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So before, my headphones weren't working with the front mic and headphone ports. So I installed the latest drivers for the audio. That fixed the headphones not working, so now they work. But as soon as I plug in mic in, all sound goes back to the speakers, almost like it shorts out. It worked perfectly on my other PC. I even tried putting the mic and headphones in the back plugs on the motherboard, and even then I didn't get any reading from my mic when testing it in CS:S. Maybe the mic is bad, I'm not quite sure. Got any ideas?
Either your drivers are not working, or your mic is defect.
Since you said it was working with your previous PC it's probably the drivers.

I Guess you have onboard sound. If you should try to reinstall the drivers just let windows download their driver package (If you are Win7), and do not install drivers from the CD, but the manufacturer Website. Dedicated sound cards from creative sometimes have the problem that the drivers from the CD are a bit wonky. Don't forget to uninstall the old driver first.
Make sure to use the right connectors and always try the back plugs, too. The connectors on your Case might have some faults itself.

Also make sure you use the right settings. Look into your system configuration under "Recording Devices". Somewhere in between there is an option to use the audio port as a player. Maybe the box is checked and your system tries to play whatever you are plugging in through your speakers that are probably configured as your standard output device.
I figured it out. The Realtek HD audio drivers were giving me the trouble. I uninstalled those, and now it works beautifully.

EDIT: Nevermind, still does it. Its onboard sound by the way. So when I have the headset plugged in, sound plays through the headset, but as soon as I plug in the mic, sound goes through both the headset and speakers. And other times it kind of spazzes out depending on the game, and can't decide wether or not to play through the speakers or headset. So it becomes glitchy, and you can see in the device playback screen it is jumping back and forth about 2-3 times a second.

And the RealTek drivers screw with my system so bad. It works worse then the default Windows audio. Would you just recommend getting a PCI Audio Card?
Considering how cheap they are, probably.
Maybe the input jack is broken and has a slack joint.
(06-16-2012, 07:24 PM)Kaid Wrote: [ -> ]Considering how cheap they are, probably.
Maybe the input jack is broken and has a slack joint.

Thats what I was thinking. Hmm, might have to order one.

Quote:The different signal assignments can cause trouble when AC'97 front panel dongles are used with HDA motherboards and vice versa. A loud audio passage may make the HDA motherboard with AC'97 dongle believe that headphones and microphones being plugged and unplugged hundreds of times per second. An AC'97 motherboard with an HDA dongle will route the 5 V audio supply (silence) to the speakers instead of the desired audio.

This is what I found while looking up Intel HD Audio on Wikipedia. This is exactly my problem, except it does it when the HD audio plug is plugged into the HD Audio port on my motherboard. But it doesn't do it all the time. Sometimes it just works, and other times it does that.

So you uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers and the problem is your front panel?
Have you checked the connectors leading from your mobo to the front panel?
(06-19-2012, 04:25 PM)Kaid Wrote: [ -> ]So you uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers and the problem is your front panel?
Have you checked the connectors leading from your mobo to the front panel?

I uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers a few times, just to see if maybe the installation was bad. Didn't solve anything. I'm seriously wondering if its my board. Cause when I plug in my headset to the back plugs on my motherboard, nothing happens at all. Sound just stays in the speakers. Yep, I also checked the connectors they are all in place and nothing is loose. Might have to RMA this board or something.

Just tried the headset on out laptop and it works just fine, i can plug it in and out with out the sound going to the speakers. So its not the headset.
I'd RMA the board. One last thing might be to check the bios. Cause if nothing happens with the back plug it sounds like you disabled the Realtek Audio. There is an option for both the intel and realtek one in the bios.
I disabled the Realtek, too, cause I planned on using the Intel HD audio. But I got a soundcard anyway. xD
one other troubleshooting method if you havent already, disconnect the front panel dongle from your motherboard and see if the rear motherboard outputs work after. that will eliminate a possible short or ground to the front panel audio connectors.