Can't Get Headphones' Mic To Work

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Glink, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Glink, Jul 12, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012

    Glink macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2012
    Hello, I want to use a headphone set with a mic attached for my mac or PC. I found out that I would need a splitter for the microphone for it to work for my PC, and my Mac only pics up input form the microphone in skype or vent (only picks up built-in mic for garage band).

    Anyways so i bought this product off ebay:

    For the splitter, but it still doesn't work.

    I plug the splitter into my audio input port, then plug my headphones into one of its ends (has 2 ports). On my PC, both my apple headphones and the ones bought from ebay show up as microphones and everything, except they don't pick up sound (and I checked settings, everything is on and such).

    On my Macbook, neither show up a microphones.

    Can someone help? I'm pretty sure the splitter isnt broken or anything, like I said for my PC it shows a microphone on my audio devices, but does not pick up any sound.
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    You can check around, but I think you can only use the mini jack port for either input or output, not both, even with a splitter. At least on a Macbook. And I believe it's a line-in, not a mic port.

    You'd probably be better off with a USB headset.


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