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Is it worth it to plug in the audio port in the back of a CD-RW or DVD-RW into the mobo?

I have never dont it before and wondered if it made any difference?

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Purely personal preference. If you dont have front audio ports on your case than maybe you could find a use for them... My pc is up on a desk so its sideways with the back close to my reach so I dont use front ports...
    
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I am talking about the ports in the back of the cdrom ....next to where the IDE and power plugs go....
    
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Like I said, not necessary.
    
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post #5 of 11
they are useful for playing music in the drive without opening a mediaplayer, so it goes from the drive straight to the sound card just like a stereo system
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post #6 of 11
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I may hook it up for fun....since I havent ever used those ports before.
    
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Do you have eject and play/skip buttons on the drive
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Do you have eject and play/skip buttons on the drive
Just eject......so I am guessing then the hook ups are useless?
    
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It may work but im not sure I haven't had the cable hooked up for a long time
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post #10 of 11
Dont.

The ports are a leftover, thats all - back in the early days of computer sound, they were required to play audio, otherwise your old Pentium 1 would be at capacity just taking data from the IDE controler to the sound card. It also allowed other sounds to play at the same time, mixing in analog, as early cards had only one channel and no software mixing.

At this point, the analog port should be on its way out. And sure enough, it is... slowly. The correct way to play audio CDs now is to read the disc through the ATAPI interface, take the data and feed it into the much higher-quality DAC on the sound card. This is what all even semi-modern media players will do.

So just leave the analog cable off. Unless you have your system *horribly* misconfigured, it wouldn't be used anyway.
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