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Playback audio through both inbuilt and external speakers.

  1. #11


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    The installer prompted me to follow all of the above steps, in that order, and I did. So I'm not sure what's going on...

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  2. #12


    There are cases of specific hardware not allowing some options. For example, some PC vendors do not allow the users to set the Stereo Mix as the default recording device (a concession to DRM (Digital Rights Management). This sounds like something Dell may have done.

    Suggest you repost this on the Dell Laptop forum and see what they say there. I've been gone from the Dell forums for several years and not up on the latest Dell models and what their options.
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/
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  3. #13


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    Ok thanks. I will do that and will post here if I get an answer. Thank you for your help!
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  4. #14


    Forever West
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    Something I didn't see mentioned on this subject is the physical action of plugging in speakers or headset that automatically disables the onboard/built-in speakers. Have seen that on most Notebooks but did see a Notebook the other day that had 2 headphone jacks, presumably for sharing music being played. In most cases using a splitter/Y-cable would help in using external speakers plus headset.
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  5. #15


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    Hi Berton, thanks for your concern but I have a splitter which I would use if I had speakers. What I want to do is play music through both plugged in headphones and built in laptop speakers (as they are the only speakers that I have). However, as I did mention in my original post, when I plug in headphones, sound automatically plays through them and not though the built in speakers.
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  6. #16


    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    when I plug in headphones, sound automatically plays through them and not though the built in speakers
    What you described is perfectly correct. It's the way the headset socket is made, push a plug in it and the built-in speakers get disabled. There's nothing one can do about that as it's all part of the motherboard. One thing you might look at is Bluetooth speakers if your Notebook has the Bluetooth Wireless adapter, usually part of the Wi-Fi adapter. There are some speaker sets that have a headset jack but it functions the same way as the headset jack on a Notebook.
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  7. #17


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    It can't be the way the socket is made. According to fireberd there is an option to change it on his/her PC
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  8. #18


    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Then you will need to contact the maker of your Notebook to ask how to do it with your particular model. I have a number of Notebooks I've resurrected plus a couple of I've bought and they all work the same way, the brands are Dell, HP, Gateway, ASUS, Acer, Panasonic and Toshiba. My Netbook and Tablets work the same. Can't say what the PC you referred to can do, see no information about it.
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  9. #19


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    According to a man on the Dell forum Dell laptops do not have a Realtek Audio Manager. Instead you get a Dell Audio Manager that seems to be based on the Realtek Manager but is much less useful. He says as far as he knows there is no way to do what I want.
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  10. #20


    That's what I suspected. Sorry to hear that it can't be user modified like the regular RealTek HD Audio Manager panel.

    But, thanks for the feedback and info. I'll keep it in mind if someone with a Dell posts about this again.
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