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I have a usb headset that, when installed, configured both the headphones and microphone. Because I wanted to continue using my 'line-out' connection for speakers i clicked the 'disable this device' for the headset's speakers. That worked but now I can't find how to re-enable those headphones.


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It might be helpful to know where you clicked this "disable the device" button, if you can remember. I'm pretty sure there's a few different places this can be done. – Iszi Mar 29 '11 at 13:11
Originally had clicked the icon that shows at the top of the Notificaiton's volume scale (L-Click). I've followed M'vy's solution and have re-enabled the headset but find that i can not reproduce that original click. – justSteve Mar 30 '11 at 16:47
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R-Click Show deactivated devices

On the device R-Click Activate

EDIT: BTW it is in the playback devices menu from the sound icon in notification bar.

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I've tried several options, and what seemed to have worked was: Device manager [R+click] {Sound Blaster Tactic...etc. - my USB device} [L+click] {Scan for hardware changes} Then I quickly disconnected from USB and plugged into a different slot, hoping I could re-introduce the parties to each other, fresh start y'know.

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So what you do is Right click the Volume button on the bottom right side of your computer.

Then go to "Volume Control Options". From there you it will show you the devices that are listed.

But if you notice it won't say where the "Disable Device" are. Now, Right Click in that box and there should be an option to "Enable or Show Devices" that's how you'll be able to see your USB headset to then Right Click and "re-enable" that device. Hope this helped

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You can go to device manager >view >show hidden devices. Then you should be able to go to the desired device and enable it.

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