After you install a univeral serial bus (USB) telephony device on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, this device is unexpectedly set as the default audio device. The USB telephony device can be a USB telephone, a USB handset, or a USB headset. This behavior occurs even though other audio devices are already installed on the computer.
In this situation, the computer cannot correctly play media or record media.
This problem occurs because the system does not check the device type of the newly installed audio device.
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For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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To apply this update, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed on the computer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this update.
Update replacement information
This update does not replace any other updates.
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Windows XP with SP2, x86-based versions
To work around this problem, reset the default audio device to the device that you want. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
In Control Panel, double-click Sounds and Audio Devices.
On the Audio tab, click the audio device that you want in the Default device list that is under Sound playback.
On the Audio tab, click the audio device that you want in the Default device list that is under Sound recording.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about the same problem in Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
936004 A USB telephony device that is installed on a Windows Vista-based computer is unexpectedly set as the default audio device
For more information about how to determine an audio device type, visit the following Microsoft Web site: