When I plug my USB headset in, it does not appear as hardware device within the sound preferences. However, it is present in lsusb:

Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:0a14 Logitech, Inc.

It works fine in Windows and so that would suggest that it isn't a problem with the headset itself.

The native audio device in the laptop is listed as:

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Cougar Point High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)

but I'm not sure whether this has any bearing on this situation.

Any suggestions would be great.


  • Did you try a reboot with the headset plugged in? – Rinzwind May 5 '11 at 14:48
  • Creative usb gaming headset hs-950 working flawlessly. Just had to alter 'output to usb' once in 'sound preferences', 'output' and it now plays sound through usb when I plug it in and goed back to speakers when I take it out... I also have a logitech usb headset. Now I only need to find it in all the mess I made in the other room :-D – Rinzwind May 5 '11 at 16:44

Where I have had audio problems and connection issues I have found the using Pulse Audio Volume Controller usually helps if you are nervous of using alsamixer which is still good

Here you can set what inputs and levels in a little clearer method

First install it in a terminal sudo apt-get install pavucontrol Then hit alt + f2 and type pulse and up should come the launcher for pulse audio which you can use to make sure your soundcard and inputs are all correct

I would post an image of it working but only just started on here


Try this:

Open a terminal and type alsamixer. You will see something like this:


Press 'F6' (select sound card). It will open a small window. Does it show your headset here?

Hit esc to exit and come back onto commandline.

  • In my case, I can not see it. Would you please guide me to install any specific libraries. I have run Ubuntu 14.04 64bit and Logitech wireless headset H800. – Bhavesh Odedra Sep 6 '17 at 13:09

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