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#1 Jiggity

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:18 PM

Hello, I recently bought a headset for my computer. The headset only has one plug - I can't use themfor speaking or listening to something at the same time, I can either only talk into them, or listen in for music, but I'm looking to do both. It seems like it would be simple to solve but I'm having difficulty, I'll plug the headset into the one socket in my computer and I can listen, but again, can't talk, and vice versa with the other. I get prompted to fix this but I've yet to find a solution at the moment. Any help here is greatly appreciated, I've been at this for a little bit now and have had no luck.



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:22 PM

Make and model of the headset? Is there an adapter or accessory you're missing? I have seen this before where you need an accessory for dual port mic/speaker use.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:29 PM

I'm not the best with computers (I threw out the headset box before I actually used it... bad idea, eh?) - I think I probably will need an accessory but not positive. Is there a way I can pull up the make of the head set once I plug it in? I'm using windows 8 if it helps.



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:31 PM

I use this computer for gaming, I have Ventrilo set up and I can't speak into it, I get an error message that says:

 

Unable to activate DirectSound for selected device.
DirectSoundCaptureCreate failed.



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:42 PM

I don't have Windows 8 and I don't think you can get an external device's model number. Make or brand, yes but not a specific model to the best of my knowledge. I never throw away packaging for at least 30 days so I can return it without a major hassle if something goes wrong or I find it a lot cheaper elsewhere in the mean time. Also they some times hide/bury that one little adapter you just knew you wouldn't need when you saw it in the store or on a web page. Nothing like wiping wet slimy garbage off a brand new item to make it work.... :P

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