A computer device for inputting and outputting audio.

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Windows 8 won't output stereo sound

I have two sets of stereo speakers. Speakers on my desk and a pair of headphones. The speakers are connected to a port on the back and the headphones are connected to a USB port on the front. ...
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Is it a good idea to get a sound card for gaming/listening to music/watching movies/etc? [closed]

The title is quite self-explanatory so I'll end with the fact that I don't have any special speakers that are of 'high quality'. But I do have a headset worth $50 that sounds really nice, so if I were ...
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Creative sound blaster Z windows 10 5.1 volume control

So I just bought this sound card Creative Sound Blaster Z. Connected it via optical cable to Logitech Z906. Installed latest drivers from their web page, enabled encoding to dts and it works, my ...
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Creative Recon3D Fatal1ty no longer working on Windows 7

When building my Digital Audio Workstation three years ago, I chose a Creative Recon3D Fatal1ty sound card. It's worked just fine until the past few months, during which time it has begun having ...
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What is using my sound card?

A couple weeks ago my speakers stopped working. When I reboot, they work perfectly. But eventually some mysterious, and I suspect nefarious, piece of software takes control. (On a related note, ...
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No audio device detected on new sound card

I bought a new sound card because my built in sound card did not function. When I open YouTube, Media Player or anything that can create a sound my computer will hang up and sometimes when I start my ...
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How can I remove the option to eject PCI device from the Windows 10 tray icon?

My ASUS Xonar Essence STX soundcard keeps showing up under the safely remove hardware tray icon in Windows 10 x64. If I 'eject' the device my soundcard stops working. The device that Windows 10 ...
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No sound after putting the laptop to sleep or hibernate

I have a Lenovo running Win7-x64 (SP1), and after I put my laptop to sleep or hibernate, the computer won't play any sound after I wake it. The really strange part is that if I put the computer back ...
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Crackling Audio issues on LACK of CPU load

I have been trying to track down an intermittent crackling audio issue for YEARS now to no avail. I've checked DPC, memory pagefiles, etc... back when I was running Win7 -- which also had the issue ...
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How can I play some audio through speakers, and some through headset?

Is there a setting so that I can choose to have one program play sound through the speakers, and one program play sound through a headset? This question is related to How do you enable speaker ...
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Input Audio from TV to GPU via HDMI's ARC Technology then Output to Speakers Connected to a STX

Reason: I noticed 4 devices on the "recording" section of program I am using. Screenshot of NVidia AUX input connectors. I want to be able to access these hopefully to pass audio back from my TV to ...
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How do I set the default soundcard for the root user?

I am running raspbian Jessie on my raspi 2. I have an external usb soundcard for my pi. I set it as the default card simply by going to Menu->preferences->Audio Device Settings. This works as ...
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Connecting a smartlav+ microphone to a computer through a sound card adapter

I am trying to connect a smartlav+ microphone to a computer. When connecting the mic directly to the computer or to a mobile phone using the audio jack, the mic records perfectly. When trying to use ...
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Sound Blaster 5.1 VX, line in and mic issues

I have a Sound Blaster 5.1 VX audio card. The card has one 3.5 jack for audio ingress that is used both for mic in and line in. I need to use it as mic in but I can't find a way to tell the audio ...
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Headphone volume is way too loud in windows 10 even with an external usb sound card

I have a pair of Bose QC2 headphones and the volume is WAY too loud in windows on all jacks: I have tried the following jacks: speaker out on back of motherboard headphone out external USB sound ...
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I have several jack plugs with different colors, can I change some to output the same thing that green outputs, without a splitter?

I want to use 3 devices to output sound, I already have ear plugs and speakers, but I also have a headset (I use the ear plugs for online gaming since the high frequencies are better). I see that on ...
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What utility can set the sample rate of a sound card in Windows on the command line?

