I want to use my laptop's built-in speakers while my headset is plugged in (because I need to use my headset's microphone).

My laptop doesn't separate my headset from my laptop speakers when it is plugged in. It just gets grouped into speakers under the list of playback devices in Sound from the Control Panel (I've checked all disconnected and disabled devices and it doesn't show up).

Sound

I only have one audio port and it's a combo audio port. I use Realtek HD Audio Manager and have reinstalled it but nothing's worked (it's already updated).

Realtek HD Audio Manager

I've contacted the manufacturer's customer care and they told me that the jack doesn't have a mechanical switch, and they can't help me much about this.

Is it possible to at least trick my audio driver to recognize only the microphone and not the microphone and headset combo?

  • If you have a mechanical switch in the laptop's audio jack, you would have to rewire the jack. – DrMoishe Pippik Nov 27 at 23:20
  • @DrMoishePippik How do you rewire the jack? – reneandy Nov 28 at 2:19
  • "How do you rewire the jack?" 1. Determine whether there is an integral switch. If so, 2. Get the circuit diagram (service manual), or trace the wiring yourself. 3. Acquire the tools. 4. Become a skilled service technician. 5. Get training in electronics design. 6. Redesign the laptop circuitry to do what you want. 7. Acquire programming skills. 8. Redesign the audio driver software. 9. Make all of the changes to your system. Ensure that the normal updates don't revert your driver changes. 10. See if it works. If not, repeat steps as needed until success. – fixer1234 Nov 28 at 4:21
  • @fixer1234 Thanks for the answer. I suppose this means there's no software-related approach to this? – reneandy Nov 28 at 14:26
  • That was just about how to rewire the jack if it contains a mechanical switch. If it is software controlled, you wouldn't need to do that. – fixer1234 Nov 28 at 19:02

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