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I was wondering if there is a "software" solution to automatically mute the laptop speakers when the headphones are "unplugged"?

OS : Windows XP SP3
Laptop : Dell Vostro 1510
Audio Drivers : RealTek

Please provide software solutions only. I don't want to buy any additional hardware to achieve this.

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Out of curiosity, why are you trying to do this? Don't most people want the opposite? – Mike Cooper Aug 29 '09 at 4:14
I like listening to music in the office, and sometimes the headphone wire gets unplugged accidentally. As a result, people around get disturbed. I want to avoid that. – Deepak Singh Rawat Aug 29 '09 at 7:51
I did find a software, but it is for MAC only – Deepak Singh Rawat Aug 29 '09 at 9:04

Try uninstalling your Vostro audio drivers and installing the generic Microsoft drivers. Microsoft's driver allows you to create multiple "audio profiles" which let you have different sound configurations depending on what audio devices are plugged in. You may also want to check if your current audio driver supports this feature first before making any changes.

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@ John T : Your solution works and I will use it as the last resort. But, I am looking for a piece of software that can provide me this functionality without me having to uninstall/reinstall drivers. Thank you for the quick response! – Deepak Singh Rawat Aug 28 '09 at 6:28
I'm pretty sure something like this (detecting hardware being removed) can only be handled at the driver level. I will take another look though. – John T Aug 28 '09 at 7:15
It's at the hardware level, but most modern hardware has that capability. In Vista and 7, you have separate profiles for headphones and speakers (you can configure the audio level separately, and it automatically detects when you've plugged your headphones in or out). – alex Aug 28 '09 at 7:52
I did find a software, but it is for MAC only :( – Deepak Singh Rawat Aug 28 '09 at 9:03
Hey John - I tried your workaround above (on my Lenovo Thinkpad T500 on Windows 7) but my Conexant drivers were just reinstalled by Windows Update and I couldn't find "generic microsoft drivers". I also couldn't find any mention of the "audio profiles" feature. Any idea where I can get ahold of those generic drivers? – Justin Grant Jun 2 '10 at 18:21

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