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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3 Ports on the side- Pink,Green,Black Pink Port is LineIn for an external device player jack
Green Port is LineIn for the Microphone jack Black Port is LineOut for Headset or External Speakers jack
Plug the Green jack on Headphone - into the Black Port on the laptop. b) Go to Control Panel and open - RealTek HD Audio manager On the top of Page are 3 Icons -
One Icon is labelled Speakers One is for Digital optics, one is for Mic, The Speakers Icon is misleading as it is also for Headphones (LineOut)
Select Speaker Icon and make it Default. Also tick Full Range - Front LR Ignore the 4 vertical Analog Icons on the right side.
You should now have Headphone sound if your volume is not Muted.
Click start control panel on the left select hardware and sound then select manage audio devices then recording you should see a microphone right click select enable windows 7
Click start control panel on the left select hardware and sound then select manage audio devices then recording you should see a microphone right click select configure speech recognition then you will see earphones with a speaker among a list set up a microphone headset with microphone then next and next again you should see your earphones with microphone being configured Click start control panel sounds and audio devices select advanced there might be a tick in the mute box untick it or select audio from the microphone drop down list make sure you have the right one selected and in the volume box make sure the microphone box has a tick in it or select the voice tab make sure that you have the right media selected also select volume make sure the box for microphone has a tick in it or you might have to depending on your operating system Click start Control Pannel Click on Hardware and Sound
Click on Sound then you devices should come up ; speakers, Digital Audio, and headphones
plug your headphones in then select headphones
at the bottom it will say set as default select that!!
then when you disconnect your headphones it automatically switches to the speakers and when you plug them back in it automatically will switch to headphones
Find and Try reinstalling Driver for onboard audio look in device manager and see if there is an exclamation mark next to your sound hardware, also there maybe an audio out jack on your vid card that has priority over your onboard since its hd
This is the normal way for this laptop ..leave it always with the headphones on selected in that list ..cause if the main speakers don't work well there is no point in using them ..This way you will run whatever yo will plug in ..speakers or headphones..The only setting difference in headphones and stereo out ..is that for headphones will but the speakers of the laptop when plugged in ..This way it will even help you if the speakers are making weird noises cause they are damaged ..
If you are using Windows, try going in the the Device or Hardware manager and removing the device. Then, look on the menu bar at the top to rescan for hardware changes. Sometimes this is the best option. I am assuming that the speakers work, but, I would plug in a set of headphones to be sure. Also, sounds dumb, but ensure that you are not plugging the speakers into the mic jack (microphone) or the line-out jack (low level output) instead of the headphone jack.
The mics are of two types: electrostatic(cheap and modern) and old-stiled "dynamic". Old souncards were automatically switching to the mics type. Modern soundcards have to be switched manually. In "sound properties" you first must check in that mic is turned on, mic volume in max and in all menues avd buttons find something like "mic amplifier boost"and turn it on. It's only non-standart mic tuning option in standart systems. All other problems in defects. Soundcards can be verifyed by so: (with maximal speaker and mic volume) many times plug in and plug out any reacheable mics and headphones to the mic connection nest (hole), and listen(or recording) resulting scratches. If scratches or other related sounds are abscend(only noise), soundcard is bad. The mic problem may be in "jack left-right interconnection". This useful thing may hang some improper cards. Also that cards often cannot work with dynamic type. And they very sensitive to a manufacturer, and model of mic. Problem may be also in configuring multimode speaker nests in 5_1(7.1) cards like REALTEC - the mic nest may be switched to the speaker output mode. Open Realtec's control center(in control panel or quicklaunch icon) and check in mic nest to "mic mode" or switch mode from 5.1 to stereo speakers.
You can get a set of speakers that has a headphone jack on front (it will shut off the speakers when headphones are in) or you can unplug the speakers and plug in the head phones. Some PCs have a red and green jack in front - plug in headphones to the green, you should have the speakers shut off till you unplug. All else fails they make a headphone/mic extender that sits like a hockey puck on the desk, has cables to the mic and speaker jacks on back of the PC and on the puck part has a jack for speakers, mic and headphone - some switched manually by you, some switch when the headphones plug in. If you had posted the model I could see if your machine has front red and green jacks.
If your headphones have a single plug you cannot plug these into a regular speaker connection or headphone connction and get mic and sound, you will need a headset that has 2 separate plugs (one for Mic and one for headphone) or a splitter you can get a radio shack. Most headsets have only one plug and there are connections for both the mic and the headphones on this plug, but the headphone connection on the computer has only connections for the headphone and therefore cannot detect the microphone.