USB headset and Maverick

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Fri Oct 22 05:42:14 UTC 2010

On Mon, 2010-10-18 at 20:00 -0400, J wrote:
> Hrmmm... so something I've not used before today...
> Ok, so I have Maverick installed on an Alienware M15x.  Using the
> internal Mic array and either external speakers or the internal
> speakers,  I get great audio quality on both playback and record.
> However, when trying to set up my new Plantronics 626 USB headset, I'm
> having ... mixed results.
> In Mumble, I was able to somehow get the mic to start working, thought
> that required me hitting alsamixer and turning up the sensitivity (the
> Sound Preferences tool did absolutely nothing in this regard) and I
> was able to get that working... kinda.
> But then shut down Mumble and fired up Audacity, and no sound on the
> USB headset microphone at all.  Tried Skype test calling service and
> also no audio at all.  Then fired mumble up again and sound seems to
> work...
> So I'm about to reboot and see if Pulse is just stuck, but I thought
> I'd check her and see if anyone had any suggestions for
> troubleshooting a USB headset.

I put pavucontrol on my task bar, so I can readily click on it to check
out what is going where. If you aren't getting sound to your usb
headset, check pavucontrol to set it manually as your output during
playback. Just select the playback tab, then select your USB headset
which should be selectable in the drop down. Should work like a charm.
But something has to be playing when you do this. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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