Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Drivers for Windows

Install the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 drivers in Windows to enable your audio interface to connect with your PC through a USB port. This makes recording from an instrument or from a microphone to your Windows computer possible.

The Focusrite scarlett 2i2 is a popular and long term favorite with musicians. Now in its 3rd generation, the audio interface features high quality microphone and instrument inputs and a USB 2.0 port for PC connections.

The Focusrite Control software allows you to record and play back your music on a computer.

Install the Focusrite Control Software

Installing the control software will install all the necessary requirements in your Windows computer. This includes the USB drivers (PCIe drivers for other Focusrite controllers are also included).

Here are the steps to install the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 drivers by installing the control software.

  1. Open the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 webpage in a browser.
  2. On the website, click SUPPORT in the top menu, and then select DOWNLOADS.
    Focusrite Support
  3. In the DOWNLOADS page, click the Pick your product by rage drop-down list, and then select the Scarlett 2i2 edition you have.
  4. Under the SOFTWARE section, click the DOWNLOAD button (for the Windows option) to get the Focusrite Control software installer.
    Download Focusrite Control Software
  5. After downloading and saving the file on your computer, execute the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
    Install Focusrite scarlett 2i2 drivers

Automatically Find and Install Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Drivers using DriverFinder

When you only need the USB drivers to be installed, either because they are missing, or you want the latest version of the USB drivers, you can use DriverFinder.

  1. Download and install the DriverFinder software.
  2. Acquire a license for the application and activate the software.
  3. Run a Scan to check for updated drivers.
  4. Download and install the recommended Foscusrite Scarlett 212 driver updates.

The benefit of this approach is that ALL your device drivers can get updated! The USB controller drivers and other audio drivers are also checked and updated when required.

Error Message: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 No Hardware Connected

When you start the Focusrite Control software, you might see a black screen with the message “No Hardware Connected”.

Focusrite No Hardware Connected

Firstly, ensure the drivers are correctly installed. If necessary, open the Device Manager, uninstall the device and then reinstall the drivers. You can find the Focusrite USB Audio device under Sound, video and game controllers.

Secondly, check all connections. All physical connections need to be properly attached. Try a different port if you can.

For the USB audio interface, it is important to connect the USB cable from the Scarlett 2i2 directly to the computer. The USB port needs to be USB 2.0 or higher. It is also important to be aware that the device is powered through the USB port. So connect the USB cable to a USB port directly on the For laptops, it is recommended to plug the laptop to its power cord.

Do not use a USB hub if not required, and if you do, make sure it has a separate power supply to ensure it can feed the Scarlett 2i2 USB interface sufficient power.

Lastly, make sure you selected the right version of the Focusrite software. The latest Control software will not detect older versions of the Scarlett audio interface.

 

Install an AOC Monitor Driver in Windows

Is your AOC monitor not recognized by your PC? Then you need an AOC monitor driver for Windows.

Monitor drivers in general are the same across Windows versions. Drivers for Windows 7 will work in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 as well. In many cases even older drivers will work fine. The reason for this is that monitor drivers only contain information about the monitor’s characteristics, like supported screen resolutions and color profiles. So a change in Windows versions does not mean  your monitor is no longer usable.

In this article we’ll explain where you can find drivers for your AOC monitor and how to install it.

Manually Install a Monitor Driver for Your AOC Monitor Model

  1. The first step is to identify your AOC monitor model. Simply look at the back of your monitor for the type indication.
  2. The next step is to find and download the appropriate AOC monitor driver. Go to the AOC driver download site. Enter your AOC monitor model number in the search field and click the search icon (1).
    AOC monitor driver
    If you are not able to find the AOC monitor model using the search bar, you can locate it by browsing the size options below the search option (2).
  3. Next, click on the monitor icon on the webpage to download the driver file. Depending on the browser you use, you might need to choose a download location and confirm the file save operation.
    Download AOC monitor driver file
  4. The downloaded file is a ZIP file. Extract the contents to a folder and then manually install the  AOC monitor driver in Windows.
Instructions: Don't know how to install monitor drivers? Click here to manually install a monitor driver in Windows 10. The instructions apply to most Windows versions, due to the nature of this type of driver.

Automatically Install a Monitor Driver for Your AOC Monitor Model

If you are finding it difficult to find the right driver for your AOC monitor, you can try our DriverFinder program. The program automatically identifies all hardware on your computer, including your monitor, and finds the right driver for it.

The licensed version of DriverFinder includes free technical support to help you install the drivers if you face any problems.

A side-benefit of this approach is that DriverFinder will enable you to update all your device drivers. So not only will your AOC monitor be properly supported by Windows, you will also have up-to-date graphics card drivers!

After installing the AOC monitor driver, Windows should now properly recognize your monitor. You can set the optimal resolution for your screen and rely on colors being correctly displayed.


I hope you enjoyed reading this article.
If you’re still having monitor issues, feel free to get in touch and I’ll do what I can to help you!

