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Question: headset not detecting

i've been having this issue for a while now, my headset hasn't been detecting. it is connected via the 3.5mm headphone jack. this is a problem i've had with every pair of headphones/headsets i've tried, so it isn't an issue with the model. the only reason i haven't noticed this issue until as of recent is because i've had a USB connected headset. now that i need to use the 3.5mm jack, nothing is detecting. i've tried to fix this issue, and all that has happened is that my headset shows up as "Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)", and will not register my microphone. any help?
note that these three screenshots are taken whilst the headset is plugged into the 3.5mm headphone jack (the only connector that came with the headset)

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I got a Turtle Beach P11 Today i cant seem to get the mic to work.
I got a mobo: Gigabyte Z68x-Ud3h-b3
My Realtek cannot find the microphone usb port

Answer:USB port not detecting headset mic

Have you tried the headset in another computer?

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Hi, I recently bought a new headset due to one of the ears falling apart...

My old one was USB with a 3.5mm cable and worked perfectly fine. The new one I got has no USB and uses the green and pink cables. I've plugged them in and it seemed as if they were working well but I realised they're not actually picking up the sound from the microphone, they're playing my computers sounds.

I looked through other forums and found people saying that it may be a driver issue, so I updated and got the Realtek HD, which then showed the Stereo Mix in my devices. Basically what's happening is that Stereo Mix and Microphone are both playing volume at the same level and acting as if they're the same. I've tried disabling Stereo and keeping Mic but it still plays the computers sounds. I've tried vice-versa too. The "Speakers" device is also playing at the same level of volume.

And then obviously since it's doing that, it's playing my computer sounds through Skype.

Basically what I want to achieve is have the headset playing sound but also be able to speak through skype without it playing the sounds I have on.

Also, there's a little switch on the cable to act as a "Mic Mute" switch, if the Mic is ON then the sound is fine, if I switch it to OFF the sound is very echo'd and distant.

Answer:New Headset, not detecting microphone.

First, stereo mix should be set as the default recording device. Then any input device that is used will be heard.

As Windows only allows one default audio playback device, separating sounds or what's heard may not be possible or is an option of the application program. I'm not familiar with Skype so I don't know what the options are or do.

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I recently purchased a VersionTech EACH G2000 and I plugged it into my computer, but Windows does not recognize it in the playback nor recording devices. Help would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows not Detecting Headset

From what I see this has the two 3.5mm plugs and also a USB. I can't find out if the USB is just for the lights or if it is used for anything else in the headset. But, make sure you plug in everything.

As you have a Dell, and are you using the built in sound device? or have you added a separate sound card? If you added a separate sound card, you need to connect the front panel to the new sound card.

If you are using the built in sound device, try connecting the headset and mic to the rear connectors (Green and Pink) and see if it works there.

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I recentley did a complete reinstall of Windows 10 onto my computer, deleting everything else on the drives along with it. However now when I plug my headset into either the front or rear jacks Windows is not detecting anything. I have installed the newest Realtek HD Audio drivers but am I missing anything else? Or is it a more serious problem? Ty in advance.

Answer:Jacks not detecting headset

Originally Posted by CoolioF

I recentley did a complete reinstall of Windows 10 onto my computer, deleting everything else on the drives along with it. However now when I plug my headset into either the front or rear jacks Windows is not detecting anything. I have installed the newest Realtek HD Audio drivers but am I missing anything else? Or is it a more serious problem? Ty in advance.

Open Settings and type Audio in "find a setting" box at top....this will give a selection of options to cure your problem.

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I recentley did a complete reinstall of Windows 10 onto my computer, deleting everything else on the drives along with it. However now when I plug my headset into either the front or rear jacks Windows is not detecting anything. I have installed the newest Realtek HD Audio drivers but am I missing anything else? Or is it a more serious problem? Ty in advance.

Answer:Jacks not detecting headset

CoolioF said:

I recentley did a complete reinstall of Windows 10 onto my computer, deleting everything else on the drives along with it. However now when I plug my headset into either the front or rear jacks Windows is not detecting anything. I have installed the newest Realtek HD Audio drivers but am I missing anything else? Or is it a more serious problem? Ty in advance.

Open Settings and type Audio in "find a setting" box at top....this will give a selection of options to cure your problem.

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I recentley did a complete reinstall of Windows 10 onto my computer, deleting everything else on the drives along with it. However now when I plug my headset into either the front or rear jacks Windows is not detecting anything. I have installed the newest Realtek HD Audio drivers but am I missing anything else? Or is it a more serious problem? Ty in advance.

Answer:Jacks not detecting headset

Originally Posted by CoolioF

I recentley did a complete reinstall of Windows 10 onto my computer, deleting everything else on the drives along with it. However now when I plug my headset into either the front or rear jacks Windows is not detecting anything. I have installed the newest Realtek HD Audio drivers but am I missing anything else? Or is it a more serious problem? Ty in advance.

Open Settings and type Audio in "find a setting" box at top....this will give a selection of options to cure your problem.

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Alright so I have a BRAND new Sony Vaio laptop with Windows 7, it's model # is VPCCW21FX. I got it only a week ago.
I play games so I connect with Ventrilo, but with this laptop it is not detecting my headset. It's a standard Logitech headset that connects through those pink and green jacks on the side of my laptop. It only recognizes the laptop's built-in microphone, however. This is what I've tried to get my headset's mic to work:

1. Disabling the built-in microphone. The laptop still did not recognize that I had a separate microphone plugged in through the jack.

2. Updating sound card's driver / rollback to previous, to see if it might work. It did not.

3. I tried to use the Ease of Access -> Install new microphone. The laptop would only still detect the built-in microphone, not the one that was plugged in through the jack.

I know it's not the headset's fault because it was working perfectly fine in another computer just this morning, and I tested it on my brother's computer a few minutes ago. His computer detects my headset. Yes I have the plugs in the correct holes, and no there are no drivers since this isn't a USB headset. The laptop KNOWS that something is plugged into the mic jack because it mutes the laptop's built-in microphone once there's something in it, but no sound is detected.

As you can see from the image, the Realtek microphone is the built-in one. My headset is currently plugged in, but ... Read more

Answer:Laptop not detecting headset

on that screen if you click on the microphone - so thatthe properties button highlights
click on that
another screen opens - click on recording TAB
on that screen - do you have 3.5mm Jack - anything you can enable there?

Well I have a Sony Vaio and just plugged a mic in (on vista) and it worked ...... so ignore above - that made no difference on my machine

I used start> programs> accessories> sound recorder
to test with

try that see if it works with that application

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Windows will happily output sound to my headset but there is no input from the mic. I have a xonar dg as my soundcard.

