Thanks for that, yes I have tried both the Gigabyte and the Realtek latest drivers, initially the playback control panel showed the front panel but it was disconnected, I then decided to remove the front panel device and it has never come back. It probably needs some deep registry hacking to get it back but as to getting it to work is another matter.
The Newegg comment probably seemed random -- I meant that for a different post.
I had a machine with odd problems like that, and I think was a Gigabyte board. I couldn't get it solved until I deleted all the drivers and turned off the on board sound in the bios, restarted a time or two, and then re-enabled the on board sound and reinstalled the drivers. Don't know if that will work for you, but I would not recommend making registry changes to fix it and I change registry keys all the time.
Thanks, It will probably come to that, I will run a break-out box to the front and disconnect the main speaker while using the headphones to keep the little old lady happy. I have also shot off a message to Gigabyte, I have always found them very helpful and quick, absolutely nothing in their FAQ's.
This is Gigabyte finally replied, basically a cop out.
Dear Maxwell Jordan,
Thank you again for your kindly mail. According to Microsoft Windows 7 hardware and driver design requirement, this product does not fully support Windows 7. So we do not have relevant driver for this OS.
Besides, if you install Windows7 on this motherboard, it is possible to cause issues like: not able to install OS or system unstable, etc. Therefore, we do not suggest you to install Windows 7 on this motherboard. Please install the genuine Windows XP/Vista and update service pack to the latest to see how it works.
However, if the problem still occurs, we suggest you to contact your supplier (where you bought this motherboard) and see if they can help you to do the further examination.