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Hey everyone, Ive got a really weird problem with my sound on my HP laptop. I'm a noob when it comes to computers, so bear with me. Whenever i try to listen to anything on my computer using headphones, i can hear the music/background noise perfectly clear, but i cant hear the words being spoken, or if i can hear them, they are really faded. Not all the songs on my computer behave this way, however all videos i watch do behave this way.

Here is where it gets weird. Some times, for no apparent reason, some random songs just wont work. When ever i try to play Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, for instance, i can't hear any vocals. However when i play Revolver by the Beatles, it sounds normal. It seems to be pretty hit or miss as to what songs will actually play and what won't. I have tried switching out the headphones i was using, but they all behave in the same way.

I don't have this problem what so ever when it comes to listening to songs/videos out of the built in speakers.

Whenever i plug in my headphones into the computer, on the bottom right of my computer, it comes up saying it recognizes that i just plugged in my headphones. However when i go to control panel, hardware and sound, manage audio devices, my headphones don't show up anywhere. The only thing that shows up is speakers. This leads me to believe this might have something to do with it.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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  1. Try another headset. This will help verify if its a computer/driver issue, or the headset has a problem with the cable.
    Reply to nightrider1383
  2. Do you have an audio processing/control program installed, like Realtek?
    Reply to chugot9218
  3. Yeah, i have Realtek HD Audio Driver.

    I have also tried using another pair of headphones. Still wont work. They do all however work with my ipod.
    Reply to unsoundhunter
  4. Does it have some sort of sound manager? I have Realtek HD Audio Manager but I see it is Asus branded so I do not know if it is unique to Asus MOBO's. What is the exact HP model?
    Reply to chugot9218
  5. Yeah, i do have a sound manager, same as yours. The product number is QE345UA#ABA
    Reply to unsoundhunter
  6. Have you tried messing around in there at all? It should recognize where your headphones are plugged in and give you options to control them. Are you plugging into the front panel or the rear panel for audio on the headphones? Have you tried both???
    Reply to chugot9218
  7. Its weird, the only thing that comes up that seems to do with sound is the speaker options, which i don't think is right. It hardly seems to recognize that the headphones are plugged in at all. On the very bottom, next to the Realtek logo, there is a bright circle that says Headphone (speakers). I cant click on that at all, nothing will happen.

    When i do the sound test, i can hear out of both headphones. Ive tried to change the sound to mono, which might fix the problem, but i cant change it. There is a drop down option that says stereo, but i cant change it to anything else.

    I guess i could elaborate. The problem started when i plugged in the new apple headphones, you know, the ones that supposedly fit into your ears right. I only listened to them for about, 5 minutes. The next day, i switched them out for the normal ones i always use. This was when the problem started. I looked into the problem before posting here and i found a link i thought seemed promising. I cant seem to find it right now, but the problem was fixed. He said something like the new headphones plug in thing is longer, with more rings on it. I checked it out, and they are the same size, but the apple headphones do have 1 more ring. Maybe this has something to do with it.
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  8. unsoundhunter said:
    Its weird, the only thing that comes up that seems to do with sound is the speaker options, which i don't think is right. It hardly seems to recognize that the headphones are plugged in at all. On the very bottom, next to the Realtek logo, there is a bright circle that says Headphone (speakers). I cant click on that at all, nothing will happen.

    When i do the sound test, i can hear out of both headphones. Ive tried to change the sound to mono, which might fix the problem, but i cant change it. There is a drop down option that says stereo, but i cant change it to anything else.

    I guess i could elaborate. The problem started when i plugged in the new apple headphones, you know, the ones that supposedly fit into your ears right. I only listened to them for about, 5 minutes. The next day, i switched them out for the normal ones i always use. This was when the problem started. I looked into the problem before posting here and i found a link i thought seemed promising. I cant seem to find it right now, but the problem was fixed. He said something like the new headphones plug in thing is longer, with more rings on it. I checked it out, and they are the same size, but the apple headphones do have 1 more ring. Maybe this has something to do with it.


    What you are seeing with the two different audio jack plugs is the one with less rings doesn't give you full spectrum audio.



    Here's some more info as well:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_and_video_interfaces_and_connectors#Audio_connectors
    Reply to hedwar2011
  9. Okay, one pair i have has 3 rings, the other has two. It seems like plugging in a pair of headphones with 3 rings wouldn't cause any problems, but the problem only arose after plugging them in. The 3 ring headphones work the same way as the the 2 ring ones now. I cant hear any vocals/spoken words but i can hear the other noise perfectly clear. I even tried a third pair of headphones to see if the sound was right of them, but it was the exact same. It seems to me to be a problem with the thing i plug the headphones into itself, but im not completely sure.
    Reply to unsoundhunter
  10. New, strange development i just discovered. If i press the buttons on the top of the keyboard that change the volume, just about every other one i press ill hear a quick burst of what i should be hearing, which is clear vocals. This only lasts for a short second, before it goes back to crappy faded vocals.

