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Skype Headphones Interfere with Speakers

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My sister wanted Skype, so she bought it along with a camera and headphones. Now the headphones work for Skype, but whenever I try to play music on, say, Youtube, they don't work, and when I disconnect the headphones, the speakers don't! I made sure I'm not on "Mute-all", and the computer WILL play that "Dun-uh" sound when you keep clicking something that won't connect or something. It plays all those different ones.Kat Delong

I have to say, I love Skype. Not two minutes ago, I was using Skype to talk to (and see) a friend of mine in London from here in California. Gotta love the technology. I can see how this headphone problem is frustrating, so let's see what we can do to help you.

Skype Setup

In order to determine if the system is set up properly, I'm going to walk you through the set up steps - this may be redundant, but bear with me.

  1. Go to Control Panel and find Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices. Find the Sound and Audio Device section.
  2. Find the Audio tab. Under Sound Playback, choose the Skype device from the drop down menu.
  3. To adjust the volume, click on Volume and then Options and Properties.
  4. Under ‘Show the following volume controls', make sure that everything has a check by it.
  5. In Volume Control, make sure that the Microphone has a check by Mute. None of the other controls should have mute checked.

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To change the recording options:

  1. Click on Sound Recording in Sound and Audio Devices.
  2. Choose the Skype device from the list and click Volume.
  3. In Recording control panel, choose Properties and Options. Check all boxes under ‘Show volume controls'.
  4. In the Recording control panel, under Microphone make sure that Select has a check mark.
  5. Go to Options and Advanced Controls. Under Other Controls make sure there is no check beside Microphone Boost. Exit.

To check your configuration:

  1. Start Skype. Go to Tools and Options. Find the Audio Settings tab.
  2. In the Microphone and Speakers menu, select the devices you chose in Control Panel. Save.

Troubleshooting

If the problem persists, go back into Control Panel and choose Sound and Audio. On the Audio tab, set the default playback device to your main soundcard. Make sure that your audio device is present - if it isn't, then you may need to reinstall it.

If you're having to unplug your speakers every time, then make sure that they are connected properly when you're not using the headset. If you're still having issues, I'd suggest contacting Skype help directly - they may have some information that we don't.

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What is Skype?

Susan KeenanSkype, a VoIP application, is currently one of the most popular voice communication services.

VoIP stands for "Voice over Internet Protocol."

It allows people to make phone calls over their Internet connection. Skype provides excellent sound quality unlike some of the early versions of VoIP. Instead of using the telephone cables, your phone calls made through Skype use the Internet cables. Skype has been around since 2003.

Skype allows users to make free phone calls to other users of this software application whenever they want simply by using their computer. This is referred to as Skype-to-Skype calls. Plus, unlike some VoIP services, no monthly fee is charged to customers wishing to use this service to make free calls only.

Although basic services with Skype are free, premium services do come with a nominal fee which is used to offset costs. These paid services include voicemail, call forwarding, calling to land line phones, and calling to mobile phones.

The Skype service also allows users to make free video calls with high quality video. Plus, calls to call phones and mobiles are offered at great rates, featuring low per minute costs.

Skype is available in 28 different languages so it is used in many countries around the world.

Special features include the ability to forward your messages to your mobile phone whenever you are offline. Plus, you can use an instant messaging feature if you prefer. It even comes with an option to install a Google toolbar.

Skype features two versions of this application. One is for personal use and the other, referred to as Skype for Business, is designed for business use. Skype occasionally updates its application in order to improve its features or fix minor bugs. One such updated version was released in August of 2008.

What kind of operating system do I need?

Skype is available for use with a variety of operating systems including Windows (Business Version), Windows (Beta), Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows Mobile. It can be used with cordless phones, WiFi phones, Nokia N800/N810, and 3 Skypephone.

What do I need to use Skype?

It is necessary to have a few things in place in order to use Skype including the software. Skype's software is offered as a free download from their website.

Only a few items are essential for using Skype. You will probably have most of these already: a computer, an Internet connection, preferably broadband, speakers, a microphone, a working sound card, and the software for Skype.

If you intend to use Skype for video calls, then you need to obtain several items. You should have a high quality video webcam and software so that your video will transfer in high quality mode. Also, you will need a fast broadband connection, which means at least 384 kbps. Plus, you should have a dual-core processor computer.

A few system requirements are also necessary. Your computer should have 256 MB RAM with at least a 1 GHz processor.

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