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MidnytRain Jan 5, 2014 @ 5:29pm
My Mic Only Works If It's Plugged in Before L4D2 Launches
Is this normal, and is there a way around this? If I decide to use my mic after starting the game, I have to quit the game, plug my mic in, and restart L4D2 to get it to work.
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xxxtinct Jan 6, 2014 @ 12:09am 
I used to have the same problem running Win7 on a laptop, no fix iirc
OttoNL Jan 6, 2014 @ 12:25am 
I think this is because of Windows. Not sure if all windows have it and if it's only windows, but I can remember having to plug in mic for other software myself.

Guess Microsoft wants you to plug in the mic 24/7 so the NSA can always listen in.

What you could try is use a 3,5mm jack extension cord. My soundcard only registers the fact that there is something plugged in there and I don't think it would notice wether it's a mic or just the cable. Then while playing and deciding you want a mic you can just plug a mic in that ext.cord.
Not sure, but if you got one lying around you can try.
Last edited by OttoNL; Jan 6, 2014 @ 12:39am
MidnytRain Jan 6, 2014 @ 8:15pm 
What I do know is have my mic permanently plugged in, but muted when I'm not using it. Seems to be the only way to avoid relaunching the game.
OttoNL Jan 7, 2014 @ 3:47am 
If you care about your privacy, muting it with a mute switch some have works, but if you mute it in Windows only they can still listen to you.
MidnytRain Jan 7, 2014 @ 10:20am 
I have the PC 360s, which I thought muted when the mic is flipped up.
OttoNL Jan 7, 2014 @ 4:34pm 
Ah nice. You can always try recording with the windows sound recorder and then flip it up.
jess ♡ Jan 7, 2014 @ 4:52pm 
Make sure you have microphone/headset drivers installed + updated.
MidnytRain Jan 7, 2014 @ 6:55pm 
I didn't even know the 360s had drivers. I looked on Sennheiser's website and didn't see anything.
OttoNL Jan 8, 2014 @ 4:08am 
If it uses 3,5mm jacks no need for drivers.
MidnytRain Jan 8, 2014 @ 3:34pm 
Yeah, it's a jack, not a USB.
Originally posted by MidnytRain:
Yeah, it's a jack, not a USB.

I was about to say that is puzzling, however, I recally a feature with some audio chipsets is that they can detect when ports have something plugged in. I would hazard a guess that the port is in some quasi disabled state when there is no device plugged in.
OttoNL Jan 8, 2014 @ 3:52pm 
When I had Win Xp on my current system it didn't detect wether or not something was plugged in. Now that I installed Win 7 on the same system it did. So that could also be a factor
My understanding is that the sound handling in win 7 is radically diffenent from XP.
MidnytRain Jan 8, 2014 @ 5:22pm 
I'm on Windows 8
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Date Posted: Jan 5, 2014 @ 5:29pm
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