Monday, June 04, 2012

How to Fix the Steam Teamspeak Volume Conflict

This fix goes beyond the Teamspeak and Steam VOIP issues seen on Windows 7 systems.  However, this applies to a majority of users.  Could help other VOIP apps, like Ventrilo or Mumble.

The Problem:
Volume in Teamspeak seems OK; then you start up a game in Steam.  The volume then drops to the point you can hardly hear other users, perhaps not at all, depending on the in-game volume.  If you look at your Volume Mixer, you'll see the volume bar for Teamspeak has been lowered.

The Reason:
Windows 7 is trying to be nice, and lowering your volume when it detects another communication device.  It's designed for PC based phone calls, much like how a Bluetooth phone will turn down/off the sound in your car radio for incoming calls.  In our case, Win 7 thinks your Steam VOIP is an incoming call, turning down Teamspeak.

The Solution:
Tell it to stop, who takes PC phone calls anyways?

  • Goto Control Panel
  • Select Sound
  • Select Communications Tab
  • Switch it to "Do Nothing"
  • Select OK

1 comment: said...

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posting more would be appreciated.