So does this mean that I need some kind of splitter on my headset/microphone plug, to seperate the mic-in signal and the audio monitor signal? If so, does this mean that I have to unplug my speakers everytime I want to use my Headset/Microphone? Seems like there should be an easier way!
Thanks for your help!
P.S. Why doesn't Technical Support at Dell answer my emails? I chose Dell because of their reputation, but so far, I'm very dissapointed! Sorry, just venting a little here, but maybe you can pass my opinion on to someone who cares.
If the headset is just a microphone, such as some used for voice activation software, then you do not need a splitter. Simply connect it to the microphone port on the sound card (typically the red jack).
As for your e-mail to Dell support, I'm showing one e-mail from the address listed in your profile. It appears it was sent as an attachment. Dell Online Services asks that you not send attachments (including e-mail messages that can only be viewed in Microsoft Word, Microsoft RTF or HTML formats) as there is some concern over virus attachments in e-mails. Attachments are automatically stripped from incoming e-mail to prevent this.
If you still need assistance from Dell Technical Support on those questions you asked, please resend a plain text e-mail to email@example.com, and they will surely answer your question(s) as soon as possible.
Hi, You don't say what your system is, but mine is a Dimension XPS R350. On the back of the tower are three sound plug openings. I have a Crystal 3D 64V Wavetable Intergrated Sound card. The openings are marked with sound waves with arrows for input, output and microhone. On my machine the top opening has a green color outline and is the Speaker plug-in. The middle opening is blue in color and is for the earphones and the bottom one is red and is the microphone input. My headset has two plugs, a black one for the earphones (which goes in the middle opening) and a blue one for the Mike (it is plugged in the bottom opening of the three). If you have a tower than your system should work the same as mine. HTH
The headset is a combination earphone/microphone; you know, the kind you buy at Radio Shack to use with your cordless phone, as I said in my original question!
You're right, I did once send an email to Technical Support with an attachment; jeez, I almost forgot about that one, that was weeks ago!! No David, I'm referring to one that I sent a day or two ago from Dell's support page, just as I am replying to you now! No attachments here!!
Thanks for your help, though I still don't know where to plug it in!
I know where the speakers are plugged in and I know where the microphone goes, the problem is that my combination headset/microphone only has one plug, containing connections for both the headset audio and the microphone, so in order to do what you suggest, I would have to somehow split the microphone signal from audio signal (probably an adapter to plug my headset into) but then I would still have to unplug my speakers every time I wanted to use my headset/microphone!