Default Sound Device Issue

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by David4321, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. David4321

    David4321 Guest

    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

    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?


    David4321, Aug 15, 2009
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