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My PC doesn't seem to know how to handle headsets

Q: My PC doesn't seem to know how to handle headsets

So my headset does this thing where it's a total bleep to me most of the time. Or it's my computer, I dunno. (It's probably my computer.) I've googled these issues and come up with nothing similar every week or so for the past few months. I've got a little workaround for when I get frustrated, but I can't live like this anymore. And I spent way too much money to not be able to use these. It's time to ask for help.
I'm running windows 10, 64 bit, but this problem was occuring on 8 before I upgraded. It has also happened with a different headset made by a different company that would take rooting through old emails to remember the name of. It's probably relevant that the other headset also plugged in via usb and needed it's own drivers and such. This sort of issue has been going on for over a year through countless issues.
Anyway, sometimes my headset makes things that play audio not work. VLC will usually open a video file but never play even a second of it. Right now I have a youtube video stuck at 00:00 with no sign that any of it has loaded. In that case, chrome seems to be acting like the page hasn't loaded all the way yet. I also have a tab trying to load a google hangout with similar results. The page has the little moving icon it does seconds before you connect to the call.
Another weird thing is that, when this bleep is happening, I can't open that one control panel related window with the different audio/recording devices, test sounds, etc. And if it's already open when the problems start happening, I can't get the test sounds to play.
These issues usually start when I finish using it for something. That means closing a game, exiting VLC, or hanging up from a skype call. Usually I can fix it by uninstalling the stuff in device manager, unplugging the wireless receiver, and restarting my PC.
Just now, the straw that broke my back, was that my stupid little fix isn't working. After the restart I'll open the audio window thingy and play a test sound. It works. I cheer to myself. Then I open chrome to watch the bleep video I've been trying to watch for a while and all my audio goes to crap again.
Oh, and I should probably mention that, after all of these problems start occurring, they continue until my restart, even if I'm using my speakers or earbuds plugged into the headphone jack.

Preferred Solution: My PC doesn't seem to know how to handle headsets

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: My PC doesn't seem to know how to handle headsets

Check your device manager and see if theirs a check mark, then check for driver updates for youe sound card

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So, for some reason my speakers; Bose Companion 2 Series II speakers that I got a while ago aren't detecting on my computer. The speakers work, plays audio through my laptop and my phone, but not through my desktop. Tried to play it through the headphone jack on my monitor (which works) and it didn't play either.


Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
MOBO: gigabyte ga-99fxa-ud3
CPU: AMD FX-8320-8 core processor ~3.5GHz
GPU: Asus HD7870 GHz Edition -HDMI-

Sound 1 - ASUS VS238 (monitor)
Sound 2 - Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
Sound 3 - Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
Sound 4 - Speakers ~ my headphones


Can anyone help me with this? It's driving me nuts

A:Windows doesn't detect my speakers? Detects headsets/headphones

RESOLVED: I reinstalled every driver I could find, and something did it. So if you're having this problem, do the same!

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Hi there.

I'd advise people NOT to buy Nero 2014 for their video editing program -- While it has lots of nice features I'm amazed that it does NOT enable you to add Subtitles. It's amazing when Free programs like Handbrake do and a professional so called polished program omits this really basic feature.

I like to translate some subtitles into other languages for people. What about Hard of hearing folks too - I suppose they usually like subtitles as well. I can't understand this simple omission in otherwise a decent product.

Seems a lot of money then to pay for this type of product if all you want to do then is create your DVD with another program and simply burn the ISO -- plenty of freebies that can burn isos properly.!!

I'd recommend therefor you simply ignore buying or upgrading to Nero 2014 and find something else for your Video / Audio editing and DVD authoring.


A:NERO 2014 - Expensive and doesn't handle subtitles

Ugh, I gave up on Nero years ago not only it was a buggiest set of programs but their own codecs and file format were unbearable. Ad to that constant spying and inability to be uninstalled cleanly resulting in trashed systems afterwards.

