5.1 Sounds Great…Headsets can Be a Headache

You just bought this new spanking USB Headset with the 5.1 channel mind-blowing audio…fantastic surround sound with 8 individual mini speakers inside the cool twin web mesh shells, the 6 way controller and game positional audio to die for!

After installing the drivers from the disk, you are required to reboot. Horrors! You can’t get sound from the headset OR you can’t activate the microphone. Skype does not work. Re-installing doesn’t help. Chances are it’s a CM106 driver version that you have.

Feel like kicking the door? Scratching the cat? Submerging yourself  into the pool of despair? 3 reboots later, and dripping buckets of sweat? No inspiration from scratching the hair off your scalp? Feel a bout of dandruff coming on?

Try this:

  1. Scream into your pillow
  2. Get a nice cold beer from the fridge
  3. Put on some rock music
  4. Grab a bag of crisps
  5. Get ready for 15mins of simple tweaking

Solution is here:

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE INSTALL DISK, DOWNLOAD IT.
It should be about 49Mb and take 8 mins on a regular cable connection.

Drink the beer!



Windows 7

https://www.x-drivers.com/catalog/drivers/sound_cards/companies/c-media/models/cm-106/14855.html

Vista

https://www.x-drivers.com/catalog/drivers/sound_cards/companies/c-media/models/cm-106/11600.html

INSTALL THE DRIVERS BY LAUNCHING THE EXE FROM THE APPROPRIATE [WIN7 OR VISTA] FOLDERS

CHECK THE AUDIO DEVICES TAB TO DISPLAY IF THE DEVICE IS ACTUALLY LISTED AND [CONFIGURE] IS NOT GREYED OUT. Access the speaker icon from the tray:

Right click “speaker” icon from bottom right of your screen. Select audio devices. Playback tab should show C-Media CM106 Sound Device as working. Select Recording tab to see Microphone same status. Select Configure button below left [likely this is greyed out]

GO TO CONTROL PANEL AND TURN OFF THE HDA MODEM DEVICE FROM DEVICE MANAGER, OR DELETE IT – this sucker takes up Com3 which is required for your headset mic input to work.

Start–>Control panel–>Sound and Audio devices or Hardware and Sound. On the Sound or audio tab, set the default playback device to your main soundcard [eg CM106]. Your installed audio device should show up. Confirm that the device is active from control panel. Go to phone and modem options\ modems – remove HDA modem [this is only for dialup purposes. If you need to keep this, go to Device Manager and disable it, so you can reactivate it the next time you need it.

You can break out the bag of crisps now.

ACTIVATE THE HEADSET MICROPHONE

Access the speaker icon from the tray:

Right Select audio devices–>recording.
Select the Microphone icon with C-Media CM106 Sound Device.
Select configure [bottom left] which should not be greyed out now. This will launch Windows Ease of Access.
Select set up microphone.
Do the voice test if you hit all the peaks correctly, [next] button will appear.
You are set to use the headset microphone!

Open another can of beer!  Congratulations!

To get Skype working:
Launch Skype–>Main window…..>Tools -> Options –>Sound Devices–>audio device/USB/etc Audio Device (do NOT use windows default device). You can also tick the ring pc speaker check box as this is a good backup to alert you even if the main speakers are off or turned down.  Test the volume to view the moving green VU bar. If it moves, you are done!

I hope this helps, because it took me a whole day to get all this info worked out!

About felix lee

a change agent and philosopher, I have been in corporate business for about 28 years chiefly in marketing, events, PR and IT. this is a small way of sharing wisdoms in starting and re-inventing your business and running it holistically like you do with your life. i am learning to write ebooks and welcome tips from anyone who is happy to share them. please drop me a line anytime. Kindly forgive the messy housekeeping...
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