The headset mic has been tested on a laptop and works
The microphone mute button the the headset cable is set correctly
The jack is correctly in
On plugging in (and fiddling with the jack) the mic I can see noise in CP/Sound window
It has been tested on the front panel, the soundcard jack & motherboard jacks
Drivers have been wiped and reinstalled
System restores had no effect
A reinstallation of windows keeping programs & settings had no effect
The mic is not muted or set too low in Control Panel / Sound
The mic in my webcam works correctly (USB)
Connections inside the case are not loose
Toggling the front mic option in Cp/Sound/Recording/(the mic)/properties/custom has no effect
I also managed to get the mic to work (badly) for a few seconds after windows reinstalled. After I plugged in the headphone jack, the mic went dead and hasn't recovered since.

The mic has worked on this PC before, it seems some setting / software / driver is mucking up.

Answer:Windows not detecting input from headset

I noticed the sound card can only handle up to 48KHz/24-bit recording. However the CP sound options would let me set it above this. Lowering it to the acceptable level made no difference.

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My Laptop Model : HP Pavilion 15-ab267cl  My Sony Bluetooth Head Set model:  Sony mdr-zx330bt I am not able to connect my bluetooth Headset to the Laptop. IN bletooth devices it's not detecting my headset

Answer:laptop Bluetooth is no detecting my sony bluetooth headset -...

Hi, You have to allow your Sony is discoverable. How ? Please check its manual. Normally it MUST have a blue button to press. Regards.

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Hi All,

I want to know in Vista,

At the Same time,
How to get the Head Phone Front Jack on, output
the Rear output for the Speakers -5.1 Surround
a USB Headset for another Mic ONLY that is USB.

Three things all Going at once?

Is it possible,
I cant even get the Headphones front output-pink and the rear speakers playing at the same time

Answer:How to use front Pink Headset, USB Headset, and Rear Speker outputs atthe same time?

Hi Dash,

I know its possible with Realtek HD devices...What type of device do you have?


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Hi All, I have Nokia BH-900 bluetooth headset and X60s laptop, how to use the headset for VoIP calls? The OS is Windows XP. So far I have added the bt device to the device list, but for some reason the device connection does not activate, ie the headset keeps blinking green, not blue. And I can not find the bt device from any settings. I already tried the search on this forum, but the given instructions did not seem to match my case, or I did not understand them  BRJorma

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So basically, will this headset work with windows 7 ?

Answer:Tritton AX 720 Gaming Headset with 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Headset

Yes it will. Google for reviews.

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HelloSo three days ago I wiped all of my drives and installed Windows 10. I have a Corsair Vengenace 2100 headset. I installed the realtek drivers from ASUS download section for my motherboard and then I installed the headset drivers.The problem is that my headset does not record anything through the microphone if I set it to be the default device for audio output. If I have my other computer speakers as the default output device my microphone works just fine.This goes for all the USBs in the back of the motherboard. The headset works just great if I plug in the wireless reciever in the front of the computer.I have tried to reinstall the drivers multiple times and checked a bunch of different settings in the sound manager in windows but nothing seems to work.Have also googled all kinds of things but nothing seems to relate to my problem.I do not have any external sound card plugged into my computer.Thanks for any help provided!

Answer:Headset microphone not recording when headset is default audio device

Hi iBSOADed and welcome to TenForums,

First of all, you shouldn't have had to worry about installing any drivers after installing Windows 10 as Windows should do that automatically.

Have you tried using the Corsair Gaming Headset Setup program in the Downloads section of this page? Vengeance® 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset

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So three days ago I wiped all of my drives and installed Windows 10. I have a Corsair Vengenace 2100 headset. I installed the realtek drivers from ASUS download section for my motherboard and then I installed the headset drivers.

The problem is that my headset does not record anything through the microphone if I set it to be the default device for audio output. If I have my other computer speakers as the default output device my microphone works just fine.

This goes for all the USBs in the back of the motherboard. The headset works just great if I plug in the wireless reciever in the front of the computer.

I have tried to reinstall the drivers multiple times and checked a bunch of different settings in the sound manager in windows but nothing seems to work.

Have also googled all kinds of things but nothing seems to relate to my problem.

I do not have any external sound card plugged into my computer.

Thanks for any help provided!

EDIT: Can be closed as I found the win 10 forum after I made the thread. Sorry!

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On Lenovo Thinkpad x1 3rd generation with windows 10, i'm pluging in my iPhone headset (I also tried with my samsung headset and one plus headset), but it will not recognize the mic. the headphones speakers works just fine, but the array mic stays on and no indication on windows, what so ever, that a mic was plugged too. Thank you for your assistence Idan 

Answer:Thinkpad x1 iphone headset plugged. headset Speakers works but not the mic

I'm not sure, but I think that this answer, about enabling multi-stream solved the problem 

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HelloSo three days ago I wiped all of my drives and installed Windows 10. I have a Corsair Vengenace 2100 headset. I installed the realtek drivers from ASUS download section for my motherboard and then I installed the headset drivers.The problem is that my headset does not record anything through the microphone if I set it to be the default device for audio output. If I have my other computer speakers as the default output device my microphone works just fine.This goes for all the USBs in the back of the motherboard. The headset works just great if I plug in the wireless reciever in the front of the computer.I have tried to reinstall the drivers multiple times and checked a bunch of different settings in the sound manager in windows but nothing seems to work.Have also googled all kinds of things but nothing seems to relate to my problem.I do not have any external sound card plugged into my computer.Thanks for any help provided!

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the topic pretty much says it. I bought myself a new headset(C-media headphone set or something) which uses a USB-port instead of an original sound-port-thing. The problem is, whenever I plug the headset in the USB-port pretty much nothing happens and I can't get the sound in the headset, it just stays in the speakers...

It used to be no problem when I used a headset with the sound-port on the motherboard to just change it. Anyone have any suggestions on what I might do? :(

edit: forgot to say that it works just fine after rebooting the computer.

Thank you

Answer:Problem with USB-headset(Can't switch between headset and speakers without rebooting)

Hi Foonksh,

Try going into the Control Panel and go into Sounds and Audio Devices. From there you can pick the default device for recording and for playback. In the playback section, set the headset as the default device instead of your speakers.

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I have an Acer Aspire V 15 (V5-591G-55pv) laptop. The laptop has a HEADSET jack (it shows a little symbol next to it referring to a headset with mic and headphone) and i have a headset that has 2 wires. 1 is for the headphones and the other is for the microphone, so i am using a headset adapter that came with the headset itself. I have used the microphone and the headset adapter on my PS4 controller and it works so the microphone is not defected. my computer does not detect my headphones but still plays audio through it, and the microphone is not detected. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

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I am knew on the board. Greetings

I installed a NEW Logitech USB Headset 350 onto my Winows XP Service Pack 2 generic 'puter.

I now have no speaker sound and no option shows except the headset and "Modem #1 line ".

It sorta looks like I have no speaker drivers .

