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My laptop refuse to use my headphones instead of the in-built speakers

ShanadeusShanadeus Registered User regular
It's a HP Pavilion dv6-3160so with Windows 7 Premium and whenever I play a youtube video the sound is outputted through its speakers rather than the plugged in headphones. In other applications I have to enter the settings in order for them to output the sound through the headphones when all I really want is for all sound in all applications to be heard through the headphones whenever they are plugged in.

In the device manager I can find the following devices that I think are related to sound:

IDR High Definition Audio CODEC - Under Sound, Video and game controllers
High Definition Audio Controller - Under System devices

When I go to the volume control options I am met with the following, and no matter how I click around I can't get the desired result:


If I go into the volume mixer I see this under the Speakers and Headphones (IDT High Definition Audio CODEC) device:


And the following under the Independant Headphones (IDT High Definition Audio CODEC) device:


As you can see, the firefox thing that I believe is responsible for sound is only available for the first device.

So next I entered the sound, playback options:


You can set a device as either "Default Device" or "Default Communications Device" but no matter how much I tried to click things around, I couldn't set the Independant Headphones as the Default Device (which I thought would fix my problem).

The laptop itself came with windows and a whole slew of HP programs and drivers pre-installed, without any discs or anything. I immediatelly used the inbuilt option for a reinstall without bloatware.

Shanadeus on


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    XeddicusXeddicus Registered User regular
    Have you tried disabling the speakers in the device manager? Not that you should have to do that, but...

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    ShanadeusShanadeus Registered User regular
    I did try that, but no sound came out of the Independent headphones.
    For some reason, it refuse to place Firefox in its volume mixer.

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