Guide to Installing and Configuring TeamSpeak!

TeamSpeak is a simple little chat program, its main use is generally associated with voice chat amongst groups and organisations on the interntet. This giude will explain to the not so computer savy members of #beginner how to install, configure and get connected to our TeamSpeak server. Beware! This guide is fairly extensive, so if you have any questions or get stuck, ask for help in our IRC channel and someone should be able to help you out :)

Step 1: Downloading the software

Head over to the TeamSpeak download page. You need the TeamSpeak 2 Client.

Also download the TeamSpeak 2 Client (Updated Executable) and remember where you put it so you can use it to replace the older client you are about to install.

Step 2: Installing and updating the software

Once both files are downloaded, locate the file called ts2_client_rc2_2032.exe (in the location where you slected to save the file). Double click on this file to launch the software installer.

Follow the onscreen prompts, leaving all values at their default. Make sure you UNCHECK Launch TeamSpeak at the end of the installer so you can install the updated client.

Now, you need to install the updated exe file. Locate where it is on your machine, right click on it then hit COPY. Then browse to The TeamSpeak folder (probably here -> C:\Program Files\Teamspeak2_RC2), right click in an empty spot and hit PASTE. When prompted, allow the file to be overwritten.

Step 3: Setting up the Software to connect to the server

Now, go back to your desktop (or program menu) and click the TeamSpeak Icon to start the TeamSpeak program.

At the top of the TS client, you see a series of menu choices. Click Connection. Then select Connect. Note: Do not use Quick Connect or you will be confused later.

You should now have a new panel labeled Connect To Server with two tabs: Local Addressbook & Web Server List. Click on the Local Addressbook tabe to ensure it is active.

The panel should have a blank white box on the left with the word Servers. Right click anywhere inside the white box and select Add Server.

Now, you will see the words New Server in a box in blue. Type #beginner and press ENTER. Note: It doesn't really matter what you call it actully, as long as you recognize it as our server.

OK, now, on the right hand side of the window you see some text boxes, read below carefully as ill tell you what each value should be...

  •     Label: #beginner
  •     Server Address:
  •     Nickname: (A nick of your choice)
  •     Leave the "Allow server to assign nickname" box unchecked.
  •     Click the dot for "Anonymous"
  •     Set the Default channel box to #beginner

    Now, click Connect. If everything went fine you should now be connected to the server, in the channel #beginner!

    Note: the server may be locked so that you cannot leave the default channel. If this happens, don't panic!. A server administrator will come help you.

    Step 4: Getting your sound working

    Now you may need to change some settings to get your sound working.

    Click the Settings Menu (at the top of TeamSpeak) and then click on Options. Select your input and output device.

    At this point you are somewhat on your own. All systems differ slightly and you may have several choices for both Input Device: and Output Device. Look for the input such as Microphone and the output should be something like Speakers. When you have completed your selections, hit OK to accept the changes.

    If you selected the correct drivers, and have your speakers plugged in and turned on, you should now be able to hear us talking!

    Step 5: Getting your microphone adjusted

    Now select the menu Settings - Sound Input/Output Settings.

    This will pop up a new panel labeled: Sound Settings.

    The top slider-bar will adjust the volume for TeamSpeak. If you can hear us then you won't need to adjust this volume slider.

    The Center box is for your microphone activation method. Your microphone can be activated by pushing a key on your keyboard or it can be activated automatically when you talk.

    For laptops (without a headset), it is generally better to use the Push to talk mode.

    For laptops (with a headset) or for desktops, you can generally use the Voice Activation mode.

    For Push to talk mode, simply click that radial button and then click the Set buttn and choose a key on your keyboard that you will use to activate the microphone when you talk. (Usually the left shift key works well for this.

    For the Voice Activation mode, simply click that radio button. Note: You will then need to adjust the Voice activation level slider bar so that your microphone only activates when you talk. Generally you can start with the slider about halfway. You may have to do some tweaking with this slider until you get it perfect. It really depends on the sensitivity of your microphone and how much background noise you have. Just keep tweaking until you get it right (or use the Push to talk method above).

    Close the box to accept your changes. Your setup is now complete!

    Step 6: Registering your nickname

    Now that you have your speakers and microphone working properly, it is time to register your username so that you can come back and we will recognize you!

    First, a server administrator must give you the ability to register with the server. When they do that, you will see the words

        [10:20:56] Administrator grants you the right to register with the server

    at the bottom of your Teamspeak window.

    Select the menu Self and select Register with server.

    A panel will pop up labeled Register with Server. You will need to provide a Login Name and Password. Reenter the password in the box Password Check: for confirmation. The passwords in both boxes must be the same or you can not proceed.

    Once you have entered the username and password, click the Register button. You will now see a (R) after your name, indicating that you are registered!

    Step 7: Setting the system so you can come back easily

    Now that you have everything set up and working, the last step is to save your username and password so that your client can reconnect automatically for you.

    Click Connection and Connect and you should see the Connect To Server panel with the information you entered at the top of this page.

    Now change the selection from Anonymous to Registered and type in your Login Name and User Password.

    Select the Auto-Reconnect Option and then click the Connect button at the bottom of the panel.

    If you did everything correctly, you should automatically rejoin the server with the (R) after your name.


    Enjoy talking on the server. And, as I said earlier, if you have any problems please don't hesitate to drop by the IRC channel and give one of the users a nudge. Someone there should be able to help you out with any questions that you have.

    This guide was compiled by Scotty for #beginner and updated for Cowgirl (last updat: 06 November, 2011).