Help connecting my headphones

Brozzs

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Hello I just bought my own computer and I need my headphones to hear. Is it true that the only way you can get sound is if you plug them into the back of your computer? Because, my headphones can't stretch that far. I have a headphones jack in the back of my monitor but when I plug it in there it doesn't work! So is plugging your headphones in the back of your computer the only way to get sound?
 

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Most PC's have headphone and mic connectors on the front panel as well.
You only have audio on your monitor if you have an audio cable connecting them (for example over HDMI cable, or a separate audio cable)
 

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Oh.. I tried the headphone connecter at the front of the computer doesn't work..
 

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It should work, unless it is broken. Check inside to see if the headphone jack at the front has wires leading to the motherboard.
If it does, then you have a software issue.
When the PC is running and you plug in the headphones, there should be a window come up on the screen to confirm that what you just plugged in was a set of headphones. You may be able to set it manually in the control panel (look for a name like RealTek or IDTAudio, or it could be something different) and manually specify that you have a headphones plugged into the front panel.
 

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So I plugged it in the monitor jack and it worked! Except I'm hearing a lot of fuzzy noise in the background any ideas of what that might be from?
 

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So I plugged it in the monitor jack and it worked! Except I'm hearing a lot of fuzzy noise in the background any ideas of what that might be from?
 

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Could be interference. You might need a filter on the HDMI cable. Could be a cheap monitor (?)
It could also be the volume on something turned up really high compared to the regular sound so that you are hearing the (normal) background noise amplified.
If plugging it into the back I/O panel yields a crystal clear sound. Then the problem is in the Monitors cable, or the monitor itself. You will have to troubleshoot that one.
 
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