[Easy Fixes] Zoom Mic Not Working in Windows 10 (With Pics!)

Everything is set. It’s time. You click the link to join a Zoom meeting. You hear everyone. But no one can hear you. That sucks!

Let’s get right to it then. Following are some easy, step-by-step fixes you can do to get that mic working for Zoom in Windows 10.

Note: Why focus on Zoom for this article? Zoom downloads increased from just less than five million to 26.9 million in March 2020, so chances are this is your video chat app of choice for your online meetings.

Fix #1 – Check That Your Mic is Correctly Plugged to Your PC

This fix assumes that you have an external device you’re using as your microphone for your Zoom meetings. If that’s not the case, feel free to move on to the next recommended fix.

  1. Unplug your microphone and plug it back in to ensure that it’s not just loosely connected.
  2. If you’re using a USB audio device, then try plugging it into a different usb port.
    usb-port
    Note: If you’re using a USB hub or USB extension cable, try plugging the device directly into your computer’s USB port.

Fix #2 – Check that your Microphone Device is Not Muted

  1. On the Windows Taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and then click Open Sound Settings.
  2. Under Input, click the Choose your input device down arrow and select the microphone device you want to use.
  3. If you’re using an audio headset, check that its Mute switch – if it has one – is not turned on.

headset-mute-button This is my Jabra headset and where the Mute button is on my device.

Fix #3 – Check that Zoom is Allowed to Use Your Microphone

  1. Use the Windows search box, type microphone privacy settings and select this option when it appears.
  2. Under Microphone, switch the Allow apps to access your microphone toggle to On.
  3. Scroll down further till you find Allow desktop apps to access your microphone, and then toggle that to On too.

Note: Ensure that Zoom Meetings is one of the desktop apps listed as allowed to use the microphone.

microphone-access-for-zoom

Tip: Is the Zoom app not listed under Microphone Privacy Settings?

  • Uninstall Zoom.
  • Restart your PC.
  • Re-install Zoom.

Fix #4 – Ensure that Zoom is Using the Default Microphone

  1. Log into your Zoom desktop app.
  2. On the right side of the Zoom pane, under your profile icon, click the Settings icon settings-icon.
  3. On the left pane, click Audio.
  4. Under Microphone, ensure that audio device selected is the same device you chose under Fix #2 above. If not, click the down arrow and then select Same as System.
    zoom-mic-same-as-system
  5. While you’re in there, perform a mic test.
    • Under Microphone, click Test Mic.
    • Say something to your microphone.
    • Whatever you say should be played back to you.
  6. While you’re in there, check that the microphone is not automatically set to mute when you join a meeting.
    Ensure that the setting Mute my microphone when joining meeting is off.

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Note: By the way, the Meeting Host can mute meeting participants so be sure this is not the case.

Fix #5 – Update Your Audio Drivers

If you’re microphone is still not working with Zoom even after going through the Windows and Zoom solutions above, then you may need to update your device drivers.

Hardware manufactures release new device drivers all the time. This is their way of releasing new product features or new functionality for their devices, as well as fixing any bugs that may have been detected by consumers over use.

How to Update Drivers Manually

Normally, for sound problems you should go your PC manufacturer’s website and install the latest Windows 10 sound drivers available for your laptop or desktop PC. However, if you have a custom PC, or if you built your PC yourself (impressive!), you should probably head to your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download audio drivers from them.

If, like me, you’re using a USB microphone, try to download and install the recent release of USB controller drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

How to Update Drivers Automatically

If you don’t have time or the know-how to properly select, download and install the drivers you need, you can do this process automatically with DriverFinder. (Shameless plug!)

DriverFinder does exactly what its name suggests… instantly find the RIGHT device drivers you need. Once you install DriverFinder, it will automatically recognize your system info and details, as well as all the devices installed or connected to your PC.

It will then compare the drivers installed on your system against our DAILY UPDATED and ever-growing driver database. From here, just download and install the latest audio driver found for your device.

  1. Click here to download and install DriverFinder.
  2. Click Activate to register your copy of DriverFinder.
  3. Click Start Scan to check for new drivers.
    df-driver-scan
  4. Download and install the latest device drivers recommended for your audio/microphone device.
    download-audio-drivers

Fix # 6 – Quit Other Chat & Teleconferencing Software

You may not realize this but perhaps other apps are on/open and are ‘locking’ the use of your microphone. So if you have Skype, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, etc. installed on your PC, ensure that all of them are completely closed.

  1. Click the up arrow ^ on the Taskbar notification of Windows to see hidden icons.
  2. If you see any chat or teleconferencing app there, right-click it and then click Quit or Sign Out.

Tip: If you want, you can also uninstall all other chat and teleconferencing apps you have installed on your PC to be sure, apart from Zoom of course. Reboot your PC and then perform a mic test again in Zoom.