Unplugging the headset does not help.

Anybody know how to fix this problem so I am not forced to wear a headset for audio ALL OF THE TIME ?



Answer:Installed new USB Headset NOW no speaker audio even if I unplug the headset

Yeah, my USB headset was a little weird at first as well.

Try going into your volume control (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Volume Control):
1. Click Options
2. Properties
3. Change the mixer device from the USB headset to your speakers.

Should work.

Also should note you can change the output settings in most audio software (for example: Windows Media Player, Winamp, etc.) so if you can't hear anything from your speakers when using those programs, try fiddling with those settings as well. I know for Winamp it's Options > Preferences > Plug-ins > Output > double-click the plug-in you use (mine is out_ds.dll) and again change it to your speakers using the drop down menu.

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I can't figure out how to fix this. I noticed that, when I'm watching a video, my headset's mic will relay the audio coming into my headset. Disabling Stereo Mix doesn't fix it. The physical controller that's on my headset cable doesn't stop it from happening, as even if I turn the volume knob all the way down and flick the mute switch, it's still picking up the audio. Muting my headset from within the computer stops the mic from hearing it, as does switching to my speakers that are plugged into the front jack. My headset is a 3.5mm jack type plugged into the back of the computer, directly into the motherboard.

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With my old headset i used to have a blast recording sounds/music coming out of my comptuer directly using wave out. Often for MSN voice clips and such.

I haven't changed anything, but now that i have this new headset, the only recording i seem to be able to do is voice recording in sound recorder, i can't seem to record wave out mix on sound recorder, and can't record anything whatsoever in msn voice clips.

I can hear voice clips sent to me though, strange thing is, when someone invited me to an audio conversation earlier, i got the annoying ringing noise alright , but i couldn't hear anything.

I checked my volume controls nothing is muted.
Any help would be fantastic! Thanks in advance

Answer:New Headset dilemma (C-Media USB Headset to be precise)


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I have tried 2 different headsets using front ports of my computer. The headsets are detected by the computer and I can hear fine out of them, but no voice is detected. I have tried numerous tests and other small things, but nothing seems to work. The headsets are supposed to be working properly according to the system.

What do I do?

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Sound does not go through headset. A headset is not working. 

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I have a almost broken headset, but the microphone still works fine, The microphone is connected on the wire right before the headset, Its not actually touching the headset itself.

Would this microphone still work if the headset was cut off?

Sorry but I can't manage to take a photo but

Answer:Will a Headset microphone still work if I cut it off the Headset?

Is the microphone actually supported by the headset, by that I mean when the set is on your head is the microphone carried close to your mouth so you have both hands free. If this is the case then cutting off the headset will mean the microphone will not have any way of being held near your mouth.
If you cut it off you will have to be very careful you don't cut the wires for the microphone & it's possible that there is a common return wire for the earpieces & the microphone in the form of a shielded cable, so it would be very difficult, but if you have skills in this area it could be done.

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I have 2 headsets both from different companies, one from Andrea the other from Altec Lansing. I have them plugged into the front ports of my tower. My computer detects them both and says that they are working. However, I can hear out of them, but I cannot say anything. It does not hear me at all. I've tried various testing procedures and it doesn't detect anything.

What do I do?

Answer:Headset detected, not working (2nd headset)

Hi Cdn, The Vista default setting under audio and microphone is rear line in. Right Click the speaker
icon in your task bar or system tray. Click on the Recording tab at the top. Make sure that Front Mic.
is enabled and has a green check mark next to it. Click Apply and Okay. Try it now.

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I've searched around a lot about this topic, but after hours and days of searching, I've found nothing to fix my problem. I have a headset that has speakers and a microphone (3.5mm jacks) that work fine, except when I'm trying to talk to someone using the microphone, they can hear the sounds coming from my headset (youtube videos, game sounds etc). I've tried installing the Realtek HD Audio Codec but it disappears after it finishes installing and after I restart (although it still remains in the Programs and Features uninstall page), the program files for it is empty with the exception of RtlUpd64.exe which doesn't do anything when executed and a few other files.
In device manager, the things I have under sound, video and game controllers are Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus and the Intel Display Audio. I've updated everything to the latest. Also, I recently system restored my computer and before I did I had IDT High Definition Audio Drivers, but after updating they were changed.
I think the problem is that stereo mix is enabled somewhere or something to do with my drivers as when I tried plugging my headset into my brother's computer, it worked fine (he has the Gigabyte Realtek Audio Manager thing and was able to adjust the stereo mix settings).
If there's a program or workaround to this, or how to disable the stereo mix like through registry or something, please let me know.
My computer is a HP Pavilion dv6-7040tx running Wi... Read more

Answer:Headset mic recording sounds through headset?

You are correct, that is the usual cause of this problem. And aside from being set in the drivers, it can sometimes be set in the application (used for the communication).

That model does appear to use the IDT High-Definition (HD) Audio chipset. The problem is likely in the fact that you upgraded to Win10 and I don't see that HP supports nor supplies drivers for Win10 (I only see drivers for 7 and 8). Which means you are using generic drives supplied by Windows. The generic Windows drivers often work well enough to get hardware functional, but quite often don't support all hardware or all features of all hardware.

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Ive got an Logitech 250 headset USB, And i have a stereo soundsystem. So i wont be using the headset, but only the microphone. Is there anyway to 'split' the microphone from the headset, like with a software or something, Cause i dont want to hear everything on the headset when i plug the usb in, but i want to hear it on my soundsystem.

Any help? Without ripping my headset apart? :b

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I am having trouble with my windows installation after attempting to install windows 10 a second time on the same machine, but different partition.
I have used a bootable USB device with the windows 10 installation (created with the same machine and the same settings for OS).
After pressing F12 and selecting the USB as the boot device, i started the installation process and got to the stage where you select which drive / partition to install windows. But the list only contained the USB device i used to start the installation process, and the SSD did not appear when tried to refresh / reload drives (or unchecked the "hide incompatible drives" checkbox). 
After canceling the installation process, i was met with the following message when rebooting windows:
"Your PC/Device needs to be repaired.
The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information.
File: \BCD
Error code: 0x0000034
You'll need to use recovery tools. If you dont have..."

Before the error occured:
I have tried many different things BEFORE i got to the step above where I was able to start the USB stick and consequently ended up with the error.
However when the error occured the BIOS was reset to factory settings and i was able to log in to windows (and listen to spotify for an hour or so) before i tried the install that gave the error:

I tried installing windows 10 with a stick created from another computer. That time I got to the installation process. But when... Read more

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I have a RocketFish Bluetooth 2.0 EDR Class II Wireless USB Adapter, connected, and installed. Drivers are in and the device is working.

But when I use the Windows Bluetooth device app, and search for the headset, it's not finding it.

What am I doing wrong?