What Windows command line utility can change the default sample rate and bit depth of a sound card? Picture below of Windows GUI where one changes default sample rate and bit depth
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Getting multiple simultaneous audio outputs from a computer

Brief: My laptop has a 3.5mm audio output jack and I've attached 2 usb sound cards to it. This would avail 3 playback devices on the computer. Is there a way (with any OS - windows/ubuntu/mac) that ...
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random popping sound from subwoofer even when muted or booting; audio sometimes cuts out; headphones still work

I dual boot Ubuntu 15 and Windows 10, and I have been having audio issues for a couple of weeks now in both OSs and even sometimes during boot before either OS starts. My laptop's subwoofer makes a ...
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Macbook Pro Retina 15-inch stuttering sound when high CPU usage

I have Boot Camp on my rMBP 15-inch, running Windows 8.1. I usually have Spotify running in the background when I work. Recently, I notice whenever my CPU usage is high (>80%), the music is stuttering ...
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Headphones don't work until after laptop awakens from hibernation

I'm running Windows 10. Headphone sound only works after the PC awakes from hibernation. All drivers installed, windows update run. In Sound Playback there's no headphones, however Realtek HD Audio ...
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Win 10 Realtek sound disappears in seconds after PC reboot

I have a Win 10 workstation with Realtek sound card along with Nvidia 980M - they both recognized as sound devices in my Device Manager. I'm not getting sound out of the headphones. If I reinstall ...
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Audio output soundcard and video card

So I'm running the ATI 4870x2 and from this with a DVI to HDMI adapter I have audio and video going to my tv - which feeds through to my amp and speakers. This is wonderful and I couldn't be happier, ...
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HDMI with ATI graphics and MB sound. Discrete sound card have any value?

Two questions: With ATI video cards and HDMI, how much sound processing is handled my the video card itself? Would a discrete sound card using the same HDMI setup have any noticeable effect on ...
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Hiden low-quality mic through Realtek Stereo Mix?

It all started when I was experimenting with Raspberry Pi 2 as a FM transmitter. I was pumping sounds from my PC via stereo mix, broadcasting it to server. All was fine, but then i just shouted and I ...
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Can I install Realtek Audio Codec in my laptop Dell Vostro 2420, with no Realkek Soundcard chipset

I have a Dell Vostro 2420 laptop, with Cirrus HD Audio (driver installed). I feel the music quality in my laptop is so bad. I want to improve it by install Realtek audio codec. Can I install it in a ...
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Headless Dell PC no Audio Output

I have a basic Dell tower that is in my closet connected to a NAS which acts as a media server. I have a 3.5 mm cable from the headphones jack to my whole home audio system. Without a monitor hooked ...
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Sound suddenly stopped working

So, this morning, I was happily listening to music on my laptop, when in the afternoon, it just stopped working for no apparent reason. The only thing I have done was rebooting the computer, and ...
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alsa-base.conf missing in new Raspberry Pi Raspbian Jesse

I'm trying to make my Pi use an external USB sound card as a default. All tutorials are telling me to edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf However the version of Raspbian I have (pretty new build, I ...
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Audio Port of laptop not working

I am using Lenovo model G510 laptop and my audio port is not working properly. I guess it may have broken. As it is connected to the motherboard, I try not to disturb it. So only option remains to ...
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD: No sound

I'm using Windows 7 with the latest updates. Now I got a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD and I wanted to test it. I connected my sound system (Edifier S730D) with the external audio interface via Cinch ...
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Headphone not detected but working partially

I am using an ASUS n550jx laptop that has a built in Realtek sound card. I have had a lot of problems before with Realtek and here's another one. All of the audio devices that connect with the audio ...
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Windows 7, Conexant High Def Audio drivers not working on Lenovo R61i

I just installed Windows 7 ultimate on my Lenovo ThinkPad R61i. Driver update says I have the latest version installed but there is no sound from the loudspeakers. My question is: What can I do to get ...
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Dell E6500 sound missing - why?

