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How do I get the microphone to work?

by moonbridge / January 26, 2013 5:35 AM PST

I am so frustrated. I have had this desktop Mac OS X 10.5.8 for going on five years now. I have tried a number of times over the years to do certain things like record things or use skype. I try and then give up in frustration. Now that my son is leaving for an extended stay in Germany I am back to trying to make skype work.

The test call on skype it tells me my microphone is on mute. When I go into *system preferences and *sound and *input and *built in microphone, the bar that shows the sound bar by bar flickers when I yell.

Please, I hope someone can help with this!

Thanks in advance,


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Sounds like the machine needs repairs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2013 6:03 AM PST
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by moonbridge / January 26, 2013 7:23 AM PST

Thank you for the advice, however, a $100 mic is out of my price range.

I don't understand what is the problem with my internal mic.

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There are cheaper USB mics.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2013 12:33 PM PST
In reply to: $100

Look at others but I'm sorry to have shared just the Cadillac of USB mics.

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Take a look at this one
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 27, 2013 12:02 AM PST
In reply to: $100
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by moonbridge / January 27, 2013 3:22 AM PST

I sure do have the problem with my built-in!

When I search, my computer DOES have an on-board mic... I have found the volume setting and it's turned up to its max. Still nothing at all! I get a flicker on the bars but it still does not register my voice, even when I holler! I tried when this 5 year old mac was new and had no luck then either. I keep trying and giving up. But surely there's some setting I'm missing?! It HAS to work!

I accept I might need a powerful mic to chat... fine. However, there's got to be something going on with the built-in.

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admin account
by moonbridge / January 27, 2013 5:36 AM PST

I just realized you spoke of creating another admin account.
I'm afraid I have no idea how to do that... or why would I be doing it anyway?

I'm in Canada, so that Walmart set is available in the States. Oddly enough it's not at all for sale in the Canadian Walmarts. Weird.
However, I see your point: they needn't cost $100.

I really appreciate the help. Blush

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The reason for the creation of the other account
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 27, 2013 8:22 AM PST
In reply to: admin account

is to eliminate the possibility of the problem being account related.

Open System Preferences, Users and Groups, and unlock the pane with your Admin password. (If necessary)

Now click the + sign, change the New Account to Administrator
then fill in all the other boxes. (DO NOT use the same name as your original account)
When finished, hit the Create User button.

Now go to the Apple Menu, top left corner of the screen, and log out.
At the login screen, choose the name of the new account, and log in.

Now check the microphone using Skype.

Any difference?


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