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Q: realtek audio not detecting speakers or headphones.

I have an Asus M4A89TD pro / usb3 that has Realtek audio onboard. I have just finished my build and have never been able to get any sound from any of my IO ports. None of the ports recognize anything that I plug in (i only have 2 sets of 2.1 speakers, one uses a single light green jack and the other uses the light green jack and a black jack.) I DO get sound from some old usb headphones. The integrated Realtek audio does not detect any analog connection (tried with mic/speakers/headphones) in any of the jacks.

I removed the current drivers through uninstalling from device manager, rebooted, then installed the latest drivers from Asus, then Realtek directly. Additionally, I disconnected the front audio jacks from the motherboard in case that was causing a problem. Windows detects the audio device and there is no problems in device manager.

I've gone through every available option in the Realtek sound control options, but I'm at a loss. I have a USB headset that works without a problem, but I can't get these analog speakers to work. Any advice? The "set default device" is grayed out as an option for the speakers as well as saying they are "not plugged in".

I went through all the above several times with different drivers, uninstalled my graphics card (completely removed it from the motherboard during one setting), RMA'ed my motherboard, spoke to Asus support (who state it is a driver/software issue) to no avail over about a 3 week period. How can I get on with overclocking this system when I cant even get the sound ports to work?? Please help.

Preferred Solution: realtek audio not detecting speakers or headphones.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: realtek audio not detecting speakers or headphones.

Unplug all your inputs.
Plug in one device at a time.
If the Realtek software is functioning properly you should see a pop up after plugging in the green main speaker plug.

After confirming by pressing OK, you should get the following.

You should then plug in the black input and go through the confirmation process, again.

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When I plug in my headphones to the back of my computer where my onboard soundcard is located, it seems that realtek detects my headphones as speakers, and as a consequence, the volume is way too low.

When connected to the front of my computer however, realtek detects my headphones as headphones, and the sound is much louder, however for practical reasons I prefer to have my headphones plugged into the back of computer, but the low volume is a bit of a problem.

A:Realtek HD audio recognizes my headphones as speakers

The rear GREEN speaker jack is for amplified computer speakers. When something is plugged in to that jack, the PC will assume its speakers, since that is what the jack is designated.

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This is driving me mad now also as soon as I google it there seems to be hundreds of similar problems..

New custom PC and cant get any sound from the rear speaker jack of front headphone jack. Sound is playing as the volume leve indicator is moving up and down and is green yet no sound outputted.

Tested speakers and headphones on another machine.
Re installed the hd audio driver.
Disabled and enabled driver.
Disabled the nvida hdmi sounds drivers.
Made sure the realtek driver is default.
Checked bios has onboard sound turned on.

Now i dont seem to be getting anywhere very annoying. Please help

Many thanks,


A:Realtek HD Audio - No Sound through speakers \ headphones

I just went through this with another user and a Gigabyte motherboard. Never really resolved it as the user didn't want to do a complete reinstall. Everything else had been done and the user still had the problem.

However, lets try on yours.

First thing, go to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for the RealTek sound and then LEFT click "Uninstall". DO NOT uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound.

If that does not fix it, uninstall the RealTek in the device manager but ALSO Uninstall the drivers. Then restart and when Windows starts, it will install the sound but it should be with the generic Windows "High Definition Audio Driver". See if the sound works with this configuration. If it does, it sounds like the RealTek driver you have may be corrupt. Download the R2.75 High Definition Codecs driver direct from RealTek and see how that works. www.realtek.com

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I just bought a pc, windows 7 32bit. I tried to use my headphones but couldnt hear any sound, also tried speakers still no sounds. The green bar goes up on the volume control tho.

I have tried downloading some drivers, but they didnt work.
Im a novice when it comes to things like this, can anyone help?

if you need any information about my pc let me know.

theres some audio ports at the back of the pc and at the front. both dont work.

Thanks if anyone can help, i really dont know what to do

A:Realtek AC'97 Audio - Cant hear any sound from headphones or speakers.


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Everything was working fine until about 9 months ago. I have tried switching settings on realtek and the windows control panel to headphone mode, but no matter what settings are on, my computer fails to mute the speakers when playing through headphones. There are absolutely NO troubleshooting topics on windows or realtek websites about this. Help!

A:My Realtek Audio Driver Plays Headphones and Speakers

I think I remember in the realtek settings on my old computer it said something along the lines of "disable front audio when headphone is plugged in" with a check box to toggle on and off.

-- do you see any settings resembling that?
If you have already found the on/off and it does not work, try uninstalling and re-installing the audio drivers and software.

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I have a Vaio F series Notebook (VPCF12AFM), Window 7

Problem : No sound, The audio thing in the bottom right has a red cross and says "No speakers or Headphones are plugged in." I believe it should be a problem with my "Realtek HD Audio(currently vers. <-- installed from Manufacturer web)" but i cannot confirm this.

~ Cannot Restore - there was no restore point made before the problem came
~ Reinstalled Driver - Manually downloaded driver from Vaio site. And also tried, uninstall then let windows automatically find and install driver.
~ Tried : Disable -> Enable Driver
~ Checked Driver Update
~ Checked Bios - no setting about Audio
~ Checked Windows update
~ Speaker has been enabled, but i cannot Configure, Test, or Disable speakers
~ Troubleshoot says "Audio Device has been disabled"
~ Tried Microsoft FixIt

Nothing is working!! Can someone please help me?? i've been stuck with no audio for several days now and still haven't gotten it fixed.... it's really stressful ;(

Thanks in advance.

