01-28-2012 05:22 PM - edited 01-28-2012 05:47 PM
I own a T420 with the Advanced Mini-Dock Series 3. Could anyone tell me whether it's possible to configure the audio settings to use 2 sets of speakers simultaneously (one plugged into the headphone jack on the laptop, the second plugged into the jack in the dock)? If so, how would I go about doing this in Windows 7? I tried to go into SOUND in the control panel to set the dock jack to default (in the Playback tab), but this option is greyed out (the device shows up as "not plugged in" yet "working properly" despite the fact that I have speakers plugged in and they work fine on their own).
edit: To clarify, I currently get audio from either jack independently. The problem is that the dock audio goes silent when I plug into the laptop jack.
01-29-2012 09:01 AM
01-29-2012 10:52 AM - edited 01-29-2012 11:03 AM
Thanks for the tip. I tried this, but the soundcard still gives preference to a *single* output (whichever I have set as default in the Playback tab) rather than distributing the sound - this despite having unchecked "allow applications to take exlclusive control of this device" in the advanced tab under properties for each device. I've found a workaround for Winamp, a plugin that allows me to multiply audio outputs, but isn't there some way to set Windows or conexant to always use multiple default outputs at the same time?
01-29-2012 12:41 PM
01-29-2012 01:25 PM - edited 01-29-2012 01:39 PM
I don't see why you say "that's how it works", since this option is available in XP. And the soundcard is clearly capable of simultaneous output from multiple jacks, as demonstrated by Winamp when equipped with proper plugins (as well as the conexant sound test). Also, there are *countless* reasons for wanting to have the same audio issuing from two different jacks (particularly if one works in a recording studio). In my case, I had an old pair of speakers around and noticed that sound improved dramatically when using these in tandem with a newer, nicer set (the left speaker of which had died).
01-29-2012 02:54 PM