    Another weird thing is it seems the overall volume was taken down a notch. As i said earlier, i was messing with the overall volume controls and i found that if i turn the overall volume as high as it gets, its still not very loud. Normally i cant listen to the music with the volume as high as it gets on my computer, but now, it seems that its just as loud at full blast compared to only 30% volume. This is all only when listening to headphones, the speakers are still working as usual.
    Reply to unsoundhunter
  11. Did you try both the front and rear panel ports?
    Reply to chugot9218
  12. unsoundhunter said:
    New, strange development i just discovered. If i press the buttons on the top of the keyboard that change the volume, just about every other one i press ill hear a quick burst of what i should be hearing, which is clear vocals. This only lasts for a short second, before it goes back to crappy faded vocals.

    Another weird thing is it seems the overall volume was taken down a notch. As i said earlier, i was messing with the overall volume controls and i found that if i turn the overall volume as high as it gets, its still not very loud. Normally i cant listen to the music with the volume as high as it gets on my computer, but now, it seems that its just as loud at full blast compared to only 30% volume. This is all only when listening to headphones, the speakers are still working as usual.


    You may have already tried this, didn't see it if so, but have you tried reinstalling the audio drivers on the computer?

    I mention this because if the driver files are damaged it can cause the ports to misbehave similar to what you are describing in great detail. Try doing that and see if it helps.
    Reply to hedwar2011
  13. Front and rear ports? What are those?

    And i just reinstalled my realtek HD audio driver thingy, didn't change a thing. I'm starting to think the jack itself im plugging the headphones into isn't working. I may see about buying some USB headphones.
    Reply to unsoundhunter
  14. unsoundhunter said:
    Front and rear ports? What are those?

    And i just reinstalled my realtek HD audio driver thingy, didn't change a thing. I'm starting to think the jack itself im plugging the headphones into isn't working. I may see about buying some USB headphones.


    Are any of the ports loose at all when you plug the headphones in either port? If there is any play in it at all it could be a sign that the solder points have failed on for that port.
    Reply to hedwar2011
  15. Either port? The only two ports it looks like i could plug my headphones into is the headphone jack and one that has a microphone symbol on it. When i plug it into the microphone, it says i plugged in something to the audio jack but when i listen to anything it comes up through the speakers. Is there anyway to get the speaker jack to work like an audio one? It would be a long shot.

    To answer your question over are the ports loose, not as far as i can tell by looking at them externally.
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  16. You would typically plug headphones or external speakers into the speaker jack on the laptop itself and not the microphone jack, so the computer was behaving correctly when it diverted the sound to the internal speakers on the laptop.

    I don't think we've established this yet but when you are listening to music or watching a video, what programs are you using for that?

    I'm also wondering if the headphones you're trying to use (not the apple ones that worked) are not strong enough to deliver all the voices being generated when you are using them, thus the missing ring.

    What type of headphones are they? I want to try to find some specs on them to look into this a bit further.
    Reply to hedwar2011
  17. Plugz by Ifrogz, the specs are in the link below:

    http://www.zagg.com/ifrogz/earbuds/plugz-buds-earphones-in-ear

    Ive always found them to be cheap, reliable headphones. I guess the proper word would be ear buds, but i call everything headphones. They do work with my iPod, and on another computer. They also worked fine before a couple days ago when the sound all of a sudden stopped working.

    I listen to my music through Itunes. Trying another itunes like program would probably be worth trying, but it would still wouldn't explain why i cant watch youtube videos, or any videos on the internet. Im using Realtek HD Audio Driver as the sound driver.

    MY new USB headphones work great though. Im still going all out trying to get this fixed. I don't like having broken technology :cry:
    Reply to unsoundhunter
  18. Do you have 'Karaoke Mode' enabled or have you got 'Centre Cancellation' enabled in your sound FX settings?

    These should be unchecked.
    Reply to himnextdoor
  19. How do i see if those are enabled or not?
    Reply to unsoundhunter
  20. unsoundhunter said:
    How do i see if those are enabled or not?


    Right-click on the volume icon and select 'Playback devices'.

    Click on your output device and click on 'Properties'.

    There may be a tab there where you can make enhancements to the sound. Try disabling them all.

    Do you have an Audio application running in the background?

    Check Task Manager and see.

    Perhaps you installed a 'fun' application provided by the headphone manufacturer.

    Does your headphone device have a screen where you can make setting?

    What sound card do you have?
    Reply to himnextdoor
  21. Okay. Well, give this a try.

    First, turn down the volume on the computer to about fifty percent. We don't need ear-drums problems that could render this entire exercise irrelevant.

    Right click on the volume icon.

    Select 'Recording devices'.

    Click on the top one and click on Properties.

    Select the Listen tab and check the Listen to this device' box.

    Select the Levels tab and boost the volume a little.

    Do the same for all the 'Recording devices'.

