How to use external and internal speakers on laptop?

Posted on 2008-06-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I have an HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop running Vista.  It has two headphone outs and one mic input.   I have some wireless speakers plugged into the headphone jack.   This turns off the laptop speakers.   Is there a way to play both the laptop and external speakers?
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No. There is a small switch inside the jack that turns off the internal speakers as soon as something is attached to it. You'd have to disable that switch by opening the laptop and disconnecting it from the circuit, and that would void any warranty on the laptop.

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With a desktop computer, if I have two soundcards, can I select say iTunes to play one sound card 1 and a DVD player program plus everything else to play on sound card 2?   So sound card two would be the default.   I don't know if programs have the ability to allow selecting a specific sound card or output device but perhaps iTunes does.
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You can do that with an OS like Linux, most programs there allow you to select which soundcard you want to use with which program. In Windows there might be a few programs with which you can do that, but none are known to me. Usually it is the sound control of control panel that manages which sound card is used.
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I did try using both headphones jacks on the laptop.  One jack to the wireless speakers and another to some wired speakers.   PC2 also uses the wired speakers.   Using some connectors, I was able to get output from both PCs to the wired speakers.   However, that greater reduced the speakers sound output and also caused a throbbing non-stop static sound.   So it was a no go.

Is the best solution in this case just to buy some wired speakers for the laptop rather than trying to share between the two PCs?
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If you use the same speakers on 2 PC's, it is best to use a good switch in between. Without switch you'll get noise. Also if the switch is low quality you'll get noise.

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Since I don't want to manually switch between speakers, I guess buying another pair for the laptop is the best way to go.

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