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Certain programs only play audio through my laptop speakers even when I have headphones plugged in.

I have an HP Laptop (Pavilion dv7t-4000) running Windows 7 Pro 64.

I've been experiencing a problem where certain programs will only play sound through the laptop speakers even when I have external speakers or headphones plugged in.

The specific programs that are causing this issue are Google Talk and StarCraft 2.

I tried reinstalling the latest audio device driver from HP, but it didn't help anything.

One thing I have noticed is that when I open the "Volume Mixer" which is an option under the right click menu of the audio tray icon I can see my standard device and then there are other applications listed off to the side.

Volume Mixer
What do I need to in order to get these applications playing through the Default Device?

Thanks for any assistance.
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Top Expert 2012
I have heard of this before, and have an Internet bookmark buried away in my collection that describes the fix as it applied to StarCraft.  Take a look at the feedback from "logik" in this discussion thread:



Cool, that was a helpful post.  Thanks.