Fix # 7 – Disable ‘Audio Enhancement’ Settings

Disable ‘Audio Enhancement’ settings for your output.

  1. On the Windows Taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and then click Open Sound Settings.
  2. Under Output, click Device Properties.
  3. In the Device Properties window, click Additional device properties.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Uncheck Allow hardware acceleration of audio with this device and Enable audio enhancements.
  6. Click OK.

Note: If you don’t see the above settings, look at the options under Exclusive Mode and uncheck those options.

enhanced-sound-settings

Disable ‘Audio Enhancement’ settings for your input.

  1. On the Windows Taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and then click Open Sound Settings.
  2. Under Input, click Device Properties.
  3. In the Device Properties window, click Additional device properties.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Uncheck Enable audio enhancements.
  6. Click OK.

Note: If you don’t see the above settings, look at the options under Exclusive Mode and uncheck those options.

Fix # 8 – Use Your Phone as Your Microphone

If you’re already in a meeting, we understand you’re in a pinch and just want to use any mic ASAP.  In this case, you may want to use your phone as your microphone.

  1. Download the Zoom app on your Android or iPhone.
  2. On your phone, login into your Zoom account.
  3. Go back to the Zoom desktop app.
  4. Click on the arrow next to Mute, and then click Switch to Phone audio.
  5. You will be given a meeting ID and password. Use it to join the meeting on your phone.

I hope this article has helped you with your ‘Zoom mic not working in Windows 10‘ issue. Do let me know below which fix worked for you! If you have any questions, or more suggested fixes please feel free to comment below as well.

Skype Does Not Detect the Microphone

skype does not detect microphoneWe’ve all been there at one point; just when you’re seconds away from a Skype call, you realize that you’re freaking mic is not detected by Skype! This happens often especially if you have various audio devices connected to your PC. Following are three (3) simple things you can do to make Skype recognize your mic.

Three Ways to Make Skype Detect Your Mic

1. Check that the RIGHT audio device (mic) is selected by Skype.

  • Open Skype.
  • From the Tools menu, click Options and then select the Audio Settings tab.
  • Click the Microphone down arrow and then select the device that Skype should use. (As you can see on the screenshot below, since my microphone is connected to my PC via USB, I selected ‘Microphone (USB Audio Device)’.

skype-microphone-setting

2. Check that the correct recording device is selected on your PC. (The succeeding steps were done on a Windows 7 PC. The steps will be very similar for Windows 8.1 and Window 10. Minor differences in steps may be needed for Windows XP and Vista.)

    • From the Windows Start menu, click Control Panel.
    • Click Sound (if needed click Hardware and Sound first).
    • Select the Recording tab.
    • Select the microphone device you indicated in Skype (Step 1 above).
    • Click the Set Default down arrow and then choose Default Device.

  • Click OK to close the Sound window.

3. Update your sound card driver. Skype still not detecting your microphone after the above tweaks? Then perhaps you should update the drivers of your sound card.

  • Here’s the manual way to do this.
    • Check the brand and model of your sound card. You can do this by literally opening up your machine, taking out the sound card and checking it’s brand and model. Another way is to check your PC brand and model. You then go to the PC manufacturer’s website (e.g., Asus, Dell, Samsung, HP, etc.) and then check what sound card they put on your PC.
    • Now that you know the sound card brand and model, you can go to the website of the sound card maker (e.g., Realtek, Creative Labs, SoundMAX, etc.) and check if they have new sound card drivers for you to download.
    • If they do, download the new sound card driver and install it on your PC.
    • Restart your system.
  • Here’s the fast and automated way to do this.
      • You can use DriverFinder to update your sound card drivers. (In this screenshot, you can see that DriverFinder has detected the sound card device on my PC in seconds.)

    realtek-sound-card

      • After registering and activating the program, click the Start Scan button at the top to enable DriverFinder to look for new drivers for your PC. (In the screenshot below, new drivers for my Realtek sound card, as well as for other devices on my PC, have been detected.) You can download and install the recommended drivers for your PC in minutes.

That’s it. Try these tips and here’s to you getting Skype to recognize your mic once again!

DriverFinder: Officially Windows 7 Compatible

Windows 7 compatibility iconDid you know that only those who have been officially certified by Microsoft can use the Windows 7 compatible logo you see on the left?

Sadly, a lot of people online misuse this image. They put it on their sites to try and pass off their software as something that has been tested and certified by Microsoft as perfectly usable for their Windows 7 operating system.

We here at DriverFinder do not believe nor support such tactics. We have submitted our software to the Microsoft Compatibility Center months ago and have been officially using the logo you see above since.

Please go ahead and click here to visit Microsoft’s Compatibility Center and see DriverFinder featured there as being 100% Windows 7 compatible for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. This is just one of the ways we ensure that our product works best for you. Please do check our Integrity Statement as well to see the many ways we ensure your safe and secure use of DriverFinder.

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