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Xbox 360: Mic Troubleshooting Guide - Test (by leaving a Voice Msg in Live)

SYMPTOM: Xbox LIVE Chat audio is not working correctly.

TROUBLESHOOTING: The very first thing you always want to do is make sure your chat cable is firmly plugged in to the headset and Xbox 360 controller, and that you have not turned down your chat audio wheel to 0 or muted your microphone using the controls on the cable or headset. 
Next, you'll want to test the headset on something other than the Xbox itself, if possible.
-  For USB PS3 headsets, you can perform the test listed at this page.
-  For Xbox headsets that feature a pink microphone plug, you can perform the test in this article.
-  If your headset does not have a USB chat interface for a PS3 or a pink 3.5 mm microphone plug, or if you tried one of the above tests and the headset worked just fine but it still does not work properly on Xbox LIVE Chat, please try the following:

1.    Connect the headset's USB plug to the Xbox, and connect the chat cable to the Xbox controller.
2.    Talk into the mic.
Can you hear your own voice in the headset? If you can, you know for sure that the microphone works correctly, which is a good start.  Try testing the headset using a different Xbox 360 controller.  If that fixes the issue, the chat jack in your Xbox controller is broken or warped and is the cause of the problem, and you'll need to get that controller fixed or replace it.

Next, try the testing your headset's chat features by leaving a Voice Message on the LIVE server. 
Press the Xbox Guide button, and navigate to the tab for your Xbox LIVE Gamertag:

1.    Select "Messages". 
2.    Select "Create New". 
3.    Select "Message". 
4.    Select any Gamertag you have listed.  If you currently do not have any Gamertags added yet, select "Enter Gamertag", then enter the letter "a", and select "Done". 
5.    Pick someone to send the message to (you don't need to actually send the message, but you need to pick someone to proceed to the next step).
6.    Select "Add Voice".
7.    Now select the Record button and begin to record using your microphone, which is plugged into the Xbox 360 controller. 
8.    When you are finished recording, select the Playback button to hear the recorded audio from this test.
9.    The message will play back, and you should hear yourself speaking.  If you don't hear your recorded voice, please check to make sure that the Voice Volume is turned up in Xbox Guide > Settings > Preferences > Voice > Voice Output. (If you don't want to save or send the message, exit the Message screen and choose Yes, then Discard to discard the message.)

Did this message record and play back properly?  If it did not, then your headset's chat cable may have been broken.

Note for the XLC, Z2, and Z1:  These headsets use their chat cables for just the microphone and not the audio of other people talking on Xbox LIVE Chat.  Please make sure you have done the following to set up your Xbox 360 for these headsets:

1.    Press the Xbox Guide button. 
2.    Select Settings.
3.    Select Preferences.
4.    Select Voice.
5.    Set Voice Output to "Play Through Speakers".


-   If you heard your voice properly during those tests, the headset should be working correctly.  
-   If your headset doesn't work on another device (such as a PC during one of the linked tests at the top), there's a problem with the headset itself and you should Contact Support. Always make sure you make the support crew aware of the troubleshooting steps you have already gone through!
-   Otherwise, you may need to replace your headset's Talkback Cable.  Replacement Parts are available to purchase from our Web Site under "Parts and Accessories":  www.turtlebeach.com/parts 

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Sandra Patterson | 07 Nov, 2010 08:47 AM
I just wanted to say that I am so pleased with your knowledgebase. I was upset that I couldn't chat with my new headphones . Went to your site to trouble shoot and now I am one happy customer.. I can now chat with my fellow gamers. Awesome.. Thanks so much.
Sandra Patterson
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cbfffe | 15 Feb, 2011 06:51 PM
Very good resource. Add to bookmarks
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Darci | 19 Jun, 2011 12:02 PM
All this testing did was prove it wasn't working. It didn't get it working. I found another article where someone was complaining about the 90 degree angle plug and Turtlebeach said you can flip the cord around from the headset to the controller. (my son has the x31) I tried that and now the mic works. But now he can faintly hear the other people talking. Working on that now.
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Jordan Russell | 05 Jul, 2011 04:03 PM
thank you for showing me this
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barry metcalf | 01 Dec, 2011 02:31 PM
I could not get the xlc headset mic working when u plug the small plug in2 pad mic didnt work changed xbox pad plugged wire in it worked a treat
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barry metcalf | 01 Dec, 2011 02:35 PM
Thanks a lot customer support is second to none. best av seen turtle beach will have more customers for there support better then most major sites they charge lol..
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