Thanks in advance for the help. Never had voice chat work except one for about 1 min i heard people talk. Alienware M11x (don't flame, i travel for work) Realtek sound card Things i've tried: (game) running PS2 without steam running as admin tried the keep clicking on/off the voice chat enabled button turned up ALL volume sliders in game for every type of voice chat mic tests fine playback in game sometimes just has a "click" sound (mic) doesn't work for either external mic OR built-in mic yes mics/voice chat both work in other programs (sound card) updated drivers (ports) all forwarded on router/firewall (question) Is there a conflict with HD sound? i've tried to turn it all off either way. Please remember that i cannot talk OR HEAR any voice chat. any recommendations welcomed.