I have Dell E6500 (figured out on Stackoverlow to be quite popular notebook). I have manually installed Windows XP Professional, with all drivers from Dell CD. However, there are some problems with ...
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Windows audio breaks when playing sound from different sources

The sound in windows just breaks when I try to play sound from different sources. I got my new PC yesterday and built it together, and today I was installing some programs and noticed my sound kept ...
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Plugin my computer speakers directly to the monitor or onboard soundcard?

I've just finish building my first computer and all works great! I do have a question about my computer speakers. I've connected my computer speakers using the 3.5mm cable to my Ultrasharp DELL ...
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Dell XPS M1330 speaker issues

My Dell XPS M1330 speakers are not working ever since I installed Windows 7. I am also running Ubuntu and the speakers work fine there. The headphone jack works under both OSes. Which driver I should ...
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How to restart audio without rebooting (USB soundcard) - the nasty case

I have a very similar problem to this: Is there a way to restart audio without restarting windows 7 computer? I've got a USB external sound card (Line6 UX1, the older one), the OS is Windows 7 x64. ...
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PCI Sound card vs USB Sound card

I have 7.1 Surround Speakers, and I have no sound card in my computer. I can use speakers but I want to 'discover' full possibilities of my speakers. I found that it is possible to have either PCI ...
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Set a Windows Line input device as a Microphone input device?

I am attempting to use Rosetta Stone (Windows 8.1). My microphone config is an XLR microphone connected to a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio interface. This equipment works fine for any other ...
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Loud noises through 3.5 mm headphone jack when fridge is turning on

I have a MacBook Pro and last time I observed a strange behavior. When the fridge is turning on (to start cooling down again) I get a loud noise through the headphone jack on the external sound ...
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Is it possible to lock the S/PDIF output sample rate to 44.1 on a Creative External Sound Blaster Live! SB0490?

Is it possible to lock the S/PDIF output sample rate to 44.1 on a Creative External Sound Blaster Live! SB0490? I have recently attached my SB0490 to a new Windows 7 computer with the latest drivers ...
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How to make Alsa pick a preferred sound device automatically?

I bought an USB sound card. I'd like to set up my Linux desktop so that it prefers the USB device, if it is plugged in and automatically switches as the device is (un)plugged. Is it possible, and how? ...
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Soundcard makes constant ticking or clicking sound

I can hear a constant ticking sound in the background at roughly a frequency of 2 per second mainly when nothing it playing. I have a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 card and 5.1 speakers connected -- ...
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How to force Windows 7 to output 5.1 Surround?

I'm running Windows 7 SP1 x64 on an ASUS M2N4-SLI, which has a coaxial digital audio output (see my profile for more HW info - it's system PC1). How do I force Windows 7 to output 5.1 Surround to my ...
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Inputting audio signal to a PC

I want to have my TV and PC connected to the same sound system which is a "custom" surround 4.0. I currently have wired 2 speakers to the line out of my integrated PC sound card and 2 speakers to the ...
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My headphones are working properly but my speakers are not

Im using Windows 7 Ultimate now and i have a problem with audio. My speakers are working but they don't make any sound on movies/songs/browser/game audio. I tried: Reinstalling driver Disabled ...
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Turning volume up through OS and software gives different results - why?

I currently own an external DAC\Amp (Aune X1s), and when I turn the volume all the way up on the X1s and foobar2K, but turn it down almost to the minimum on the OS (Windows 10 64bit - education ...
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Does the bit depth and sample rate of a sound card affect the 5.1 digital output?

I need to transfer 5.1 digital sound from: Laptop -> sound card -> home theater receiver (this does decoding) I'm using the premium grade optical in/out cables to achieve this. Since my initial ...
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Automatically change default playback device when HDMI activated/deactivated?

I've rigged up Cortana in Windows 10 to do things like turn lights on and off. The problem is, when the TV's not on, and/or the receiver's not turned into the HDMI channel the PC is plugged into, I ...