Answer:Trying to use Bluetooth headset as a Mic/headset on my PC

Bump. Help please?

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Hi, My old Packard Bell PC keeps detecting a PCI multimedia audio devise that is not even installed. It has audio in the mother board which does not work so I have a sound card in it but not in a PCI slot. All the plugged in stuff is accounted for and the drivers are installed. Every time I boot it it says new device so I have tried to find a driver on all the driver cds and 98 disk I have and it can't find any and says unknown device. It won't tell me what it is. Any one have a idea what is happening? Tom

Answer:PC keeps detecting something that is not there,

What pci cards do you have in the computer?

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Question: not detecting

my laptop of windows 8.1, when my mobile is connected to it, its detecting only photo transfer and for the charging but not for other USB options like file transfer what should i do?

Answer:not detecting

What phone is this? Do you see any prompts on your phone?

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Hey guys,

I have a really weird problem where the CD-Rom on my laptop is not detecting CDs when i insert them.

I put the CD into the CD-Rom and i hear it spinning for a minute or so, then it stops. When i go to My Computer and try to open the CD by double clicking the drive, it just opens a blank drive. I have tried multiple types of CDs: games, music, and movie CDs all have the same problem. I know that the CD-Rom itself is not the problem because i had the company, Acer, send me a brand new CD-Rom and the problem persists.

I have tried reinstalling all of the drivers, multiple times with no success.

This has been an ongoing problem for weeks now, and is frustrating because i can not play games, listen to cds, or even watch dvds so if anyone can help, i would greatly appreciate it.

Answer:CD-Rom not detecting CDs

If you right click on the Drive letter and choose properties and click on the AutoPlay tab is the radio button 'prompt me each time for an action' selected?

I'll continue to research this, sounds like something wierd with your OS, guessing Windows here.


EDIT: Something just popped in my head. When you go into that area, check to see if your media (music files - .mp3, etc.) are associated with BlankCD in the windows.

You can check this another way. Open up My Computer and select Tools -> Folder Options. Scroll through the extensions list (.mp3, .avi, etc.) and see if for some reason thy are associated with BlackCD.

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Hey everyone, When i go to sytemn information it says 261,616 kb ram. IS ThIS correct???!? What is this problem? this started happening after my other problem please look at this other thread

I am currently running another psu that is 230W but it hasnt had the problem yet like my other one did

Answer:PC Detecting Low RAM?!?!

That is correct. 261,616kb divided by 1024KB(the number of KB`s in 1MB) = 256MB of ram.

Regards Howard

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Re: HP a1600n (Media Center) with Win 10 CreatorI have 4GB RAM installed but PC is detecting only 3GB. I installed additional RAM many years ago and PC recognized 4GB. I do not regularly check this so I have no idea when PC started seeing 3 vs 4GB installed RAM.Does this mean one or more of my RAM sticks is defective? How would I check? Thanks.

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Hi guys, Ive got an R50.Recived it with no hdd installed.Put a 10gb Ibm drive into it. Was working great.Then my hdd died. I have attempted to replace it with numerous drives and non are detecting in the unit. Toshiba-MK6014MAP not detecting. A seagate ST94019A . ALSO  have a IBM Travelstar IC25N020ATCS04-0 thats not detecting. I did find but cannont find again the R5X supported list of every tested hdd. Can some one point me in the direction of that HDD compatiblity list that would be great. Cheers 


Go to Solution.

Answer:R50 not detecting any hdd

Maybe this might help ?

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i use an adaptor which goes into my usb 2.0 ports ,with a ps2 pad .
It was working fine unitll ive got my pc fixed and new sound card put in
In The control panal and it says not connected but ive got it connected ,i also tryed all 4 of my usb ports and still no luck
I dont seem to need any updates for my pc so im at a loss at how i can fix this i cant even find where the adaptor installed itself to because i want to reinstall it ,ive looked in main places like program files and in my add or remove programs but to no avail.
any help would be apreciated

Answer:PC not detecting my ps2 pad

what kind of ps2 pad? like a PLAYSTATION 2 dance pad or a ps2 touch pad (mouse touch pad thingy) if it's the playstation one i wouldn't doupt it if your converter is fried.

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hello first off i just put together this computer for my sisters kids for christmas..... first thing that is happening is when i leave something in the floppy or cd rom and try and boot up it. says detecting ide and gets stuck there for along time..... second off i have a maxtor 80 gig 7200 8 mg buffer and it formated to a 76 gig is this correct??? please help me and happy holidays!

Answer:Help With Cd Rom Ide Detecting

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I just bought a WD Caviar 80GB 8mb cache HD for my Dell Dimension 4100. I want to have this hard drive set as the slave for my computer; however, it is not being detecting. I connected everything properly with the jumper settings set correctly and it still does not detect.

One wierd thing is, if I set the WD hard drive as the master, it boots directly to a screen saying "insert a disk to A: to boot" or something like that. (although, I realize the HD has nothing on it and has not been formatted), the wierd thing is that it boots directly to this screen and seems to skip loading anything else on the system like the memory, floppy, etc.

Any ideas on what could be the problem here?

I'm trying to find new firmware for the motherboard, but I'm finding it hard to find...

Answer:2nd HD not detecting

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Ok, heres exactly what friend gave me a hardrive(used) one day since i needed more space, when i attached it to my computer and restarted thats when the problem started, i dont know if either its my motherboard or something but anything connected to the IDEs does not get detected. harddrives,Cdrom etc, the floppy gets detected, and so does my sata raptor. I tried new another power supply..nope...I tried getting new cables, that didnt work..i tried taking out all the harddrives leaving one in, that didnt work...i also flashed my bios to newer updates which also didnt work. then i got the idea of trying to downgrade (using older versions of the "updates" for my bios..and using one hard drive and it just showed me question marks a row of them..i am stumped some help please?

window xp
3200 amd semperon
two kingstong 512s hyper x ram
10,000 rpm raptor (32 g) (sata)
k7n2 delta 2 (platium edition)
floppy drive
radion 9800 pro 256mb
600w power supply

Non detected stuff: (all ide)
20gig IBM harddrive 7200rpm
80gig seagate hd 7200rpm
80gig western dig 7200rpm
52x sony CD rom
dvd rom..

Answer:Not detecting Anything with IDE

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I'm running Windows 7 64 bit, and I've been running on 4 GB RAM for a while.

Today I bought four RAM sticks, 2GB each, and installed it in my desktop. but Windows only saw 4 GB of RAM. So I removed two of them, but now Windows only sees 2 GB of RAM!

My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R . And I've installed the sticks on the yellow and red slots as you can see below:

And here are my RAM specs just in case:

Old RAM sticks: DDR2 5-5-5-18 @ 1.80v, 800MHz

New RAM sticks: DDR2 5-5-5 @ 2.20v, 1066MHz

I'm no hardware guy, so if anyone can make sense of this, I'd really appreciate it. And I've missed mentioning anything important, please let me know.

