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I want to use external speakers and USB headphones in harmony

My PC audio used to be real simple. I would insert the USB cable to my Plantronics GameCom Pro 1 headset and sound would go through the headset. When I removed the USB connector, the external speakers would play sound. For some reason now, I have to go into Sounds and Audio Device Properties and specifically choose the Default Playback device. I would like to get back to the way my PC used to work. My audio is C-Media AC97 onboard my motherboard. What do I need to do to get back to the way the PC used to work? sound card drivers required

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Right click at my computer then click properties then click hardware then click the device manager did you see the yellow ?mark right click the device then update the driver then choice the best driver for your C-Media A97 list of drivers will appear then the best one

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