desktop specs on headphone/microphone

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2012-10-30
some desktops have this 2 round connectors infront of their machines.

"Front I/O includes dedicated headphone output, and a microphone/headphone jack"
the connector that is a microphone/headphone means it works as either microphone or headphone?

If I have a combo jack (single connector) of a microphone and headphone, can i plug it in to this port and expect it to work?
Question by:grnow
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    Expert Comment

    Not sure if the system will be able to distinguish between the input/output signals
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    Expert Comment

    afaik you cannot use an audio input as output
    so i think it won't work
    but - you are free to try it
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    Assisted Solution

    A microphone/headphone jack just combines the mic input with the speaker output so that you can use headsets.  If the plug matches the jack and has three conductors, it should work.

    Author Comment

    thanks for the comments. I'm looking at this link product, nano plug...

    it has a combo jack and comes with an adapter to split out to 2 ports. on the desktop, when tested for microphone, it is working, when starts to use with applications, it doesn't seem to work for the mic. not sure what is the reason
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    Expert Comment

    I don't see a mic on that - just earphones.  It has to have a spec for mic included.

    Author Comment

    will test out again

    Accepted Solution

    think its the hardware of the machine causing the problem. other machines with same model seems to be working fine.

    Author Closing Comment

    boils down to hardware issue it seems on the machine initially tested on

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