[solved] Headphones not working with Windows

markhelp Posts 22 Registration date Monday April 30, 2012 Status Member Last seen May 13, 2012 - Updated on Dec 29, 2018 at 08:34 AM
 KingsHillSoftware - Jul 30, 2017 at 11:45 AM

This post is for people who are having a very specific issue.

Please see this before you try this fix. The issue this fix addresses was on an HP Compaq 515 running on Windows 7 Home Premium.

I have laptop with working speakers. When headphones are plugged in, they are detected but do not play music. You cannot set the headphones as the default playback device even if you disable the speakers. Reinstalling the audio drivers does not work


-Open "Add or Remove Programs"
-Uninstall IDT Audio
-Restart computer

If this solution doesn't work for you and you would like to undo it, please use System Restore

Hope this helps someone!

6 responses


Try this out:
  • Speaker or headphone can be set as default. [I'm not sure if both can be activated in Window 7 at the same time ]
  • Control Panel > Hardware & sounds > Sound
  • In Playback tab, select Speaker / Headphone and click the drop-down.
  • Select Default

You can now enjoy hearing and headphone!
Yes it worked..thanks (y)
Jan 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Thanks, this worked like s charm for me.