    If you find one that works, set it as default and stop the other devices from being listened to, if you want.

    Any improvement?
    Reply to himnextdoor
  22. Best answer
    IF ITS NOT THE HEADPHONE'S PROBLEM THE SOLUTION IS GOING TO CONTROL PANEL/HARDWRE AND SOUND/SOUND
    THEN CLICK ON YOUR HEADPHONE DEVICE THEN CLICK PROPERTIES THEN THE LEVELS TAB
    IN THE LEVELS TAB YOU CAN SEE THE VOLUME
    CLICK ON "BALANCE" THEN REDUCE ONE OF THEM TO VALUE=ZERO
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  23. @PRINCESSHINO

    this did solve mine thank you Bro :D

    IF ITS NOT THE HEADPHONE'S PROBLEM THE SOLUTION IS GOING TO CONTROL PANEL/HARDWRE AND SOUND/SOUND
    THEN CLICK ON YOUR HEADPHONE DEVICE THEN CLICK PROPERTIES THEN THE LEVELS TAB
    IN THE LEVELS TAB YOU CAN SEE THE VOLUME
    CLICK ON "BALANCE" THEN REDUCE ONE OF THEM TO VALUE=ZERO
    Reply to walage
  24. Has anyone found a solution for this?! I'm running windows 8 on an ASUS Notebook, model X551C. I ran into this problem about 10 minutes ago and this is the first link I've found that directly correlates to my issue . Just as OP stated, when I go to my sound settings in control panel, my headphones are not recognized. However, when I plug my headphones into the jack, I do get a pop-up telling me that I've plugged a device into the audio jack. I'm very desperate for a solution and I'd appreciate all the help I can get.
    Reply to Zyzz7
  25. And mine Problem is also solved .
    PRINCESSHINO i justtt love u man
    I want to KISS You
    Gud jobbb
    Thanx alotttt


    PRINCESSHINO said:
    IF ITS NOT THE HEADPHONE'S PROBLEM THE SOLUTION IS GOING TO CONTROL PANEL/HARDWRE AND SOUND/SOUND
    THEN CLICK ON YOUR HEADPHONE DEVICE THEN CLICK PROPERTIES THEN THE LEVELS TAB
    IN THE LEVELS TAB YOU CAN SEE THE VOLUME
    CLICK ON "BALANCE" THEN REDUCE ONE OF THEM TO VALUE=ZERO
    Reply to ShahbazShabbir95
  26. Hey unsoundhunter..Scroll down and u,ll find out the solution as i founded

    Well i mentioned it for u bro
    Njoy The Beatles :-)

    PRINCESSHINO said:
    IF ITS NOT THE HEADPHONE'S PROBLEM THE SOLUTION IS GOING TO CONTROL PANEL/HARDWRE AND SOUND/SOUND
    THEN CLICK ON YOUR HEADPHONE DEVICE THEN CLICK PROPERTIES THEN THE LEVELS TAB
    IN THE LEVELS TAB YOU CAN SEE THE VOLUME
    CLICK ON "BALANCE" THEN REDUCE ONE OF THEM TO VALUE=ZERO



    unsoundhunter said:
    Hey everyone, Ive got a really weird problem with my sound on my HP laptop. I'm a noob when it comes to computers, so bear with me. Whenever i try to listen to anything on my computer using headphones, i can hear the music/background noise perfectly clear, but i cant hear the words being spoken, or if i can hear them, they are really faded. Not all the songs on my computer behave this way, however all videos i watch do behave this way.

    Here is where it gets weird. Some times, for no apparent reason, some random songs just wont work. When ever i try to play Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, for instance, i can't hear any vocals. However when i play Revolver by the Beatles, it sounds normal. It seems to be pretty hit or miss as to what songs will actually play and what won't. I have tried switching out the headphones i was using, but they all behave in the same way.

    I don't have this problem what so ever when it comes to listening to songs/videos out of the built in speakers.

    Whenever i plug in my headphones into the computer, on the bottom right of my computer, it comes up saying it recognizes that i just plugged in my headphones. However when i go to control panel, hardware and sound, manage audio devices, my headphones don't show up anywhere. The only thing that shows up is speakers. This leads me to believe this might have something to do with it.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    Reply to ShahbazShabbir95
  27. Zyzz7 said:
    Has anyone found a solution for this?! I'm running windows 8 on an ASUS Notebook, model X551C. I ran into this problem about 10 minutes ago and this is the first link I've found that directly correlates to my issue . Just as OP stated, when I go to my sound settings in control panel, my headphones are not recognized. However, when I plug my headphones into the jack, I do get a pop-up telling me that I've plugged a device into the audio jack. I'm very desperate for a solution and I'd appreciate all the help I can get.


