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I recently built a new computer, new motherboard and new case. The case is a Corsair Obsidian 800D and the motherboard is a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3. Everything works great, except for the front panel audio. It doesn't appear that I have any detection on the front panel at all.

Is there a tool I can use to rule out the audio header on the motherboard? Is there a tool that can help me determine if the front panel might be damaged?

I am using the front panel HDA header. I have installed the Realtek driver multiple times. I am not sure if there is a BIOS setting I need to change, I couldn't find one.

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You could presumably use a bare 3.5 mm connector or a 3.5mm -> something else connector and a multimeter to check continuity between the panel end and the motherboard ends of the connector.

Not sure about the header - double check the orientation of the connectors, ensure everything is in properly and so on. I'd suggest checking with a known good case to check the front panel headers if possible to rule out the motherboard - its annoying but its the best way to be sure

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I really wanted to avoid using a spare case. If I had a broken one handy, ripping the front panel out may have worked out. Thanks for the multimeter suggestion though, somehow I didn't think of that. Do you know of a guide with a pinout to jack layout? – IslandCow Sep 23 '11 at 16:30
Well, a spare case is really the 'easiest' option. I do believe the layouts are standard since everything on google image looks the same. – Journeyman Geek Sep 24 '11 at 3:12
Thanks, I'll do that. Really hope its the motherboard . . . – IslandCow Sep 26 '11 at 15:28

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