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Windows 7: External Microphone Being Detected as Headphones

12 May 2018   #1
Will1306

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
External Microphone Being Detected as Headphones

Hi,
I have a Lenovo laptop (windows 7) with Conexant smartaudio HD drivers. The internal mic and speakers work fine. But when I plug in a microphone to the 3.5mm aux jack (itís a combo port with a headset symbol on it) the system thinks it is headphones that I plugged in, and says that no mic is connected. Even if I go into smart audio HD manager and re-task the audio jack to microphone or line-in, it still doesnít detect it being plugged in. Itís not a problem with the mic as I have tried with my friends windows 10 laptop with Realtek drivers and it works fine. Any ideas? Thanks,
- Will


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12 May 2018   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Hi Will1306,

The plug on your combo headset mic should have three plastic rings to separate stereo left right, and mic. If the female jack on your computer is not the same i.e. does not have 3 plastic ring separators, that's your problem.

External Microphone Being Detected as Headphones-combo-jack.png External Microphone Being Detected as Headphones-splitter.png

Maeline 3.5mm Female to 2 Male Gold Plated Headphone Mic Audio Y Splitter Flat Cable $5.99 US

BTW: You can use Prime to ship for free two day or less, then cancel your membership within 30 days, and they refund the initial installment next day or two (I do this all the time). No prohibition from Amazon in doing so, as many times a you wish, at least for now anyway.

Nic


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12 May 2018   #3
Will1306

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Getting there

Hi,
I just tried plugging in my headset (which has 3 rings on the connector) into my laptop and it detected the mic on the headset! Does this mean if i want to use my aux microphone (with only one ring) i would have to use it through an audio splitter which splits the port into microphone and headphones ports? Something like this?:
3.5mm Stereo Audio Male to 2 Female Headphone/Mic Y Splitter Cable Adapter USA! | eBay
Thanks for the help,
- Will
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13 May 2018   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

if its one ring its mono not stero you can some times fiddle with the plug in and out a bit and catch it but splitter is best idea
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13 May 2018   #5
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Agree with samuria!
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14 May 2018   #6
Will1306

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Thanks

Thanks for the help guys, Iím ordering a splitter now so everything will work fine. Thanks again,
- Will
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