After having a set of crappy USB headphones (the headphones are crappy, not the USB), I bought a nice pair of headphones and attempted to use them with the front jack on my computer. To my dismay, neither the front nor the rear ports work with either these new headphones nor my speakers. I checked the header connections for the front ports, searched through the services to make sure I hadn't accidentally disabled some crucial service, checked msconfig's startup tab for any abnormalities.
An extensive search on Google yielded no results, though I did try disabling front panel detection and other similar checkboxes. Finally I found a set of instructions telling me to uninstall the drivers via device manager, then plug in the headphones and reboot. After starting up, I couldn't find the realtek manager, and after attempting to reinstall it, it's still missing. So now I'm stuck and really can't tell what to do.
I'm running Windows 7 x64 with a Coolermaster Haf case and an EVGA X58 FTW3 mobo.