I am setting up a USB headphone/microphone with my PC and I can not get the microphone to work, although the headphone function does. It is a "Freedom FreeTalk" headset. I can not hear any recording when I try it with the sound recorder located under "Accessories" in the start menu (I have Windows XP), or when I try it with Skype's microphone test.The headphones part of the unit works. The headset did not come with a disk as far as I recall. I believe my sound settings are correct.
For my Windows XP environment:
1.) Under "Control Panel>Sounds and Audio devices>Audio":
"Use only Default" is unchecked. On my computer it gives 2 choices for default device while the USB headset is plugged in - " Realtek AC97 Audio" or the name of the headset, which is "Freedom FreeTalk". For both "sound playback" and "sound recording" Freetalk Freedom was automatically selected when the headset was plugged in. This is also true for "Sounds and Audio Devices>Voice". Under these settings, when I click "Volume" there is no option that says "microphone". Under sound or voice "Recording" there is one slider - "Wave in". I have tried it both muted and unmuted. Under voice or sound "Playback" the sliders are "speaker", "wave", "SW synth", and "CD player" - all unmuted and volumes up.
2.)If I switch the default device for sound recording to "Realtek AC97 Audio" instead and then click "volume" then I get a slider for "microphone", as well as mono and stereo mix, CD, line in, and phone line.Their volumes are all up and boxes unselected EXCEPT MICROPHONE which is SELECTED. When I click "Advanced" I get "mic boost" and "stereo mic", both unchecked. When I click "Volume" under "Playback" with these settings I get a whole slew of sliders, including "microphone", which is set for MUTE. This setting seems counter-intuitive, but is consistent with all instructions I have found. Everything else is volumes up, unchecked.
I have tested it in a multitude of combinations, although I may have left some combos out by accident, having either Freetalk as default device because that's what I am trying to use, or "Realtek because its control panel more closely resembles what the settings instructions gave me to believe I should see. None of it makes any difference. Can anyone help?
Thank you so much in advance for your time.
P.S. I can give you my settings in Skype, but since the mic isn't registering in the Accessories sound recorder either I figure the problem is with my computer somewhere?