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I have a strange thing on 2 Windows 7 computers (not even tried on Windows 10).
When using a full path containing a '.' or '..' folder, the application fails to install the product but Inside the BATCH, all is working.
Let's have a look to my POC code :
@echo OFF
echo [Initialisation]
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion

set g_strBatchPath=%~dp0
set g_strCurrentDirectory=%CD%
set strLibreOfficeVersion=

echo Batch path : %g_strBatchPath%
echo Current path : %g_strCurrentDirectory%

set strMsiFile=H:\_Maintenance\.\repository\LibreOffice_%strLibreOfficeVersion%_Win_x86.msi

rem set strMsiFile=H:\_Maintenance\repository\LibreOffice_%strLibreOfficeVersion%_Win_x86.msi

echo %strMsiFile%
if EXIST "%strMsiFile%" (
echo MSI OK : %strMsiFile%

msiexec /i "%strMsiFile%" /log "%TEMP%\Nolme_MsiExe.log"

- The file presence check is working well Inside BATCH.
- I was able to reproduce the problem on 2 computers (full updates)
Does soemone have the same problem ?

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Dopo aver preso un virus impestato tramite Windows Live Messenger, ho cercato di rimuovere tutto.
Ho anche rimosso WLM e cercato di reinstallare wlm piu' volte, anche diverse versioni, piu' vecchie.
Il risultato e' sempre lo stesso ora: il programma non parte e si ottiene il messaggio di errore HANDLE NON VALIDO.
Allego il report relativo al mio pc, per capire se c'e' ancora qualche virus o anomalia presente.
Spero in qualche aiuto.

Here is my english version!!

I had a big problem with Windows Live Messenger, a virus that suggested me to remove WLM and try to clean the PC.
I tried to do my best in removing all the viruses, but the WLM is still not working (please check the file I attached to see if the system is still infected).
I tried to reinstall WLM, even older versions, but after the install is ok, the program doesn't start.
The only thing I have is an error message "HANDLE NON TROVATO (HANDLE NOT FOUND).
Any idea on how to solve this issue?
Many thanks, Maurizio

A:WLM - Handle non trovato/ Handle not found

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follow the instructio... Read more

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Anyone know what headsets with a microphone are compatible with the Aspire V series? I have the V3-572G-543S. I need a headset to play games but my current one doesn't have a place to connect the microphone.


Hi agirl17,
You might want to look at USB headsets with a mic, or if you dont plan on moving around with the notebook just a USB microphone.
Hope this helps,Cory

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Anyone know what headsets with a microphone are compatible with the Aspire V series? I have the V3-572G-543S. I need a headset to play games but my current one doesn't have a place to connect the microphone.


Hi agirl17,
You might want to look at USB headsets with a mic, or if you dont plan on moving around with the notebook just a USB microphone.
Hope this helps,Cory

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Hello and thank you for viewing this post.

So here's what I need to happen; I require two usb headsets to both function on one PC. I need the sound to be delivered to each individual headset and the microphone from each individual headset to be picked up by the pc.

I connected both USB headsets to the computer. They are both listed within Control Panel > Sound. I opened voice recorder and both mics recorded successfully. I played back my recording, but it would only come through on the default headset. Switch the default headset and the play back would switch as well. Both headsets would test just fine without having to change the defaults.

So is there a way in Windows to deliver the output to both headsets? Or perhaps within Media Player to play to both default and secondary headsets?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Windows 7
Dell Optiplex 360

A:2 USB headsets on 1 PC

Not that I'm aware. Windows only allows a single device for each type of audio.

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New usb headset when hooked to front usb port are not recognized , same with 10 port usb hub. Have 5 other things hooked to hub and all work. When hooked to ports at rear of computer they work great. But when I want tol enjoy my speakers I have to crawl under desk and disconnect headset. Im 82 yrs and that aint easy Could it b diff between usb2 and usb3? Hub is usb2. Dont know what front usb ports are. Help!, Thanks

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Will a Steel Series 5H v2 usb or no usb work on a 32 bit motherboard
here is the web sites
with usb http://www.steelseries.com/us/products/audio/5hv2-usb/information
without usb http://www.steelseries.com/us/products/5hv2/information

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I'm looking for suggestions for wireless/bluetooth headsets with mic for PC gaming. Must work with Teamspeak or Vent as well as ingame voice comms

A:Wireless Headsets

Welcome to Tech Guy Forum.
I suggest that you look at these.

Personally, I like Plantronic & Sennheiser.


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Anyone have any knowledge on pc gaming headsets?

was thinking about getting these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000RVD89M

or these http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-siberia-v2

help if you can. or mehbeh just say which ones seem best bang for the buck

A:PC gaming headsets?

These have a much better review. Those Logitech only got 2.5 stars

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This is an interesting/wierd problem.