    I just read through this old thread today and didn't find an answer that worked, but I'm using iphone 4S headphones (and this sounds crazy) but if you just pull them out like a millimeter from being all the way in, the sound fixes itself completely. I think it has something to do with that diagram upthread. Before, mine sounded like the vocals were underwater and no software changes made a difference. I just pulled them out as if to take them out of the computer and got a burst of sound, so that was my fix.
    Reply to aaabbbbbbbbyyyy
  28. aaabbbbbbbbyyyy said:
    Zyzz7 said:
    Has anyone found a solution for this?! I'm running windows 8 on an ASUS Notebook, model X551C. I ran into this problem about 10 minutes ago and this is the first link I've found that directly correlates to my issue . Just as OP stated, when I go to my sound settings in control panel, my headphones are not recognized. However, when I plug my headphones into the jack, I do get a pop-up telling me that I've plugged a device into the audio jack. I'm very desperate for a solution and I'd appreciate all the help I can get.


    I just read through this old thread today and didn't find an answer that worked, but I'm using iphone 4S headphones (and this sounds crazy) but if you just pull them out like a millimeter from being all the way in, the sound fixes itself completely. I think it has something to do with that diagram upthread. Before, mine sounded like the vocals were underwater and no software changes made a difference. I just pulled them out as if to take them out of the computer and got a burst of sound, so that was my fix.


    Hey, thanks for the input. However, I found a solution by doing what the posted above described.
    These are the steps for Windows 8
    1. Plug your headphones in, you should receive a pop up saying that you've plugged them in
    2. Click start, then control panel
    3. Scroll down and click 'sound', a menu should pop up with the headings - Playback|Recording|Sounds|Communication
    4. In that menu, you should see 'speakers' under Playback, click speakers once so it's highlighted
    5. Click properties in the bottom right corner of that menu, another menu should pop up with the headings General|Levels|Enhancement|Advanced
    6. Go to the 'Levels' tab, and you should see a box on the right which says 'Balance', click it.
    7. You should see a pop-up displaying the L and R speakers, just change ONE of these ZERO, it does NOT matter which one.
    8. Click 'ok' and make sure to apply the changes, enjoy!
    Reply to Zyzz7
  29. Zyzz7 said:
    aaabbbbbbbbyyyy said:
    Zyzz7 said:
    Has anyone found a solution for this?! I'm running windows 8 on an ASUS Notebook, model X551C. I ran into this problem about 10 minutes ago and this is the first link I've found that directly correlates to my issue . Just as OP stated, when I go to my sound settings in control panel, my headphones are not recognized. However, when I plug my headphones into the jack, I do get a pop-up telling me that I've plugged a device into the audio jack. I'm very desperate for a solution and I'd appreciate all the help I can get.


    I just read through this old thread today and didn't find an answer that worked, but I'm using iphone 4S headphones (and this sounds crazy) but if you just pull them out like a millimeter from being all the way in, the sound fixes itself completely. I think it has something to do with that diagram upthread. Before, mine sounded like the vocals were underwater and no software changes made a difference. I just pulled them out as if to take them out of the computer and got a burst of sound, so that was my fix.


    Hey, thanks for the input. However, I found a solution by doing what the posted above described.
    These are the steps for Windows 8
    1. Plug your headphones in, you should receive a pop up saying that you've plugged them in
    2. Click start, then control panel
    3. Scroll down and click 'sound', a menu should pop up with the headings - Playback|Recording|Sounds|Communication
    4. In that menu, you should see 'speakers' under Playback, click speakers once so it's highlighted
    5. Click properties in the bottom right corner of that menu, another menu should pop up with the headings General|Levels|Enhancement|Advanced
    6. Go to the 'Levels' tab, and you should see a box on the right which says 'Balance', click it.
    7. You should see a pop-up displaying the L and R speakers, just change ONE of these ZERO, it does NOT matter which one.
    8. Click 'ok' and make sure to apply the changes, enjoy!


    og ty ty ty ty ty ty.
    Reply to dinoado
  30. Zyzz7 said:
    aaabbbbbbbbyyyy said:
    Zyzz7 said:
    Has anyone found a solution for this?! I'm running windows 8 on an ASUS Notebook, model X551C. I ran into this problem about 10 minutes ago and this is the first link I've found that directly correlates to my issue . Just as OP stated, when I go to my sound settings in control panel, my headphones are not recognized. However, when I plug my headphones into the jack, I do get a pop-up telling me that I've plugged a device into the audio jack. I'm very desperate for a solution and I'd appreciate all the help I can get.


    I just read through this old thread today and didn't find an answer that worked, but I'm using iphone 4S headphones (and this sounds crazy) but if you just pull them out like a millimeter from being all the way in, the sound fixes itself completely. I think it has something to do with that diagram upthread. Before, mine sounded like the vocals were underwater and no software changes made a difference. I just pulled them out as if to take them out of the computer and got a burst of sound, so that was my fix.


