I know I haven’t posted here in a long time since I’ve been in college, which is awesome so far. Anyways, I had a question about my laptop (Dell XPS 13) and audio/microphone devices.

I’m trying to use two different audio/microphone devices at the same time using a splitter. The splitter is supposed to take a microphone input and an audio input, and combine them into the single jack on the XPS 13. For the audio, I am using a pair of generic earbuds with no inline microphone, which has a generic jack (with 2 black lines). For the microphone, I am using a gaming headset with a built-in microphone, which has a jack with 3 black lines.

I want to be using the earbuds for audio, while using the gaming headset purely for the microphone. However, no matter what I plug into the jack, I only see the default “speakers” or “microphone” using “Intel Smart Sound Technology.” I have no way to select the external microphone, as it does not detect it. It’s kind of difficult to explain, so if you require any more specifics, let me know.

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