moderated Re: Sound Card Question Windows 10

Steven Hicks


I have had this problem for a long time as well, it just seems very inconsistent with audio devices in Microsoft Windows 10.
I Think that the issue is with sound card power savings.
When different devices power down, JAWS and Microsoft Windows gets confused as to which device should be used, is available etc and it seems to jump around.
If enough of us report this to Freedom Scientific, they may look at it but I have a feeling that it may be tricky as it is the way that Microsoft Windows power management is working and there is little that you can do about that as you can't disable the specific device power options unless the OEM writes iit in to their software or ddrivers and they make the utility accessible.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Randy Meyer
Sent: 14 July 2020 19:30
Subject: Re: Sound Card Question Windows 10


Yes, I have speakers into my sound blaster card and headphones into my on board Realtek audio. Today, I plugged in my camera for a Zoom meeting. Jaws stopped speaking through sound blaster and tried speaking through the speaker built in to my camera. It was too quiet to hear, but fortunately, narrator was loud enough to hear through the small camera speaker.

I had to go to windows 10 sound settings and switch the focus back to the sound blaster card, and all audio came through fine.

I still have the sound blaster card checked in Jaws, which should mean that all Jaws audio comes through it, even when a different audio output is selected in windows 10 settings.

I would like to figure out how to make this work properly.

Randy Meyer

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: Sound Card Question Windows 10

Hi Randy,
Do you have a set of speakers plugged into each soundcard?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Meyer" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 8:41 PM
Subject: Sound Card Question Windows 10

I am using latest Jaws 2020 and windows 10. I have my sound blaster card
selected in Jaws, but when I go to sound settings in windows and change to a
different sound card, I lose Jaws speech.

I thought if I specifically selected the sound blaster card in Jaws, and not
the windows default sound, Jaws would always speak through the sound blaster
card, regardless of selection in windows 10 sound settings.

I am trying to route Jaws to the sound blaster card and other sounds to the
built in realtek sound card.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Also, when I plug in any new sound output device, such as a camera, windows
10 makes this the active sound output device, effectively turning off Jaws

Randy Meyer

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