Windows 10: Disable speakers and keep headphone jack enabled?

  1.    18 Dec 2015 #1

    Disable speakers and keep headphone jack enabled?


    Where I work, the IT department made the mistake of purchasing computers with built-in speakers. We do not want the speakers to function at all, only any sound put through the headphone jack. After disabling the speakers, we found that YouTube no longer works, which is a problem.

    That said, is there a way to permanently disable the speakers, leave the headset jack enabled and still allow YouTube to continue playing videos even if a headset is not plugged in?
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  2. Posts : 8,183
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       18 Dec 2015 #2

    I'm not sure if this will do what you want, but type sound into the search bar, click on change sound card settings, right click the speakers and select disable, then select the headphones and at the bottom click Default. That should disable the speakers and use the headphones for all sounds.
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       19 Dec 2015 #3

    On both of my Desktop systems. plugging in headphones disables the speakers automatically.
    You could also cut the wires going to the speakers, I've done that a few times too.
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  4.    19 Dec 2015 #4

    Ztruker said: View Post
    On both of my Desktop systems. plugging in headphones disables the speakers automatically.
    You could also cut the wires going to the speakers, I've done that a few times too.
    These are the machines in question. The speakers are built-in. http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/desktop...ries-tiny/m73/

    That said, there are no wires to cut.

    Upon examining the BIOS, I noticed that you can disable the onboard sound, however I'm fairly certain that this would also permanently disable usage of the headphone jack as well.

    Again, I just want to make sure the speakers do not work at all, but that the headphone connector jack is still live and that the volume for that can still be adjusted to the user's liking.
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  5. Posts : 2,554
    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 14393.1198
       19 Dec 2015 #5

    I use usb headphones and speakers and that knocks out the internal speakers and have them switched off completely otherwise by making it none in sounds
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  6.    19 Dec 2015 #6

    hTconeM9user said: View Post
    I use usb headphones and speakers and that knocks out the internal speakers and have them switched off completely otherwise by making it none in sounds
    OK but lets say you disable your onboard sound and happen to not have your USB headset not plugged in. Would YouTube still play? Also, I don't see how that would work in my environment, as we do not allow users to install software. Software would automatically be installed for each different USB headset that is plugged in.
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  7. Posts : 2,554
    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 14393.1198
       19 Dec 2015 #7

    It does on mine.
    Also you can turn the sound down on you tube via the speaker app in you tube just slide the volume towards the speaker icon.
    You tube will still play
    No software was installed when I put mine in and I have logtech.
    I don't even have to click the hardware and software icon on the taskbar to remove them
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  8. Posts : 8,183
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       19 Dec 2015 #8

    Often drivers, and on a rare occasion software, is installed for headphones. But, those come through Windows Update. It is just another Windows Update. It is the same with anything you attach to Windows. Even a USB Flash drive, Windows installs drivers for it. Even the headphones that come with software will work just fine without the software. The software is only to make adjustments to the sound, but they will work just fine without it.
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