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Is it possible to play sound through laptop speakers and additional speaker at the same time ? I have Ubuntu 11.10 on Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 and . I will appreciate a guide on how to do it, in case it is possible.

Thanks in advance !

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If it's still interesting then i can provide an existing example that that is possible.

I have an Asus N53SV X5MSV laptop and also searched for kind of that solution (actually I searched how to make different sound o/p from these outputs: headsets and built in speakers).

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed. To make work both of them at the same time with the same output do the following:

sudo apt-get install gnome-alsamixer 
open it

There will be an option to mute/unmute speakers/headsets. This worked for me. And I don't use usb headsets, just S/PDIF jack headsets and built in speakers.

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No, there is a hardware switch integrated with the headphone jack that prevents this. It has nothing to do with your OS. If you were really determined to do it, you could disassemble and modify the jack, but that's outside the scope of the original question.

See this Wikipedia article for more info.

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10X man :) I guess that's right . –  WaaDaaFaak Jan 9 '12 at 10:10

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