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audio though USB with simple cable

by fangheart5 / March 25, 2013 1:52 PM PDT

About a month ago my laptop's audio out jack stopped working. It had been under a lot of stress from a large 1/4 to 1/8 adapter. I purchased a new adapter which will be less cumbersome and a cable that is USB to 1/8 in audio.

I realized after purchasing it that the USB to audio cable would probably not work without a driver or software of some kind.

To be clear the cable I am referring to simply is a length of cord with a 3.5mm connector on one end and a USB connector on the other. I am running win7 and my laptop is an hp dv6 with beats audio if that helps.

My question is whether there is any software/driver which would allow me to use the cable to send audio out of my laptop through the USB port.

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I have to go with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2013 2:48 PM PDT

I have used too many under 5 buck USB audio cards and not one requires a driver for Windows XP to 7. Why I went with no? Too little detail.

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Still Hopeful
by fangheart5 / March 27, 2013 7:35 AM PDT
In reply to: I have to go with no.

What details would you need? I have to imagine there is something out there to make this work. If not, why would they make the cord?

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They would need to put the USB audio chip into the cord.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2013 7:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Still Hopeful

And there is so little reason to do that with 5 or less buck adapters that my bet is -> you never find this in a "cable". <-

Did you need an example adapter?

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OK Thanks
by fangheart5 / April 8, 2013 2:37 PM PDT

So basically my too easy to be true solution won't work. I know the types of adapters you are talking about. I am worried that if I were to use such and adapter I would only ruin the USB port the same way I did the audio jack. If I were to get something like that it would be less like a flash drive with a audio port and more like a USB cable with an amp/audio port on one end. I haven't quite given up on a cheap solution yet. I have heard that certin drivers will allow you to switch the audio and mic jacks. This would effectively turn my mic jack into a headphone jack and make what is left of my headphone jack the new mic jack. I know Realtek has a fairly easy way to do this. I suppose HP wanted to have Beats printed on their laptops and Realtek wasn't stupid enough to work with them so IDT took over. All that to say I am stuck with what seems to be a pretty crappy IDT driver that i'm not sure supports that function. I am currently contacting HP.

Thanks Proffitt for the advice and I apologize for my mini-rant.

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So why not the adapter we know and a cable?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2013 11:10 PM PDT
In reply to: OK Thanks
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