A:"No Speakers or Headphones are plugged in" - Sony/ Realtek HD Audio

Try vR2.58 HD audio drivers directly from Realtek - 2 March 2011 -

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Dear all,

my speakers do work. When i plug in my headphone at front the speakers get replaced, means I head everything through the headphone.

Headphones themselves aint shown under "Sound":
It appears that both, speakers and headphones are used as one source for audio-out.

However, I want to use both. Headphone should not automatically replace Speakers.

What do I make wrong? Setting for simultaneous Audio can't be found with this new Realtek R2.75 as previously?

Thanks a lot for your support!

A:Realtek HD Audio Problem: Headphones appear as "Speakers"

Hi and welcome to 7F. You won't see a separate entry for standard headphones in the Sound properties and normally you would find the option to disable front panel jack detection in the Realtek Sound Manager and often they seem to bury that option somewhere obscure so try to look for it again in the Realtek Sound manager

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Dear all,

I've been facing an issue with my sound lately (potentially linked to the win 8.1 update - as seems to be the case of a lot of people); I'm unable to get my sound to work, and I'm getting the following error message: "No speakers or headphones are plugged in".

I've been trying out a number of things already explained in this forum (reinstalling drivers, disabling things in device manager, playing around in the Realtek settings, removing 8.1 updates), but I've been unluck so far. Please see below for more details. Many thanks in advance.

A:Win 8.1 No speakers or headphones are plugged in (Realtek)

What is listed in the Device Manager, Sound section? I see a USB device listed in one of your screenshots. What is that?
The Speakers are set as default. "Quadraphonic" is an old/rarely used speaker type, is that what you have?

Have you installed R2.75 RealTek High Definition Codecs version from the RealTek site? That is the latest and supports 8.1 (some older versions do not work properly with 8.1).

Although unrelated to the speakers, I see you do not have a default recording device set. You should set "Stereo Mix" as the default recording device.

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Before building a new PC, I had a simple solution in having headphones (with a MIC)and my speakers working at the same time. I put a 2-1 splitter in the back of my machine, and had the speakers/headphones running off one connection.

Now, I have built a fancy new system, which has headphone (+ MIC) jacks at the front of the case (which I connected onto the motherboard via the Digital Audio Connector). So now I only have my speakers connected in the rear, and have plugged in the headphones into the front of the case.

My problem is that I have not been able to configure RealTek (using the latest 2.53) software that when I speak to someone in Skype, so that I can hear them both on speakers and the headphones at the same time. It has to be either hearing the other party via speakers or headphones.

In the advanced settings of RealTek, I have selected:

(*) Make Front and Rear output devices play back different audio streams simultaneously.

Since I always have the headphones plugged in, unless I take them out every time, my speakers would be muted unless I selected the option above.

Am I missing something? Any advise is appreciated!

A:Can I have speakers & headphones both working in Win 7 + RealTek?

Wow - never thought that no one knows how or possibly, is there no solution for this?

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Hi, everyone

I just recieved a computer that I purchased yesterday and everything was working fine on it until I went to go plug in headphones. I plugged them in using the front jack and I got this whining hissing sound. I tried using the back jack and the sound went away. Another problem i'm having is regardless of what jack i'm using is that whenever I plug the headphones my speakers don't turn off and sound goes though them instead of the headphones unless I set the headphones as the default device.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Hissing in Realtek Headphones and Speakers not Disabling


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This seems like such a simple thing and I don't understand why it's not working.

- I have speakers plugged into the rear green jack
- I have headphones plugged into the front audio jack
- In Control Panel > Sound, speakers appear (and "Realtek Digital Output" - I'm not sure what that is) but not headphones
- In Realtek HD Audio Manager, BOTH audio jacks seem to be assigned to speakers

I want to switch between my speakers & my headphones.

I saw in other threads that some have had success by clicking on the settings in the top right of the Realtek HD Audio Manager panel. However, I don't have that option (see attached).

Any help would be appreciated!

A:Realtek doesn't identify speakers & headphones

Your RealTek HD Manager looks similar to mine. I also show the Stereo Mix (recording device).

Normally, only the "Speaker" is shown in the Sound/Playback panel. Also normally, when you plug in your headset to the front panel headset jack it will mute the speakers. SOME RealTek panels will allow the option to either set it for the "normal" speaker mute when a headset is plugged in or allow the speaker to also be on when the headset is plugged in.

I don't see that option in your RealTek panel. In mine it is there. There is a link in the upper right of the Panel that states: "Device Advanced Settings" and this is where you set the option for the speakers to be on or off. In some cases the PC vendor has disabled this function in the chip.

In most cases the Dell provided sound driver is preferred as non-Dell many times will either not work or not work correctly. You can try the generic driver from RealTek to see if it will work - no guarantees. Create a System Restore point BEFORE installing the RealTek driver and also have the Dell sound driver on the hard drive in case its needed if the generic RealTek doesn't work.


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Here we go I'm have a Alienware Aurora early model running Win7 64 bit home. Have been using a OOntz bluetooth speaker which i would connect through speakers>playback devices> speakers/headphones. This had been working fine for the last 3 years.

Now that had picked up another new oontz i went into devices and printers and add a new device as soon as that tried to install there was a error I I just unistalled it and reinstalled my older oontz at that point I noticed that the speaker / headphone option that I have always used was showing unplugged (no red x or anything)

So now the bluetooth speaker will not play music. But as soon as I turn on the OOntz to pair it synce up right away and I head the ding through the speaker as well as shows that I'm connected properly. If I turn off the PC I even hear the shut down dint through the speaker.

So now I have been in contact w/ Cambridge Audio (OONTZ) and there at a loss for help. I have been searching online and have read hit the F2 and go into bios and make sure audio is enabled and it was.

Dont kno what do do next?

