Wanted to relay my experience in case it helps anyone...
I have an Asus x200ma laptop with combo audio jack. I had seen the Asus FAQ saying you need a 4-pole plug on your headset. I have a headset with 4-pole plug and a stick mic with 4-pole plug. Both work with my iphone.
When I plug the headset into the laptop, the Realtek software asks me if its headphones, mic, or speaker out. No choice for headset. If I choose headphones, the headphones work and the mic does not. If I choose mic, nothing works. The stick mic does not work. NOTE: None of the mic attempts ever showed up on the recording tab as an external mic.)
The ONLY way I can use an external mic is to feed the output of a mic mixer into the laptop. The plug is a 3-pole (or stereo-type) plug. It seems as if I can use headphones OR mic (with the 3-pole plug) but not both.
I'm not sure if this is the laptop's hardware, 8.1 software, or Realtek software.
I've searched many internet posts and I've yet to see anyone have luck with a headset on an Asus laptop with a combo audio jack.
It seems that the problem has been solved with the purchase of an adapter, but I recently discovered that I have this problem also. After doing some painful research without finding very much, I stumbled onto the Asus website. Their "solution" is stating that the audio jacks are the wrong type. https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1001623/
I then proceeded to try a solution that has worked for some but I again had no luck. Microphone Not Working in Windows 10? | Win 10 FAQ
As a last hope I unplugged my headphones, wright clicked 'start' and went to 'Programs and Features' and uninstalled 'Realtek High Definition Audio Drive this restarted my computer. Once it had rebooted it reinstalled my drivers and it detected my headphones.
Sorry if I'm a little late, but hopefully I can help future problem dwellers.
I've tried the solution @Liecan gave and it recognizes my headphones now and I have the proper adapter but the mic still won't work.
Does anyone have a different solution?
I had a same problem like the topic opener. I already ordered my USB soundcard.
But now I found how can I fix it without USB stuff.
I did this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUX9McUv-Yk
And I can't belive this, after so many hours total s*****. It's works correctly.
I can't see headset icon on my panel, but the microphone properties has two connection, and when I put the headset the microphone and earphone working properly, and when I remove it, the win switch to laptops analog mic and speaker.
The changed driver was newest like installed from asus site, but it's works fine.
I hope if you try it, it's help for you.
All the best
To enlighten this issue further for your average PC user.
What we are seeing here is a hardware incompatibility. PC equipment *typically* only utilizes 3-pole audio connections. A 3-pole connection carries 2 audio channels, however, these 2 channels are generally addressed as L or R, but are designated to a single purpose, and that will be either playback or recording.
TO CLARIFY: See this article; http://www.cablechick.com.au/blog/un...d-audio-jacks/
I personally prefer to refer to the number of poles, rather than the diagram of the poles (In example, a common 3-pole connector is called TRL and a 4-pole connector TRRL (a physical description noting a "Tip" one or two "Rings", and a "Sleeve" - Essentially, each separate section of metal on your connector is a "pole" - 1 is reserved for a cable ground which is required, audio playback always reserves 2 poles, and audio recording technically only needs a single pole) [Further note that there is unusual and proprietary equipment out there, but if your using that equipment and having issues, it will be noted in the manual that you need proprietary/selective equipment]
3-pole connections are the most common used with PC equipment, as in general, PCs generally equip 2 or more audio jacks, and thus can have both playback and recording devices connected simultaneously in different jacks. Laptops fit into a grey area, wherein some manufacturers have reduced this to a single audio jack like cell phones or tablets.
4-pole connections are most common on mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets, where the goal is to maintain size and mobility, thus they pack all of your audio needs into one cable (grounded, 2-channel playback, and 1-channel recording). *This is NOT convenient for PC users in a great many cases, as the multiple socket setup gives much more customization capability (like combining 4x 3-pole inputs for a 7.1 surround sound output)*
IF YOUR COMPUTER HAS ONLY ONE AUDIO JACK : It may have a 4-pole jack. Look closely at the computer specifications or call support. If they do not understand your question, ask for another representative or escalate your call to their superior. "Does this laptop support 4-pole audio from it's single audio jack? - If they need an example, refer to an iPhone headset w/ microphone." This should yield a "yes" or a "no". If "yes" I have a solution for you below. If "no", I have other solutions for you below.
The headset shown here utilizes 2x 3-pole connectors.
The laptop has only 1x 3-pole jack. (NOTE: I am assuming it is a 3-pole jack, but it is not impossible that they used a 4-pole - see Solutions)
This means you can use *either* 1 external playback device, or 1 external recording device (via 3.5mm audio jacks). As a general rule of thumb, you can use a 4-pole connector (such as that iPhone headset w/ mic) as an audio output only (i.e. listen to headphones) with little to no issue. In *many but not all cases* you can use the 4-pole connector as an audio recording device, i,e input, by selecting the appropriate option when the device is plugged in (most jacks support this "reversible" configuration these days).
The easiest *workaround* is to use the headphones for the playback device, and to utilize the laptops built-in microphone (yes, even though it is shitty).
If you discover your equipment supports 4-pole audio, a 2x3-pole to 4-pole adapter will easily resolve your issue. Find one on amazon or ebay and you'll be set (some, but not all electronics stores carry these, however I find cables are best acquired online so as to prevent a city-wide search to find the right shop carrying the right cabling needs).
In any case, if you have a USB port available, you have 2 further options;
A USB Audio adapter will solve this issue in one fell swoop. USB Audio adapters are commonly found supporting up to 6 separate input/outputs. Meaning you'll have one for the headphone connector, one for the microphone connector, and plenty others for any other audio device you might dream of using. This is an excellent solution, as it will allow you to adapt just about any 3.5mm equipment to a USB port, and you'll only ever need one of these adapters and one available USB port to support all of your audio needs.
Also available via USB, you can find many standalone headset units designed purely for USB use these days. In fact, if your headset equipment was not expensive, it may be best to take this opportunity to invest in newer USB headset equipment. You'll find there is only 1 downside to this option, and that is the usage of a USB port. However, considering most other solutions here involve some sort of peripheral device, this can also be solved by an easy to obtain, inexpensive, USB hub.