Why is it that the combined powers of Microsoft, Realtek and whoever made my laptop aren’t able to manage a simple thing like plugging in a headset and having the microphone work?
Laptop has one single 3.5mm jack, which has a headset (not headphone) symbol and therefor should work with a 4pin 3.5mm tssr jack headset… yet the headphones work fine and the system keeps using the crappy builtin microphone.
seems like a previous windows update borked a lot of realtek audio stuff, so it could be that. or it could be a hardware issue, no real way to tell.
Wasting a whole morning trying to fix it and following obscure forum threads implies that it might be a widespread issue.
The only potential (but not directly related) fix seems to be managing to get Realtek UMD drivers on your system instead of the regular (and shit) Realtek HD Audio ones.
It seems that largely relies on laptop manufacturers to produce custom versions, which of course they largely don’t. So then it’s a case of trying some hacked/custom community drivers and seeing if those work.
I haven’t quite been able to bring myself to face that yet.
I guess the other option is to try and return the 3.5mm headset and exchange it for a USB version. Sigh.
(Not really expecting a solution, just venting! )