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February 7, 2013 3:08:22 AM

Hello, I know there's similar topics to this here, but none of them have the same kind of problem. I have 3 jacks, so I can get audio output from 2 sources, and audio input from another. My problem is, when I plug in both my headphones and speakers, I get all the audio output from my computer from them both at the same time. I want to just get the audio from my Steam voice chat on the headphones and the audio from my game from my speakers, as I am fond of making videos with FRAPS and don't want the voice recorded. I know it is possible to split the audio, but when I go to my playback devices in my sound options, all that's there is speakers, no headphones. It would appear that my headphones and speakers both register as speakers at the same time. Is there any way I can fix this?

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.

Sorry if this is in the wrong category, I'm not really all that good with this stuff...
February 7, 2013 3:12:22 AM

Try setting Headphones as the default communications device

Speakers as the default device

You can do this by

Right Click on Speakers Icon in the Tray
Playback Devices

Right Click on Speakers to set it as Default Device
Right Click on Headphones to set it as Default Communication Devices
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February 7, 2013 3:20:07 AM

madthomas said:
Try setting Headphones as the default communications device

Speakers as the default device

You can do this by

Right Click on Speakers Icon in the Tray
Playback Devices

Right Click on Speakers to set it as Default Device
Right Click on Headphones to set it as Default Communication Devices

As I have stated above, the headphones do not show up, only the speakers.
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February 7, 2013 3:49:39 AM

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I have 3 jacks, so I can get audio output from 2 sources, and audio input from another


On my mother board at the back panel I have 3 jacks

3 Audio jacks: line-out, line-in and mic-in.

So I USE the back panel to connect speakers in to LINE-OUT jack

On the FRONT PANEL I have 2 Audio jacks: line-out, mic-in.

And use the front panel to connect HEADPHONES and MIC.

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February 7, 2013 3:57:28 AM

madthomas said:
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I have 3 jacks, so I can get audio output from 2 sources, and audio input from another


On my mother board at the back panel I have 3 jacks

3 Audio jacks: line-out, line-in and mic-in.

So I USE the back panel to connect speakers in to LINE-OUT jack

On the FRONT PANEL I have 2 Audio jacks: line-out, mic-in.

And use the front panel to connect HEADPHONES and MIC.

Um...I have no idea what you just said. I know nothing about hardware. If I did, I wouldn't have to come to fourms for help, no disrespect intended to you. I'm going to to make and educated guess here and assume you are talking about a tower. I have a laptop, an Alienware Mx14.
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February 7, 2013 4:00:09 AM

Yes I was talking about a tower.
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February 7, 2013 4:07:40 AM

madthomas said:
Yes I was talking about a tower.

Well...can you help me with my laptop? Without anything involving the hard wear? I'm not that great with computers, though I do have some basic knowledge of soft wear and can follow directions.
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February 7, 2013 4:54:19 AM

Go into your realtek audio manager. If there isn't an icon in the bottom right, go to control panel, hardware and sound, realtek hd audio manager. In the top right there is a "device advanced settings" where you can select to make your outputs as 2 different streams.

If this isn't possible, there is no software solution. You could get a usb to 3.5mm jack. This is how I do it.
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February 7, 2013 4:55:41 AM

k1114 said:
Go into your realtek audio manager. If there isn't an icon in the bottom right, go to control panel, hardware and sound, realtek hd audio manager. In the top right there is a "device advanced settings" where you can select to make your outputs as 2 different streams.

I don't seem to have that program. What that supposed to come with my laptop? Where can I get it?
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February 7, 2013 5:00:25 AM

You might have the version with the sound blaster audio. Is there any audio manager?
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February 7, 2013 5:23:24 AM

k1114 said:
You might have the version with the sound blaster audio. Is there any audio manager?

Ah, yes, I do seem to have Sound Blaster. Is there a way to do that on there as well? I'm looking though the settings, but I can't find it...
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February 7, 2013 3:53:28 PM

There is no software solution for you then. You could get a usb to 3.5mm jack adapter.
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February 7, 2013 4:07:21 PM

k1114 said:
There is no software solution for you then. You could get a usb to 3.5mm jack adapter.

*Sigh* Of course...
Is there a way for me to get Realtek HD Audio manager?
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February 7, 2013 5:11:44 PM

No because you don't have a realtek device.
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February 7, 2013 5:17:15 PM

Very well. Thanks for the help.
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February 7, 2013 5:17:46 PM

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