Thanks ill try that. I also figured out a work-around. i went into the properties of skype and took the checkbox out of "take control". This allowed ingame sound to work as well as skype ... but.. skype started acting wierd... i did set the headset as default device at the same time... ill have to test your strategy tonight... appreciate the response. i like how skype.com didnt know what the hell was wrong. uninstall and reinstall drivers??? ever notice how support lines always try to pass the buck??