    Hey, thanks for the input. However, I found a solution by doing what the posted above described.
    These are the steps for Windows 8
    1. Plug your headphones in, you should receive a pop up saying that you've plugged them in
    2. Click start, then control panel
    3. Scroll down and click 'sound', a menu should pop up with the headings - Playback|Recording|Sounds|Communication
    4. In that menu, you should see 'speakers' under Playback, click speakers once so it's highlighted
    5. Click properties in the bottom right corner of that menu, another menu should pop up with the headings General|Levels|Enhancement|Advanced
    6. Go to the 'Levels' tab, and you should see a box on the right which says 'Balance', click it.
    7. You should see a pop-up displaying the L and R speakers, just change ONE of these ZERO, it does NOT matter which one.
    8. Click 'ok' and make sure to apply the changes, enjoy!




    Everyone else keeps getting theirs fixed, but I still don't have any good results...
    Reply to wawawasawawa
  31. PRINCESSHINO said:
    IF ITS NOT THE HEADPHONE'S PROBLEM THE SOLUTION IS GOING TO CONTROL PANEL/HARDWRE AND SOUND/SOUND
    THEN CLICK ON YOUR HEADPHONE DEVICE THEN CLICK PROPERTIES THEN THE LEVELS TAB
    IN THE LEVELS TAB YOU CAN SEE THE VOLUME
    CLICK ON "BALANCE" THEN REDUCE ONE OF THEM TO VALUE=ZERO


    Dude you are my HEEEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I thought my headphone jack was goooonnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
    Reply to Adam_7
  32. walage said:
    @PRINCESSHINO

    this did solve mine thank you Bro :D

    IF ITS NOT THE HEADPHONE'S PROBLEM THE SOLUTION IS GOING TO CONTROL PANEL/HARDWRE AND SOUND/SOUND
    THEN CLICK ON YOUR HEADPHONE DEVICE THEN CLICK PROPERTIES THEN THE LEVELS TAB
    IN THE LEVELS TAB YOU CAN SEE THE VOLUME
    CLICK ON "BALANCE" THEN REDUCE ONE OF THEM TO VALUE=ZERO


    I have the same exact problem because this solution fixes it but it is not perfect the volume from the side i have turned to 0 is quite noticeably low and also it is not as loud as it should be if set on max volume,have you fixed that please do help me if you have completely fixed the problem? ty
    Reply to Shourya_1
  33. Shourya_1 said:
    walage said:
    @PRINCESSHINO

    this did solve mine thank you Bro :D

    IF ITS NOT THE HEADPHONE'S PROBLEM THE SOLUTION IS GOING TO CONTROL PANEL/HARDWRE AND SOUND/SOUND
    THEN CLICK ON YOUR HEADPHONE DEVICE THEN CLICK PROPERTIES THEN THE LEVELS TAB
    IN THE LEVELS TAB YOU CAN SEE THE VOLUME
    CLICK ON "BALANCE" THEN REDUCE ONE OF THEM TO VALUE=ZERO


    I have the same exact problem because this solution fixes it but it is not perfect the volume from the side i have turned to 0 is quite noticeably low and also it is not as loud as it should be if set on max volume,have you fixed that please do help me if you have completely fixed the problem? ty



    Hi guys,

    It sounds as if you have set your audio card to operate in karaoke mode... Do you have a option for 'Centre Cancellation'? If this function is enabled, then the vocals of songs will be removed.
    Reply to himnextdoor
  34. unsoundhunter said:
    Hey everyone, Ive got a really weird problem with my sound on my HP laptop. I'm a noob when it comes to computers, so bear with me. Whenever i try to listen to anything on my computer using headphones, i can hear the music/background noise perfectly clear, but i cant hear the words being spoken, or if i can hear them, they are really faded. Not all the songs on my computer behave this way, however all videos i watch do behave this way.

    Here is where it gets weird. Some times, for no apparent reason, some random songs just wont work. When ever i try to play Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, for instance, i can't hear any vocals. However when i play Revolver by the Beatles, it sounds normal. It seems to be pretty hit or miss as to what songs will actually play and what won't. I have tried switching out the headphones i was using, but they all behave in the same way.

    I don't have this problem what so ever when it comes to listening to songs/videos out of the built in speakers.

    Whenever i plug in my headphones into the computer, on the bottom right of my computer, it comes up saying it recognizes that i just plugged in my headphones. However when i go to control panel, hardware and sound, manage audio devices, my headphones don't show up anywhere. The only thing that shows up is speakers. This leads me to believe this might have something to do with it.

    Thanks in advance for the help.


    Hello unsoundhunter!

    I, just like you, am a fellow beatles fan, and i think this could relate to your listening issue. I came to the conclusion that maybe your headphones aren't configured or made for Stereo systems, only for Mono. I know this cause The Beatles' album Revolver has to versions, the Mono and the Stereo one, while Magical Mystery Tour only has Stereo. So, maybe you've got the Mono version of revolver, and that's why you can hear it perfectly. But you can't hear the voices in Magical Mystery Tour cause it's on the other Stereo channel, something that can't happen on Mono, cause there's only one sound channel. This means that you should change the configuration of your headphones on your computer to recognize both Stereo and Mono audio. I hope this helps! And by the way, those albums are just amazing.

