Changing to headphones rather than speakers - firefox doesn't realise!




10 years ago
8 years ago


(Reporter: Mike Y, Unassigned)


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(Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-12-01])



10 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-GB; rv: Gecko/20080404 Firefox/
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-GB; rv: Gecko/20080404 Firefox/

Firefox does not notice sound output device change.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start firefox with no USB headphones attached
2. Go to a page with sound (youtube in my case, not sure if relevant)
3. Plug in USB headphones
4. (Change System Preferencs -> Sound -> USB Logitech Headset (for example).

Actual Results:  
Sound still plays through speakers (a restart is required to get this to work).  

Expected Results:  
The sound should be coming through the headphones.

This bug is for a Mac but as I recall the problem also occurs with Windows XP.

Comment 1

9 years ago
I encounter the same problem on Windows XP:
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv:
Gecko/2009032609 Firefox/3.0.8
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv:
Gecko/2009032609 Firefox/3.0.8

Well, on a German Windows XP I change the sound output device with:
Einstellungen / Systemsteuerung / Sounds und Audiogeräte and modify the "Soundwiedergabe" "Standardgerät" on the "Audio" tab of that control panel.

Just to clarify, restarting *Firefox* fixes the problem.
And of course the same problem occurs when switching back to loudspeakers.

Comment 2

9 years ago
Firefox/3.5.7 on Windows XP Professional SP3

I thought I had this problem - but further checks suggest it's not necessarily a Firefox problem.

If I'm playing an ogg file (eg everything works as expected: plug in the headsphones, Firefox notices and directs the sound to the headphones; unplug the headphones, Firefox notices and directs the sound to the default sound card.

If I'm playing something via a ADOBE FLASH object, the Flash object will continue to use whichever sound destination was in use as the sound began to play and it appears impossible to change that without restarting Firefox (with the headphones in or out as desired). This is consistent with the behaviour of Microsoft Internet Explorer. It may be by design, it may be that neither Firefox or MSIE pass on the system event to Flash or it may be a lack of functionality within Flash.
Reporter, please retest with Firefox 3.6.12 or later in a fresh profile ( Also update your plugins (flash, adobe reader, java, quicktime, silverlight, etc.) Go to the developer's website and download the latest version from there. If you no longer see this issue, please close this bug as RESOLVED, WORKSFORME. If you do see the bug, please post a comment.
Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-12-01]

Comment 4

8 years ago
(In reply to comment #3)
Hi Tyler

I retested and the problem is gone.
However I cannot figure out how to close the bug.
The only option I get on the bug display page (yes I'm logged in) that looks remotely similar is: Clone This Bug.
What am I missing here?
No reply, INCOMPLETE. Please retest with Firefox 3.6.12 or later and a new profile ( If you continue to see this issue with the newest firefox and a new profile, then please comment on this bug.
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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