Win7 64 bit home
have reinstalled the correct widcomm and realtek drivers and that did nothing as I said the bluetooth is working as i can access my cell through it as well as see that the OONtz is connected correctly and do hear sounds from it just no music????

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So as the title says, I recently built a new computer and I've had many problems regarding sound issues. Firstly, Realtek HD audio manager doesn't recognize my USB headset (sennheiser U320 gaming) OR my logitec headset as a device. The only thing it recognizes are my audio jack speakers. However, these devices do work if I go around realtek HD audio manager and then run them through windows audio manager.

My second problem is that these USB headphones are both showing up in windows audio manager as been speakers and not headphones. My windows updates are up to date and as far as I can tell, all my mobo drivers are up to date.

Please see the attachment.

Any suggestions/help is much appreciated.

Thank you!

A:USB Headphones showing as speakers & Realtek not recongising either.

USB devices do not use the PC's sound device. They are taking digital audio and converting it to analog for the headset. In effect the USB speakers have a built in sound card.

Also, I notice you have the RealTek digital output set as default. With the digital output set as default, regular analog speakers will not work.

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I have a wired problem with realtek hd r237 windows 7 drivers:

I don't have any sound on laptop's internal speakers but i can hear in headphones.In PLAYBACK DEVICES headphones are detected as speakers and when i unplug them sound automatically turns to SPDIF- no sound on internal speakers.

If a make a sound test (with headphones pluged in) whith Quadraphonic selection i can hear FL in my left headphone ,FR in my right headphone,RL in left internal speaker and RR in right internal speaker.

This is really frustrating ..help!!

A:Realtek hd problem..headphones work as speakers..

Can you set the default device to your speakers when your headphones are not plugged in?

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So basically it started a few days ago (29th of August 2016) and my headphones (razer kraken 7.1) stopped working and the video that i was watching on youtube stopped working too. i assumed it was just a glitch or smthin so i just restarted and it started to work again, about 30 mins later it happens again so i decide to investigate; i can't play any youtube, but i still loads, i can't open windows media player, i can't play songs on spotify, i can still go through the internet just fine, i can even play overwatch.
So i tried switching to my speakers, and everything works just fine, and as soon as i switched to my headphones it stopped working. i have restarted my rig several times over that past few days, and the headphones stop working between 20mins - 3 hours
i have updated my realtek and razer synapse drivers, so i am stumped as to what i should do
what i think it might be
driver problem
help will be appreciated
BTW i added DXDiag

A:Sound/video Stop wrking with headphones, fine with speakers (realtek)

The headset, according to the Dxdiag suggests they are USB. USB headsets do not use the PC's sound card (e.g. Realtek) but instead take digital data and convert it to audio inside the headset.

Have you tried a different USB port? e.g. if you are using a front USB port, try a rear port.
You could also "refresh" the USB headset. Plug it in then go to the Device Manager and uninstall the headset. Disconnect it from the PC and then restart the PC. After Windows has started plug in the headset and Windows should detect and reinstall it.

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I have a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R that has had no problem for quite a long time using Windows 7 64 bit. Recently after a reboot, the integrated Realtek audio no longer detects any analog connection (tried with mic/speakers/headphones) in any of the jacks.

I removed the current drivers using add / remove, rebooted, then installed the latest drivers from Gigabyte, then I tried Realtek directly, and finally the default Windows audio drivers. I also tried removing the drivers with driver sweeper, directly from device manager, etc. and installing a fresh set of drivers. Additionally, I disconnected the front audio jacks from the motherboard in case that was causing a problem. Windows detects the sound card and there appears to be no problems in device manager.

I've gone through every available option in the Realtek sound control options, but I'm at a loss. I have a USB headset that works without a problem, but I can't get these darn analog speakers to work. Any advice? Before anyone says it, 'set default device' is grayed out as an option for the speakers.

A:Realtek Audio not detecting analog inputs

Provide a snippet of your Windows Volume mixer, Playback devices.

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Hi all,

Well.The headphones works and all which is great but the Realtek Aduio Manager and Windows sound is detecting Speakers.Does anyone know how or if I can change it to Speakers?.

I would really appreciate the help,

Thank You.

Windows Sound

Realtek HD Audio Manager

A:PLS Help* Headphones realtek Audio Manager

If I'm understanding what you're trying to say, it sounds like your headphone port is not recognizing that the headphones have been plugged in. I would first try plugging in another set of headphones to see if the problem is the port or the headphones.

Also, did your headphones come with a CD, driver, or any other installation help? What about an instruction booklet from the manufacturer? Can you call the manufacturer's tech support to ask for help?

Also, have you checked your IDT Audio settings? Go to the Control Panel and open the IDT Audio Control Panel? Under "Speakers and Dual Headphones? go to the Playback section and then click on Settings. Check: 'Set as default.'

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Hello, thanks in advance for reading.
Previously I had Realtek HD Manager installed, but under the direction of another, I uninstalled it, as it wasn't detecting any devices plugged into it.

I am still having the same problem, and when I attempt to install Realtek again, it comes with either :

Or this, and it will repeatedly come up no matter how many times I allow it, until it eventually just closes itself.

edit : This is for any of the drivers available on the website, the first one being RC266 Vistax64, the second one being AC97.
Here is an image of the playback devices :

Previously, instead of "High Defintion Audio Device", it was shown "Realtek High Definition ect ect."
It used to show "Digital Output" being the only one plugged in, and on the HD Audio Manager, nothing else was detected.

Device Manager :
AMD Athlon II X2 250
A780L3G Mobo [Integrated Sound]
AMD Radeon HD 6670
Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

A:Realtek High Definition Audio Troubles - Not Detecting Anything

High Definition Audio Device suggests a generic Windows installed sound driver rather than the RealTek driver.