I just invested in a headset. When I connected it to my computer, it got recognized and all the drivers were installed. I blew into the mic and I could hear myself. I then tried to play some music through itunes. iTunes refused to play (the bar didn't even move) any of my musik. I then tried to listen to musik through VLC. Same problem.

I tried to buy a new headset. I have exactly the same problem.

Any ideas?


A:Problem with all USB Headsets

Are you connecting through USB or the audio/mic jacks?

The best idea when trying to test a headset is to use the sound recorder.

To access this you go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Entertainment>Sound Recorder

Click record and speak ito the mic. Click play to play it back. If it works, then you have a software problem. If not, then it's a hardware/driver problem

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I have windows 7, clean install(upgrade), MOBO- ASUS P7P55D Pro. Intel I5 2.66, 2-2gig Corsair ddr3 Ram. 750w power supply 1tb hdd, 1-550gig hdd. Headsets- Cyber Snipa USB 5.1 surround headsets. I installed Beta Drivers from Cyber, I set the Headset program to use the headsets. I set the Audio program to use the headsets. No Sound card. All programs are up to date. Problem- No Sound from the headsets. I can, however, by using the control on the headset set the volume and mute. No matter what I have done I cannot get any sound from the headsets. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.I do not have speakers

A:No sound from the headsets

Welcome to the Forums! Go to Control Panel>Sound and post a screenshot.

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Hi,Since I upgraded to Windows 10x64 anniversary edition, I don't have anymore sound on headsets. After installing and uninstalling several drivers I got my sound back, but for some reason it doesn't work anymore.What I tried:- installing/uninstalling several drivers for the same hardware (only from HP, spXXXXXX).- reinstalling Windows 10x64 AE, and installing the latest audio driver for my laptop found on HP webpage.- running Linux Mint live, and installing a small app to switch manually between outputs. It works: I can have sound either on speakers or headsets.

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to all you PC gamers out there: can anybody recommend a gaming headset? im in the market. thanks!

A:Solved: gaming headsets

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Looking to get a headset for gaming around christmas. My inital search revealed the hyper x cloud 2, which seemed great for the price. However i have read about some people having issues with both the software and the durability of the headphones themselves.

My budget can go to around $200 AUD (an example in the upper part of this price range would be the sennheiser game one) give or take, its not set in stone. I am mainly looking for great audio quality, the mic is less important but still needs to be decent. For features i dont really know what im looking for other than some sort of surround sound (virtual/simulated or not).

And that brings me to my next question, will i need a seperate sound card? I havent really researched them and dont know if they are required. My system specs are in the usual place.


A:Headsets and sound cards?

USB headsets, such as the hyper x cloud 2 that you mention, do not use the PC's sound card. They are USB and take the digital audio and convert it to analog (audio) internally in the headset system.

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I have kind of an amusing problem. I rescued an exotic bird that crashed into the glass of my workplace, and he has been part of the family for about 3 years. He loves to sit on my shoulder while I work on my computer. Recently he has taken a dislike to the wire coming from my headphone and microphones sets ( on 3rd pair currently). I have therefore decided to look into a set without wires. I do not know the difference between the two Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and of course sound quality is bottom line. I am looking for a pair around the $200.00 Mark give or take.

This article http://mikebeauchamp.com/misc/sennheiser-hd-555-to-hd-595-mod/ says that the $ 150.00 difference between these headphones is the maker just put a piece of foam in them to cripple the exact same innards. He further proves a point with digital cameras, The software is all identical just crippled to make a lower cost unit.

So I need some advice I don;t want to pay $150 for some foam , I just want a good headset with a microphone, To listen to videos and music I am not a gamer.


A:Solved: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Headsets.

When I was on the search for my wireless headset (mainly to use for voice chats and listening to music), I started to search on Amazon.com. From there, I checked the reviews, prices, etc. I wanted comfort as much as good quality. I ended up purchasing a Plantronics headset. Love it so far. My fiancee uses a Sony and he loves his too.
Try looking through these and see what you think: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=wireless+headset

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Hello everyone, lately I've been receiving issues with the audio coming out of the wrong place when im using my new headphones. I'm not sure if it could be a problem with skype because it only happens when im on a call with somebody.

So every time im in a call with someone on skype, the audio from the call stays in my headsets just fine and usual but everything else starts coming out from my speakers. This is especially annoying because my headsets are noise cancelling and i cannot hear the audio properly from the speakers anymore.

