So this has been a long standing problem but I’ve never been able to lock down exactly where it existed until today. I started up a program where mic usage was expected and tried to talk and absolutely zero input from the mic was being accepted. Nobody could hear me, and in any VR recordings I made I could not hear anything at all from my mic.
I tried going through all the windows 10 settings to enable the mic and everything was already enabled. I tried testing the mic from inside VR and got no response to any sounds. At this point I’m thinking maybe it’s a windows 10 problem. I boot into Windows 7 and check the mic without SteamVR running. I’m seeing input so I know the mic is fine. So now I go back to windows 10 and try again… same exact test and… I’m seeing mic input registering. IT’S FIXED! YAY!!
I start up steam VR and get ready to record and… holy crap it’s not recording again… WHY? I don’t get it… so I shut down steam VR and try again to get any response out of the mic but nothing works. I reset the headset from pitool and now the mic works again… I start making noise at the mic and start up steam VR and as soon as steamVR loads up and takes control, the mic goes dead silent. Is the mic set to the proper input through steamVR? YES… Does the mic register input on any other software? NO… not as long as steam VR is running.
SO to make it simple: The mic works just fine until SteamVR starts up, and then it stops responding until steam VR is stopped and the headset is reset… If I reset the headset AFTER steamVR is running it still doesn’t work until SteamVR is shut down.
Currently on windows 10 using the beta pitool, pimax 5K+ with the latest firmware, using the latest nvidia drivers (Just installed yesterday so don’t even suggest it as an issue)… everything is as up to date as it should be, the mic works just fine until steamVR kicks in and then it dies until I close steamVR and reset the headset, or reset the headset and close steamVR. Oh and this issue exists both in and out of the steam VR beta, so don’t even suggest that to me either.
Actually I just tested ONE more condition and so far it seems like it might be a different program interfering… I uninstalled the Open VR advanced settings program and so far it seems like the mic still works… so I’m going to try a test run without the program installed and see if this fixes the issue… if it does, I’ll report this as a bug to the openVR advanced settings team.