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I cannot get my 2 jack headset microphone to work using a splitter.

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July 15, 2013 12:18:52 PM

I recently purchased a Lenovo Ideapad Z500 and realised that it had only one audio jack. I thought that to fix this problem it would be as simple as buying a cheap audio jack splitter to use the microphone on my Steelseries Siberia V2 but I still can't use my headset microphone. I have looked at other posts about similar problems but none seem to make any sense to me. Please help me in any way you can.
July 15, 2013 12:25:33 PM

The headphone/mic jack may be one of 2 things.

1. A jack that can be told to be either, but not both.

OR(I hope for your sake it is 2)

2. A TRRS jack. These kinds of jacks have the tip one 2 rings and last the sleeve. This kind of jack can handle both 2 channel out and one channel in.

This is the best image to show the different connectors.

Please contact Lenovo to be sure before getting an adapter, but they DO make TRRS to 2 x TRS jacks.

they look something like this. The ground is common and the other connections are wired to the needed connectors.
July 15, 2013 2:31:01 PM

Thanks, Nukemaster.

My headphone's jacks look like they are 3.5mm TRS jacks.
From what I understand it looks like my only option is to order a TRRS to 2 x TRS jack to get my microphone up and running again? I'll contact Lenovo about the problem before buying but thank you for the help! :) 
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July 15, 2013 8:36:49 PM

Yeah standard PC jacks all tend to be TRS.

Please remember they have TRS in many sizes you want 3.5mm(may be called 1/8th inch).

With the idea of making things smaller, this TRRS allows 2 things to happen with ONE plug(a good example is almost every cellular phone).

This is why is is so important to confirm with Lenovo that your device actually has a TRRS jack so you are not getting another adapter that does not work for you.

With so many users using HDMI for both audio and Video, sometimes I wonder how long extra analog jacks will hang around(I like them because they are easy to mess with. An analog mixer is fairly easy to make, a digital needs MUCH more work).

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July 19, 2013 8:12:34 AM

Thanks for the help, Nukemaster.

I fixed the problem using a simple usb sound card adapter and everything is working well now.
July 19, 2013 10:48:07 PM

glad you got it solved.

You may also be able to use the second card(usb) to play just some programs like team speak while the onboard card can be used for games.