Headphones with Microphone Not Working in Windows 7
Headphones with microphone not working in Windows 7? [Image shared by tnarik via Flickr]
It sure seems like having a set of headphones with microphone is a necessary part of communication online, especially if you play video games. Sadly, smack talk seems to have become the primary component of this so-called communication; we’ve all encountered some misguided individual at the other end using the miraculous technology that allows them to send their voice across the planet via the Internet to troll you into losing your cool just so that they can further taunt you with a “UMADBRO?”

Which, in itself, is rage-inducing simply by being an uninspired and thoroughly overused catch phrase. If that’s the best you can come up with, I think you should probably spend more time in school than playing video games. I am mad, bro!


Headphones with Microphone Not Working in Windows 7? How About Your Microphone?

While many people have upgraded to Windows 8 (and I use the term “upgraded” loosely because I still contend that it’s only not frustrating on touchscreen devices), a lot of people are still using (or have “downgraded” back to) Windows 7. But even when you’re using an older, more familiar operating system, a weird problem can sometimes rear its stupid, fat, ugly head.

In short, if the stupid, fat, ugly problem is that you can’t get Windows 7 to recognize your beautiful voice through the device you’ve established to do so — whether it’s a set of headphones with microphone or a microphone like the Blue Microphones Yeti, we’ll try and get you sorted out.

Have You Plugged the Jack into the Correct Socket?

Don’t laugh or scoff! You would be amazed at how many people either haven’t plugged the pink microphone jack into the pink socket or plugged it into the wrong socket, altogether. However, there could be another issue at play here. Sometimes it’s not the pink socket in the front of your case, but the pink socket at the back of the case — or vice versa — that works. Before moving on to the next step of troubleshooting or fiddling around with any other settings, give this a try first.

A USB microphone or set of USB headphones with microphone should work in any of your USB ports with plug and play ease (hardware problems aside) and generally avoids this problem entirely.

Have You Accidentally Muted Your Microphone Device?

Your first inclination might be to call someone an idiot for suggesting that you’ve muted your… oh, hold on!

Again, this is just so easy to do. I’ve done it. I’m sure everyone has.

Remember to check if you’ve muted your microphone or headphones with microphone.

Have You Enabled the Device in Control Panel?

This may seem convoluted but, considering this is Windows, it really isn’t as bad as it could be. To get Windows 7 to recognize your microphone or headphones with microphone, follow these steps.

  1. Go to Start Menu, then Control Panel, and then Sound.
  2. Click Recording.
  3. Right click in the box for Line In or Microphone.
  4. Select Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices.
  5. When it shows up, enable your microphone.
  6. Select Properties.
  7. Select Levels.
  8. Turn up your Microphone Boost to either 100% or +30dB.
  9. Select OK.
  10. Talk into your microphone and watch the green bars beside the newly enabled microphone move, indicating success.
  11. Enjoy!

Have You Enabled the Device in the Application (Such as Ventrilo, TeamSpeak, or Skype)?

Sometimes it’s as simple as going into your settings for any VoIP service and making sure that your microphone or set of headphones with microphone is selected. Most of them even give you a test feature to make sure that you can be heard. More specific instructions can be found at the official site for the software you’re using.

Has this helped you resolve the issue of headphones with microphone not working in Windows 7? Have you got any questions? Leave a comment below and I’m sure that our community of geeks will be able to help you more.