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No sound from mic. Help!

by Ferrante101 / June 5, 2005 8:37 AM PDT

For some reason my microphone is not working. It is plugged into the right place, so what could be up? Does this require a driver? In the past, I have had no problems with it. Any way to check it and or other suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Right click the MS audio icon
by TONI H / June 5, 2005 8:55 AM PDT

by the clock (if it's not there, you can go to Control Panel\Sounds & Audio Devices and put the check mark there to make it show up), then choose OPEN VOUME CONTROL. Now click Options\Properties at the top and in the boxes make sure that there is a checkmark in Microphone for both Playback and Recording....that way it will also show up in the horizonal devices list that shows up and you can then make sure it isn't checked as MUTE.


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Still not working...
by Ferrante101 / June 5, 2005 9:49 AM PDT

I have done all you and others have said and still nothing is working. Under properties, once I open the Volume window, by the clock, there is nothing that even says Microphone. In sounds under control panel, when I go to playback and recording, I have two options and here they are:

SoundMax Digital Audio


modem#0line playback

Nothing else is there or anywhere.

Anything else I can try?


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What you mentioned...
by Papa Echo / June 5, 2005 1:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Still not working...

under control panel...sounds....playback and recording.... these seem different from Windows XP. Perhaps you have only provided a brief description. What I have at Control Panel>Sounds and Audio properties are 5 tabs: Volume, Sounds, Audio, Voice and Hardware. You need to click at the Voice Tab, which then gives you "Voice Playback" and "Voice Recording"--it is here where you click at the Volume button and check select for Microphone to adjust the slider. There is no "SoundMax Digital Audio" at my System. Are you using Windows XP ?

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You mentioned that
by TONI H / June 5, 2005 7:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Still not working...

you have it 'plugged into the right spot' however, you may not. Depending on your modem type, you will also have a MIC connector on that in addition to the one on the actual sound card. Have you checked again to make sure you have the MIC plugged into the sound card?


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I've checked it many times
by Ferrante101 / June 6, 2005 7:48 AM PDT
In reply to: You mentioned that

I have my mic plugged into the hole that has a pic of a mic over it. There are only three holes that the mic plug could fit in. The one it is in. The one the speakers are plugged in, and a third that has an arrow pointing to the right, which I have tried plugging it in and nothing. I am about to give up.

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Ok, so...
by Adi / June 6, 2005 9:21 AM PDT
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Check the volume is turned up
by Adi / June 5, 2005 9:05 AM PDT

It sounds simple, but can often be the problem! Go to Control Panel, Sounds and Audio Devices, then under the volume tab click on the "Advanced..." button. This will open the Volume Control panel. Then go to Options --> Properties, and click on the "Recording" radio button. Then make sure the Microphone check box is ticked, and click OK. The sliders will now have changed. Make sure the "Select" checkbox under the Microphone slider is checked, and the volume is turned up.

Hope this helps,

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Still nothing...
by Ferrante101 / June 6, 2005 7:57 AM PDT

When I go into what you suggested, and go to sound recording under Audio, the default listed is SoundMax Digital Audio and when you hit the little scroll bar next to it, the only other option is something about the modem. When I click onto the Volume control down by the clock and the window opens up, the microphone is listed, but one thing is that the balance bar for the microphone will not move, but all others do. Also, a wizard I ran could not detect the microphone either.

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Go to Sounds and Audio Devices properties.....
by Papa Echo / June 5, 2005 9:12 AM PDT

Control Panel> Sound and Audio Devices. Voice Tab. Then at Voice Recording, the Volume button. Select/check Microphone and adjust volume. Go back to the Voice tab, and you can test the hardware.

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(NT) (NT) Batteries?
by auggief / June 5, 2005 5:32 PM PDT
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One more question.
by Papa Echo / June 5, 2005 8:06 PM PDT

What do you want to do with your microphone ?

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What do I want to do with mic??
by Ferrante101 / June 6, 2005 6:00 AM PDT
In reply to: One more question.

I wanted to record some voice messages and convert to Mp3 files and attach to e-mails rather than type long e-mails. I've done it many times before with Audacity, but nothing I do seems to work.


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Sound recorder.....
by Papa Echo / June 6, 2005 11:02 AM PDT

So you have no input level....which sound recorder are you using ?

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The volume level for your microphone
by glb613 / June 5, 2005 8:14 PM PDT

is not seen by default. Open your sound, by double clicking on the icon by the clock or going to the control panel, go to options then properties. Click on recording then OK to see the volume control for those functions. Make sure there is a check mark next to microphone. Be sure it isn't muted and adjust the volume as needed.

The other possiblilty, the microphone isn't working. Do you have any way to test it on another machine? Good thing, microphones are cheap and easily replaced.

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done and nothing.
by Ferrante101 / June 6, 2005 8:03 AM PDT

Maybe the mic isn't working. Also when I went into control panel and then to Hardware, this is what is listed, minus my CDR-w:Unimodem Half Duplex Audio Device, SoundMax Integrated digital Audio, Audio Codecs, Legacy audio drivers, media control devices,Legacy video capture devices, and video codecs. The type for all are Sound/video. Also, I am using WinXP (someone asked about that last night). Shouldn't a microphone at least be listed as a choice under Recording in sound and audio device properties, even if the mic isn't working??

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I don't recall ever seeing MIC as a choice
by TONI H / June 6, 2005 8:22 PM PDT
In reply to: done and nothing.

since the actual device being used to record with is the sound card itself......and the MIC goes through the sound card. So since it has been indentified correctly in your choices, the recording 'device' you need to open to record would be the program itself.....

So go to Start/Programs/Accessories/Entertainment and choose Sound Recorder.......and see if that program now works with your MIC.


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I tried that.
by Ferrante101 / June 7, 2005 1:31 AM PDT

And nothing happens. I am going to see is I can borrow a mic or maybe hook this one up to my minidisk recorder and see if it works. Maybe it is the mic as someone suggested.


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by SUNNYLIZARDKILLER / December 27, 2009 4:42 AM PST


i m having prob with my mic ...i m using REALTEK HD AUDIO CODEC 2009 n my motherboard is DG31GL INTEL..
i have seen all the settings like sound n audio devices my mic is jacked correctly at right place n not muted as well...speakers are working good but if i use mic it doesnt pass voice...only mic is not working properly

plz plz HELP!!


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by SUNNYLIZARDKILLER / December 27, 2009 5:22 AM PST


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When I've had my microphone connected
by glb613 / June 6, 2005 8:37 PM PDT
In reply to: done and nothing.

just tapping it can be heard through the speakers. If you have checked the settings through volume control and the microphone is not muted, you know it is connected in the right spot (if it was me, I'd plug it into each connection to test it) and you still can't hear anything, try a different microphone. It's possible the microphone has failed.

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