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Computer Headset Troubleshooting: USB headset stops working after a period of inactivity

Question

Sometimes my headset stops working when it's been plugged into the USB port for awhile. What can I do to fix this?

Answer

Issue:

Your USB headset or other audio device appears to be dead after a period of inactivity.

Cause:

Your computer's USB port goes into sleep mode after a period of inactivity.

Resolution 1:

Unplug the headset from the USB port, and then plug it back in.

Resolution 2:

Disable USB port sleep mode. To do so:

  1. Plug your Plantronics USB device into your computer.
  2. Open Device Manager by clicking Start > Control Panel > Device Manager (if you're in small icon view).
  3. From the View menu, select Devices by connection. Your view should look similar to the following:

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  4. Expand ACPI PC, then Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System, and finally PCI bus (see above).
  5. Expand one of the Host Controller devices, then USB Root Hub, then Generic USB Hub, and finally USB Composite Device.
     
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  6. If your Plantronics product is not listed, repeat Step 4 with the next Host Controller device. If your Plantronics product is listed, then go back up and right-click USB Root Hub, and then click Properties. The USB Root Hub Properties window appears.
  7. Click the Power Management tab.

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  8. Clear the "Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power" check box (see above).
  9. Click OK to save your changes.

Important: This procedure only affects the USB port to which your Plantronics device is currently connected. If you want to use the device in a different USB port, you will have to repeat the procedure.

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