Answer:PC not detecting all RAM

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Question: Not detecting IDE

Hope someone can help with this, last week I kept getting the message "Boot Disk Failure Insert System Disk"
After reading a thread I changed the grey cable from the hard drive to the motherboard and all was fine for a week now I get as far as detecting IDE drive and every thing stops there, also I can't get into the BIOS to see if the drive is reconised
I have a Norton Ghost backup but can't change the boot from HDD to CD as I can't get into the BIOS
Would appreciate any help with this.

Happy New Year

Answer:Not detecting IDE

I think we need a bit more information, 21st.

Let's start with what you were aiming for when you changed the cable connecting your hard drive to the motherboard. What was the objective? Can you put it back the way it was? What happened when you did?

What's the make and model of the motherboard? With that info, someone here can probably tell you how to get into the BIOS to change the boot order if Googling the motherboard model number doesn't get you that information. (BTW -- have you got the motherboard manual around?)

You say that the boot process gets as far as detecting the connected drives. Does the POST successfully identify the drive? What drive is it? (If the BIOS can identify the drive, it may not be a drive cable issue.)

The error message you get usually comes up when the BIOS is able to interrogate the drive, looks for a Master Boot Record, and does not find one that it can boot from. The MBR could have been corrupted or overwritten.

Another possible cause of that error message is a drive controller failure. There are several things you can do to confirm or eliminate that possibility, but I won't offer any until I know what filesystem(s) are on that drive. Without that knowledge, I might suggest something that gets unreliable results and causes you to wipe the drive when it wasn't necessary.

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Question: USB not detecting

guys more power to our forum....

I got a problem here my PC my 4 usb doesnt detecting any devices even my Printer... and my USB CD WRITER.. before its working.. but few days ago its gone...

what is the reason why its happening this...

can anybody help me with my problem....

I have PC
P4 1.7
Intel chips


Answer:USB not detecting

Try to reinstall the usb composite device

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A few weeks ago my CD ROM just stopped detecting any CD's.

I tried removing it from the system, reinstalling it, reinstalling drivers, checking for conflicts but nothing works.

Any CD ROM I place in the system doesnt work.

Please tell me how I can fix this problem

Answer:CD-ROM not detecting any CD's

First thing: Is windows detecting it? Does it show up in My Computer??

Second: Have you tried using a cd cleaner??

It may be also the drive has gone bad. It does happen.

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Im running windows xp SP2, 2 evga nvidia 8800GT cards, Asus Maximus motherboard, and i have the newest drivers. But i can not get the sli working, ive looked up how to enable sli and its supposed to be in my Nvidia control panel under Manage 3d setting, but theres nothing there that says anything about sli. I have the cards connected to eachother and its setup in the bios to PEG. "PCI EXPRESS GRAPHICS"

Answer:XP not detecting SLI

I've had problems with enabling SLI also. In my case, I started with one card and added a second card about a month later. I had to remove all the drivers with only one card installed. Reboot. Go into BIOS and switch from single card to SLI mode. Shut down. Install 2nd card. Power up and install the latest drivers. Reboot. Go into the NVidia Control Panel and enable the SLI (if it doesn't auto enable). Reboot.
That's what I had to do. I hope this helps.

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Hey there,

I recently installed a 4GB DDR2 800Mhz and under Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System i can see that installed memory 4.0GB (2.94 usable) so i have 1 GB of ram missing !


Answer:W7 64 bit only detecting 3GB out of 4GB

I had the same exact problem. It is a motherboard limitation. You need to go into your BIOS and enable "Memory Remapping". If I remember correctly, it's in the Northbridge settings.

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Question: Not detecting HDD

Hey guys.

I'm getting a DISK BOOT ERROR INSERT SYSTEM DISK message after switching a new power supply and CD-ROM drive into my old computer. I'm attempting to repair or reinstall Windows, but it's not reading my HDD as existing. I've tried switching IDE cables and changing things around in the BIOS, but to no avail. I know the HDD is fine because I tested it in another box, but whatever I do, the HDD won't read. Any suggestions?

Answer:Not detecting HDD

potential problems:
bad IDE cable
Bad controller card
DIP switches set wrong (master for slave or vice versa)
Cable installed wrong.

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Hey Guys,

I have a PC with a 1 TB Sata HDD. I had an old 320gb IDE HDD that I thought I may as well use, So I opened the case plugged in the hdd and while the case was open turned on the pc to test and everything was fine, the hdd was detected and I was able to access it.
Put back on the cover turned on the pc and got suck at start up trying to find the IDE drive. Re opened the case checked cables and tried again...all good!

Now I left the PC for a while and now came back to it, once again I got stuck at the start up while the PC tries to detect any IDE drives. Only way I am able to get to windows is to press F12 to go to startup and select my Sata drive that has windows installed.

Does anyone know what could be causing this?
I didnt touch any of the pins on the IDE drive so I beleive its set to master. I am also running Windows 7.

Answer:Detecting second IDE HDD

Is it the only drive on the IDE cable or is there another drive connected to the same IDE cable? Also is the cable 40 wire or 80 wire? Needs to be 80 wire with the blue end connected to the motherboard and the black end connected to he master drive. Also check the jumper of the drive and verify that it is set to Master, you can also try the Cable Select/CS jumper position.

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Question: Detecting USB 2.0

How can you tell if your PC has USB 2.0?

Answer:Detecting USB 2.0

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Question: Not detecting USB

I have a Wireless USB adapter that I'm trying to get on the network. I had it working fine till a network guy come over and started messing around. Now, when I plug in the adapter, the computer either locks up or just doesn't recognize the new hardware. It's getting power fine though. What should I look for to fix? I've tried the Add Hardware but it doesn't detect it either.

Answer:Not detecting USB

Remove all the drivers, programs, and program file folders associated with that network adapter, then reinstall it according to the instructions provided with it.

Did the network guy you are referring to do anything to your laptop specifically?

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Until recently I've been using a 10gb hdd,but have decided to add a 80gb as a slave.However,during boot up my pc hangs on the 'Detecting Primary Slave'line.Please tell me{or give me a link} what I need to to make my pc detect the additional drive.The connections are all okay as are the jumper settings.Btw,although it's a used drive,I've been assured that it's sound.Many thanks,C.D.

Answer:Help with detecting hdd.

What is the make of the new drive?

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I finally got my pc to boot into dos but if I try to make it access C:\ it says Invalid drive or something like that, I tried the following commands:
cd C:\
cd C:
cd C:\>

Answer:Ms-Dos not detecting C:\?

If c: has been formatted NTFS, then DOS cannot read it without some help (NTFS for DOS or a similar app).

