Enabling Logitech USB headset (ClearChat Pro) in Ubuntu 9.10

I have been using Logitech USB headset in Windows XP for sometime. When I switched to Ubuntu 9.10, I plugged it in and to my horror, it was not recognized by the sound system. I own Logitech ClearChat pro USB device which is a very good headset with built in sound card. It offers crystal clear audio quality and it is one of the best headsets for Skype calls. Click here for more details on Logitech ClearChat Pro. This is very handy if for some reason your laptop’s onboard sound had failed.

Enabling Logitech USB headset on Ubuntu 9.10

Plug-in your USB headset. Then click on System –> Preferences –> Sound. Click on the hardware tab to see whether your USB headset is recognized by Ubuntu sound system.

ubuntu-sound-preferences

In my case, Ubuntu failed to add the device to the sound system as can be seen below. Only the internal audio device is detected.

logitech-usb-headset-not-found

Then I checked the dmesg output to see whether Logitech USB headset is recognized by Ubuntu.

sudo dmesg

The following output indicates that Ubuntu did identify the device correctly.

[ 2340.536015] usb 5-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 6
[ 2340.745786] usb 5-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 2340.822774] input: Logitech Logitech USB Headset as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.2/usb5/5-1/5-1:1.3/input/input16
[ 2340.822853] generic-usb 0003:046D:0A0B.0007: input,hidraw5: USB HID v1.00 Device [Logitech Logitech USB Headset] on usb-0000:00:1a.2-1/input3

Then I realized that no drivers where loaded by Ubuntu. All you needed to do was to manually load the USB sound driver.

sudo modprobe snd-usb-audio

And voila! Logitech USB headset is now recognized by Ubuntu 9.10 sound system.

logitech-usb-headset-enabled

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