Windows is considering soundbar as a screen ! how to avoid this ?


Christophe

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Hi, on my laptop, I have connected a screen via USB-C port and a soundbar via HDMI port.
But each time I move an application window between my 2 laptop screen and my external monitor (using Win+Shift+Arrow key left/right keyboard short), my application disappears and reappears !
I have discovered that this is because Windows is considering the soundbar as a screen !! How can I tell to Windows that this is not a screen ? (I just want audio)
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If it were mine I would consider plugging the monitor into the HDMI port and the soundbar into a USB port or possibly the speaker or line out port on the sound adapter. I can do it that way on a 27" monitor I was given.
 

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If it were mine I would consider plugging the monitor into the HDMI port and the soundbar into a USB port or possibly the speaker or line out port on the sound adapter. I can do it that way on a 27" monitor I was given.
How have you concretely connected your speaker to your 27 monitor ?
I am exactly in the same position, I have a 27 monitor and want to have sound coming from my soundbar. The natural way for me was to use HDMI like I am doing on my TV.
 

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    32 GB
How have you concretely connected your speaker to your 27 monitor ?
My 27" monitor is an ASUS and has 4 input choices, HDMI, VGA, DVI and DisplayPort [selectable by a switch on it] and has internal speakers in it that connect to a computer by the usual audio cable.
 

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My 27" monitor is an ASUS and has 4 input choices, HDMI, VGA, DVI and DisplayPort [selectable by a switch on it] and has internal speakers in it that connect to a computer by the usual audio cable.
I don't understand how this is supposed to help "Christophe" avoid having his soundbar from being seen as a monitor.

A little Web searching found it to be a frequently encountered issue, with no robust solution. One solution would be to not use an HDMI connection to the soundbar. As the models of the soundbar and laptop weren't provided, I can't guess whether other interfaces would be available.
 

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One solution would be to not use an HDMI connection to the soundbar.
That was my thought for a solution. Most times HDMI is for video but devices like the cable boxes use HDMI that includes video and sound for TVs that can accommodate them. My DVD recorder/player doesn't have HDMI output to the TV so 3 RCA cables have to be used.
 

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    12GB
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    256GB SSD NVMe
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    Dell Vostro 5890
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    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
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    16GB
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    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
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    24" Dell
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    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
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    Firefox, Edge
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    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Multimedia Interface, it's the nature of the beast.
Just as the OP doesn't want their Sound Bar showing as a monitor, I don't wish to have my LG monitor showing up as an audio device.
Only thing is, I can disable it and hide it! 🤷‍♂️

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    ASUS VivoBook
A little Web searching found it to be a frequently encountered issue, with no robust solution. One solution would be to not use an HDMI connection to the soundbar. As the models of the soundbar and laptop weren't provided, I can't guess whether other interfaces would be available.
I have a Dell Latitude 5320 and use a Dell WD22TB4 dock. My external monitor is Asus ProArt PA279CV.
My soundbar is Dell Soundbar 500. It does have a optical cable input, but my PC/dock/monitor does not have an optical cable output. There are optical adapters (I do not own one) but I find this weird to have to use such complicate thing when a simple HDMi could be use.
AUX port is analogic and cannot be recommended in 2024. How do people digitally connect speakers to their computer?
 

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I would imagine USB or, more commonly, Bluetooth.
Speakers do not have USB port.
Bluetooth speaker connection is by far the worse solution for a desk setup (voices are not in sync with lips on videos)
 

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    32 GB
I have a Dell Latitude 5320 and use a Dell WD22TB4 dock. My external monitor is Asus ProArt PA279CV.
My soundbar is Dell Soundbar 500. It does have a optical cable input, but my PC/dock/monitor does not have an optical cable output. There are optical adapters (I do not own one) but I find this weird to have to use such complicate thing when a simple HDMi could be use.
AUX port is analogic and cannot be recommended in 2024. How do people digitally connect speakers to their computer?
Thanks for providing the details.

Is the "Dell Soundbar 500" the JBL unit?

If so, I don't know what to suggest. It has a USB port, but apparently it's not usable as a PC audio interface. Maybe an SPDIF/optical adapter would be your best option, to circumvent the issues with HDMI. Kludgy and extra cost, but...

My desktop audio is Kef Eggs, plus a small sub. They have a variety of interfaces (no HDMI), but the one I use is USB.
 

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    Amd Threadripper 7970X
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    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
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    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
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    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
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    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
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    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
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    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
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    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
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    Logitech K120 (wired)
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    windows 11 22631.2861
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    homebuilt
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    Intel I9-13900K
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    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
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    Asus PA329C
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    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
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    WDC SN850 1TB
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    Logitech M500s (wired)
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    Logitech K120 (wired)
Sorry I made a mistake it is: Bose Soundbar 500 (not Dell)
It does not have a USB input.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro (22H2)
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    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1185G7 @ 3.00GHz
    Memory
    32 GB
Sorry I made a mistake it is: Bose Soundbar 500 (not Dell)
It does not have a USB input.

(There's a USB port, but it appears to mainly be used for firmware updates.)

I think that the Dell's USB port also can't be used as an audio interface to a PC, although it can play music from a USB drive.

My impression is that a USB to Toslink (SPDIF optical adapter) might be your easiest solution. At Amazon, there are many, starting at around $15US. SPDIF is an archaic interface, but it should be OK for 5.1 audio. (The Bose 500 looks like a 5.1 channel device: 5 speakers plus a subwoofer output.)
 

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    Windows 11 22631.2861
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    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
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