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I just got my X-fi today. there some connectors on the card that i'm not sure about.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...eries+-+Retail

Like the power connector and other ones, Do i need to connect them? also, my case has the mic/phone jack. and i connected it to my mobo. I think I need to connect to the card, and if so which connector?
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you learned the hard way like me. SoundBlaster cards have a proprietary connector for the front audio jacks. your standard HD Audio connector from your case won't fit on your sound card. you can google the problem and see that some people made their own ghetto wire connectors to attach them to the SoundBlaster, but the best thing to do is learn form your mistake and never buy a SB again.

i heard Y splitters lower the sound quality/power, so i actually have to unplug my front speakers and plug my headphones in every time i game. i hate it.

EDIT: if it isn't too late to just return it, check these sound cards out. they have standard connectors and outstanding reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ption=HT+Omega

PS don't worry about any power connectors. it gets its power from the PCI slot.
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Originally Posted by MrBungle View Post
you learned the hard way like me. SoundBlaster cards have a proprietary connector for the front audio jacks. your standard HD Audio connector from your case won't fit on your sound card. you can google the problem and see that some people made their own ghetto wire connectors to attach them to the SoundBlaster, but the best thing to do is learn form your mistake and never buy a SB again.

i heard Y splitters lower the sound quality/power, so i actually have to unplug my front speakers and plug my headphones in every time i game. i hate it.

EDIT: if it isn't too late to just return it, check these sound cards out. they have standard connectors and outstanding reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ption=HT+Omega

PS don't worry about any power connectors. it gets its power from the PCI slot.
What are the other connectors? And i dont plan on using headphone jacks from my case. Im just gona use my 5.1 speakers. So can I just plug it in and use my speakers? or would there be a problem?
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The other connectors are for the 5.25 bay audio input bay. It has midi connectors, SPDIF, coaxial, stereo jack connectors. It allows for musical instruments to be connected to your machine. The auxilary connector is for the CD audio.
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if you don't use the front panel connectors, you're fine. i have a 5.1 speaker setup and it sounds great. loud, clear sound. i'm just angry that they intentionally put proprietary connectors on it. you don't have to worry about connecting anything to your sound card if you don't have a SB front panel.
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if you don't use the front panel connectors, you're fine. i have a 5.1 speaker setup and it sounds great. loud, clear sound. i'm just angry that they intentionally put proprietary connectors on it. you don't have to worry about connecting anything to your sound card if you don't have a SB front panel.
well, that proprietary connectors is the headphone jack right? I dont have the 5.25 drive bay and dont plan on getting it. and isnt there a headphone jack on the card's back? so i can use that one right? thanks for clearing things up guys. rep+ later.
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well, that proprietary connectors is the headphone jack right? I dont have the 5.25 drive bay and dont plan on getting it. and isnt there a headphone jack on the card's back? so i can use that one right? thanks for clearing things up guys. rep+ later.
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well, that proprietary connectors is the headphone jack right? I dont have the 5.25 drive bay and dont plan on getting it. and isnt there a headphone jack on the card's back? so i can use that one right?

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uhh, i have 5.1 speakers and headphones i use for gaming. maybe i'm just being stupid, but i actually have to unplug my front speakers to plug in my headphones. i hate it.

i've heard you can set it up so that your onboard audio will run certain programs and your SB runs others, but i don't know of any way to make it work the way it should - especially when you consider what we all paid for our SBs. my advice to you - return the SB and get an Omega.
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cant you just plug your headphones in your speakers...? -_-'
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uhh, i have 5.1 speakers and headphones i use for gaming. maybe i'm just being stupid, but i actually have to unplug my front speakers to plug in my headphones. i hate it.

i've heard you can set it up so that your onboard audio will run certain programs and your SB runs others, but i don't know of any way to make it work the way it should - especially when you consider what we all paid for our SBs. my advice to you - return the SB and get an Omega.
ooh, i got my SB OEM for $45, so its not that much. as long as my 5.1 speaks works im fine. so from what u guys said, i can use my 5.1 speakers and the connectors from the card are mainly for the 5.25in drive bay add-on, which im wont be getting. As for the proprietary connector, the back of the card has a mic jack, and i can plug in to my speakers if i need to use headphone. So I can I will be fine
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