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Realtek HD Built-in laptop mic input is too quiet/soft/low.

by Milleric / April 14, 2010 2:33 PM PDT

I have an HP DV9700t laptop with a built-in microphone. The mic picks up sound but it is nowhere near loud enough. It barely picks up screams.

I know it's not the hardware because I somehow got it to work a year ago. Since then my laptop was reformatted over the summer.

I've raised the mic volume up to 100 under the recording devices tab and raising the boost to +40 causes a lot of static and the input is still way too low.

I've tried installing the drivers off of hp's website but it wouldn't install saying that "No driver was supported in this package." I have a feeling that this is because I upgraded to windows 7. I installed the Realtek HD Audio and AC'97 drivers off of Realtek's site.

I'm really at a loss of what to do. I've searched everywhere and there seem to be way too many problems with Realtek mics to pin down what's causing this. Any ideas?


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(NT) I'd try an external USB mic.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2010 10:32 PM PDT
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Same prob
by schoie37 / September 21, 2011 11:06 AM PDT

Hi, just checking to see if you resolved the problem as I have the same prob on my Hp after downloading windows 7?

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Try Installing in Compatibility Mode
by wwwertdf / September 21, 2011 12:29 PM PDT

<span id="INSERTION_MARKER"> <span id="INSERTION_MARKER"> You could always right click the program and try installing in Windows Vista Compatibility Mode.<span>

<span>Another thing you could try is opening and extracting the actual EXE package with 7-zip ( and manually install the inf through device manager. You may have to uninstall your current Realtek Drivers first.

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