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#1 Jul 16 2012 at 9:20 PM Rating: Good
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Scenario: Whenever I use a VoIP program (Steam, Skype, Teamspeak etc. etc.) my laptop plays the voice through my headset and then the game/movie/whatever else sounds through my laptop speaker. While I can see where this would be useful, it is actually just annoying because A.) I can't hear the sounds unless they are turned really loud due to my ears being covered by headphones. B.) When I turn up the sounds to a level I can hear them, so can everyone else in the call.

Essentially, I just want all my sounds to be in my headphones. My computer is a newer model HP Dv6 with a Beats card in it, and all the fixes I have tried haven't worked. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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#2 Jul 16 2012 at 10:14 PM Rating: Excellent
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There is a mechanical switch in the DV6 headphone jack that is theoretically supposed to cut sound to the external speakers when a headphone is inserted that can sometimes stick, but that doesn't sound like it is the case in this instance. Beats audio is esentially a rebranded Soundmax audio (IDT) codec style driver, and they are a pain in the ass to troubleshoot when they go bad. There are a couple things to try. For starters, right click on your speaker volume icon down in the lower right next to the clock, and select "playback devices". You should see your headphones and your speakers amongst other things. Unplug the headphones and see if they indicate that they are unplugged, then plug them back in. If the headphone indicator doesn't show the headphones were inserted, you likely have a damaged jack due to an ipod headphone plug having been inserted into your laptop at some point. If thats the case, you're screwed and will have to explore alternative solutions, such as a y joiner into an external audio volume control amp of some sorrt. If it does show the removal and insert, the headphone jack is probably fine, and you may be able to right click on it, set it as the default device, and if necessary disable the speaker output, which should force everything to use the headphone jack.

If that doesn't do the trick, you are likely looking at needing to uninstall the sound driver, reinstall the latest version, and pray that it works. Aside from that, I'd have to see it.

Good luck
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#3 Jul 17 2012 at 12:44 AM Rating: Good
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The headphones are being recognized, and the sounds are being split as they should, the problem is, I don't want the sound to be split. I want all the sounds to be going through the headphones. Sorry if that's the problem you addressed, I'm reading this late.
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#4 Jul 17 2012 at 4:09 PM Rating: Decent
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I also have a DV6 and was experiencing the same kind of problem you're having, except it was with my HDTV and headphones. I basically just went into Sound settings and disabled the device that you don't want the sound coming through. In your case, this will be the default device. It's a pain in the ass because when you want to get sound through your laptop again, you'll have to go in and reinitialize the device. That's really the only way I got it working. Hopefully drivers will be released to remedy this asap.
#5 Jul 17 2012 at 4:13 PM Rating: Good
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I'll have to try that tonight when I am on Skype, but I seem to remember trying this and all it accomplished was having no game sounds whatsoever. It was still being split between the headphone/speakers, but since the speakers were disabled, what went there wasn't played at all.

Edit- Tried that and it was a no go.

Edited, Jul 18th 2012 12:27pm by Internuncio
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#6 Jul 19 2012 at 4:41 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't have my laptop with me right now, but when I get home I'll try out the audio settings also. I used to have this problem with my realtek audio, but their driver support is a lot better and I was able to get it fixed through their audio manager. HP's driver support is a failure, at best, so I'm not going to put my hopes up. I'll update after I get to try it out.
#7 Dec 02 2012 at 11:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Nice post. I like it. Thanks for sharing these information. Keep it up. :)
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