    Good luck!
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  35. unsoundhunter said:
    Hey everyone, Ive got a really weird problem with my sound on my HP laptop. I'm a noob when it comes to computers, so bear with me. Whenever i try to listen to anything on my computer using headphones, i can hear the music/background noise perfectly clear, but i cant hear the words being spoken, or if i can hear them, they are really faded. Not all the songs on my computer behave this way, however all videos i watch do behave this way.

    Here is where it gets weird. Some times, for no apparent reason, some random songs just wont work. When ever i try to play Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, for instance, i can't hear any vocals. However when i play Revolver by the Beatles, it sounds normal. It seems to be pretty hit or miss as to what songs will actually play and what won't. I have tried switching out the headphones i was using, but they all behave in the same way.

    I don't have this problem what so ever when it comes to listening to songs/videos out of the built in speakers.

    Whenever i plug in my headphones into the computer, on the bottom right of my computer, it comes up saying it recognizes that i just plugged in my headphones. However when i go to control panel, hardware and sound, manage audio devices, my headphones don't show up anywhere. The only thing that shows up is speakers. This leads me to believe this might have something to do with it.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    Reply to Bung__
  36. I fixed mine by plugging the cable only halfway or until i was able to hear it correctly.
    I could only hear the game and not the guy talking.
    If i were to plug it in all the way it would break again.
    Hope it works for you or anyone else
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  37. Hmm so I see that everyone here just put up the same type of solution I have already tried which is make either the Left or Right sound channels on 0 but however I want to have the solution to have the sound work properly with both sound channels, back in December 2015 I had the sound working just fine though for some reason it just suddenly stopped working properly I have no idea why anymore and what I have done is basically tried messing with the sound settings on this computer with no solutions I have my enhancements disabled and well i have thought it was kareoke that was messing with it I have no such enhancement I have also tried uninstalling the driver and redownloading it and nothing I have tried to install another one but wouldn't work and when I update the driver it just gives my old one back the Headphone jack is not loose and the headphones themselves are not damaged so any ideas on what to do to finally be rid of this problem? the type of driver I use is Conexant HD on a Toshiba Laptop running Windows 10 and yes I am aware of the sound problems people have had when upgrading though this problem didn't happen until months after installation I also have no idea what tools to download to solve the problem nor do I know how equallizers work.
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  38. FranciscoLM1 said:
    Hmm so I see that everyone here just put up the same type of solution I have already tried which is make either the Left or Right sound channels on 0 but however I want to have the solution to have the sound work properly with both sound channels, back in December 2015 I had the sound working just fine though for some reason it just suddenly stopped working properly I have no idea why anymore and what I have done is basically tried messing with the sound settings on this computer with no solutions I have my enhancements disabled and well i have thought it was kareoke that was messing with it I have no such enhancement I have also tried uninstalling the driver and redownloading it and nothing I have tried to install another one but wouldn't work and when I update the driver it just gives my old one back the Headphone jack is not loose and the headphones themselves are not damaged so any ideas on what to do to finally be rid of this problem? the type of driver I use is Conexant HD on a Toshiba Laptop running Windows 10 and yes I am aware of the sound problems people have had when upgrading though this problem didn't happen until months after installation I also have no idea what tools to download to solve the problem nor do I know how equallizers work.


    Honestly i have been looking for solutions for a while i had problems where i plugged it into my jack and then i had to spin it a bit till it worked. Today however it decided to not work well. Let me explain. When i plug it in i can hear a grainy sound and all voice are in a way faded during a video and the background noise of that video is muffled and rough. Though the solution above works it is not the sound i originally had. Now i plugged my headset at the back and it worked perfectly and I also checked to make sure that the sound cable is plugged into my motherboard from the front panel.

    I have tried it with a number of headphones and the result is the same. So i have to conclude that it is either something wrong with the jack hole or windows is somehow having a hard time with that particular path way.

    So if anyone has a solution to bring back surround sound do let us know asap! this is driving me mad and I hate to use the back panel!!! thanks
    Reply to Bunnypod
  39. Bunnypod said:
    FranciscoLM1 said:
    Hmm so I see that everyone here just put up the same type of solution I have already tried which is make either the Left or Right sound channels on 0 but however I want to have the solution to have the sound work properly with both sound channels, back in December 2015 I had the sound working just fine though for some reason it just suddenly stopped working properly I have no idea why anymore and what I have done is basically tried messing with the sound settings on this computer with no solutions I have my enhancements disabled and well i have thought it was kareoke that was messing with it I have no such enhancement I have also tried uninstalling the driver and redownloading it and nothing I have tried to install another one but wouldn't work and when I update the driver it just gives my old one back the Headphone jack is not loose and the headphones themselves are not damaged so any ideas on what to do to finally be rid of this problem? the type of driver I use is Conexant HD on a Toshiba Laptop running Windows 10 and yes I am aware of the sound problems people have had when upgrading though this problem didn't happen until months after installation I also have no idea what tools to download to solve the problem nor do I know how equallizers work.


