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1 headphone not working when mic plugged in - please help!

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May 18, 2010 4:41:52 PM

I recently put together a new computer with a gigabyte GA-H55-USB3 mobo.

When I plug my headphones or speakers in, the sound works just fine however when I plug in my mic, the sound only comes through ONE headphone. The mic works when plugged in, but sound only comes through the left headphone when I have both the green inbound headset plug + mic plugged in.

I don't get it; I've tried re-installing the Realtek audio drivers, I've tried uninstalling the drivers and letting windows install audio drivers using the automatic wizard; I even went and bought a sound card (Rocketfish 5.1 PCI Sound Card) but the same exact problem occurs - the left headphone gets muted somehow when I plug in the mic. I've tried going through all the options under the Realtek sound manager, but nothing helps.

I want to be able to talk/play with friends in ventrilo, but its super annoying to only have sound come through one headphone and it makes it really tough to play counter-strike or other games.

Please help me and thanks a lot to anyone with any advice at all!
May 21, 2010 4:14:00 AM

winrawr said:
I recently put together a new computer with a gigabyte GA-H55-USB3 mobo.

When I plug my headphones or speakers in, the sound works just fine however when I plug in my mic, the sound only comes through ONE headphone. The mic works when plugged in, but sound only comes through the left headphone when I have both the green inbound headset plug + mic plugged in.

I don't get it; I've tried re-installing the Realtek audio drivers, I've tried uninstalling the drivers and letting windows install audio drivers using the automatic wizard; I even went and bought a sound card (Rocketfish 5.1 PCI Sound Card) but the same exact problem occurs - the left headphone gets muted somehow when I plug in the mic. I've tried going through all the options under the Realtek sound manager, but nothing helps.

I want to be able to talk/play with friends in ventrilo, but its super annoying to only have sound come through one headphone and it makes it really tough to play counter-strike or other games.

Please help me and thanks a lot to anyone with any advice at all!


this is because the microphone is mono, and has a two conductor plug, you are connecting a two conductor device into a stereo three conductor audio jack, one of the stereo channels is shut off.
You need a stereo microphone, or an adapter to convert mono to a stereo plug. This type of adapter can be purchased from an electronics store such as radio shack. It has nothing to do with the drivers or software or computer.
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