Also the headsets i am currently using are SteelSeries Siberia V2

A:Audio comes out of both headsets and speakers

Hi Electros,

Skype has it's own Audio section in the settings iirc, open Skype, find the audio settings and in there you can chose from a drop down menu which device you want for playback and mic.


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I have a wireless Bluetooth headset for my phone, a Jabra BT250v.

I just bought Battlefield 2 and want to use a headset (VOIP).

If I buy a wireless Bluetooth USB dongle to connect my headset to my computer. Can I use it for Battlefield 2 to talk to other people in my squad?

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I heard that there are some other headses that work with PS2 besides the ones that sony provides. I think they might be logitech but not sure can someone help me findout? i am only really interested if they are cheaper but any comments are appreciated thanks.

A:[PS2] - Other headsets then the official ones that can work on Ps2???

I think the Logitech ones are considered to be the SONY ones. Those our the only ones I see on the shelf. I have seen other makes in second hand shops like GameStop and Electronic Boutique.

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I have two headsets that I've used in the past with ps3, 3 win7 laptops and my iphone with no issues and are still working fine but win8 cant discover them however its finding my ps3, xbox and a cellphone

Connecting the headsets to the computer with usb shows the devices names but no drivers install

(link to computer specs)
HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop 6GB Memory 1TB Hard Drive s5-1554 - Best Buy

A:Bluetooth headsets not being found

I appreciate having so many views on this thread but after two days and not even a reply I'm beginning to doubt anyone here will help me with this and I guess its to be expected.

~Feel free to lock

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Looking for a good quality set with thick wiring. Over the last few years I've been through so much with one ear piece no longer working. I'd like something that lasts longer

Please recommend something you know of that has thick wiring, it must include a microphone for gaming purposes.


A:Please recommend Computer Headsets

Google is a good tool for this...

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I'm trying to connect my Bluetooth headset to a Windows 7 PC so that I can receive and make Skype calls. The headset seems to have successfully paired with and connected with the PC, but I can't get anything to play through it.
How do I check what is going wrong?
If I look in Devices and Printers, I can see the headset there.
If I right click on it and select Properties, and then look in the Services tab, it says that the headset is enabled for Audio Sink, Handsfree Telephony and Headset.
If I look under the Hardware tab, I see Bluetooth AV, Bluetooth hands-free and Bluetooth Headset.
If I look in the Sound control panel, under the Playback tab, the only device I see is Speakers. Should I see the headset here, if it's connected properly?
If I look in Sounds under the Recording tab I see Microphone (default device), Line in (currently unavailable) and Stereo Mix (currently unavailable). Is this correct, or should I see the headset here too?
How do I tell Skype to use the headset and not the speakers or the built in microphone? If I plug in a wired headset, it automatically switches off the built in speakers and microphone, and any phone calls that I then make will use the headset - why doesn't this happen with the Bluetooth device?

How do I debug all this stuff? How do I see how the headset is connected? How do I see what profile the sound applications (Skype, Lync, Media Player etc.) are using? How do I see what messages the answer button on the headset is sending?

I just... Read more

A:How do Bluetooth Headsets work?

I searched your question ( How do Bluetooth Headsets work? - YouTube ) You just need to find your bluetooth headset there

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 I have Corsair Vengeance 1500 and I'm justp laying games doing my own thing and then all of the sudden the volume goes down by itself and I ahve to take it up with the buttons on the side of my headset, my headset is a USB Cord, I have "Do Nothing" set on the Communication thing I've also treid uninstalling RealTek Sound and has not worked, please help me.

A:My headsets volume goes down by itself in Windows 7?

This has been bugging me for a while now, and its also a new headset so I'm pretty sure its not the headset.

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I have a laptop running both windows 10 and ubuntu. The audio worked just fine but since yesterday I couldn't hear a thing  on windows or ubuntu.. There is a red circle with a white 'X' on the speaker icon in the taskbar. When I hower my mouse over it, it says "No Audio Output Device is installed". 
I tried to find solutions online but I couldn't solve the issue. I don't have the  "Sound, Video and Game Controllers" option under Device Manager. Sound/ Playback gives the message  "No audio devices are installed". I can't open the Realtek app. When I ran driver easy, it said that Realtek audio is unplugged.
Please do help me. I've been working on this for a while now and have had no luck. Any help is appreciated.Thank you. 

