Windows ducking game volumes

By Gibster
Jun 4, 2013
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  1. Hi all, I have a problem thats been ongoing for months and I just cant get it solved so im hoping you can help.

    The problem is that whenever someone speaks in teamspeak/ventrilo/skype/insertvoiphere my game volume drops to almost nil. This is not a problem tied to any individual app as ive been through all the individual fixes to no avail such as volume control plugin disabled, etc. And the fact that every single voip program does it, leads me to it being a windows option somewhere.
    I have also gone into the sounds>communication and have that set to do nothing.
    It still happens.
    It is not just with 1 game either, I tried 4 different games and the sounds on every single one duck out when someone talks.

    Also another note, it also ducks out when I click to run any program on my pc via admin. You know, when the box pops up asking you if you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer where you click yes. When the box pops up and it goes "beep beep" , at that exact moment the game volume ducks out.

    note - its only ducking game volumes too, it doesnt duck out media player, youtube vids, or anything like this

    Please please if anyone can help me solve this issue it would be so appreciated.

    Thanks
  2. stonarda

    stonarda TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 178   +17

    I'm assuming that you are on Windows 7? Go to the sound icon on the bottom-right of the desktop, right click and select playback devices. Right click on your default device (Either speakers or an integrated chip set normally) and select properties. Go to the advanced tab and make sure that the Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device box is un-ticked.. and make sure that the give exclusive mode applications prioirty is un-ticked, then report back to see if it has worked (Don't forgot to apply and OK the changes).
  3. Gibster

    Gibster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Just checked, and both are already unticked
  4. Gibster

    Gibster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Oh and I am using a soundblaster z-series card if that is any help to you, but I could fine no sound ducking options in its control panel
  5. stonarda

    stonarda TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 178   +17

    What OS are you using?? When this occurs, what processes run in the background? If you can, screenshot task manager open showing them... Also do you use a headset for communication?

    Another thing to try it right click again on the sound icon in the bottom-right corner, and selecting play-back devices. Go to the communications tab and may sure 'Do nothing' is selected and then see what happens...
  6. Gibster

    Gibster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

  7. stonarda

    stonarda TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 178   +17

    Thats really strange as the only one it appears that can perform ducking is Teamspeak. Have you checked the programs settings to see if it is enabled through that?

    After doing some research for you, I found this: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1645375 :) It may hold the answer to the problem... If it does, I will haave a look for the other programs! :)
  8. Gibster

    Gibster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Hi thanks for the reply
    Its 100% not teamspeak. I have volume control disabled, and as I said in the original post it happens with every voice comms program, and also happens when a "system sound" happens, such as my example of when you run a program as admin, when the yes/no box pops up and it goes beepbeep, at that exact moment of the beepbeep it ducks the game volume
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,026   +221

    Right click ->Playback Device->Communications

    the choices are obvious :)
  10. Gibster

    Gibster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    jobeard
    that has been checked already and is already set to do nothing. I also noticed that its ducking the sounds of embedded videos aswell as games.
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,026   +221

    I believe that setting is Per User & not system wide, so be sure it's set for the specific user and then ( I would) set it also on the Admin Id
  12. Gibster

    Gibster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Thanks for the reply. I only have 1 user account which is (myname) admin. am I missing something else?
  13. Gibster

    Gibster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    P.s. its now ducking out sound of video clips like youtube too. this is so annoying I wish I knew how to fix it
     
  14. Gibster

    Gibster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Still have this problem, can anyone else help?
  15. stonarda

    stonarda TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 178   +17

    Im all out of ideas,, sorry I could not help this time :(


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