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Hiya, I've got an annoying issue with my earbuds and HP dm1 netbook - I get a mix of both left & right channels through both sides.
Like when playing a channel test that repeatedly says "left" and "right" in their respective stereo channels, I can hear both words through either earbud.

The weird thing is that the very same pair of earbuds work as expected when playing the same test file on my mp3 player instead, and there is no problem with the netbook either if I use the built in speakers or a different pair of earbuds.

What gives? I tried both MS generic drivers and the ones from HP's site, neither helps.

I recently repaired the problematic earbuds by soldering a new 3.5mm connector to the wires (old one broke), so I suppose the prime suspect in this case would be my soldering skills, which admittedly aren't super, and that I somehow shorted the left/right connections. But then why aren't the channels mixed when plugged into my mp3 player?

Edit: Another symptom that might help identify the problem - when playing videos/music, backgrounds stuff like sound effects and instruments are pretty clear albeit mixed, voices on the other hand sound kinda garbled and are reduced to whispers.
Edited by HothBase - 10/23/11 at 8:40am
 
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