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Audio Jack Problems (Dell Inspiron 15 3537, Windows 8.1)

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    Windows 8.1

    Audio Jack Problems (Dell Inspiron 15 3537, Windows 8.1)


    Hi, I have a problem with my front audio jack. The cause of this problem may or may not be the DAW reaper. I set my front headphone jack on my laptop as reapers input and the speakers on the laptop as its output. This did not work so I uninstalled the program. I tried to use my headphones but there is nothing. I uninstalled all the drivers for Realtek and reinstalled them. I have also tried system restores, 4 times. They keep failing regardless of whether Avast is off or not. The speakers work, and when the headphones get plugged in (they work on my phone and other PC's in the house perfectly fine), they are recognized by Dell Audio. The problem is, the only thing in the playback tab in sound (hidden or not) is speakers and a monitor I don't want to use. Can anyone help me diagnose the problem? I really want to use my headphones again.
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    Forever West
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    I set my front headphone jack on my laptop as reapers input and the speakers on the laptop as its output
    I have 3 Dell Inspiron 15 Notebooks [1 bought new and 2 resurrected] and have only the one Headphone jack on them.
    Maybe your device needs the Microphone jack for the input of audio instead of the Headphone/Speaker jack?
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    Windows 8.1


    Well, my laptop only has the one jack. When I plug in the headphones, it recognizes them, and asks what kind of device it is. I'm not sure how I could do what you said, as they are skull candy crushers, and I have used them and the mic through that one port for a long while (january)
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    Forever West
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    Your Inspiron must be newer than mine. Since the port is designed to use either a headphone or a microphone it may not be possible to use a Y-cable and separate the devices plugged into it but I would wonder about the use of a headphone that includes a microphone, have only seen those that use both jacks.
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    Windows 8.1


    Mines a mid 2013 model. There is no need for splitting the cable as it only needs one input... The mic and headphones have worked perfectly until now. Any suggestions that could be of any use?
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    I have a recording studio. If you want to use it for recording I would seriously consider a USB connected recording interface unit and not the PC audio, which makes a poor recording device. The problem could also be Reaper and how its configured. I don't use Reaper, I use Sonar so I know nothing about how to configure it.
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    Windows 8.1


    I know that USB is better, i just wanted to try this. Now does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?
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