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I tried pretty much everything and my last hope is to get a new sound card. I have a Turtle Beach headset and the sound won't be picked up by my computer. I tried it on my sister's Mac and it works perfectly. I also tried a pair of earphones with a mic, they worked on her Mac but again, not on my computer. I got a Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H and whenever I plug something to the 3.5mm jack, it doesn't work. I enabled microphone boost, I uninstalled the drivers and reinstalled them and a bunch of other things. Nothing worked. The jack isn't faulty I think as when I plug in something, it's being detected and can function as a headphone.

VIA HD Audio Deck just sucks. Anybody has an idea? Should I get a new sound card?
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    My guess is that the microphone jack is not supplying a bias voltage for the electret microphone in your headset.  There are ways (if you're an electronics hobbyist) to manually supply that voltage, if you're interested.

    To confirm that this is the issue, try plugging a headphone into the microphone jack, and then tap the headphone's speakers.  If the computer picks up that sound, the problem is most likely what I mentioned above.
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    My guess is that the microphone jack is not supplying a bias voltage for the electret microphone in your headset.  There are ways (if you're an electronics hobbyist) to manually supply that voltage, if you're interested.

    To confirm that this is the issue, try plugging a headphone into the microphone jack, and then tap the headphone's speakers.  If the computer picks up that sound, the problem is most likely what I mentioned above.
It's not picking up anything either. Thing is, if I set the jack to be headphones, it works perfectly, if I set it up to be a mic, no sound is being picked up.

Also, it's worth nothing my headset transmitter comes with a single cable. A single jack should provide for both the headphones and the microphone right?
Edited by Juub - 6/18/13 at 3:03pm
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Crap!!! The microphone wasn't working at all all this time. It was the built-in mic of the Mac Book Pro doing the job, not the headset mic.
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Also, it's worth nothing my headset transmitter comes with a single cable. A single jack should provide for both the headphones and the microphone right?

    Not if it's an analog jack.  It would have to be a USB or Firewire jack from your headset to have only one jack for both the headphones and microphone.  If that's what it is, you would probably have to set the headset as the default sound device instead of the computer's soundcard.  Please specify the model number of your headset (so that I can verify).
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