Make sure you are getting the correct driver, either Vista or Windows 7 for 64 bit OS, from the PC or motherboard vendor's site. Windows XP drivers are not compatible. If you get the warning on a valid driver, click the Install anyway and it should install.

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Simple problem that has been confusing me lately. I'm using a Acer Aspire 5570-2052 Laptop running Windows Vista. On it is Realtek HD Audio Manager, and it has been causing me some problems with headphones.

To elaborate, they simply don't work except on random occurances. The speakers put out sound as normal, but when I plug in my headphones, ANY pair of headphones, no sound comes out of them and the speakers continue to function as normal.

It's wierder then that though, rarely the headphones WILL have sound come out of them, but the speakers are still putting out sound as well. The only way the headphones themselves have ever worked is when I go into the Windows sound manager, and pressed the main mute button which muted the speakers, but not the headphones.

Now not even the headphones work though, so that method is moot. For reference the Realtek driver is, last updated on 12/1/2006. I'm going to update it today(have to do so from the library), but I doubt that'll work given the wierdness of this problem...

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Hi all,

I'd be grateful for any advice to my problem....

Last month I bought a new PC, a Dell XPS 8500 with an Intel Core i7-3770 processor. The PC has onboard audio (Realtek High Definition Audio).

I didn't buy new speakers as I have a perfectly usable set of Creative 6.1 speakers.

My problem is that although my computer plays Windows event sounds through all the speakers, applications such as iTunes only emit sound through the front pair.

I have googled the problem and as a result have configured the Realtek to use 7.1 audio but without the side pair.

Also, I have disabled the Realtek driver and have reloaded by asking Windows to select the best available.

But still the problem persists.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,


A:No audio except front speakers (Dell, Realtek Audio)

First, for proper operation you must use the Dell supplied sound driver. Non-Dell will either not work or install or will not work properly, and that includes the basic function Windows installed HD Audio Codec.

6.1 is an oddball speaker configuration for current technology systems, its either 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1.

I used to do a lot of support on the Dell users forum (community) and recall that certain applications will only play audio through "stereo" speakers only. My experience on the Dell forum (I had over 37,000 posts and am still registered) also is the reason I note the Dell supplied sound driver.

You could also post on the Dell community Desktop hardware section and one of the user experts there may have more suggestions.

Desktop - Dell Community

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Dear Friends,

I know this request is a bit unusual, but please bear with me.

I'm trying to get some advanced information or suggestions in order to Troubleshoot this issue with my brothers HP Pavilion g7-1150us Notebook PC. Which had a Windows 10 upgrade sometime ago so I believe its unrelated to the Audio issue of No sound with the speakers, but there is sound into the headphones.
It could be something as simple as setting the speakers to default. Or perhaps the Audio drivers, Chipset or BIOS need to be updated or reinstalled?

This is the model page from HP:

Hardware and Software

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank You Very Much!


2.40GHz Intel Core i3-370M Processor
Microprocessor Cache
3MB L3 Cache
4GB DDR3 System Memory (1 DIMM)
Memory Max
Maximum supported = 8GB
Video Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
Video Memory
Up to 1969MB
Hard Drive
640 GB (5400RPM)

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Hi, I am having an issue with my laptop where the sound is coming from both my laptop speakers and my headphones. Before when I would plugin my headphones the sound would stop coming from the speakers and only come from the headphones. But after upgrading to Windows 10, this no longer happened. I have tried all the solutions I have found online. I installed the latest audio driver for my specific machine from the HP website (IDT High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver 6.10.6425.0), I have tried uninstalling and reinstlling this driver, I have tried using the generic windows audio driver and now I have even downgraded to Windows 8.1 (clean install) but nothing has worked. In the playback device list there are two options, "Speakers/HP" which seems to cover both my laptop speakers and headphones, and a second device "Communication Headphones"  which is enabled but when I test it no sound comes from my headphones. I seen a solution online using the IDT Audio Control Panel however the control panel does not seem to come with the IDT CODEC I mentioned above. Any help would be much appreciated as I have been trying to resolve this for the last week to no avail.  Thanks,TheOriginalDrNo

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ok i have windows 7 64 bit, before i updated my sound card my headphones would crackle with music, movies, any sound, now they don't crackle but the most annoying thing is when i unplug my headphones i have to click on the via hd sound deck icon at the bottom and click make speakers default, if i plug in headphones i have to do the same for the headphones in order for sound to work through which ever device i want. Imagebin - A place to slap up your images. how do i fix this where it works normally like its supposed too?

A:I need help with my audio, headphones and speakers.

Where did you get the driver update? From ASUS for your specific PC model? or from some other source? If it wasn't from ASUS, that may be the problem. Non-Vendor specific drivers may or may not work properly.

If it was from ASUS, there may be a Windows/sound driver corruption. First thing to try is go to the Device Manager. There should only be the entry for the VIA sound and possibly an HDMI audio (if you have that). If there is any other entry, such as HD Audio Codec, RIGHT click on that entry and then LEFT click Uninstall. Then restart the PC and see if that fixes it. If not, go back to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for the VIA sound and then LEFT click Uninstall. DO NOT check the box to also uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the VIA sound. Check to see if it is now working OK.

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Hello! I turned on my pc just now to find that I can't get my speakers or headphones to work. I plugged the speakers into my phone (AUX) and they work just fine. I can't test the headphones (USB) but they worked perfectly yesterday. I've tried the basic unplugging and switching audio devices but neither will work. I also noticed that if I unplug the headphones and plug in the speakers my pc still thinks the headphones are plugged in (By clicking the sound icon bottom right on the control bar). My last note is that Spotify comes up with the error message "Can't play the current song" when I try to get anything to play. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Edit- I'm running windows 10

A:No audio to USB headphones or AUX speakers

Just reset a few things... Seems to be working again sorry for posting this!