A:No audio from speakers or headsets

theodorebear,Click the link below to choose your computer model and then the OS you have installed. Download and install the chipset drivers first and reboot. You can then download and install the audio drivers and install them as well. Reboot the machine. Depending on the system Dell may not have Ubuntu drivers.

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Like many people, I have been using Zoom a lot recently I use Zoom on my Lenovo IdeaPad and I connect a bluetooth headset because I find the built in microphone is not really loud enough. However, every 15 minutes or so, I get an alert that my speaker is not working. At that point I need to turn off my headphones and turn them back on. When I do that, the entire Zoom will freeze. Does anyone know of a way I can fix this?

I have a IdeaPad S340-15IWL. I have been using a LG bluetooth collar.
I also used JBL Endurance Sprint - and the same thing happened.
Today I tried Anker SoundBuds Slim - these had the same issue.
Then Anker SoundBuds had another problem - they work, but when they are connected to my computer, I cannot hear anything through them. I know they work because when I connected it to a phone I was able to hear.

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The speakers of my laptop are working properly but when i use headphones then it doesn't work. I checked the playback devices but headsets/headphones are not in the list, there is only speakers.

How to solve this problem. please help

A:Headphones/Headsets not working

no replies yet? help me please

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Hi All

First time poster... thx in advance to any of you technical wizzards who might be able to help.

Just wondering if it is at all possible to have audio channelled through 2 usb ports on the same PC listening to the same audio. Unfortunately the headsets are different manufacturers. I dont know if that is relevant but i thought i would mention it.

I would love to be able to listen to music with my son at the same time while my little girl watches movies on my laptop... lol... You can see my dilemma?

I'd be extremely grateful to anyone who can help...

Windows XP Pro... C-Media Headset and Logitech Headset... both on USB... and i will download any media player the helps if anyone has a suggestion.

Thanks everyone.

A:Running Audio thru 2 USB Headsets????

Anyone know????!!!!

Im gonna guess its a no.

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I have a Dell New Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (Intel) – 7567. Can someone tell me the size of the Mic/headset jack? I’m looking for some great gaming headset and short on USB ports? If I use my Buffalo Blu-ray on the right side it (uses 2 USB ports) all the available USB ports on the right side, so if I use the only USB port on the left side for a headset , I’m out of USBs??? Thanks


Hello. The Inspiron 7567 Setup and Specifications document calls it a "headset (headphone and microphone combo) port", but gives no actual specifications. All Dell laptops up to now have had the standard 3.5 mm jacks, so you should be safe using that as a reference. Get one from someplace that accepts returns.

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I have been having a problem with listening to audio through my Headset as it continuously keeps cutting out. This problem happens with all of my headphones and headsets but doesn't affect my speakers. Audio will work normally then suddenly stop after unplug the headphone they work again. Any help would be appreciated

A:My Headsets sound keep cuting out

While fiddling around I noticed something interesting whenever the sound cuts out under speaker properties it says "The device you are configuring has been removed."

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Hey there folks!

It seems I'm having issues with USB Audio. I have an ASUS P5N32-E SLI motherboard with up-to-date nVidia chipset. I am running Windows XP Pro 64-bit, but the issue also arose on the same system with XP Home 32-bit.

It came to light when I bought a new wireless Logitech G930 and it didn't work once installed. I went to Logitech but have not yet found a solution to what I initially thought was a Logitech product issue.

I was preparing to reformat my HDD and set up Windows XP Pro 64-bit, so I decided to do it promptly and see if that would help out the situation. I got XP up to date and attempted to use the G930 without its software. The sound was incredibly distorted and off-pitch with a lot of static. Sometimes it wouldn't work at all. I even tried to use my older wired USB Headset (Plantronics 770) which worked the last time I used it, about two months ago. It suffered the exact same distortion/static issue.

Here are some details of what I've tried:

- All of my other USB devices work perfectly fine on any USB port I plug them into. I currently have only a wireless mouse and keyboard in use.

- I've tried the headsets on all USB ports to no avail.

- I've tried both headsets on my girlfriend's laptop running Win7, both worked without issue.

- There are no yellow exclamation points in Device Manager.

