How can I tell which program is taking exclusive control of audio? Solved

  1. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       06 Jan 2018 #1

    How can I tell which program is taking exclusive control of audio?

    Subject says it all.

    Context: I have an Oculus Rift, and the sound used to pop in and out. Now, when I say "pop", I do not mean mute and unmute! Rather, it switches between 3D audio that rotates around me depending on which way I face, and standard Stereo audio with two dumb outputs resting on my ears that are in no way at all tracked.

    To solve this, I got a new USB3.0 PCIe card that many people recommended to fix the issue, and it did!

    However, I now have a new problem: Skype got an update just at the same time that I put this new card in, and now I entirely lose audio after about one minute of being in the Rift. Restarting the Rift completely does fix it, but only for a minute. I found out I can resolve this issue by going to the Rift's audio settings and unchecking "allow applications to take exclusive control of this device". It immediately brings sound back! Yay!.. But it also brings the popping back, and it reliably comes in after a minute of use, just like when audio would normally cut out.

    Clearly there's another program trying to take control of the Rift's output and messing with its ability to reproduce proper sound. I want to know which program in particular so I can try uninstalling it to see if my theory is correct. Skype seems like the likely culprit, but exiting it doesn't solve the issue, so I have some doubts about it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    07 Jan 2018 #2

    Download and run the free Latency Mon program. It may point to what is causing the problem.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3. dencal's Avatar
    Posts : 2,846
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       07 Jan 2018 #3

    Have you tried right clicking on speakers, then sounds...…to find the intruder?.....see attachment.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails sound.jpg  
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       07 Jan 2018 #4

    Geh, figures, turns out one of the USB cables was bad, or something along those lines. Switched it out and things are much better!

    I'm not entirely sure why I didn't think to try that first. Oh well, at least it's fixed! (Hopefully.)
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5. dencal's Avatar
    Posts : 2,846
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       07 Jan 2018 #5

    Glad to see you have got it sorted.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


Related Threads
Hello community! I would like a recommendation of any program that allows controlling or at least monitoring the use of a computer, preferably free. e.g: a program that somehow allows to block the use of the computer after a certain time has...
How do I recapture exclusive control similar to XP? in Windows Updates and Activation
Hi all, I've been using Win10 (Swedish) administrating my wife's firm the better part of 2016, (XP at home). And gone from disliking M$ to loathing them mainly due to 10s built in crappy apps, telemetry encroachment, illegal spying, illicit changing...
Hello I have used the tray app to register for Win 10 upgrade on a number of PCs / laptops (Win 7 & Win 8). However I am now a bit concerned that come "D-Day", the app will automatically download the installation files (or at least a...
Hi all, To start we have three separate installation packages (Windows Installer .msi's) we create. They basically work fine with no needed modifications to work in the Windows 10 World. Once on the system, we are able to remove 2 of the...
I used to use Volumouse, but it's not working too well on Windows 10. Are there any alternatives?
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:33.
Find Us