A common option for inexpensive gaming headphones is the Astro A10. With its 3.5 mm audio jack, this headset is simple to connect to any device, including a PC, Playstation, or Xbox.
The microphone of the Astro A10, though, occasionally has issues and won’t pick up sound.
Incorrect cable connections, muted or disabled microphones, flaws, and glitches are frequently to blame for this. If your Astro A10 has just been unboxed, an erroneous cable connection is probably to blame for your microphone’s malfunction.
Anyway, let’s try to fix these problems and make your Astro A10 microphone functional.
Check Connections, Ports, and Headset
Here are a few things to keep in mind and make sure of before beginning the fixes to make sure your Astro A10 mic is functioning properly.
- Make sure the audio jack is fully inserted into your headset.
- If you’re using an audio splitter to connect to your device, make sure the audio output and input port are plugged into their corresponding ports usually labeled with a microphone and headset icon.
- You can also try changing your audio cables in the headset to make sure it is working properly.
- If you use a splitter, you can try checking your headset s microphone in your smartphone without using the splitter. (If it starts working, your audio splitter was the one malfunctioning, and you should replace it.)
- If you’re using your Astro A10 with a desktop computer, you can also try switching the audio jack between the front port of your PC and the I/O panel at the back of your PC.
- You can also try checking your Astro A10 microphone with different devices like smartphones to make sure your headset is not malfunctioning.
Make Sure Your Headset is Not Muted
The mute feature on the Astro A10 operates a little differently than it does on most headphones with a dedicated mute button. Your microphone in the Astro A10 is muted if the microphone is flipped up.
Therefore, each time you need to access the microphone on your Astro A10, flip it down. Additionally, ensure sure the microphone on your device is not muted.
Restart Your Device
Temporary errors in your current session could be another cause of your Astro A10 microphone not functioning.
Restarting your device can help, as it will clear all of the memory and erase the corrupted session data.
- Close all active applications on your PC.
- Click on the Start menu, and select the Power icon.
- Select Restart.
- Click on the PlayStation button in your controller.
- Drag the joystick to the right until you land on the power icon.
- Click on the X button to select.
- Drag the joystick down to navigate to Restart, and click the X button.
- Press and hold the Xbox button on your controller.
- Select Restart console > Restart.
Run Recording Audio Troubleshooter
Windows’ built-in audio troubleshooter can be used if your Astro A10 microphone isn’t functioning there. This automatically scans your PC for any basic audio problems and resolves them.
- Press Windows + I to open Settings.
- Navigate to System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.
- Scroll down, and click on Run beside Recording Audio.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to troubleshoot your audio.
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Set Astro A10 Microphone as Default
If your device is not using the Astro A10 microphone as the default microphone for input audio, it will also not function. Therefore, you should verify that the default device for receiving input audio is your Astro A10 microphone.
- Press Windows + R to open the Run utility.
controlto open the Control Panel.
- Next, to the View by option, make sure it is set to Category.
- Click on Hardware and Sound, and select Sound.
- Go to the Recording tab, and right-click your Astro A10 microphone.
- Select Set as Default device. (If your headset microphone is set as default, there should be a tick mark beside it.)
- Right-click your Astro A10 microphone again, and select Properties.
- Go to the Levels tab, and set the Microphone slider to the max.
- Click on Ok and Ok again to close the dialogue boxes.
Make sure Astro A10 is the only audio input device connected if you’re using your headset with a Playstation or Xbox.
To test whether it resolves your problem, you can also try updating your Windows version.
A fault in your Windows version may have prevented your Astro A10 microphone from functioning; however, updating it to a newer version will help fix the issue.
Additionally, you can use Windows optional updates to install the most recent audio driver on your device.
This can resolve problems like outdated or corrupted drivers that may be preventing your Astro A10 Microphone from functioning.
- Press Windows + I to open Settings.
- Navigate to Windows Update, Advanced options > Optional updates.
- If you see an audio driver update available, checkmark it, and select Download and Install.
- Click on Windows Update from the left sidebar, and click on Check for updates.
- If any new updates are available, it will automatically start getting downloaded.
- After the downloads are complete, click on the Restart Now button to install your updates.
Visit Repair Center
If your headset is still not functioning, you can take it to a shop for physical repair or, if it is still covered by warranty, get in touch with the maker.