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Headphones with mic / external speakers

In order to conference I got a pair of headphones with mic. It has 2 jacks for the back of the pc so I had to unplug the speakers. I certain cases I need the external speakers. I picked up Durabrand USB powered speakers hoping that would solve it - NOT. It too has a USB for power and a jack for the back of the pc.
How can I have both headphones with mic and external speakers?

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Does your computer have front audio ports? If so, you can just plug it in there. Otherwise you need a single male 2 dual female converter to plug into the speaker port.

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