Windows 10: Microphone not working with headset to mic splitter

Discus and support Microphone not working with headset to mic splitter in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hi guys, I just spent about $10 getting a replacement cable for my headphones that has a mic built in. It's a 3.5mm headset cable has both mic and... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Windows_has_flaws, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. Microphone not working with headset to mic splitter


    Hi guys,


    I just spent about $10 getting a replacement cable for my headphones that has a mic built in. It's a 3.5mm headset cable has both mic and headphone audio that I've connected to a Y-splitter that goes to a mic cable and a headphone cable.


    These definitely work as I tried them on my laptop with immediate success.


    However, on my desktop, no dice. I can hear audio, but the microphone does not work. I've tried both the front and back audio ports, even opened up the case and checked all my connections to the motherboard and they're all OK.


    Are there some obscure Windows settings I can fiddle around with? I have this Realtek Audio Console which is next to useless. Says mic is connected and that's all.


    I have Windows 10 for Education 1909.


    Thanks!

    :)
     
    Windows_has_flaws, Apr 11, 2020
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  2. ReeceU Win User

    Headset microphone (with audio splitter) not working

    My Acer Predator (Helios 300) laptop has a singular audio port, which I use with my headset that has a separate microphone and headphone cable. I have used an audio splitter to get around this issue for a while now, and it has worked perfectly fine. Normally
    when I would plug the splitter in, a prompt would appear asking what type of device was just plugged in, options were headphones, speakers, microphone, headset, and one or two other options that I don't remember because I never used them. I would select "headset"
    and it would work just fine. Recently, something changed. This prompt no longer appears, and my computer no longer acknowledges the microphone on my headset, instead using the default internal microphone. The headphones still play audio like normal, but I
    have found no way to get the microphone working.

    If I just plug the microphone chord into the audio jack, it still does not work, and the computer refuses to play audio.

    So far I have tried:

    • Uninstalling and re-installing the audio drivers (multiple times)
    • Updating windows
    • Running the audio troubleshooters (Both for playing audio and recording)
    • Checking for updates to Dolby
    • Scanning for hardware changes in device manager
    • Disabling the default microphone
    None of these have done anything.

    I'm really at a loss here. I consider myself pretty computer savvy but nothing I've tried has gotten me anywhere.
     
    ReeceU, Apr 11, 2020
    #2
  3. fireberd Win User
    Computer won't recognize headset microphone


    Restart after disabling the XSplit. May not make a difference but worth trying.

    What's left is the possibility the multi jack is the issue. A computer mic needs +5V DC to operate. If that is not being provided it could be a reason the mic is not detected or working. Another problem is the jack or internal components.

    Since the separate mic jack works, you could get a splitter, to provide separate TRS plugs for the mic and headset and try that. If that still does not work, it suggests there is a compatibility problem between the headset and your PC (since you reported the headset/mic work in a game console).
     
    fireberd, Apr 11, 2020
    #3
  4. MattKC Win User

    Microphone not working with headset to mic splitter

    Headset Mic and Realtek drivers

    Hey so funny thing, like I said, when i plug in my gaming headset vie splitter (mic, headphone), the mic does not work, it is if it only picks up noise, nothing else, like a little whitenoise generator. So after reading some stuff I tried something funny, I actually unplugged my microphone from my headset and plugged it directly via the mic input on my laptop, while headset was plugged in via headphone jack and what do you know, the mic works, so WTF is happening? lol I read somewhere that the realtek manager app is messing everything up and not recognizing headphones or headsets, not sure if it's true, but was wondering if anyone has some thoughts about it.
     
    MattKC, Apr 11, 2020
    #4
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