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Hey All. I'm running Vista Ultimate and I recently dicarded my dell speakers that came with my xps 400 b/c only the back ones worked and those cables were too long to use efficently (I don't need help on how to arrange my speakers, thats OK). The real problem is that my Sony MDR-E828 headphones won't work with the computer/the computer dosn't recognize them (so essentially I have no sound, other than the beeps that come out of the PC itself). Before I uninstalled the other speakers (after I had disconected them), the headphones only worked for the sound config (wher the CPU makes sound come out of the different speakers to identify them). Now, I can't get to any mixer or any thing else (sound test, ect.) b/c no speakers are installed, and when I plug the headphones in, all I get is static. I went to the Sony Tech support and there are no downloads for the headphones. I'm completely lost and soundless. Any suggestions on how to get the headphones working?

A:Audio through Headphones W/O speakers


Your sound should card (even if onboard type) should still work whether you have speakers attached or not and so should your headphones.

You don;t mention what sort of sound card you have.

So, make sure that if you have a sound card that your onboard sound card is turned off from the BIOS and the correct driver is installed.

Your headphones should also work with generic drivers if they are the fancy kind but normally, like with ordinary headphones Vista should detect headphones have been connected.

To me it sounds like your sound device is not configured correctly

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helloWhen i plugin my headphones and play an audio then sound come from both the headphones and speakersso please guide me how to solve this problem this problem arises when i reinstalled windows 10 on my laptopthanks

A:audio come from both headphones and speakers

Hi, Try the following. Depending on whether you've installed the anniversary update of Windows 10 or not, download the relevant Realtek HD Audio installer on the link below and save it to your Downloads folder. Windows 10 Windows 10 Anniversary Update When done, hold down the Windows key and press R Into the Run window, type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. In Device Manager, expand Sound, Video and Game Controllers.  Right click the Realtek device and select Uninstall - you should also get a prompt to remove the current driver, tick the box to allow this and then proceed with the uninstall. When complete, download and reinstall the relevant Chipset driver on the following link. Windows 10 Windows 10 Anniversary Update When the Chipset reinstallation has completed, shutdown the notebook. Unplug the AC Adapter and then remove the battery.  Hold down the Power button for 30 seconds.  Re-insert the battery and plug in the AC Adapter. Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to launch the Start-up Menu and then select f10 to enter the bios menu.  Press f9 to load the defaults ( this is sometimes f5, but the menu at the bottom will show the correct key ), use the arrow keys to select 'Yes' and hit enter.  Press f10 to save the setting and again use the arrow keys to select 'Yes' and hit enter. When windows has reloaded, open your Downloads folder, right click on the Realtek insta... Read more

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I'm having trouble with the audio on my desktop. All of my audio plugs have stopped working, however USB audio devices are fine. Whenever I plug in a cord to either the front or back, nothing is detected. 
Clicking on the sound icon in the system tray immediately brings up the troubleshooter, which prompts me to plug something in. After I unplug and plug whatever it is back in, it won't recognize it:

When I right click on the sound icon and hit on playback devices, I see 6 AMD HD devices, which would be for an HDMI cable I believe, and then my speakers device which supposedly isn't plugged in:

I can't set any of them to be default devices; the options to do anything but disable them are grayed out.
So then looking at Realtek HD Audio Manager, everything appears blank. No nice icons on top to select and then configure, just a blank page:

I'm not given the option to click on absolutely any of the plug icons on the right hand side. 
Clicking on the wrench in the bottom right gives me the following page:

Now, I've tried disabling the front panel detection, which does allow me to "manage" the device, ie it gives me the option to change volume and such. However, sound still doesn't come out.
The gear in the top right gives me:

Selecting options here doesn't work either, even in conjunction with disabling front panel detection.
My relevant specs are :
MSI Z97 G55
Intel i5 - 4670
Sapphire Radeon R9 280
Win 7 x64
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A:Realtek HD Audio not detecting plugs in the front or back panels

Hi lpakman and to the Bleeping Computer Community.
Go to BIOS section and see if any onboard audio is disabled. If everything is ok from there, go to device manager and right-click your Realtek audio then choose enable.

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So I had this fresh Windows install. Everything was normal, I plugged my earbuds into the cable and the cable into the rear green and pink I/Os... As always!
Now, I was able to hear everyone, and everyone were able to hear me, its just that when I listen to music, and talk to friends on Skype, or play games while on Skype, my friends can hear everything I do and its annoying. So I figured I need to install realtek HD audio drivers. Once I did, I was able to hear them but they weren't able to hear me. My mic stopped working and the weird part is that they were able to hear my Windows sounds. All the sound tests I've done, they were able to hear it, but not my voice.
I uninstalled the driver and from their it was a total disaster. I disabled and enabled drivers, updated them through Windows updates and all of the sudden the mic works but I can't hear anything, then after another restart and changes, I can hear everything but the mic doesn't work.
I'm completely lost, and sick of doing system restarts all the time.

Currently, my mic seems to work but I can't hear anything. Why? And what should I do?
EDIT: I just uninstalled Nvidia HD Audio drivers and installed only realtek. Only mic doesn't work, but speakers and headphones do work...

A:Mic and headphones only partialy work since Realtek HD Audio install

The RealTek needs to be set as the default audio playback device. The NVIDIA HD is only for HDMI audio. If there is an HDMI cable plugged in, Windows will automatically set the NVIDIA as the default playback device and the Realtek will not work. If there is no HDMI cable plugged in, NVIDIA will not take over.

