Step One: Confirm the USB is in the correct port in the back of the computer
In Lab 222 which is used by the World Language department the computers have six USB ports in the back. Four ports are together on the left and two more are next to them on the right. Plug the headphones in either port on the right side. Those have more power and work with the headphones best. Do not plug your headphones in the front!
Step Two: Check your Playback settings (to play sound through the headphones)
Your audio settings can be found in the tray on the bottom right side of your screen. It is the icon that looks like an audio speaker.
In Playback devices you will likely see two devices. One is the internal speakers inside the computer. The other will be the headphone which will be labeled "Speakers - USB Audio". Click the speakers labeled "USB Audio" then click on OK.
Step Three: Check your Recording settings (to record with the microphone built into the headphones)
Your audio settings can be found in the tray on the bottom right side of your screen. It is the icon that looks like an audio speaker. Right click on the audio icon and click on Recording devices.
In Recording devices you will likely see multiple devices. One or more are for microphones that can plug in through a 3.5 inch connection (what is called a stereo mini connector). Another will be the microphone which will be labeled "Microphone - USB Audio". Click the microphone labeled "USB Audio" then click on OK.
Step Four: Check the properties of your microphone (to improve the volume of your recordings)
If your recordings are too soft, or if you cannot hear your recordings at all, it is possible that your microphone volume level is too low. Right click on the audio settings, choose Recording devices, and then right click on the USB Audio microphone. Click on Levels, and then raise the level of the microphone to 40. If you normally speak quietly you could raise the level to 50. Don't raise it to 100! You will pick up ALL the sound around you.