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.