nothing connected to any audio jacks at all and see if the notification comes up.

If no notification, then maybe there is something loose in one of the connections with the cables for one of your audio devices.

If you still get the notification with nothing plugged in to any audio jacks, something is going on internally. (Maybe something with the front panel header.
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September 18, 2012 1:57:00 PM

Z1NONLY said:
Plug everything into one jack. (Assuming you can get one jack -front or back- to behave)

I would also try running with nothing connected to any audio jacks at all and see if the notification comes up.

If no notification, then maybe there is something loose in one of the connections with the cables for one of your audio devices.

If you still get the notification with nothing plugged in to any audio jacks, something is going on internally. (Maybe something with the front panel header.


Ok. I tried not plugging in anything and I stopped getting the notification. I tried plugging into only the back audio jacks and it worked fine but then when I tried only using the front panel ones i would get the problem again. No matter what I plugged into the front panel I would still get it. If it has something to do with my internal connections, Is it possible to fix?
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September 18, 2012 2:20:00 PM

You can check the connection points at the motherboard and, depending on your case, you could also get a good look at the connection point to the back of the jack.

The motherboard connection should have some small plug-in connectors and the connection at the back of the jack is most likely soldered. (But could have a cold or broken solder joint)
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September 24, 2012 3:58:10 AM

Best answer selected by SrJohann.
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