I'm not sure if the title fully explains the situation.

Basically sound refused to play through my headset once I connected them

I've re-installed most of the drivers on my (new) machine about what seems like an infinite amount of times. (Downloading various version of drivers, and swapping between older & newer Realtek drivers, as well as the default Microsoft HD Audio drivers.)

Currently I've got something working... but for the life of me, it does not make sense at all.

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When I disable the auto detection on the audio socket, I'm able to get sound played through my headset, when I disable it, sounds gets redirected to the speakers... WUT!? :/

My playback devices... also quite strange, I'd expect to see headphones here, not just a single speaker/headphone combination... (I'm guessing it's a new thing)

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Has anyone encountered this before, and is there a (known) solution other than days of tinkering?

(Specs: Windows 10 / Dell Latitude E5550 / Realtek HD Audio)

  • Can you show us a screenshot of your Playback Devices? – Ramhound May 17 '16 at 15:11
  • @Ramhound, see updated question. – Rohan Büchner May 18 '16 at 4:57

Unfortunately there is no software fix for this. I believe this was a hardware issue.

My thinking is that, the driver was meant to access the hardware auto detection, thus by disabling it, and specifying a output device, my sound would work.

We also tested on exact same spec machines and had no issue. I ended up returning the laptop to the supplier whom re-issued another laptop (that didn't have the same problem).

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