    Honestly i have been looking for solutions for a while i had problems where i plugged it into my jack and then i had to spin it a bit till it worked. Today however it decided to not work well. Let me explain. When i plug it in i can hear a grainy sound and all voice are in a way faded during a video and the background noise of that video is muffled and rough. Though the solution above works it is not the sound i originally had. Now i plugged my headset at the back and it worked perfectly and I also checked to make sure that the sound cable is plugged into my motherboard from the front panel.

    I have tried it with a number of headphones and the result is the same. So i have to conclude that it is either something wrong with the jack hole or windows is somehow having a hard time with that particular path way.

    So if anyone has a solution to bring back surround sound do let us know asap! this is driving me mad and I hate to use the back panel!!! thanks



    This sounds EXACTLY what I am enduring right now. I installed windows 10, then after a few months (without there being a windows update) this exact thing happens. When you 'test' your headset under recording devices, right click test. It gives this gritty distorted sound and I have absolutely no clue why. I tried multiple headsets on the front and back jacks with the same result. The headsets are fine because I have tested them on different computers.

    At first I used the realtek hd drivers, untill it happened, so I deinstalled those, let windows use their default sound drivers and it was fixed. For a few days at least. Then the shit hit the fan again so to say. I did a clean w10 install and hoped it would all be better, but nope, the same problem. This goes on and off again, I mean I was able to play wow skype and watch stream on saturday without problems, but not it's all shitty again.

    Even when I put my headset on, start the pc you hear this Zzzz, this also happends with reboot. However this did not happen before when everything was fine.

    I'm using a Hyper Cloud X headset with default windows drivers atm.
    The motherboard I am using is the MSI Z170A M7 Gaming Motherboard. Can anyone here please tell me wtf to do? I'm losing it.

    Thanks in advance.
    Reply to Estimate
  40. Guys I had the same problem too I can't hear the sound properly, it happened after I updated to win10.... But I have a temporary solution of it. by temporary I mean you have to do it every time if you want to watch a video or play a game. Its not the one that every one is talking about to reduce one of the L and R sound to 0.... THAT IS NOT A SOLUTION! I found out a solution, I usually watch a lot of anime so I found this out by chance
    The solution for videos
    is that whenever you want to watch a video file e.g. like a movie open that file and pause it. then open any other video file and watch it a little then close it. then resume the movie your problem is solved. I use VLC Media Player. The process is same for YouTube(online) videos open the video you want to watch pause it then open any other video watch it a little, close it then watch the video you want to watch. BUT LIKE I SAID IT IS A TEMPORARY SOLUTION!

    Now For Games
    open any game when it is in the title screen minimize the game and put your laptop in sleep mode. turn it back on and open the game your sound is fixed. But sometimes you have to do this process 2-3 times... but it always works. And you have to do this separately for every game you have to play and it has worked for me.
    If it works do tell
    And if someone finds out a permanent solution please do tell
    Reply to Tipu_5
  41. Estimate said:
    Bunnypod said:
    FranciscoLM1 said:
    Hmm so I see that everyone here just put up the same type of solution I have already tried which is make either the Left or Right sound channels on 0 but however I want to have the solution to have the sound work properly with both sound channels, back in December 2015 I had the sound working just fine though for some reason it just suddenly stopped working properly I have no idea why anymore and what I have done is basically tried messing with the sound settings on this computer with no solutions I have my enhancements disabled and well i have thought it was kareoke that was messing with it I have no such enhancement I have also tried uninstalling the driver and redownloading it and nothing I have tried to install another one but wouldn't work and when I update the driver it just gives my old one back the Headphone jack is not loose and the headphones themselves are not damaged so any ideas on what to do to finally be rid of this problem? the type of driver I use is Conexant HD on a Toshiba Laptop running Windows 10 and yes I am aware of the sound problems people have had when upgrading though this problem didn't happen until months after installation I also have no idea what tools to download to solve the problem nor do I know how equallizers work.


    Honestly i have been looking for solutions for a while i had problems where i plugged it into my jack and then i had to spin it a bit till it worked. Today however it decided to not work well. Let me explain. When i plug it in i can hear a grainy sound and all voice are in a way faded during a video and the background noise of that video is muffled and rough. Though the solution above works it is not the sound i originally had. Now i plugged my headset at the back and it worked perfectly and I also checked to make sure that the sound cable is plugged into my motherboard from the front panel.

    I have tried it with a number of headphones and the result is the same. So i have to conclude that it is either something wrong with the jack hole or windows is somehow having a hard time with that particular path way.

