Front Pannel Audio Problem
Posted on 2006-06-10
I have a quick question about a computer problem I am having. I think I already have the answer, but I want to be sure before I go out and spend money to correct the problem.
I built a custom computer for myself. It has an Abit motherboard, plenty of memory, a fast Athlon X2 for Socket 939, RAID 5 and a few other things.
One day, Sound quit working in the left speaker. I tested the speakers with my laptop and they are fine. I also tested with headphones and found no sound out of the left speaker. I decided to rull out drivers, so I found an old hard disk with the OS and all the drivers already on it. I booted that and the same problem occured.
I tried the front pannel audio and it worked fine from the front of the computer. I am using an Antec SOHO File Server Case and an ABIT KN8-SLI Motherboard.
My next step in troubleshooting was to attempt to rull out whether it was the case or the motherboard giving me the problem. To do this, I removed the Front Pannel Audio connector from the board to remove the case. At this point, I got no audio. I was confused and expected to still have audio from the right speker only from the back port of the motherboard.
I decided to just save myself the hastle and replace the motherboard because I figured that is what it most likely is, since I removed the case from the picture.
Well, the back ports worked then I notice there were 2 jumpers on the Audio Ports of the new motherboard. When I connected my cases's FP Audio, the same problem occured. When I removed the FP Audio connector no sound again. This lead me to belive I most likely replaced my motherboard in vain :( (a half hour wasted) I have a leftover motherboard though.
Anyway, I put the 2 jumpers back on and the back ports work. This means to me that the back ports and front ports are okay, but something is funkey with the case right? With the front pannel audio connected, I should be able to get audio out the bakc unless something is plugged into the front right?
That really is my question. If this is the case, which I think it is, I guess I need to replace my case.