Recently I purchased an assembled desktop pc from a known vendor. On testing, everything* worked* fine, except that when I connected a headphone to the audio output panel on the* front of the cabinet, I did not receive the audio. After the basic checks I concluded that there* indeed was a problem.

So I called up the vendor and told him the issue. He immediately told me that most Mercury* cabinets have this problem and that the front audio terminals do not work and as far as he* knew there was no way to rectify it. Apparently, the only way out was to change the cabinet.* But the guy told me that the other cabinets may not look as good as the Mercury ones.

Well, just to make sure that there was indeed no solution to the problem, I searched the web and within minutes I found the solution.

It turns out that the problem is with the auto-sensing. When I insert a audio jack in the rear* terminal the sound manager, which in my case is the Realtek Audio Manager, detects it and* instantly a pop up comes up asking for the type of device that was plugged in. But when* insert the same in the front terminal, no such pop-up appears as the sound manager does* not detect it and hence the terminal is does not get activated.

Fortunately, this can be fixed. All you have to do is disable the front panel jack detection. It’s quite simple. Here’s how did it in case of the Realtek Audio Manager. If you have another* sound manager, it should also probably have some way of disabling the detection.

Step 1:*** Open the Realtek HD Audio Manager by double-clicking on the red speaker icon in the system tray. Alternately, you can right-click on the icon and select ‘Sound Manager’.

Step 2:*** On the Audio Manager window, click on the Detector Settings. It is the small folder icon towards the right edge of the window.

Step 3:*** In the Connector Settings window, enable the ‘Disable front panel jack detection’ by* checking it.

That’s it. Your front panel audio should now be working.

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