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Help with headset in some games/apps

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by cloaker, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. cloaker New Member

    Aug 3, 2007
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    I just bought the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 and i want to be able to switch from hearing everything out of my speakers to hearing it out of my headset. Its not very simple since its a USB headset. So i went to the control panel > sounds and audio devices > audio tab and i switched it to the LX-3000 headset. The problem is that in some games/apps it will still go through my speakers. These games/apps that still go through the speakers are: Windows Media Player, Quicktime, Winamp, NHL '08, and BF2. The ones that work fine are: GTA SA, CS:Source, Power DVD, any desktop program like MSN, firefox, or IRC. These are the only things ive tested. Ive tried adjusting every setting i can find, WMP even had a thing in the settings for this and it still went out of my speakers. So, what am i doing wrong, because it obviously should be able to work for all games/apps? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated :)
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  2. Kursah

    Kursah Moderator Staff Member

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    From what I've heard when using a USB headset it's best to either disable onboard sound or if you have no issues in windows with using 2 sound devices (since at least most USB headsets I looked at use an integrated audio controller and their own drivers), just turn your speakers off or volume all the way down. I went with a 5.1 Headset that uses AC97 plugs for better (supposedly) sound quality, and I just use a jack splitter for my speakers and primary channel on my headphones (they have 3 speakers per ear cup, some have 4!).

    LTB Magnum 5.1's, they're excellent!

    Really, all I've heard for a true solution is making the USB headset the sole/primary sound device for full and proper functionality. Hope that helps! :toast:

    Maybe someone has a better solution than I do, like I said this is what I got from reading up on headsets a few weeks ago when I decided to not go the USB route due to the issues you're having.
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