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Hans Moleman Feb 08, 2006, 02:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Why is it that with every motherboard I see if you connect the front audio ports to the motherboard it disables the rear audio ports? There are crappy compaqs and emachines that allow you to use both front and rear audio without ever having to open the case. Why are 6 year old Compaqs able to do this and yet brand new motherboards from companies like MSI and ABIT can't?


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Dr. Peaceful Feb 08, 2006, 06:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Front and Rear Audio ports
Cost saving perhaps. Just like some USB and/or IEEE 1394 PCI cards, can only use front or rear ports, not both.

Mat Nairb Feb 08, 2006, 08:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Front and Rear Audio ports
Not every mobo has that problem, my Asus board works fine. Would headphones with a USB connection work?

G. G. Feb 08, 2006, 08:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Front and Rear Audio ports
Hans,

I have a Gigabyte Intel motherboard and using the onboard audio. The front audio port on my case works with headphones and when I hook the headphones to the rear port it works too. Just as my USB ports on the front of the case and on the rear panel works.

or are you talking about working both at the same time ???

I have a Abit motherboard too but cant verify that for you because I am using a Audigy 2 sound card from the get go and the onboard sound is disabled.

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Michael Paladin Feb 09, 2006, 07:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Front and Rear Audio ports
There are a number of mobos where you can have front and rear sound outputs running together. I have my speakers set up from the rear, and headphone mic in the front of most of my machines. Check the specs of the motherboard before you buy, and make it a term of purchase with the supplier. I have a Gigabyte board that will only enable the front or rear outputs, and I was not best happy when I discovered it.

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