Building your first PC is quite a fun task. But, if something doesn’t work after build gets complete. Then, it can be annoying for you. Recently, after installing Windows on my new PC Build. I found that my Front Audio Jack not working. Though, rear audio jack was working absolutely fine. This problem can occur due to several issues. For example – you forgot to connect cabinet audio wire. Or, maybe your cabinet microphone and the headphone jack is damaged.
Also, this problem can occur, due to some driver software related problem. In my case, the driver software setting was causing this problem. Well, whatever is the reason, In this article, you will get to know working solutions. That will help you to enable the front microphone and headphone jack.
Solutions to fix – Front Audio Jack not working.
Connect Audio Wire to Motherboard Properly.
If the “Front Audio Jack not working” problem is with recently build PC, then this could be the reason. It could possible that the cabinet audio wire got tangled. And, you forgot to connect it while assembling CPU. So, I suggest you open the cabinet and check, the wire is connected or not. In most of the cases, people get confused between audio and USB wire. Because both seem the same.
And, they end up connecting both wires at the wrong place in the motherboard. So, if you’re new in PC building, then please read the manual. If the manual is missing, then check information printed on the motherboard. Or, you can visit the manufacturer site for more information. If you think, all wires connected to the right place. Then, you can try our next solution.
Install the latest Audio Drivers.
After assembling CPU and installing Windows. The next thing, which you need to take care of is, that is device drivers. The device driver is a kind of Computer program. That operates and control a particular type of hardware connected to the Computer. Or, I can say, it helps the device to communicate with the operating system. If the problem is with the old PC, then maybe driver software got outdated. And, old drivers aren’t compatible with the new version of Windows. Then, you have to install new driver software.
There are multiple ways to update audio drivers in Windows.
1. Check Windows Update.
Windows do provide, audio drivers in form of Windows update. So, I suggest you check all pending Windows updates. And, you will able to see some Realtek drivers. These drivers are for audio. So, install it. To check for Windows update. Press Windows + I key simultaneously. And then, click on, Update & Security > Check for Updates.
2. Use Device Manager.
In Windows, the device manager is the program that helps the user to manage drivers. The user can install and uninstall the driver by using it. And, can get information about all hardware components. So to update front panel audio drivers, first open device manager.
To open device manager, right click on Windows 10 start button. And, then from the appeared menu, click on “Device Manager”.
In the device manager, expand “Sound, video and game controllers” section.
And, you will able to see a driver with “Realtek audio” name.
Right-click on it and then click on “Update Driver”.
After that, on update driver window, click on “search automatically for updated driver software”.
That’s it, now Windows will find out the latest audio driver for you. And, will install it itself. But, if it says the best driver already installed. Then, you have to install audio drivers manually.
3. Download drivers from motherboard manufacturer site.
If the device manager gets failed to find out the driver. Then, you can download the audio driver from the motherboard manufacturer site. Or, you can use the driver CD that comes with the motherboard.
1. First, search for your motherboard model number with driver keyword.
For example – Asus H310M-E motherboard drivers.
2. Now, open the manufacturer site of your motherboard model number.
3. The site will ask you to select the installed operating system. And, after that, you will able to see many drivers.
4. Look for the audio drivers from the list. And, download the latest version of Audio Driver.
Installing the audio driver is quite easy. First, extract the driver folder. And, then run the driver installer. Driver installation is as simple like installing a normal Windows program. I hope by installing the driver, your front panel audio jack not working problem will get solved.
Change Default Audio Device.
The latest version of Windows 10 lets you switch between multiple playback devices. So, it could possible that wrong playback device is selected. And, that’s why front audio jack not working. In my Computer, there is three playback device option. 1. First for the rear audio jack. 2. Second for the front audio panel. 3. And, third for the monitor audio jack.
So, if I select one or two as default audio device. Then, my front audio panel gets to stop working. So, I suggest you to try switching between playback devices.
1. Right-Click on the speaker icon and then click on “Open Sound Settings”.
2. In sound settings, you will able to see a drop-down menu. To choose the output device. Here, you can switch between audio devices. And, can find out the right playback option for the front audio panel.
Alternatively, just click on the speaker icon. And, then click on the current default playback device name. After that, you can change the audio output device.
Change Realtek Audio Console Settings.
Ok, so this was the solution, that has worked for me. But, before trying out this solution. Try all previous solutions. Else, this might will not work for you. The latest version of Realtek drivers comes with Realtek Audio Console. So, if Realtek HD Audio Manager is missing from your Computer. Then, don’t worry, still, you can fix, Front Audio Jack not working problem.
When you install Realtek Audio drivers, this gets installed automatically. But, if it doesn’t then you can install it from Microsoft Store.
In Microsoft Store, it’s available as ” Realtek Audio Control”.
Install and open the App, Click on “Device advanced settings”.
Under Connector Settings, Enable “Disable front panel popup Dialog” option.
That’s it. Now, connect a headphone and you will find front audio panel working.
IMPORTANT: If in your Computer, Realtek HD Audio Manager is installed. Then, Open it using Control Panel. And, then click on Connector Settings. And, then make sure “Disable front panel jack detection” option is enabled.