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Posted on 2006-06-22
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do someone knows how to check if the microphone/headphone/headset is plugged/attached or unplugged in your pc?
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Question by:drake_leon
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by:saravananvg
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Hello Sir,

  You can check the following site if this could help you in any way.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/MFC/Q_10016360.html?query=detect+microphone&clearTAFilter=true

with regards,
padmaja.

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by:kenpem
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I doubt you'll have much luck with detecting what's actually plugged in. This would depend entirely on the manufacturer of the PC/sound card/BIOS, and would be really difficult to get at. Plus it would change on the next PC you come across. BUT if you can (as per saravananvg's suggestion) see that something is being "heard" on the microphone (and the PC doesn't have one built-in!) that's a good hint that a headset might be connected.
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Wim ten Brink earned 125 total points
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My solution: pop up a messagebox and ask the user... :-)

I don't think most hardware soundcards have the appropiate functionality for this. Besides, you will have to deal with the possibility that multiple devices might be available on the system. For example, the user might have a regular soundcard and an additional USB device which happens to be a headphone that connects to USB. (Like the SkypePhones.) Maybe they also have a modem in their system which might also appear as an input device for sound. Thus, the best solution is to ask the user if a headphone is connected. And if it is, then ask where.

I know, this solution sucks...
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