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I have been trying to get winblows to see another hdd I just added to my system. Nothing special, just an extra 10gb hdd. The BIOS is auto-detecting the hdd, but I can't see it anywhere in winblows. I'm running win98se.

Thanks in advance.

Forgot to mention that I have the AN11 mobo.

Was also wondering if there was a way to disable the RAID detection. I don't use RAID and probably won't.

Answer:PC not detecting HDD

I also forgot to mention that its a Seagate 10gb drive. Windows can see the master drive fine (which is a maxtor).

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Question: Detecting Bad Ram?

I'm not positive I have bad RAM but I rebuilt my computer and noticed a few problems. I didn't put back in my floppy drive so if the programs out there are required to boot I would need one that would work with a bootable cd. Anyways sometimes during Counterstrike or Halflife2 my game will just crash and I get some kinda memory error. I been trying to get Sims Online to work and it just completely freezes while loading. Someone said it could be my memory latency but i'm not sure how to check that, is this signs of bad memory?

Answer:Detecting Bad Ram?

Does your system start to beep in any manner or are you given an error message like "virtual memory dump" ?

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My computer isnt detecting any cds, cdrs, cdrws, et etc.
It is a windows xp.
When ever i put in a cd it won't auto run, and when i double click on the disk drives in 'my computer' it opens a blank page. whenI right click and properties, it says disk is full, even though it isnt detecting one. Any help would be appreciated and thanks alot.


Answer:xp not detecting any cds

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Hello guys! I'm having a problem here. I manually upgraded from windows 7 to Windows 10 and it isn't detecting my cd/dvd rom.

My system specifications are as follows;
FX 6350, 2x4gb ram, gtx 760, gigabyte 78lmt-usb3

Answer:CD/DVD Rom isn't detecting on Win 10!

I'm having the same problem, except the disk drive isn't even showing up in device manager. I assumed it was a problem with the disk since Autoplay did nothing, but i've tried several with no luck.

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my pc has had a 160 gig hdd in it and i recently purchased a 200gb hdd put it in my pc turned it on and its not is detected in my bios and in my hardware list but i cant see it in my computer or when i put in the disk to set up the hard drive it doesnt see it is there...i have it set up in slave position on the cable and have it set to cable select jumper any help please would be greatly apreciated thanks

Answer:PLEASE help hdd not detecting :(

1-Get the latest Bios for ur motherboard.

2- If you are connecting the 160 gig hdd together with ur new 200 gb , then try connecting -only- your new hdd.

3- Just to ensure its not a master/slave issue....unplug all ur CD-ROM(s) drivers ( power and IDE cables ) , in other words , make ONLY ur 200 hdd connected and give it a try.

Hope this helps

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Let me tell you a bit about the bg of my problem,i started my pc with 2 HD one with windows xp <c:> and the other was a backup <d:>,I wanted to try windows 64 bit so i bought another HD and installed it as <e:> after the i installed the trial of 64 i started to get probs with my boot.ini so i uninstalled it with the intention to install S.u.S.e linux but after i uninstalled it i couldn't access my <c:> with XP because it came up with a ntldr error so i installed windows XP on <e:> where 64 bit use to be and repaired my original xp from there.But i found out for some reason the disk names changed and my backup became <c:> my original xp became <e:> and my new xp became <d:>.

I didn't think it was anything serious so i uninstalled the new xp and installed s.u.s.e and told it to install on <d:> where my new xp was but it installed it on <e:> where my original xp was ,i'm guessing it was because of the mix up of all the names and stuff but now i lost my original xp and all its content & when I try to start the original xp (because it still comes up with the boot list) it says hal.dll is missing.

I tried starting s.u.s.e and it asks me for a password but when i enter it it comes up incorrect and when i try it on safemode it asks me for a username that it randomly selected when i was installing it and cannot remember what it was.

I reinstalled xp on the HD where i wanted linux to install <d:&g... Read more

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Dear All,                    I have vista installed on my lenovo 3000 laptop. My CD ROM is not detecting any written CDs, i mean to say CD on which any softwares or songs are written from some other PCs. It is detecting only few CDs e.g. Driver CDs which came with Laptop, or Modem driver CD or CD which came with Tata-indicom USB Modem.This is happening from last few days, I have reinstalled vista but same problem is there.Can anyone plz help me out of this problem. 

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Question: Not detecting?

Alright I am installing a fresh copy of XP and after I get a certain point I get an error and I seriously have no idea what is wrong.

I press enter then this happens...


Answer:Not detecting?

I'm not sure where the point of confusion is, considering the message clearly states it cannot detect the hard drive. If it's a standard IDE drive, check your cables and make sure the BIOS sees it. If it's a Serial ATA, since it's the AMD platform, you need to hit F6 and load the drivers, even if your not running a RAID setup. Also, if it's SATA, make sure the BIOS is set to use it as a regular drive, and not a RAID array.

You didn't bother to tell us if the drive is PATA or SATA, so our help is limited until we know necessary details.

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In my PC desktop (Dell Dimension E520) I was unable to burn CD. But it could burn DVD and CD-RW. So I added one CD-ROM, but it did not help either. CD-ROM can write on CD-RW but not on CD-R. While I try to write on CD using DVD or CD-ROM it can not detect CD-R. Pop up window gives message to insert CD-R. Interestingly CD-ROM and DVD both can read CD and run CD. I will appreciate if anyone can help me out. If you have question about this complex situation, I will be available at [email protected].Thanks lot - Anwar

Answer:CD-R is not detecting in DVD or CD-ROM

Hi, please do not give out your email address -all communication giving help where possible is done via this Forum, for all to see.Cheers

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Question: usb not detecting

hey m using windows 7...ultimate....and in dat my usb is not getting detected...actually its showing dat drivers are installed in my computer window its not showing it as a i cant open my storage device...

Answer:usb not detecting

Try USB device with a different computer, if still not detected then usb device may have fault.

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Hey, so I just recently bought:
CORSAIR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 550 (PC 4400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail

and installed them both in the DualChannel slots on my Asus A8N-SLI mobo. For some reason however, the computer is only detecting 1GB instead of 2, anybody know why this is?

Answer:Only detecting 1GB...

Right off, make sure they're seated properly, a lot of times new RAM is somewhat hard to push down all the way and you think you got it, but you don't really heh, happened to me before once.

Also after that, possible RAM slot could be dead and that would suck!

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Question: help detecting

Hello, I need help detecting which of the files hijack this! found that I should fix and delete.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 9:22:29 AM, on 2/4/2005
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

Answer:help detecting


We ask that you please follow our procedure here. A HJT log is not the first step. Please follow the TUTORIAL listed below. When asked to post a HJT log it must not be inline but rather a .log or .txt file. It must also be place in it's own folder such as C:\Program Files\HJT, not in a temporary file.

