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Old 03-23-2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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Will my MB make the mic port an OUT port?

What's the setting in BIOS that would tell me if my mic port will function as a sound OUT port?? Some laptops do this ...

If it is not capable, would my only option be a sound card?

If I have to go that way, would I disable the onboard sound in BIOS? Or in the OS - Ubuntu?

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Old 03-23-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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If that is a desktop computer it is possible to use the the onboard and a offboard sound card together. Only way to know if that socket has 2 functions is looking at the manual. Normally what the mic socket does also is work as line in, as output doesn't looks right, because every sound device has already an output also, and some more than one.
To completely disable an onboard device go to the BIOS.

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Usually reassigning of ports of soundcards is done by the driver, at least on Windows. I haven't seen a Linux driver capable of this, but I haven't had the need to look for that function. What happened to the original output port, why not just use that?
Anyways, if you really need additional sound outputs either an USB, PCMCIA or ExpressPort card (depending on which extension ports are available on your laptop) are the way to go.


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