Stereo Mix needs to be set as the default recording device. Then whatever device you have plugged in, such as a microphone will work.

If you have front panel mic and headset connections, those would seem to be easier to access than the rear connections.

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Hi there!

Before I start with stuff, I'll link my hardware and drivers used:

SteelSeries - Gaming Headsets - SteelSeries 7H Fnatic Edition

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution

Sound card (removed):
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Multimedia- ASUS Xonar DX

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution
(Realtek 889/892 Audio Driver V6.0.1.6257 for 32/64bit Windows Vista & Windows)

Other drivers:
(HD Definition Drivers)

So I bought a new computer not too long ago and I've had some issues with my headset and whatnot. I have a ASUS Xonar DX sound card with an optic fibre cable for my Logitech Z-5500 system and they worked just fine with it.

However, when I bought my headset (Steelseries 7H Fnatic, normal non-USB) I had issues. When I plugged them into my motherboard it couldn't find them. And when I tried to plug them into my Xonar card, people I was skyping with could hear my sounds (videos I watched etc) even though I had earplugs. So I removed the card and decided I'd go with the normal drivers etc. So I checked ASUS website and got the drivers.

I installed the drivers (Xonar drivers uninstalled clean before) and it asks me to reboot. I reboot and I get the message: "No speakers or headphones are plugged in." from the system tray. I run dxdiag and no sound card is detected (it's just empty where there should be driver names etc). In the control panel there is no Realtek option etc. ... Read more

A:No speaker or headphones are plugged in and Realtek HD Audio Manager

Bumping this since I got no answers.. I found a thread like it, but to no help..

No sound in windows 7

I have no tray of the HD Audio Manager, and the only files in my install folder are RtlUpd64 and some other file as I mentioned above. Drivers from ASUS website aren't working either. Please help, been without sound for a few weeks now..

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I'm getting frustrated with trying to get all these options to play together correctly when it comes to my headphones. When I plug my headphones in the front jack, nothing changes unless I manually switch the default Playback Device. All things in question work, and well. However, depending on the convoluted configuration at the moment, either the monitor will keep playing & the headphones will play nothing, OR the monitor will keep playing & the headphones will also start playing.

Setup right now:
Monitor= ViewSonic VX2253 22"
(built in speakers, I own no others)
Connected to my video card via HDMI.
Connected to back green audio input.
Relevant internal settings through monitor= set to "HDMI PC" (as opposed to AV)Audio input set to HDMIOnboard Audio= Realtek? ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
This is what the green audio plug is plugged into from the monitor.
Controls the front headphone jack.

I have tried as many different combinations of settings as I could think of. Any ideas how to make the monitor speakers play nice with the headphones???


A:Headphones vs Monitor: HDMI audio, SRS for Monitors, & Realtek ???

Normally, when you have something connected to the HDMI port on the PC, the HDMI becomes the default audio playback device. Thus the regular PC audio (Realtek in your case) is not used. This would account for not having headphone audio. You can manually change the default playback device to "Speakers" (your PC sound device) and then you should get the headphone sound. I would suspect you will have to do this every time you boot your PC.

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I recently purchased a new desktop for myself, and upon trying to plugin my apple headphones to watch netflix, I found that I was having some trouble.

When I plugin my apple head phones, I get a popup that looks like this:

and I choose line in (so that the mic and the speaker can both work on the headphones so I can talk in skype).

After selecting that, I'm presented with this page:

From there, I have no idea what to do to get my mic and speaker on the headphones to work. I tried the sound settings in control panel, and I tested the speakers but I didn't hear anything from them.

Appreciate any help.


A:Realtek Audio Manager Line In (Apple Headphones)

First, you need the Mic input for the microphone. Computer mic's (at least PC computer mic's) require 5VDC for the mic to work. Only a Mic input has this. The line input is two channel stereo and does not provide the needed 5VDC.

The Headphone side is different and independent of the microphone.

Recording, you want the CD Quality, 16bits 44.1Khz for standard audio. That is what is used for commercial CD's, audio wav files, etc.

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Hello everyone!

I got my new headphones today, but the sound isn't working. I plugged them into the audio jacks, and realtek audio manager recognized them and said that an audio device has been plugged in. The mic is working fine, its just the headphones that don't work.

The headphones aren't muted, "Realtek digital output" is set as the default device (I'm not sure if that's the headphones, my old headphones broke and I haven't had any for a few months now so I don't remember what it was like before). I've tried inserting them into the audio jacks on the back, but that doesn't work either.

Any suggestions?

I'm on Windows 8.1 64 bit if that matters.

A:Realtek audio manager recognizing headphones but no sound?

Huh, I seem to have fixed it myself. I'll post the answer here just in case anyone is as clueless as me!

I was going through all the devices listed under "playback devices". I right clicked on all and looked at the "jack information" section. I found out the Realtek HD Audio 2nd output was the one that was connected to the front audio jack.

When I connected my headphones to the audio jack, when the Realtek audio manager asks you what type of device it is, I had to click "Headphones" instead of "Line In" like I did with my previous headset.
Then you go into playback devices and set the Reaktek HD Audio 2nd output as your default device. If you're using a program like Skype you might have to go into audio settings in the program and change it there as well.

If you don't have the Realtek HD audio 2nd output in your playback devices: Open the Realtek audio manager, and at the top by the close/minimize button click the settings button. Go into options, and tick "Make front and rear output devices play two different audio streams simultaneously".

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My computer uses the Realtek HD Audio Manager. I have headphones plugged into the front panel and speakers plugged into the board itself on the back. I use nircmd to switch the default audio device between the speakers and headphones.

