I have a very old PC. apparently its an evesham (im not too sure what specific make it is though; i have tried various different programmes to find out) - basically im using Windows 2000 professional and I have a USB headset that I would like to use; ive plugged it in but cant get sound from it; i dont know if i need to install audio drivers for the onboard audio first? - if i do im having difficult finding out which audio driver i should install.
To find out if you have onboard sound or a sound card (not sure if this applies with W2K), go to Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Information>Components>Sound Device; this will detail if you have onboard sound (AC 97) or a sound card.
Onboard sound is most likely to be provided through a Realtek or C-Media chipset. Drivers from Realtek at:
Looking at it from a different angle you may need drivers for the headset if they are usb 2.0, my old Evesham was only usb 1.0 but was usb 2.0 capable. It worked for me with a flash drive. Also have you any speakers attached, if so they may be diverting sound to themselves at the expense of the usb port, if so unplug them. I suspect that the usb port may need configuring in some way, which is way over my head and shall now bow out.