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Crackly Headset My headphones are putting out a crackly noise, and a soft static is produced when I attempt to speak through the microphone. I believe it may be a disconnected wire. If so, how would I open up the headset to check? And if not, what could be wrong?

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  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    really annoying cracking static sound


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Mate, im having the same Problem i have no idea what to do!

When the Red light is on, it doesnt crackle, but when the Red light is on.. i cant use it as a Microphone.

But when i turn the red Light off.. there seems to be a crackly noise everytime i speak!!

I did manage to fix it for like a day.. i just pushed all the wires and it seemed to work. but hasnt for over a month now..

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I had same issues but hadnt bothered install the driver cd that came with headset I had let XP find it.. so just installed the CD and had to upgrade to latest windows messenger, then replug ur headset in or pull out and reinsert usb and all should be fine :)

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