Most competitive games nowadays utilize communication for the sake of functional teamwork. While most use text chat to connect players, Counter-Strike heavily relies on voice chat. There is no time to pause and type out vital information that might mean the outcome of a round or match.
There are many potential reasons why your microphone stopped working. Without it, your performance in Counter-Strike will be significantly reduced, almost making the game unplayable. Giving your team valuable information becomes nigh impossible, making your entire squad fight at a disadvantage.
However, there are several ways of fixing your mic not working in CS. Software and hardware issues, as well as issues with the game itself, are all addressed below.
Some Counter-Strike Settings come disabled by default, or you may have accidentally changed them wrongly. To make sure everything is in good order, you should survey the in-game settings and do the following:
Here you should set your default device to whatever you're currently using. Identify it by its name. If you don't know your default device or still need to set it up, move on to the next fix immediately. If not, there are a few extra things to check out in Settings.
Lastly, ensure you're using the correct key for the voice function.
And that should be that for the in-game settings. If this doesn't alleviate your mic troubles, there are still a few extra things to try.
You might have several devices connected to your computer at the same time. Some of them might even share the 'audio' category. Therefore, it's easy for Windows to mix stuff up and default to the wrong device. Follow these steps to ensure that you're using your microphone as the output device:
Your microphone should now be the default device for all communicative purposes. However, there may be the issue of volume needing to be correctly adjusted. Here's how to increase your microphone's volume level:
Even this might not have fixed your microphone issues. Keep reading for more ways of fixing your microphone in CS.
A pesky Windows update or other software change might have disrupted your computer's Privacy settings. As a result, Counter-Strike cannot access your microphone. Thankfully, you can quickly fix this through Windows Settings.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and many other games, can often have hick-ups with their game files. Updates installed wrongly, bad patches on the developer's side, and so much more can cause issues with the integrity of game files. VALVe has thought of this and added the 'Verify Your Game Files' option. Here's how:
Steam will now scan your game for any corrupt or missing files. This might take a while, so take a sip of coffee or brew some tea while waiting. After completing the verification process, Steam will tell you if any files are missing and redownload them in a flash. Now, you can launch CS and see if it makes any difference.
If not, try some of the other fixes out. Game file corruption is the primary cause of issues in games like CS:GO.
Windows, being the Operating System it is, often runs into problems, and sometimes the Windows audio service may be the reason why your mic is no longer working. However, Windows retains a good amount of customizability, and you can restart the services. Here's how to restart the Windows Audio service:
The service will take a second and should restart. Go back to your game and see if it worked. If not, maybe some of the other fixes will help you.
Your microphone's drivers may have run their course and are outdated. Corrupted drivers are also possible and easily fixable by updating your device drivers. To do so, you will need to use Windows Device Manager. Here's how:
You have successfully updated your drivers. You can also use third-party software such as 'Driver Booster' to update your computer's drivers. Software manufacturers such as 'Realtek' offer many sound software drivers online. Your microphone may have a specific manufacturer that produces its own driver solutions. Use the power of the Internet to seek them out.
According to many Windows 10 and 11 users, the Xbox Game Bar may cause some issues from time to time, including microphone problems, It would be best if you disabled it to improve your game's performance and likely fix your microphone.
The console in CS:GO is quite a powerful tool that you can use to your advantage and even enable/disable voice chat. To use this command, you will have to enable the developer console. Once you've enabled the console, simply press the ~ button to open it, then enter voice_enable 1. In addition, typing the voice_scale 1 will increase the volume of the voice chat to the max.
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