I recently got Microsoft Lifechat LX-3000 headphones w/microphone so I can make calls from my laptop with Skype. (Phonecalls within the USA are unlimited for $2.95/month). I make a lot of calls for work, so I figured I can increase my productivity (and save gas by skipping the drive to the office) without having to add a long distance service to my home phone. It sounded like a lovely plan until I ran into a road block.
For some strange reason, every time my call connects, the volume (wave) automatically mutes, and the master volume will gradually go down to zero. I can manually undo it, but it's a major pain. Thank goodness for the internet, It took me a couple of hours (and a ton of searches and troubleshooting) to figure out it was all linked to this one process: Communications_Helper.exe
Here's how to stop it from messing with your Skype calls:
In Skype, go to:
Tools > Options > Advanced
Under "Other things you can do", click Manage other programs' access to Skype
Click REMOVE Communications_Helper.exe
For those of you who have no clue as to what I'm talking about...just go on about your merry day. I posted this to save some the trouble I went through in having to research and troubleshoot. Happy Skype-ing!