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PC sound problem when using xbox360 controllers

Fuzzy sound when using xbox controller for windows on my pc. doesn't go away until remove from usb and reboot.

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  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2008

    I don't know if it's a conflict between the USB speakers I'm using & the controller.. but i have the same problem. has anyone found a solution for this problem yet?

  • Chaoslava Jan 01, 2008

    Yup, same with me. I'm using Vista 32bit, and my Guitar Hero X-plorer controller, I have Altec Lansing 5.1 speakers. Anyone else have a solution? Please, please email with the subject "solution" as I want to record myself playing GH3.

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2008

    bought GH3 today for the PC (with the controller) and exact same issue. Sound for PC is very scratchy once the USB guitar controller is plugged in. This is not just when playing the game... any sound or music played on my PC is horrid until the controller is removed and the system is restarted.

  • LisaDusk Feb 18, 2008

    Exactly the same problem here. Nothing to add. Somebody help!

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2008

    Same issue. Plugging into computer causes instant Fuzz-sound over all programs. Will not go away until computer reboot w/controller un-plugged. Sound Drivers up-to-date, and have went through Sound Controls messing with options.

  • Hellfenix Apr 06, 2008

    I have the same problem with my USB headset so the problem seems to be between usb audio devices and the xbox controllers.

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    same as you all but im on xp,all up to date drivers plus dx10,i did not work on dx9 either,i have onboard sound,will get pci sound card to see if this solves problem

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    same as everyone else. plug in the controller, and my usb headphones sound gets fuzzy until reboot

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    No sound at all coming from speakers, can i find a way to have it go through the speakers or do i have to wear a head set?

  • Triggamortis May 07, 2009

    Looks like the same for me. It's weird because this was working fine yesterday, but today the sound doesn't work with the 360 controller plugged in. I double clicked on the volume speaker icon to see if something was muted and it says in the bottom of that window, "Headset (XBOX 360 For Windows)". So it looks like the headset function is overriding all sound.



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I should have fished around a bit more before posting that I have the same problem.

Go into your control panel
Double Click the "Sounds and Audio Devices"
Select the "Audio" tab
It will show that your "Sound Playback" and "Sound Recording" default device is set to "Headset (XBOX 360 For Windows)" in the drop down menu
In that same drop down select "Sigma Tel Audio" or what ever your regular default is
Click the check box at the bottom left of the window that states, "Use only default devices"
Then click apply and viola you should be able to use your 360 controller with your pc sound

I'm only guessing here, but if you want to use the 360 headset you may have to change these settings again.

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