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Gigabyte MOBO front panel audio

Posted on 2012-04-03
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I've installed a GA-H61M-D2H-USB3, and installed W7 Professional.

I've installed all drivers, included audio.

When I plug speakers to rear connector, driver detect it and I can hear the sound.

But not the same with front connector. I've tested chasis front panel audio with another Mobo and it works well.

I think chasis FP_Audio is an AC'97 one, and Mobo FP_Audio connector is configured as HD Audio, but I cannot found any physical swtich and not BIOS field when I could change it.
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by:Kruno Džoić
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What options do you have when open "Playback devices" ( Speakers and... )
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by:Callandor
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You have to install software to control it - "To configure 7.1-channel audio, you have to use an HD front panel audio module and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver."

If it defaults to HD, then the source has provide multichannel sound (ie, you have to play something like a DVD with surround sound).
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by:TEFICO
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Attach screen copy images, one with speakers connected to rear panel and one with speaker connected to front panel.

I've installed the last audio driver from Gigabyte.

I don't want 7.1 channel audio. Just the possibility to connect speaker to rear panel or to front panel.
Connect-to-Front-Panel.jpg
Connect-to-Rear-Panel.jpg
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by:Callandor
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Do you know if the front panel is connected internally to the motherboard?  There should be wires going from the front panel to a set of pins on the motherboard.
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by:TEFICO
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Yes , of course, it's connectd to motherboard.
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by:Callandor
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The manual (http://www.manualowl.com/m/Gigabyte/GA-H61M-D2H-USB3/Manual/222781?page=18) says F_AUDIO has line-level outputs - are you connecting an amplifier to these, or are you trying to drive speakers with them?  It won't work with speakers; you need an amplifier.
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by:TEFICO
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I've tested with screen speakers -very low watt-

I'll test speakers with amplifier and say you.
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by:TEFICO
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I've tested it with amplified speakers and sound is not played.

Also, speakers are not detected by driver.
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I've found the solution in this forum:

http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte/32069-ga-ep35-ds3l-motherboard-front-panel-audio-not-working.html

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  Install the Realtech Audio driver from: GA-EP35-DS3L - GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - Driver
    You will have to choose your OS (currently at the bottom of that page) to get to the drivers selection page.

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   After this is installed check to see if you front panel works. If so, you're done otherwise...

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   After you installed the driver and restarted you should have an audio manager running which gives you an icon in the system tray. Run the manager and click the Speakers tab.

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   On the rightmost panel (where all the panel ports are shown) click the yellow folder icon just below the "device advanced settings" link.

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   Put a check mark by "disable front panel jack detection". This might sound counter-intuitive but I think it means that the port will always be powered instead of unpowered until it detects a headphone jack.
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by:TEFICO
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I've found the solution in other forum.

I've tested it and works ok.
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