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Setting up front audio in new case

So i just purchased this new case and im confused what to do to hook up my front audio ports...
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-144-026&depa=1

It came with no manual and this is the description that i got off of their website...

"Audio Cables: Since the audio cable connection is not standard yet, to avoid any confusions, we do not design our audio cables to plug on the motherboard pin. you need to bring the audio cables all way to the back of your case and plug it into the audio ports of your sound card or motherboard."

Does this mean that I wont be able to use the audio ports on the back of my computer also. What id liek to be able to do is use the back ones for my speakers and the front for headphones. So is it my understanding that the front audio ports will take up the plugins in my motherboard itself? If yes, then what can i do to have access to both. Can i use onboard sound as well as sound with a soundcard. ie soundcard for the speakers and then use the onboard sound for my front audio ports? Any advice would be helpful thanks.

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tfjeffCommented:
Do you have the case with you?  If so, what do the audio jack wires look like?  Mine had little square black connectors on the ends and were labled with things like "Lreturn" "Rreturn" "-" "mic bias", etc.  If you have these connectors you should be able to do it, you will just need to get the motherboard manual to find what pins to connect them to.  Let us know what the wires in the case look like and what model motherboard you have, then we can be of more assistance.  As long as you have the type of wires I'm describing connected to the front panel of the case, you can use the rear audio jacks and the front audio jacks (but speaker output is normally disabled when you have headphones connected to the front panel)...fyi, my case looks almost exactly like yours, so I bet you have the same front panel type connector.
good luck,
jeff
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tfjeffCommented:
I checked out some online reviews for the case, it looks like the connectors for the front panel are "mini jacks" (look like headphone jacks)...if this is the case, you will have to route them to the ports on the back of the motherboard, to me that seems a bit silly because you could not use other speakers without buying some sort of splitter.
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MexicanHeatAuthor Commented:
Yes i just got the case in today and that exactly what it has..."mini jacks"...so i think its ridiculous. I realize that in using my front audio ports it would stop sound coming from the speakers. So i guess what i need is either some sort of splitter or like i was saying either, maybe i could use the onboard sound and a soundcard simultaneously, but one for each of the sets of ports?
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IanThCommented:
no installing a pci soundcard disables the onboard sound most of the time
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tfjeffCommented:
yes, that is one of the craziest setups I've ever seen!
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MexicanHeatAuthor Commented:
Yeah, ive decided to return the case, as the front had a crack on it when it came anyway. Any reccomendations on a diff case that has the same sort of look?
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MexicanHeatAuthor Commented:
Wait, I changed my mind. I really love the look of this case and truthfully this is the only problem i have wrong with it. I'm wondering if this would work...

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F007%5F002%5F001%5F002&product%5Fid=274%2D883

Possibly plug my speakers into one and then route the front audio around into the other female? Seems like it would work to me...any reason why it wouldnt?
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tfjeffCommented:
that's a minijack to RCA jack, that would not work
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MexicanHeatAuthor Commented:
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tfjeffCommented:
yes, something like that is what you would need to do what you are talking about, my opinion of a setup like that, however, is it just gives you more points of failure for your sound system...I would personally avoid it, but with the way your front panel audio hooks up, it's about the only solution.
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MexicanHeatAuthor Commented:
Yeah, its gonna look like crap and probably work like crap, but i guess i dont have any other choice...thanks for all your help tfjeff.
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