Cisco IP Communicator

IP Communicator Error Message: There are No Compatible Sound Devices Installed on this Computer

Document ID: 107347

Updated: Jun 21, 2008



This document describes the IP Communicator error message: There are no compatible sound devices installed on this computer and provides the steps necessary to troubleshoot it.



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Components Used

The information in this document is based on the Cisco IP Communicator Version 2.x.

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.


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When you installed the IP Communicator on a machine, it did not recognize the sound card installed in that computer.

The Audio Tuning Wizard shows nothing in the drop-down selection boxes, and, when the IP Communicator is launched, it gives a message that states There are no compatible sound devices installed on this computer .



This behavior is observed when a user attempts to install or use the IP Communicator on a system that has different names for the Playback (wave out) and Recording (wave in) devices.

In order to overcome this problem, perform one of these tasks:

  • Use a USB headset that is recognized by the IP Communicator.

  • Upgrade to the latest version of the IP Communicator; refer to IP Communicator System Software registered customers only).

Related Information

Updated: Jun 21, 2008
Document ID: 107347