This site has alot of good tools for cleaning up your computer. It's very important that the first thing you do is the following:

First, please follow ALL the steps in this Sticky thread READ ME FIRST BEFORE ASKING FOR SUPPORT: Basic Spyware, Trojan And Virus Removal.
If you already have any of the programs linked in the tutorial please double check your version to make sure you have the latest one and that you have any/all updates for the programs.

NOTE: In order to resolve the issues you are having it is very important that you at least try to perform all the steps as outlined. If you have any difficulty please post back letting us know what steps you have completed, what you found while doing the scans if anything and details about any problems you have encountered in completing the steps. The more details you can provide the better.

Try this... you may find it's all you need. If not post your results and I am sure one of the PROS can help you. These guys are quite busy, as you can see by the number of posts, so hang in there. Good Luck!!

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Question: Not detecting IDE

Hi, I have a 1998 PC which I am fixing up for my wife. its a Via Technologies X86 based PC with a 350MGz CPU. i have bought a MAXTOR 40Gb HDD to replace the 5Gb existing one and I have hit a problem.When I try to boot up the diagnostics start but then freeze when it gets to 'Detecting IDE Primary Master'i have checked all the cables and plugsin fact tried new IDE cables,checked the jumpers but still cant get past'detecting IDE primary Master.I put the old HDD back in and it boots up fine.I changed the jumper setting and tried installing the new one as a slave but it still froze at the same point. I have disconnected my CD/rom and DVD/RWbut still the same. Am I missing something or could it be a faulty HDD.Any help would be appreciated.Regards

Answer:Not detecting IDE

I'm just tagging along as have similar prob on 1 pc. Ta.

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First of all hello to all @ Tech Support Guy Forums.

Basicaly I have a Sony VAIO (VGN-AR51M)

I had my laptop sent off for repair as my graphics card is a defect Nvidia chip and it had to be re-balled however you spell it. I now have the laptop back and everything is working absolutely fine.. But! I noticed when I checked in task manager & also the BIOS my laptop was only detecting 1GB of ram in total.. It detected the whole 3GB before just fine.. So i tried a couple of things out..

I took out the 1GB stick of RAM and left the 2GB stick in and it detected the 2GB just fine. I then did the same method with just the 1GB stick left inside and it only detected the 1GB.. (I tried doing both the sticks in each slots each time to check one of the RAM slots wasn't faulty)

The problem I'm having is that when both the sticks of ram (2GB & 1GB) are in the laptop it only detects 1GB of ram.. I have been racking my brains for the past 2 hours wondering how the hell this is possible but it sure as hell is..

So my question to you guys.. How do I fix it?

Answer:3GB RAM only detecting 1GB

Have you called the repair shop and ask them what could be the problem since it was working before you sent it to them?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6009 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 911306 MB, Free - 767087 MB; D: Total - 25599 MB, Free - 25498 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, INVALID
Antivirus: Norton Security Suite, Updated and Enabled

Answer:is there a way to use sep headset and mic with only one jak?

Can you elaborate? Which headset and which device are you trying to use? Which one of them only has one jack? On a PC the headphone and Mic outputs are separate unlike on a mobile device where they are the same jack.

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I just bought a Logitech 350 USB headset for my computer. I got it all installed and working by adding new hardware, but I couldn't get it to work for play CS 1.6. I have used other headsets before that weren't USB, but I dont think thats the problem.

Answer:CS 1.6 USB Headset HELP!

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Price is irrelevant.

Answer:Which headset is better?

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Question: New Headset.

Just wondering what you guys think about my choice. My Astro A30 mic is starting to break after a 1 and a half - 2 years, rather than replacing the boom mic, I decided it was about time to get some new headphones (want some over ear ones).

I decided I would go with a pair of normal headphones as apposed to 'gaming' headphones and just buy a separate mic.

Thinking about this combo, any input?


Edit: If it wasn't obvious this is primarily for gaming, although I will be listening to music.

Answer:New Headset.

If I had to rebuy my headset I definitely would have done what you're doing... These ones with integrated mics just don't have the same sound quality.

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Question: headset

my usb headset for the ps2 has just died , i need a new one for today , the shops in my city will probably only sell ones for pc . will a pc usb headset work on the ps2


A little late but...

Not that I know of. I think it's propertiety. If you did manage to get it to work let me know

The headsets should be about £10 now anyways.

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VR Headset for the PC

With the Oculus Rift coming out, I?ve been interested in getting into the 3D craze. I know 3D is something that?s been akin to a fad in that it?s a nice novelty to mess with every now and then. However, I much prefer a 3D TV over a 4K (not that I wouldn?t want both; but, should I buy one, I?d like to keep the purchase under $1k).

A VR headset adds to that. Aside from being in 3D, you get to look around in the 3D space. I like that kind of emersion. As such, anyone know of a cheap VR system that will work with a PC? I?d like to keep the purchase to under $200. However, I?m not going to be optimistic about that price range. As such, anything up to $1k.

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Question: JBL headset

I bought a set of JBL E50BT wireless head set and can't get it to connect through the bluetooth set up. I got it paired or so it says on the set up page but its not working. I can get it to work but after installing then uninstall it but only sometimes.

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Question: Usb Headset

My friend was looking into getting a nice headset like this one : were wondering since he has a pci slot sound card, that doesn't have any usb, if the sound card will just be a waste/no use? He bought the sound card because he couldn't find the drivers for his sound (newegg never sent the disc with motherboard after he rma'd it) so his integrated sound doesn't work, but would it work if he used usb? Thanks for reading the post!

Answer:Usb Headset

You should be able to get the correct drivers for onboard sound from the motherboard's mfg. support site What make/model is it?

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Question: Headset help

Does anyone know of any really good headsets I can get? I mainly play games on my PC and am on Teamspeak a lot talking to my friends. My second Plantronics 370 gaming headset, it's mic just died on me yesterday, same thing happened as last time. I just use it normally and when I go to monitor my mic I just hear a loud screeching sound, and no one on TS can hear me. I'm pretty fed up, I can go get it replaced cause I'm under best buy's plan...but I really don't wanna get a new one and go back in a week again.

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Question: Aux to usb Headset

So my Axentwear headphones finally arrived today (1.5 years since I participated in the crowd funding). They are 3.5mm auxiliary with microphone capability. Unfortunately, my Aux port is broken on my pc, but i know that the usb ports are working just fine for my usb headset. I was going to buy this
and this
What I would like to know is will this work for what I want to accomplish?

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Question: New Headset

Hi all. I have tried google, youtube videos, changing ports, making sure that the volume is at 100%. I can't get my headset mic to record it is senicc gaming headset. I have tried recording with Sound Recorder and Audacity. It is active and says its working fine. Can anyone help me fix this?

