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!
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?
- Scream into your pillow
- Get a nice cold beer from the fridge
- Put on some rock music
- Grab a bag of crisps
- Get ready for 15mins of simple tweaking
Solution is here:
Drink the beer!
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:
Open another can of beer! Congratulations!
I hope this helps, because it took me a whole day to get all this info worked out!