- I seem to have WDMA_USB.INF and WDMA_USB.PNF in my windows/inf folder. (I had read some suggestions regarding the ... Read more

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I'm looking to purchase a multifunction Bluetooth stereo headset with a microphone. I'd like to use one device to listen to music and online broadcasts as well as use interactive tutorial programs and the online telephonic services, e.g., Yahoo Messenger. I've been using a wired stereo headset and a separate wired mic with success but too much wired hassle. Any suggestions for such a Bluetooth product? I've seen the Kensington Bluetooth Stereo Headphones with microphone, but nothing descriptive enough to assure me it will function as I wish on my Toshiba Tecra 5-M5332.


A:Bluetooth multifunction headsets available?

Toshiba might have a list of suggested accessories.


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I have a pavilion , model g6-2052er. The trouble is i don't get sound and and the sound icon is market with a red x .When i hover on it , it say's "Headsets or Speaker not connected". When i connect my laptop to my tv using an hdmi cable , the sound works propery on the tv. I never uninstalled any driver, it just stopped working after i left my laptop on for a while.What do i do to restore the sound?

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Hi Everyone

Any help would be sincerely appreciated.

Is it possible to play my music through 2 headsets plugged into 2 seperate usb ports in windows xp? They are different makes/models. I just wanna be able to listen to music with my son while my daughter watches movies on my laptop.

Is there anything i need to purchase or software that can do this?

Thx in advance.


A:Can I play audio through 2 usb headsets?

Im guessin its a no????

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Yesterday, my G933's mic stopped working. Windows recognizes the device, but it can't transmit any sounds (on the bar in the recording tab), Skype, Discord, or anything. I've tried using another USB headset and had the same problem. Then I tried an old G230 with 3.5mm cables and the mic worked. However, the person I'm talking to on Skype says my mic keeps cutting out and they can hear sounds coming from my headset. (Might be a whole other problem. It seems like it'll mute every time I'm playing something loud on my computer.)

I built this computer about 2 months ago. Using an Asus Maximus 9 Hero. I've tried updating the audio driver and plugging in the headset onto other USB ports.

If anybody has any suggestions, I will greatly appreciate it.

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I recently picked up a pair of the tactic 3D alpha's yesterday as soon as I saw them on sale in Canada. They're great considering the $50 price tag and superb positional sound. My question is. Would upgrading to the Tactic 3D sigma which sports 50mm instead of 40mm driver units make any difference? I play a lot of CoD, L4D2, Crysis and pretty much any FPS game. But I also use them for listening to music on my smartphone/ipod and they're a tad quiet. I'm willing to pay for the Sigma's but what would the improvements be over the 40mm version.

A:Creative Tactic 3D headsets

bump bump bump

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Hey all,

I recently began playing some online games (left 4 dead, etc) and now want to upgrade my analog headphones and separate analog mic to a Headset / Mic combo. I am using Vista32 Home Premium

From what I hear, USB is the way to go for audio quality as wel as the fact that the headset is treated as a separate sound card - which opens up some additional configuration options (assignment, etc) if desired.

Now, my question is, is every USB headset treated as a separate sound card? When people say this, will it actually show up as a sound card? Or will it just be recognized in device manager as headphones?

How are the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 (HERE) ?

This ABS AZ1 (HERE) seem like a good deal as well...

I want something that is decent for gaming as well as music....

I would like to choose a decent (covering the ear) set for around $30 online. Any suggestions?

Also, are the analog sets that have the usb adapter the same as a 'native' usb Headset?

Thanks in advance,


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Thank you guys for hearing me out, this problem has been bugging me for a while. I have a Turtle Beach Earforce Z11 Headset for PC, which connects through jacks as opposed to USB. There is a splitter for the primary plug, which splits the options into both a headphone and microphone. On this HP, however there are two jack options in the front : headphone and one that shows both a microphone and a headphone.  Upon connecting the plug in the headphone jack, I'm able to hear everything. Sound is perfect and I couldn't be happier, however it fails to recognize the mic...because it isn't in a microphone slot. Once I connected the plug into the combined audio/mic jack, I get nothing. I hear a tiny bit of static as it is inserted and suddenly my sound option on the taskbar appears with a little red circle and an "x", which tells me that "No speakers or headphones are plugged in". However on skype, I am told that my microphone is working just fine. The problem with that is, my actual microphone isn't picking up sound, but the headphones are picking up sound. I'm currently speaking into my headphones (which are plugged into the mic/audio jack) and I was told that I they could hear me, but I sounded muffled. The only other piece of relevant information is that a headset I had that worked through USB had no problems whatsoever. Thank you for the help.