Answer:New Headset

Hello and welcome ?Sally have a look at the Device Manager and see if there are any yellow triangles against any plug in devices ie the headset.

I am presuming you have updated the driver for the headset? If not try this
Driver Download

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Question: Best Headset

I need a cheap headset to use while playing Battlefield 2 and other games for VOIP. I'm not paying 100 bucks for a pair of headphones with a mic. I refuse, does anyone know of a good cheap headset with a mic? Or even something that I can just talk to and use my logitech 5.1 speakers with, that would be ideal, as I don't really like usuing headphone, but I will because I'll prolly hear them better. THanks.

Answer:Best Headset

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Question: Headset Help!!!

Hey so I just built my new PC and I have a Logitech USB Headset and a X-Fi Fatality sound card. So I was wondering if my USB headset is using my sound card or not, because theres no point in having a nice sound card just to not use it. Also if the USB doesn't use my sound card can anyone point me to a really nice gaming headset that WILL use it? Thanks.

Answer:Headset Help!!!


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Question: Headset

Hey, I recently purchased a Plantronic 350 headset w/ the PC switcher to change from Speaker to headset. I plugged the PC switcher into the back of my computer where my video card is (Pink and green) and then plugged my headset cable into the PC switcher and my speaker cable into the 3rd hole in the back of the PC switcher. Now when i play music or im in a game i can hear everything on the headset and when i switch it to speakers using the PC switcher i can hear everything through my speakers. But my problem is I cannot seem to get the mic working at all. I went to control panel, hardware and sound, sound, recording, and it shows Microphone (high definition audio device) working with a check on it, Line in (high definition audio device) working, Line in (high definition audio device) working, and last Digital input device (SPDIF) (high definition audio device) working. But when i go to test it, it doesnt work or anything. Can anyone help me with my problem please?

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Question: Headset Help

Hey all, I'm looking for a new headset. It would be mostly for gaming. I'm not to sure what the advantage would be for USB vs 3.5 for connection. I think I want surround sound headset so I can play late at night without waking the Miss, Unless you tell me otherwise to stick with stero type. I'm willing to spend around 150 bucks or more if it will get me agood pair. I do have a seperate sound card with surround sound. Plus I would still like to keep me existing 5.1 surround speakers. Is this a problem? Do I have to manually go behind PC and connect speakers/headset every time I want to swtich them back or fourth? Thanks

Answer:Headset Help

getting one with a usb connection will mean that you won't have to disconnect anything, and 3.5mm will only give you stereo sound unless you get a headset that can emulate surround sound

if you have front panel audio ports then you could quite easily be able to plug a 3.5mm pair in without disconnecting your existing speakers

shop around on pc or audio specialty websites and see what you can get, is a good one for pc parts but i don't know if they have a/v equipment on there as well

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Question: Headset

Any recommendation on a combo headset (with microphone) to use with T400s?  The ones I have found (and currently own) have separate mic and speakerphone plugs and you have to use a USB adapter in order to use it with T400s.   Then, some programs recognize it and some don't.  


You should be able to get an analog adapter plug that works on the combo in/out plug.  Why they went with such a combo plug is beyond me.

T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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Question: Headset Help

So I recently got a laptop due to the hard drive on my old PC failing, and this laptop only has one audio port so I connected the headset without using a splitter and a setup popped up, I selected to use it as a headset and went to record some audio, but it used the mic built into the laptop and I want to use the one connected to my headset and the headphones at the same time, so how do I do that?

NOTE: The headset mic does NOT show up when I go to audio devices, and disabling the one pre-built doesn't help either.

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Question: USB Headset

A Microsoft Lifechat LX-3000, to be precise.

Hearing is no problem. Both earpieces are fine.

It's recording that's giving me problems right now. Windows Sound Recorder apparently doesn't know I'm making any noise into this thing. I've been trying all kinds of things; setting it as default sound recorder in audio properties, pressing this mute button thing (If anyone knows, when the light turns on, does it mean it's muted or unmuted?), all for nothing.

I did, however, load up Steam to try its microphone tester, and, surprisingly, it picks up a ton of white noise. That's not the strange part. Nothing I do will make any more noise...

...Except for tapping this control panel thing. I tap it, and about a second later, I can hear the tap echo among all the white noise. I tried opening the thing to see if there was anything blatantly obvious to fix, but I didn't see anything.

Any ideas?

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Question: USB headset

Recently, I bought Rapier USB gaming headset ( Rapier USB Gaming Headset with Vibration | Gaming Range | Verbatim Europe - Data Storage, Computer & Imaging Consumables )
The problem is that it is too loud. Even when I put my volume to 1%, it is still too loud.
Do you know what could be the problem?

Answer:USB headset

No one?

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Question: New Headset?

I bought the Turtle Beach Earforce Z6A thinking I was getting a good headset for about $100. However, within a couple months of having it one of the hear pieces has almost broken off where the ear muff and over-the-head strap connects. I'm looking for a reliable, good quality headset that'll work with the following case and motherboard (onboard sound) :

Mobo: (Only Full ATX instead)

Case: - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

I've been looking at the Astro A40 by the way, please share your thoughts and opinions.
Recommendations are always appreciated!

Answer:New Headset?

you can get this fatality headset from newegg today for $25 with promo code: EMCYTZT2200

half off - Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset

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Question: New headset

I recently bought a Steel Series 3H headset. Worked fine for the first day, untill I plugged it into my mp3 player for a while. Well I plug it back into my computer the next day, and now only one earphone works. This has also happened with a different headset of mine.
The headset came with no drivers aswell, so I cant update or reinstall them.

Whats happened !?

Answer:New headset

Think I am just going to take it back, i'm guessing the mp3 player made it blow or something.

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Question: Headset

anyone know a good quality and name brand headset for $10-20?


bose quiet comfort II...but those are 300 bucks hahaha, i have some logitech ones that are good, anything logitech is good so check them out.

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i have a dell inspiron 6000 notebook and a logitech usb mic/headset
when i plug the usb in it take over the audio and plays it through the headset but i want it to play thought both the usb head headset and the dell built in speaker
plz help

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Question: USB Headset

Ok well I just bought a new usb headset. I plugged it in and I am completely satisfied with it. I have creative stereo speakers which I use all the time more than the headset but...I wanted to know if I could somehow direct my sound from my headset to my stereo speakers while the usb headset is plugged in? And another question is that my usb headset only seems to work when i have them first plugged in and i turn on my computer or restart my computer. If I have my computer on and i plug them in they will not work. Anyone have a clue?? THanks

Answer:USB Headset

Just keep them plugged are asking your puter to reinstall the device to a USB port for which it is already assigned and you would then have to reboot with it connected to be recognized. All you need to do to patch to your stereo is to use a 1/4" to RCA

Then direct into your stereo via RCA Cables. Capice? The headset is unaffected by the soundcard out and patch cables.

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