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David4321
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      08-15-2009

Hi, and thanks for looking.

My computer (laptop, Vista Home Premium) was working fine with regard
to sound devices. Onboard speakers operated if nothing else was plugged
in, and sound was handled by other USB devices when they were plugged in
(ie: extension speakers, and ms lifechat wireless headset w/usb
receiver)

Then I tried to set up bluetooth with a USB dongle adapter and a
motorola wireless headset, for use with skype. The dongle was
recognized, and so was the headset, but it would not become the active
device when turned on. I called Motorola, and they led me on a wild
goose chase of resetting the default sound device to the bluetooth
headset - before I realized that even then it would not allow me to
pick up a skype phone call unless I had the headset as my default
device 24/7. Otherwise, I would have to go to control panel>sound>reset
default device EVERY TIME I wanted to use the headset. Clearly not
functional for answering a phone call in real time. I guess there IS NO
SUCH THING as a functional skype bluetooth headset yet. (one with
seamless on/off as active device) This seems to be an operating system
issue, not a device issue.

So I abandoned the attempt and just want to go back to using my
lifechat. The PROBLEM is: Now the computer has been manually reset to
using onboard speakers as the default sound device, and it WILL NOT
switch over to my USB devices at all, when they are plugged in, except
for skype. Strangely, if I plug in usb wired headset, usb speakers, or
lifechat, they get the sound for skype, but not for anything else ie:
WMP etc. The devices are still recognized, and when I test them, they
work. However, they are not used as the active device by just plugging
them in, as it was before messing with it. They will not handle sound
from ALL SOURCES unless they are reset to be the default device
manually in settings. This was never necessary before! Can anyone help
me get this back the way it was?

Thanks.




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