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Hey.

I'm currently using my front mic/headphone jack to listen to music or chat. I can't connect it through the motherboard's back I/O panel due to the cord of my earphones not being long enough.

When using the front mic/headphone jacks, I always hear static and the sound isn't really loud. I hear the buzz from the mouse moving and noise when I try to scroll through windows/AIM chat boxes. It's not the mouse physically or the scroll wheel, but it's coming through my earphones. It's really annoying.

When I plug the headphones into the jacks from the back of the mobo, the sound is louder and clearer. The static,buzz, or interference is gone and it's how it should be imo. I can't use the jacks on the mobo's I/O panel on a daily basis due to distance between me and the connectors being a problem.

Question:
1) Is the buzzing from the mouse moving and low volume/crappy audio when playing music due to the front audio connector on my Centurion 5 or is it because of a bad front audio header on the motherboard?

2) Is there anyway to fix this? I really don't like the buzz coming from moving a mouse. Also, the buzzings/weird electrical noise transmits to my headphones when I run ATI tools due to the timer/stock watch running when using the Artifact Scanner tool.

Thanks for reading.
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This is normal when using the front panel. The only way to fix this is to buy a Plantronics Audio switch or a get an extension cord to connect to the back.
    
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This is normal when using the front panel. The only way to fix this is to buy a Plantronics Audio switch or a get an extension cord to connect to the back.
Oh, the Plantronics Audio Switch is like an extension cord from the looks of it on Newegg.
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Well if you use speakers it makes it easier to easily switch to headphones without having to disconnect the speakers.
    
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post #5 of 6
Ditto on the Plantronics switch. I use one. Very handy little gadget, doesn't degrade sound quality like splitters can.
    
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Well if you use speakers it makes it easier to easily switch to headphones without having to disconnect the speakers.
I use earphones only since I don't have any working speakers. The ones I originally had seem to be broken somehow.
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