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"The front panel audio header on an Intel® Desktop Board lets you connect to a front panel audio module built into a system chassis. This document describes the header pin-out configuration for connecting a chassis with Intel® High Definition Audio (HD Audio) or AC'97 audio. Note
HD Audio headers are pin-compatible with AC'97 chassis and connectors.
Pin 1 Left MIC-IN Pin 1 right GROUND Pin 2 Left MIC VVC (or MIC Power, or MIC BIAS) Pin 2 Right empty Pin 3 Left R EAR (or R OUT) Pin 3 Right R RETURN Pin 4 Ground or Empty Pin 4 Right empty Pin 5 Left L EAR (or L OUT) Pin 5 Right L RETURN
This arrangement should apply to both the HD AA/FP or the Standard AC'97 Headers.
The Picture below shows you the locations of the places to put those wires are in relation to your motherboard. In yellow is the power switch and such. and the audio connection is in red.
The Pin layout for the power and other connector are as follows:
the layout for the audio header is as follows:
To install the cable that connects a front panel audio solution to the front panel audio header,
follow these steps:
Turn off all peripheral devices connected to the computer. Turn off the computer and disconnect the AC power cord.
Locate the front panel audio header (J8A1).
Remove the three jumpers from the header (this disables the back panel audio connectors).
Install a correctly keyed and shielded front panel audio cable.
Connect the audio cable to the front panel audio solution.
To restore back panel operations
follow these steps:
1. Remove the front panel audio cable.
2. Install a jumper on pins 5-6 (rear R channel).
3. Install a jumper on pins 9-10 (rear L channel).
4. Install a jumper on pins 1-2 (mic).
5. Replace the cover.
Open up your case.
You should see cables running from the front panel to the motherboard. On the motherboard you will see a multi-pin connector. What is your exact ASUS motherboard model? Here's a generic ASUS one. You will see this on the motherboard where the front panel connects to the board. A bunch of pins will terminate here.
Notice the pin labelled MIC. You will see GND etched on the motherboard. Use this to orient yourself. The Mic one is just below the GND pin. Connect it here. Notice the entire top row is devoted to FP_Audio or Front panel Audio. There are other places to connect it (e.g., if you just want stereo sound, there's a left and right FP_R and FP_L).
Move the mic connector over to the Mic pin if there is one. If not, you can get a cable at your local computer supply shop. As you can tell from the others, they are very basic wires with simple terminals.
close to the back panel of the mainboard, below the back i/o connectors and 3.5mm audio jacks.
You need to remove the two jumpers from the pins, this is where you connect the front panel audio connector, if your case has each wire separate. then please look at this webpage http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-015851.htm look at the part "For AC97 Front Panel Audio" PIN 1 should read MIC. If not, then scroll down, you are reading the wrong part of the page.
the connector is marked F_audio and it is located directly behind the rear facing audio jacks. should be only one plug either marked "hd audio" OR "ac97 audio". some cases are setup for either, but you only need one of them depending on what your motherboard supports.
11) F_AUDIO (Front Audio Connector)
This connector supports either HD (High Definition) or AC97 front panel audio module. If you wish
to use the front audio function, connect the front panel audio module to this connector. Check the pin
assignments carefully while you connect the front panel audio module. Incorrect connection
between the module and connector will make the audio device unable to work or even damage it.
For optional front panel audio module, please contact your chassis manufacturer.
By default, the audio driver is configured to support HD Audio. To connect an AC97 front panel
audio module to this connector, please refer to the instructions on page 72 about the software
Pin No. Definition
3 MIC Power
5 Line Out (R)
8 No Pin
9 Line Out (L)
Pin No. Definition
8 No Pin
The front 3mm ports are for mic input / headphones output. The pin connectors are as follows. You need to use the JAudio header, which are in the lower-right corner of the motherboard closest to the front of the case when it's installed.
This header has 14 pins, and allows user to connect the front audio out put cable with the PC front panel. It will disable the output on back panel audio connectors. Within this header, pin 1 is in the lower left corner, and pin 14 is in the upper right corner, like this:
2 ... ... ... 14 1 ... .. ... 13
The pinouts are:
1 Mic in/center 2 Ground 3 Mic power/Bass 4 Audio power 5 Right line out/Speaker out Right 6 Right line out/Speaker out Right 7 Reserved 8 Key 9 Left line out/Speaker out Left 10 Left line out/Speaker out Left 11 Right line in/Rear speaker Right 12 Right line in/Rear speaker Right 13 Left line in/Rear speaker Left 14 Left line in/Rear speaker Left
Are there FRONT audio jacks you are trying to connect your headphones/mic ?
Dit it work before ?
First install all (incl. audio) drivers and try to get audio from BACK connectors (Green is speakers/headphones, Pink is Mic.)
If it workson on REAR, but not on FRONT connectors, check if you have another icon for AUDIO settings in Control panel and try to set FRONT audio settings.
Check if FRONT audio connectors are connected to your motherboard.
Audio Ports These audio connectors are used for audio devices. You can differentiate the color of the audio jacks for different audio sound effects. Line-In (Blue) - Line In, is used for external CD player, tapeplayer or other audio devices. Line-Out (Green) - Line Out, is a connector for speakers or headphones. Mic (Pink) - Mic, is a connector for microphones. RS-Out (Black) - Rear-Surround Out in 4/ 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode. CS-Out (Orange or Yellow) - Center/ Subwoofer Out in 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode. SS-Out (Gray) - Side-Surround Out 7.1 channel mode.