I have a new Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe with I7-3770K and 16GB RAM installed in an Antec P180B case running Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (TechNet release). I have installed the latest RealTek audio driver. Bios is set for AC97 audio, which is what the Antec uses for its front panel (or so I understand).
When I plug headphones into the front panel, sound volume in the headphone is extremely low. If I disable jack detection in the Realtek control panel, then sound volume in the headphone is more reasonable. However, in neither care are the rear speakers muted, which is what I expect and want. I've tried reseating the mobo connector for front panel audio, with no change in behavior.
What I want to happen is to have the rear speakers muted when I plug in headphones into the front jack.
Is that possible? If so, how?
Or should I give up and buy an external switch, and, if so, which one?