So Much for that Front Panel

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yogurt80

OK, I know this subject has been dead for a while, but I was wondering if anyone found a way to get front panel audio connected to the fatal1ty card. Maybe from the AD link port? I have a HTPC I recently built into a silverstone case. I acctually have two sets of front panel ports, because I have a card reader installed which also has HD audio jacks. I'd love to be able to use at least one set for my headphones, and don't want anything I have to plug into the back of the unit and rub back out the front. I do have the 5.25" front bay, but I'm not using it because I already have 2 dvd drives hooked up.

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KainAzeroth

Doesn't the Fatal1ty brand case have front panel audio connectors? I thought Fatal1ty personally approved these things, tsk tsk tsk. Honestly, I'd never buy anything with the Fatal1ty name on it even if it was better and less expensive.

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Ottore

Hi David and everyone else here:

Creative actually stopped releasing products with proprietary interface.

Instead all of their new sound cards have standard front panel connectors. Chronologically, David, you did not upgrade but you "downgraded" to the Fatal1ty card. Latest cards such as Xtreme Gamer and XtremeAudio (PCI and PCI Express) have standard front panel connectors already. Sure Fatal1ty is not any worse then Gamer card, quite contrary, but it is an older product afaik.

I wish all cards had both Intel HD FP and creative FP connectors. I have an old drive bay (creative FP) that I want to use with PCI Express X-Fi but have to figure out how..

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the hapless gamer

I use Plantronics handy little hocky puck size speaker switcher that allows me to go from headphones to my speaker setup with just a push of the button, right next to my keyboard.

Still, I agree that Creative should understand much of their products are for DiYer's like me so I can wire up my front case sound ports (if any) to my X-FI soundcard

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Kerzon

Why not just go and buy a USB mio/headphone and plug it into a front USB port on your computer or keyboard.

Problem solved.

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DRAGONWEEZEL

Here's the link to the "new" version where the volume control works on the headset too!

http://www.buy.com/prod/logitech-x-540-speaker-system-5-1-channel/q/loc/111/202985108.html

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nsvander

If you wont want to reach to the nether regions behind your case, and you dont want to wire into the AD-Ext connector pins, why dont you give this little cable from Front-X a try.

http://www.frontx.com/pro/p090_036.html

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DRAGONWEEZEL

That is what I do, I have the Logitec x-530 set. The only problem I have is that the volume control on the speaker does nothing for the headphones. When you plug in headphonese it simply cuts out the speakers and jumps you up to line volume.

Outside of that caveat, in my opionion these things rock! They are not the loudest set in the world, but I am rarely allowed to play at that kind of volume anyway. But by far the best 5.1 system I have seen for the dollar. (about $65 is what I paid)

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maxpcrocks

Wouldn’t BE easier to get speakers that have a headphone jack?

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Shalbatana

I feel your pain... sort of.

My front mic port is on the fritz. It wouldn't be a problem, but my headset only has about three inches from where the mic and audio jacks split.

I have a short jumper running around the back for now. If I can't fix port, I'll just wire this jumper internally.

If you want both, the solution is called a Y-cable. Sucks that it's needed, but it works.

P.S. Dave - remember with computers, sometimes "you get what you pay [more] for."

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HeartBurnKid

What does the X-Fi Fatal1ty series provide that the regular X-Fi does not?

I'm just a little curious as to why this upgrade was done at all.

EDIT: Pays to RTFA, I guess... didn't realize the old card was introducing noise.

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LouisGi

Creative's refusal to provide standard headers for front panel connectivity on their soundcards is infuriating.

I solved the problem by using components from FrontX. They're a tad flimsy, but they work.

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nsvander

I am wondering if you could reverse engineer the connectors on the AD_Ext port on the card that work with a Live drive? I am sure that with an ohm meter, the card removed from the comp, and a live drive that you could ohm out the headphone circuitry to the drive and then find what ports it connects to on the card?

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MrBlonde81

There is a way to get headphone and mic from the small 1x10 connector on side of the SB X-Fi Xtreme Music and Audigy 2ZS cards I own. I used instructions from http://audigy2zshowto.blogspot.com/ and a few other sources I found on google. Unfortunaly my crimping didn't work well, so next I'm going to try solder.

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TheMurph

Ahh yes, I've seen those. But the last thing I want to do is crimp cables for a functionality that should already be built into the damn card. At least, this is the first Creative card I've ever used that *hasn't* had some kind of easy front-panel solution.

I suppose I'll just have to get the freakin' accessory kit, or whatnot.

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whelderwheels613

that is a little sad concidering that Creative knows that thousands of people all over have modded and created an adapter to fit on that connector. i have a working one, taking the glorious sound of the X-Fi to my front panel poerts, so i can listen to the ear candy without having to reach around to the back of the box, and to wander through a jungle cables, in order to listen to the sweet sound of BF2 in its full glory. I will take notice of this.

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