Building a computer can seem daunting, especially if it’s your first build. For most people, it’s a high-stakes jigsaw puzzle with rather expensive pieces. However, it’s not as difficult as it may look at first sight.
In this article, we’re taking a look at what is AAFP on your motherboard and how you need to deal with the header for your build to run properly.
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What are AAFP Motherboards?
AAFP motherboards are simply motherboards with an AAFP or Analog Audio Front Panel 10-pin connector that comes with an HD audio header. It’s essentially a header where you plug in the audio I/O from your case’s front panel.
However, you can attach any 10-pin audio interface to the connector. It needs to support either HD Audio or legacy AC’97. By default, most motherboards are configured to use HD Audio, which is the more modern and overall better interface. However, should you want to use AC’97, you will have to make that change in the BIOS settings.
Most motherboards also come with two audio interfaces, the rear being the primary audio interface and then AAFP, which plugs into the case’s audio I/O. Either way, keeping both interfaces active is a good idea since it gives your options in terms of connections and the ability to connect more audio devices at once.
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Fixing issues with AAFP
If you’ve connected the front audio I/O of your case to the AAFP header but aren’t getting any audio output, there are two fixes you can try out.
Check the drivers
The first thing you should do is install the relevant drivers. Most motherboards come with Realtek audio hardware, however, your specific motherboard’s make and model may vary. Refer to an instruction manual or the manufacturer’s website to figure out what drivers you need and install them.
Check the header connection
Often, these kinds of errors are caused by an improper connection. Check to see if the 10-pin connector is properly seated in the header and that there’s no dust or debris in there that might hamper connectivity.
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