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post #1 of 13
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I've got the sound card with the ridiculously long name in my sig rig. Since I'm forced to shut off the integrated audio when installing the card, the front panel audio jacks no longer work.

I know Creative sells that I/O panel that goes into a 5.25" bay (it's actually out of stock now, which makes me wonder if they're coming out with a different product), but I see no clean way of routing the cable from the panel to the back of the sound card...

I currently have my Klipsch Promedia 2.1 speakers and a Razer Carcharias (simply because of my BB employee discount) on the card; once in a while, I'll have to reach back and plug the headset directly into my speakers (for the sake of my sleeping roommates), which is a pain. The headset is obviously not a perfomer, so I'm considering grabbing a nicer pair for listening to music/games/etc.

Are there any workarounds for keeping the existing front panel jacks working?

P.S. Another thought came to mind as I wrote this. Is there any way to have my headset's headphone jacked plugged in along with my speakers so I can either simply switch outputs through software or just disable the one I'm not using (or even keep both active)? I tried toying with it, but I couldn't get it to work.

UPDATE:
Quote:
Originally Posted by EfemaN;12224599 
Wow...

I had originally only noticed the port for their special I/O panel... after noticing mother's link, I looked again and noticed the receded set of headers. doh.gif

Needless to say, I now have working front panel audio! I can now finally manipulate outputs using software. +rep!

However, I still prefer not having the cables running off the the front side of the case; I would still like to know if it's possible to run both the speakers and the headphones off of the rear ports without a splitter. If 4/5/7.1 works by simply connecting the speakers to the various 3.5mm ports on the back, shouldn't I be able to implement the headphones the same way?

Also, if it comes down to it, does anyone have a link for a good input switch like this one? I found that link off of some random forum a few minutes ago. Also, do they degrade sound quality like a splitter would?

Edited by EfemaN - 2/1/11 at 10:26am
post #2 of 13
why not use the rear audio ports of your sound card for your headphones and plug your speakers using a toslink cable and via the drivers manually switch between the two?
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Originally Posted by ohzer0;12207054 
why not use the rear audio ports of your sound card for your headphones and plug your speakers using a toslink cable and via the drivers manually switch between the two?

The Promedia 2.1 set doesn't have optical, otherwise I'd totally do that. I couldn't figure out how to make the multiple outputs work; they obviously must since there's support for 5.1/etc.
post #4 of 13
If that's the case you can possibly use a splitter for the audio and have sound playing through both the headphones and speakers simultaneously. This however degrades the sound quality/output because you are splitting the connection but it's worth a shot if you can't get the front audio to work properly.
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by ohzer0;12207139 
If that's the case you can possibly use a splitter for the audio and have sound playing through both the headphones and speakers simultaneously. This however degrades the sound quality/output because you are splitting the connection but it's worth a shot if you can't get the front audio to work properly.

That came to mind too, but I'm hoping I don't have to do that, for the reason you listed.

I'm hoping someone chimes in with config options for my card. I have a hard time believing that the card can't output to both the speakers and the headset at the same time. I figured it would work the same way as plugging in extra speakers for 5.1/7.1

Thanks for the help though. +rep
post #6 of 13
Does the X-Fi not have a front panel connector on it?

http://www.vistax64.com/sound-audio/226935-my-thoughts-creative-s-x-fi-titanium-fatal1ty-pro.html

I've tried to find the user manual for it to confirm, but it doesn't appear to exist online frown.gif
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post #7 of 13
You would think it would have a front panel header so you can plug your front ports to it. Check your manual. Unless of course, they make it so you have to purchase theirs. If so, the only other option you have is either a splitter, or switch.
post #8 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mother;12208206 
Does the X-Fi not have a front panel connector on it?

http://www.vistax64.com/sound-audio/226935-my-thoughts-creative-s-x-fi-titanium-fatal1ty-pro.html

I've tried to find the user manual for it to confirm, but it doesn't appear to exist online frown.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by ericld;12208374 
You would think it would have a front panel header so you can plug your front ports to it. Check your manual. Unless of course, they make it so you have to purchase theirs. If so, the only other option you have is either a splitter, or switch.

Wow...

I had originally only noticed the port for their special I/O panel... after noticing mother's link, I looked again and noticed the receded set of headers. doh.gif

Needless to say, I now have working front panel audio! I can now finally manipulate outputs using software. +rep!

However, I still prefer not having the cables running off the the front side of the case; I would still like to know if it's possible to run both the speakers and the headphones off of the rear ports without a splitter. If 4/5/7.1 works by simply connecting the speakers to the various 3.5mm ports on the back, shouldn't I be able to implement the headphones the same way?

Also, if it comes down to it, does anyone have a link for a good input switch like this one? I found that link off of some random forum a few minutes ago. Also, do they degrade sound quality like a splitter would?
post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by EfemaN;12224599 

However, I still prefer not having the cables running off the the front side of the case; I would still like to know if it's possible to run both the speakers and the headphones off of the rear ports without a splitter. If 4/5/7.1 works by simply connecting the speakers to the various 3.5mm ports on the back, shouldn't I be able to implement the headphones the same way?

Also, if it comes down to it, does anyone have a link for a good input switch like this one? I found that link off of some random forum a few minutes ago. Also, do they degrade sound quality like a splitter would?
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-Speaker-Headset-Audio-Switch/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_image_0"]Here[/ame] is something similar.
post #10 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ericld;12232877 
Here is something similar.

Good stuff! I'll have to keep that in mind. Would be nice to find one in black to match everything though...

I'm still looking for an answer to whether I can run both the speakers and the headphones off of the rear connectors.
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