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Old 12-25-2010, 01:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Can I use the front computer case for my headphones(onboard audio), and a sound card for my speakers?

I have a sound blaster sound card that is just laying around because I have my on-board audio, which means I cant use my front case jacks if I use the sound card (doesn't connect with my sound card). Is it true that if I have my sound card in with its drivers and don't disable my on-board, I can plug my mic into the front and talk/get audio and have my speakers hooked up to the sound card? Doesn't have to be at the same time, just separate would even be fine. Just wondering before I pop this in and install drivers etc..

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With my Sound Blaster I could use onboard and the card so you should be fine.
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Don't most sound cards have their own front port pin outs? So you wouldn't need it?
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It should have headers like MoM was saying. Whenever you plug in your headphones it will cut off sound to your speakers (normally). Using onboard sound along with a sound card is just... wrong.
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There is no where for me to plug the case jacks into that fits besides my motherboard. Here is a pic of the card I have, wouldn't I have to plug the stuff into that white part on the top right? Doesn't fit.
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You need one of these, but I'm not sure which. They look to do the same thing, but the more expensive one is specific while the other is generic.

Creative Labs X-Fi/Audigy Sound Card to Front Case Port Adapter Cable Products Model: SB-FP-AC97 [SB-FP-AC97] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

Internal AC-97 Audio Cable Extension Products Model: INT-AC97-EXT [INT-AC97-EXT] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come
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ohhhhhhh. The first one looked like it would work. But honestly.... I don't even think Ill use the sound card. Not worth the trouble. Its nothing fancy, just a sound blaster audigy $50 card... plus I only have 2 speakers with a sub for my sound system. Thanks for the help though!
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