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Does anyone know where to track down a X-Fi front panel connector that matches up to the Intel HD/AZALIA spec?

I have a front panel that has the Intel HD/AZALIA connector, however the X-Fi has that proprietary connector on the card (I'm still kinda fuming about that, since it seems to be a "money grab" by Creative to sell more input panels for their already expensive sound card.)

I've tried to get one from 2 sources now and both flaked out on me. I've tried to order the parts myself to make one yet there is one part that is critical to the build that is currently out of stock at Mouser.com.

Can anyone help? Thanks.
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Front panel connections will sound like crap. More than likely you'll either get the 60Hz hum or interference from your mouse or both. A better solution if you need to connect headphones and speakers is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826265015
    
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i think performance pcs sells them.

They are easy to make (if you can get it to work) and cheap to build... but I never got one to work fully and allow both mic in and audio out... it was one or the other as I recall.
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Front panel connections will sound like crap. More than likely you'll either get the 60Hz hum or interference from your mouse or both. A better solution if you need to connect headphones and speakers is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826265015
Thank you for the suggestion, I may have to look at that one.

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Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
i think performance pcs sells them.

They are easy to make (if you can get it to work) and cheap to build... but I never got one to work fully and allow both mic in and audio out... it was one or the other as I recall.
Performance PCs only sells an AC97 adapter for the X-Fi. They do not sell one that conforms to the Intel HD/AZALIA specification.

As far as building one on my own, for some odd reason, one of the parts you need to build it is currently out of stock everywhere I've searched. Pretty much that has been really frustrating to say the least.
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Heres a tutorial for making the cable:
http://audigy2zshowto.blogspot.com/2...troy-your.html


The only problem with this is that it the back panel speakers won't mute when you plug in the headphones and the microphone port does not work. But I'm sure someone one this forum knows how to fix that.


Also,I think somewhere in the comments someone said that the adapter you get from Performance PCs will work with the HD connectors, but I'm not sure about it.


Edit: That comment is the second to last comment on the blog
Edited by xXDarkenSoulXx - 6/25/08 at 7:22pm
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Old, old thread. But comes up 1st when you google X-fi front panel adapter. I was thinking of getting X-Fi titanium which has HD-audio connector but the dang things cost 80 euros. So lets make a cable for my old X-fi Xtrememusic.

1st of all, you cannot make simple cable between HD audio front panel connector and X-fi, it won't work. There's 2.5V available on the X-fi audio connector which is not enough for mic. There's also 3.3V but it's just not enoguh, even with max gain you're barely audible. I suspect the very very expensive creative front panel does have SMPS circuit which makes +5V from 3.3V or 2.5V.

Not to despair, you can get the necessary 5V bias from either AD_EXT connector or from the motherboard from USB or PC speaker connectors. I think getting the voltage from AD_EXT is more elegant as it's actually on the same card, pinout is here.

Here's the correct pinout for HD audio plug
X-fi HD
1 - 2
2 - 9
3 - 6
4 - 5
5 - 10
6 - 1

And the external wire from AD_EXT pin #1 +5v goes to HD audio pin # 3.

Unless you have access to good tools and some experience with crimping etc it might be more reasonable just to go out and buy dirt cheap OEM audigy which takes HD audio connector as-is. rolleyes.gif

If you're EE like me with a whole electronics lab at work and who can include the needed parts with other component purchase, maybe it's worth the effort.. tongue.gif
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