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So recently I have been trying out multiple headsets on my computer and no matter the headset, I receive a persistent buzzing sound. The two headsets I have switched between have been the Razer Carcharias and the Logitech G35's. I know the Razer Carcharias have a known issue with the buzzing and I have contacted the support team and they told me to try plugging the USB into a cell phone charger and plugging the charger in to no avail. However, I used the G35's before the Carcharias (I have recently switched back to the G35's because the Carcharias buzzing has gotten too annoying) and they did not produce a buzzing sound. However, now the buzzing sound is occurring with the G35's. Could this possibly be happening because I have used up all the 8 USB ports in the back of my computer and I need to purchase a USB hub or something?

Please help me. I just want a headset to work without difficulty

A:Buzzing Sound with Multiple Headsets

Anyone have any idea?

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Not 100% sure I've got the best area of the forum for this, but here it goes.

I recently installed a bluetooth system on my desktop computer. I now own the logitech diNovo keyboard/mouse system.


I also have a a bluetooth headset (primarily designed for cellular phones) by motorola that I would like to use as my primary headset on my computer.


The bluetooth stacks are correctly finding the headset on the bluetooth network, but I'm unable to configure it to use it as the audio device. Does anyone have experience using a bluetooth headset on a PC and would they be able to tell me all the areas that would need configuration? Your help is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time.

A:Utilizing Blue Tooth Headsets On Your PC

I desperetly trying to connect a bluetooth headset with my vaio notebook with bluetooth built in with no luck it paired up but I can't voice chat with it can you help?

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My laptop speakers were disabled when I plugged in and plugged out the headset. Now the sounds are audiable in headset but not from my laptop speakers.

Kindly suggest how to restore my laptop speakers?


A:Speakers disabled when I plugged in and out the headsets

Barring a problem with the headphone jack, after you unplugged the headphones, try reinstalling the device. Go to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the device to highlight it, then click Uninstall (DO NOT Uninstall the drivers). Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound. If this doesn't fix it, reinstall the PC vendor's sound drivers.

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I must say I'm a bit surprised that I can't seem to find a definitive answer as I would have thought they'd be plenty of people in my position.

I simply want to connect two bluetooth headsets (would they have to be identical?) to my laptop at the same time so that my wife and I can either listen to music or watch movies together.

I've seen a couple of answers on the web stating the Bluesoleil software will do it but they might be just saying that get me to buy the software. There also seems to be a device that you plug into the audio port (3.5mm) although not popular and that's not using the onboard Bluetooth chip.

Obviously this can be done using wired headsets but I just want wireless.

Thanks very much and hope you can help.

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I've Been looking in getting a new headset for my PC and I'm not good at figuring out any sound devices really. Are there any good headsets for about $100 or less? I'm not looking for anything fancy just something that's good and wont c**p out after a couple of months. My top two priorities are sound quality (the louder the better) and good comfort for long usage.

I've look at ones such as the Thermaltake Shock Spin HD or SteelSeries 4H. But I'm stuck, I don't really know the difference (beside the fact that they look different).

Any help would be really appreciated.


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I'm looking for Gaming Headsets under $200 that is compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

Don't really know anything about turtle beach / headphones. Do I just plug them in to the controller or USB? I'm using Hdmi.

What are your suggestions?

A:Hi, first time looking for gaming headsets. Few questions.

moving to hardware.

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Is there a fix for getting my Logitech Premium Notebook Headset PN980445-0403 (goes behind the ear) to work with Ultimate? I need to be able to use it with my headset jack and a splitter with another headphone set. I also need to be able to use it with the splitter and some external speakers, preferably the Bose Monitors. The mic jack works with the Logitech headset (above).

I upgraded to Ultimate and suddenly these things do not work!

I need to be able to record through the mic with my headset on while someone else is listening through their headset or comfortably listening to speakers. (No external mixers, no subwoofers).


A:Headsets and Speakers w/Vista Ultimate 64

Wow thats quite an interesting setup. How is it that it doesnt work? Does the computer not sense anything plugged in? Or does it see it, but no audio?
Does the computer sees it, but the mic doesnt work?

You need to tell us HOW it doesnt work.

Are you using onboard audio (the one on your motherboard) or a sound card?
Try using each thing seperatly, such as jsut the speakers, and make sure that each thing works individually first.

Let us know.

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