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Connecting my headphones to the rear line-out jack

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Hello, I'm hoping you can help me with this.
My computer doesn't have a front audio jack for headphones. I can only plug audio playback devices in the rear line-out panel.
Windows thinks I do have a front headphone jack, so naturally when I plug my headphones to the rear line-out it recognizes them as speakers.
It does work, but the volume is way too high - I need to set the volume on 10 for the sound to be bearable.
I tried installing Realtek but even when I selected "headphones" when I plugged them in, Windows still recognized them as speakers and the volume was very high.

So, how can I connect my headphones to the line-out jack, without the volume being so high?
Is there a way to set the rear line-out jack as a front audio jack (switch between them), Or to somehow make my PC recognize the headphones?

Thanks smile.gif
Edited by rmadlal - 3/15/13 at 2:54pm
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What jacks do you have on your motherboard? I don't recall ever seeing a case with no front audio (well, some atom all-in-ones, maybe), but I suppose I've never looked for one either.

What motherboard do you have? It should he possible to switch the line out to a speaker/headphone out (most line out jacks on motherboard and lower sound cards can do this) somewhere in the sound control panel.

My thought is that you might have 3 jacks on the back, green, red, and black (this seems to be the most common combination I've seen). You'd want to plug them into the green one if the jack itself is not switchable in the control panel.
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Control Panel - Sounds - Configure the properties of your playback device?
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Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post

What jacks do you have on your motherboard? I don't recall ever seeing a case with no front audio (well, some atom all-in-ones, maybe), but I suppose I've never looked for one either.

What motherboard do you have? It should he possible to switch the line out to a speaker/headphone out (most line out jacks on motherboard and lower sound cards can do this) somewhere in the sound control panel.

My thought is that you might have 3 jacks on the back, green, red, and black (this seems to be the most common combination I've seen). You'd want to plug them into the green one if the jack itself is not switchable in the control panel.
I can't find an option to switch the jacks in the control panel...
And yeah of course I'm plugging it in the green one, that's the line-out... that's the issue
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I can't find an option to switch the jacks in the control panel...
And yeah of course I'm plugging it in the green one, that's the line-out... that's the issue

Asus Xonar DG PCI sound card ($30) will fix your problems, might even make the headphones sound better.
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Asus Xonar DG PCI sound card ($30) will fix your problems, might even make the headphones sound better.
Yep, this looks like a solution. Thanks!
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