Single jack for both Microphone and headset.

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My laptop has a single jack for both headset/speakers and microphone. Has anyone figured out how to use the external microphone without disabling internal speakers? I have a "Y" cable to separate out speaker and microphone. Obviously when anything is plugged in the internal speakers disable.
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Ken AG2K

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Posted 2 years ago

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Roger, W6VZV

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You can have the internal speaker to the 6400M enabled even if you have headphones plugged in.
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Larry - W8LLL

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You could use a usb microphone.
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Anyone with a laptop has this issue - the easiest answer is to buy a $5 USB sound card. They are tiny and have separate Mic/Ear jacks. You can then still use the internal speaker.
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Check Amazon....... They have several different conversion cables that will do the job...... $5 ~ $10.  I have been using one for several years now.

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Ken do you have a recommendation for a cable? The ones I've tried all disabled the internal speakers. 
So far it looks like the USB option may be the way to go.. I'll need to get a small USB hub. 
I've been trying to eliminate everything hanging off the laptop.