Windows 10 audio drivers and headset microphone recognition

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home

    Windows 10 audio drivers and headset microphone recognition


    I've encountered a couple of problems with sound on my Windows 10 laptop. The original issue was very similar to the one outlined here: sound would become much louder in all media after pausing and then playing. I followed the suggestion from that thread to install the generic Microsoft High Definition Audio Device instead of the Realtek one, which solved the issue.

    But then when I plugged my headset into the audio jack via an audio/mic splitter (I was using the correct 4 conductor 3.5mm version) my computer no longer recognized the headset's external microphone (only the internal one). So ... I switched back to the Realtek audio driver, which in turn recognized my external mic ... but I'm obviously now back at square one with the original sound problem!

    Is there a solution to this vicious cycle?
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  2. Josey Wales's Avatar
    Posts : 24,885
    Win 10 Pro 19043.985

    Hi j123 and welcome to the forum, I use a Corsair Void Headset but only for gaming as The sound is 7.1 my normal sound is basic so I use a program called AudioSwitchSetup. You can choose which device is default with it. It may help you.
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  3. fireberd's Avatar
    Posts : 2,335
    Win 10 Pro, 20H2

    The Microsoft High Definition Audio Codec (Driver) is a generic, basic function, driver and should only be used if the sound chip hardware driver (Realtek in this case) is not available.

    Do you have any Sound "Enhancements" set in the Realtek HD Audio Manager such as Loudness, custom EQ, etc? If you do disable those. Also, you should have Stereo Mix set as the Default Recording Device. Although this is a "recording" device it will affect playback (it is equivalent to the old "What You Hear" that Creative SoundBlaster called it).
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the responses. For some reason the original playback issue isn't occurring now, so that's ok, but the other problem has returned: my computer won't recognize the external mic on my headset when connected via an audio/mic splitter/adapter. It recognizes the mic when I connect it directly to the computer, but I only have one headphone/mic combo jack on my laptop, so I can't use both features of the headset. It might be an issue with the laptop jack itself, which I guess isn't a problem for a Windows 10 forum. Anyway thanks again!
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  5. fireberd's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro, 20H2

    I would suspect the adapter. You can buy another adapter, they are cheap.
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