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Question No green audio port on back


Oct 22, 2014
Hello all,

I have a MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard. On the back of the this motherboard are 6 audio ports. One is for the microphone, and the 5 others are supposed to be for speakers.

Then there are also pins on the motherboard to plug in HD Audio, if the case has ports on the front for Mic/Headphones.

I recently picked up a pair of Sennheiser Game Ones and tried plugging them into the back. There is a port for the mic, but there is no green port for the headphones on the back.

I tried plugging it into the red one labeled "Front Speaker Out," and it seemed to be working.

However, I then tried plugging them into the two front ports, which are listed as headphone/Mic In ports.

When doing the 7.1 test, I noticed that when they are plugged into the front, I can hear the Front right, Front Left, Center, Back Left, Back Right, Left, and Right channels.

But when plugged into the back ports and running the 7.1 test, I can only hear noise coming from the Front right and Front Left speakers.

Do I have to plug my headphones into the front ports to get 7.1 to work? Or is there anyway to get it working with the back ports?