When I have the headphones set as the default device, audio plays out only the headphones. When the speakers are the default device, audio plays out both the speakers and the headphones. I can't figure out how to actually disable audio from the headphones when the speakers are the default device (short of disabling the actual device or unplugging it).

How can I properly disable the headphones when I want to use the speakers?

A:Audio is playing out both my speakers and headphones

Originally Posted by Vaindil

My computer uses the Realtek HD Audio Manager. I have headphones plugged into the front panel and speakers plugged into the board itself on the back. I use nircmd to switch the default audio device between the speakers and headphones.

When I have the headphones set as the default device, audio plays out only the headphones. When the speakers are the default device, audio plays out both the speakers and the headphones. I can't figure out how to actually disable audio from the headphones when the speakers are the default device (short of disabling the actual device or unplugging it).

How can I properly disable the headphones when I want to use the speakers?

Open Realtek Audio Manager in Control Panel:

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Out of nowhere I've had a problem with the audio of my laptop. Audio plays from both the laptop speakers and the headphones when they are plugged in. I've tried setting the headphones as default device in playback settings but this doesn't work. The headphones don't work when I try to test them either. I've had a look around online and haven't found any solutions yet. I tried updating the audio drivers but that didn't get the job done either. 

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I noticed several weeks ago (after moving my pc) that when I listen to audio it is extremely quiet. I have listened to audio on youtube, in video games, and the audio test sounds in Realtek; they are all very quiet (almost inaudible). I have noticed the problem is the same whether I am listening through my external speakers or through my headphones plugged into the front headphone jack.

I have Realtek audio with the most recent drivers (8.19.11). I have all the sound settings maxed out at 100. I have attempted to disable all sound effects under enhancements under speaker properties. None of these attempts have been successful at resolving the problem.

Also, I ran this application, "microsoft fixit" found here, and it found no problems:


Several observations. First, when I plugged my microphone in and tested it last night (my mic is attached to my headset), it was normal volume (loud) played back through my headphones and through my speakers. This tells me that my speakers and headset seem to be working fine.

Also, I went to my computer/program files/realtek/audio/installshield and i noticed the rtkupd64 application was updated 8.4.11, which may have been around the time i started noticing these problems. Just thought i'd mention that.

Please let me know what more information you need from me. I put my computer specs I know under my profile.


A:Audio very quiet - headphones and speakers

So noone has any ideas? I noticed that others seemed to be receiving responses, am I not including enough information? Any help would be appreciated...

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I have my headphones plugged in and the audio is playing music through the speakers and through the head phones. Originally there was a message by Dell Audio telling me "You just plugged a device into the audio jack" then a millisecond later "You just unplugged a device from the audio jack". I have my headphones plugged in but those messages keep popping up.
I deleted and reinstalled Realtek and this is still happening. I pushed the headphones into the audio jack real hard and it stayed at "You just plugged a device into the audio jack" for a little while then it went back to "You just unplugged a device from the audio jack". This is driving me crazy. I just want to listen to music through my headphones

I have a Dell Inspiron 

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My old MSI computer died and I moved the hard drive to my Alienware 17 R2.  Everything seems to run fine after I downloaded the drivers from the Dell website... EXCEPT for the sound.  I get no sound from the speakers or headphones when I plug them in.  I know the sound worked BEFORE I swapped the hard drive.
This is my DJ laptop hard drive, so I can't just reload windows, I need to keep everything.
Any ideas?

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Hi, lately I've had a few problems like Skype constantly logging me off and my computer not detecting my internet but after I finally fixed those problems, my speakers stopped working. I'm not very good with computers so I looked around through the internet and tried a bunch of things like disabling/enabling the headphones, uninstalling them entirely, using different headphone jacks, and restarting my computer. though I noticed I didn't have some of the things people were talking about. for example, I don't have the realtek audio drive thing, even though i'm pretty sure I used to have itGyazo - 9999964142c8d3ec55c8fb039a940e43.png. in another post I saw about someone with a similar problem he had about 6 devices shown here-Gyazo - c738b764fe632678c3490604e187f4d1.png- and that was a good thing apparently. I have horrible with computers all the time so there might just be a really simple fix that I never noticed.

A:No audio is played at all from speakers/headphones.

Welcome to the forum.

From the first link I see you only have "High Definition Audio" which suggests you only have the generic, basic function Windows installed sound driver. If you are supposed to have Realtek it will need to be reinstalled. You should be able to get the driver from HP downloads for your specific model or you can download the driver direct from Realtek.
The Realtek High Definition Codecs can be downloaded here: Realtek

FYI, here is how to post screen shots on this forum. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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Whenever i plug headphones into the jack the audio plays fine through them but audio also plays through the laptop speakers. I tried messing around in control panel but couldn't quite find a way to just have audio play through just the headphones. 

A:Audio playing through headphones and speakers. Trying to jus...

Hey @dpoole810,  Welcome to the HP Forums!  I see you are having an issue with the sound coming through the Headphones on your HP ENVY Notebook. Try this: In the Device Manager, right-click on Double-click on Sound, video, and game controllers and select the IDT High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver Update Driver Software. Choose the option to Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software.The Notebook should find and automatically install the updated driverAfter the installation is complete, restart your Notebook. Here is a link to Microsoft to troubleshoot the sound if you need it. Please let me know how this goes. Please click the Thumbs up if you feel this post has helped you.   Thanks.

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Hello all,

I rercently came with the following problem without any reason:

I have a realtek audio chipset with my mother board.

Since some time, the HD audio drivers keeps on detecting/undetecting a device plugged in my front jack (resulting is sound cutoff, which is more than annoying). But, there is nothing plugged.

