[accesscomp] Re: problem with sound not coming from headphones

  • From: "Gene" <gsasner@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: accesscomp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 08:16:30 -0600

Some sound cards bring up a dialog when you connect headphones asking if
you want to switch audio to them.  If you are sure you are using the
correct jack, a bit after plugging in the headphones, see if you are now
in a dialog and, if not, alt tab through all opened windows to see if you
move to a dialog giving you the choice to change audio to the headphones. 
I don't know how common this feature is and I think it's a ridiculous
completely unnecessary one but some sound cards won't play audio through
headphones until you work with the dialog every time you plug in the
headphones.  I don't know if this occurs with USB headphones.  I'm
speaking about the old fashioned headphones you just plug into a standard
headphone jack on any appliance, radios, tape recorders, walkmans, etc.
that provide such jacks.

And if no such dialog comes up, make sure that you are using the correct
jack.  Unless you are sure, beyond any doubt, either have a sighted person
tell you which hjack is the correct one to use or try every available jack
yourself while the audio is playing.  And this may mean unplugging the
speakers and plugging the headphones into the sound card jack for
speakers. You may find a jack on the computer case itself intended for
headphone use.  If that jack doesn't work, you may have, as I said, to
plug headphones into the speaker jack of the speakers.  If you do this,
don't have  the headphones on your ears when you plug them in and start
play.  Volume may be very, painfully loud if you plug headphones into the
speaker jack without significantly lowering the sound card volume first.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sonya Ergle" <sergle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <accesscomp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 11:48 AM
> I tried connecting some headphones to my computer but Window-Eyes and
> other audio will not come threw the headphones. Does anyone know what
> might possibly be the problem? Thanks in advance for any help.

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