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What jack does this webcam require?


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#1 stebbinsd

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:59 PM

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1GK2MB6858&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=USB_Webcam-_-9SIA1GK2MB6858-_-Product

 

I can see that this webcam has two connectors that have to be plugged into the back of the computer: A USB port, and a 3.5mm jack.

 

I have a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P motherboard. This is what the USB ports and 3.5mm jacks look like:

 

https://s10.postimg.org/m77qmphdl/Motherboard_USB_Ports_and_3.5mm_Jacks.png

 

Which of these ports would the 3.5mm jack need to go into? The black one? because I'm already using the black port for my VGA-to-HDMI adapter for my video card. In other words, if I unplug that, I won't be able to see a blasted thing on-screen! So I can't afford to put something else in that port.

 

Am I juts unable to use that port? Or could the webcam's 3.5mm jack potentially go into another port? Or Do I even technically need the 3.5mm jack at all?


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 01:15 PM

Check your manual. The pink jack is usually Microphone In. That is what your Webcam's 3.5mm jack is used for.


Edited by JohnC_21, 15 January 2018 - 01:17 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 01:23 PM

But the jack on the webcam I showed you the link to is black, isn't it?

 

Is it a microphone jack despite being black?


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 01:34 PM

Yes as its certainly not a stereo jack.

It makes sense to be for the mic.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 01:36 PM

According you to your link the Webcam has a microphone. This is the only thing that 3.5 mm plug can be. What does the Webcam manual show? Microphone jacks aren't necessarily pink in color. In fact most if not all are black.



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:27 PM

John,

 

         I know that out there, somewhere, must be a desktop machine that doesn't have a pink microphone jack, but it's been ages since I saw one.

 

         The plug from the device(s) may or may not be color coded, but that pink jack on the computer is certainly the microphone jack, and the pale green one the speaker jack.  [Of course, the fact that "jack" is used interchangeably these days for both the plug and the socket doesn't help, but when I read "{insert color here} jack" I go straight to the socket side, not the plug side.]

 

          The only thing that should have a 3.5mm plug that's associated with a webcam is a microphone, and from the description shown at newegg that's the only logical option.  Why it needs that is a mystery to me.  One of the older webcams I have from Logitech has a single USB connection that handles both the video and audio from the webcam.


Edited by britechguy, 15 January 2018 - 03:28 PM.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:41 PM

What does the Webcam manual show?

What makes you think I even bought it yet?

 

Seriously ... what makes you think I WASN'T posting this thread before I bought it just to make sure I could use it on my system before I committed to buying it?!


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:43 PM

Unless money is tight I'd suggest spending $20 to $30 on a Logitech or Microsoft camera that handles the audio over the USB connection.



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:59 PM

 

What does the Webcam manual show?

What makes you think I even bought it yet?

 

Seriously ... what makes you think I WASN'T posting this thread before I bought it just to make sure I could use it on my system before I committed to buying it?!

 

 

What makes you think he was talking about hard copy?   The currently available computers or peripherals that don't have the full user manuals and quick start guides downloadable are few and far between.

 

Although I was able to locate this item on what appears to be its manufacturer's website, https://www.tomtop.com/p-c1745b.html, it appears to be so inexpensive that this data is not included.

 

Based on information there I am wondering if the mic plug is actually going to be used on most systems.  I am guessing there's the rare system that won't handle both audio and video over USB, but there have got to be a few.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:34 PM

britechguy, from my search over at New Egg, it looked like all of the inexpensive, under $20, didn't handle audio over the USB connection, hence my recommendation for spending more money if possible.



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:47 PM

britechguy, from my search over at New Egg, it looked like all of the inexpensive, under $20, didn't handle audio over the USB connection, hence my recommendation for spending more money if possible.

 

It certainly might not.  Given how cheap it is at the site I linked to I would probably be disinclined to purchase it except as a short term experiment, expecting it will break.  That being said, when it comes to electronics like this I have often found that price is no indicator of quality.  The mark-up on brand names is immense.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 04:18 PM

Hey guys; virtually all of the audio chips used since about 2007 are HDAudio and, if their drivers have been installed and are working properly, the HDAudio control pops up every time you plug something in for the first time and asks you what you want to use the jack for (mic, line in, line out, front speakers, etc.)  You can usually then use any jack for any purpose.


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