    So if anyone has a solution to bring back surround sound do let us know asap! this is driving me mad and I hate to use the back panel!!! thanks



    This sounds EXACTLY what I am enduring right now. I installed windows 10, then after a few months (without there being a windows update) this exact thing happens. When you 'test' your headset under recording devices, right click test. It gives this gritty distorted sound and I have absolutely no clue why. I tried multiple headsets on the front and back jacks with the same result. The headsets are fine because I have tested them on different computers.

    At first I used the realtek hd drivers, untill it happened, so I deinstalled those, let windows use their default sound drivers and it was fixed. For a few days at least. Then the shit hit the fan again so to say. I did a clean w10 install and hoped it would all be better, but nope, the same problem. This goes on and off again, I mean I was able to play wow skype and watch stream on saturday without problems, but not it's all shitty again.

    Even when I put my headset on, start the pc you hear this Zzzz, this also happends with reboot. However this did not happen before when everything was fine.

    I'm using a Hyper Cloud X headset with default windows drivers atm.
    The motherboard I am using is the MSI Z170A M7 Gaming Motherboard. Can anyone here please tell me wtf to do? I'm losing it.

    Thanks in advance.




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    Guys I had the same problem too I can't hear the sound properly, it happened after I updated to win10.... But I have a temporary solution of it. by temporary I mean you have to do it every time if you want to watch a video or play a game. Its not the one that every one is talking about to reduce one of the L and R sound to 0.... THAT IS NOT A SOLUTION! I found out a solution, I usually watch a lot of anime so I found this out by chance
    The solution for videos
    is that whenever you want to watch a video file e.g. like a movie open that file and pause it. then open any other video file and watch it a little then close it. then resume the movie your problem is solved. I use VLC Media Player. The process is same for YouTube(online) videos open the video you want to watch pause it then open any other video watch it a little, close it then watch the video you want to watch. BUT LIKE I SAID IT IS A TEMPORARY SOLUTION!

    Now For Games
    open any game when it is in the title screen minimize the game and put your laptop in sleep mode. turn it back on and open the game your sound is fixed. But sometimes you have to do this process 2-3 times... but it always works. And you have to do this separately for every game you have to play and it has worked for me.
    If it works do tell
    And if someone finds out a permanent solution please do tell
    Reply to Tipu_5
  42. Guys, i have that same problem. I have Windows 7 and i use Realtek hd audio. I found that set balance to 0 on R or L a while ago, but sound is worse than it originally was + thats the only way i can control volume on my heaphones (i dont have that thingy on a cable that can change volume on the run, i have to change volume in Windows, and that creates problems, because every time you change it to lower and then increase again, second channel gets a fraction of that increase too, just check it out, you will know what i mean).

    1 year ago i had a different PC with different heaphones, but with Windows 7 and that problem just randomly occured one day.

    I'm scavenging for permanent solution.

    Also, if that helps, i think only headphones with one cable that goes through one earphone to another are affected by this issue. I have other set of heaphones that have 2 different cables that are split apart and they connect to different earphones (instead of having 1 general cable that connects to one earphone then goes around and connects to the other one).
    Reply to Adamiks
  43. Same here! I tried to install a bluetooth thing and the same problem appeared... I thought I had screwed up but reading this made me realize it´s just the codecs/drivers... something to be fixed by them?

    I´m on a PC with Window 7, brand new headphones. Also discovered the balance trick (all to left or right makes it sound better) but still can´t figure this out to watch shows via streaming... Ideas???

    Adamiks said:
    Guys, i have that same problem. I have Windows 7 and i use Realtek hd audio. I found that set balance to 0 on R or L a while ago, but sound is worse than it originally was + thats the only way i can control volume on my heaphones (i dont have that thingy on a cable that can change volume on the run, i have to change volume in Windows, and that creates problems, because every time you change it to lower and then increase again, second channel gets a fraction of that increase too, just check it out, you will know what i mean).

    1 year ago i had a different PC with different heaphones, but with Windows 7 and that problem just randomly occured one day.

    I'm scavenging for permanent solution.

    Also, if that helps, i think only headphones with one cable that goes through one earphone to another are affected by this issue. I have other set of heaphones that have 2 different cables that are split apart and they connect to different earphones (instead of having 1 general cable that connects to one earphone then goes around and connects to the other one).
    Reply to Juan I
  44. PRINCESSHINO said:
    IF ITS NOT THE HEADPHONE'S PROBLEM THE SOLUTION IS GOING TO CONTROL PANEL/HARDWRE AND SOUND/SOUND
    THEN CLICK ON YOUR HEADPHONE DEVICE THEN CLICK PROPERTIES THEN THE LEVELS TAB
    IN THE LEVELS TAB YOU CAN SEE THE VOLUME
    CLICK ON "BALANCE" THEN REDUCE ONE OF THEM TO VALUE=ZERO


    thank you so much
    you really saved the day!
    Reply to Naveed_Sekender
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