If I plug something then, the detection works right.

I'm wondering if it is a software problem, or if there is something wrong with my motherboard or my front jack connector (some kind of shortcut or whatever).

If someone as a solution I would really appreciate.

Thanks a lot in advance !

I cannot uncheck the "reload" option in the realtek driver because I need to have this detection working right.

A:Realtek HD Audio Drivers - Constantly detecting/undetecting front jack

Sounds like a loose or defective jack. No software will "fix" broken hardware. When nothing is in the jack, it's grounded and the chipset ignores or turns off the jack. When you plug something into it, the open ground signals the chipset to detect a device and notify Windows of it's presents. Windows (driver) will then allow you task the jack as necessary.

You don't give any info on your system but some manufactures have spare parts available. Most front panel assemblies are replaceable. Also make sure the front panel connections aren't loose at the motherboard. Be sure to completely power-down the PC and un-plug the power cord before checking wires inside.

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Hey guys, as you can guess I'm using Realtek HD Audio Manager. Now, every time you plug in a device, it asks you to pick what it is- in my case it's "Headphones" or "Front Speakers Out"(at least, for me, that's what it says.) Unfortunately, it seems the default is Front Speakers, which is annoying because I find a distinct different between the two. And I don't really want to have to change the setting manually, every time I restart, or change a setting(It reverts back to Front Speakers Out every time I do that.)

Would anyone have any idea how I can prevent this? Thank you. I'm using Windows 7 64 bit, if that helps.

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This is a Latitude D610. After re-installation I did the drivers, updated everything, then included the software Quickset which gave me control of the volume up, down, and mute button on the laptop itself. This isn't a big deal but just curious, it controls the speakers just fine but not when the headphones are plugged in, then it does nothing at all.

Which is odd as I figured the master volume would be effected as it was before the reinstall. I scanned all the volume options that I could think of to check and even switched the audio profile from speakers to headphones. No go for me. If you have any suggestions or insights, thank you in advance.

I'm running Windows XP with service pack 3.

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This has been happening for 2 years, but as of earlier this month, my audio has been acting up MUCH more than it used to. Now, whenever I listen to any sound (music, watch videos, etc.) my speakers make this crackling/buzzing/stutter/lag sound every few seconds which makes me never want to use my audio because it is so annoying. I looked up this problem and many people mentioned that by using earphones the buzzing stops, but not for me. Also, I installed and uninstalled a bunch of the drivers that Dell told me to update (IDT Audio, Quickset64, and the BIOS) but this hasn't made any difference. I feel like this is a software problem but I wanted to hear professional opinions to see if it actually is.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

A:Crackling noise in audio on both speakers and headphones

Hi dmang24,
I appreciate for the drivers update. I suggest that you run diagnostics on hardware components, since both speaker and headphones are having crackling noise even after drivers update.
To run diagnostics restart the system and at the Dell logo tap the F12 key every two seconds. This will start the One-time boot menu. Using arrow keys select ‘Diagnostics’ and hit enter. This will run diagnostics on the hardware components of the system which may take around 5 minutes. Please reply to this post in case of any error message.
You may also go through this link for assistance.
Please reply with the status to assist you further.

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I have seen a few posts that are similar to this, but none of them offered solutions and most were not for Win 10, so I figured I would make another. Recently, my audio will come out of my speakers and headphones when headphones are plugged in via the jack. Audio via headphones is incredibly distorted (dialogue completely unintelligable) and will still play through the headphones even when all sound is muted. My headphones are not detected in playback devices (Show disabled devices is enabled) and going to Control Panel>Realtek HD Audio Manager>Device Advanced Settings does not bring up the options for Classic or Multi mode, but instead only displays options for recording devices ("Tie up of input jacks" vs "Separate input jacks"). I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling 2 different audio drivers from Lenovo and tested 3 different headphones that connect via the headphone jack. I have not tried usb headphones, but would like to fix the headphone jack primarily. I hope someone is able to help!

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So my laptop was working perfectly fine last night and it had no issues whatsoever.When I switch it on this morning I find that the speakers aren't working.I tried plugging in my earphones and the sound that comes is distorted.I've tried reinstalling the audio drivers with device manager, rolling back the realtek audio drivers and then updating it with DEvice Manager, I've used the HP Support application and followed the steps given there(including the BIOS diagnostic thing where the speakers dont work and the audio coming from the earphones is Distorted).I've also updated the BIOS and the whole system inlcuding the windows version has been updated.The problem still persists.Please HELP!

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Hi!I have my 3rd XPS 15 9560 with 32 GB RAM and the 1TB SSD now, after I had to return two of them due to the black screen flickering issue, coil whining and some weird crackle sounds.
This 3rd one has still the black screen flickering and the crackle sounds, but since the flickering is discussed a lot in other forums/threads already I here want to find a solution for the audio crackle.
This audio crackle sound lasts for a second and always appears with plugged in external speakers/headphones and it sounds like when the audio is powered off and on. Seems like some energy saving mechanism that is causing this?It appears mostly when I'm using a browser and the website contains some form of sound and then it always comes, when I switch to a "non-sound-containing" part of the website and then it appears ca. 5 sec after.
Also at the beginning when I start another sound or go on a website that contains sound.
Is there a fix?If I can't solve the screen flicker I will anyway return this notebook too and then buy myself a Gigabyte, Razer Blade or Macbook Pro. But I'm still hoping something can be done.

A:XPS 15 audio crackle with external speakers/headphones

Disable the WiFi (Killer or Intel) in the Device Manager and run these test =* Test a locally stored music file* If available, plug in a simple USB WiFi adapter and test networked musicIf no noise, then the fault is latency stemming from the WiFi driver.

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