Jack Descriptions for Dynamic Audio Subdevices

In Windows Vista and later, the KSPROPERTY_JACK_DESCRIPTION property provides information about a jack or a collection of jacks on a subdevice in an audio adapter. (In this context, the term subdevice is synonymous with KS filter.) The property value is an array of one or more KSJACK_DESCRIPTION structures. Each structure describes the color, connector type, and physical location of a jack. In addition, the structure contains an IsConnected member that is TRUE if an audio endpoint device such as a microphone or headphones is plugged into the jack, and is FALSE if the jack is empty. To provide an up-to-date value for IsConnected, the adapter driver for a dynamic subdevice relies on the jack-presence detection capabilities of the audio hardware. For a static subdevice (with no jack-presence detection), the IsConnected member should always be TRUE. For more information, see Jack Description Property.

When the user inserts a plug into a jack on a dynamic subdevice, the adapter driver should call the PcRegisterSubdevice function to register the subdevice. While the subdevice remains registered, if the adapter driver receives an IOCTL containing a KSPROPERTY_JACK_DESCRIPTION request for the subdevice, the driver should set the IsConnected member of the property value to TRUE.

When the user removes the plug from the jack on the dynamic subdevice, the adapter driver should call the IUnregisterSubdevice::UnregisterSubdevice method to delete the subdevice's registration. While the subdevice is not registered, if the adapter driver receives an IOCTL containing a KSPROPERTY_JACK_DESCRIPTION request for the subdevice, the driver should set the IsConnected member of the property value to FALSE.

 

 

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