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SoundBlaster card - Microphone not orking

by pat12 / July 16, 2005 8:35 AM PDT

Hi, I recently reformatted my HD & reisnatlled the Windows XP...I have a Sound Blaster audio card..it is working as i play cd's on it while i work...
It is the microphone which does not work...i hooked the microphone in the back but it doesn't work..called the Dell for help & they ran a check on the voice & when replayed the voice after recording it does play & according to them the audio card is working & they can't solve the microphone problem...
Now what i don't have the soundblaster cd which came with the system 3 yrs ago...:( i suppose i have to reinsatll the setup? any suggestion what need to be installed for the microphone to work...will be very helpful...
Thks to those who can help me on this ....


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Soundblaster card
by pat12 / July 16, 2005 9:27 AM PDT

I might add to my problem mentioned above re the sound blaster card....i have checked the SB card properties & the card is working ..i detect no other problem in the settings that i see...Control Panel->system->hardware->devce manger->Sound-> everythng seems to be ok ...
any help re the problem with the microphone will be much appreciated....

thks to all who reply to this ....


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by Millertime184 / July 16, 2005 1:30 PM PDT
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Umm... have you checked the properties, to make sure the microphone isn't muted...?

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SB audio card
by pat12 / July 16, 2005 1:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Soundblaster card

Yup i ran the test on hardware & voice thru wizard and the microphone.works as it shows the vol level etc..I also checked the properties & sounds re the volume & it is not muted...
Obviously there is a setup problem as thru the wizard the microphone works....once again dont have clue why it doesnt work when simply plugged in...:(

Thks for any help...


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did you try
by cravinbob / July 17, 2005 4:45 PM PDT
In reply to: SB audio card

Right click on your volume speaker icon (if it is there, mine resides next
to the clock), click "open volume controls" on the menu then click
"options" in Play Control window and click "properties" from that menu. You
will get an "adjust volume" for play and record.
Make sure "microphone is checked in both areas. Then close that window
and look at play contol window again. Microphone should be listed and
it has a "mute" box, uncheck it to unmute it

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advanced properties or full duplex issue
by Jim Johnson / July 21, 2005 11:37 PM PDT

Two additional ideas:
#1- When you open the Windows volume control:
* is the microphone assigned to both playback and record? (should be)
* Are advanced properties selected?
* Click on advanced properties for the microphone and make sure 20dB Boost is checked. Unless you are using a self-powered microphone, it simply isn't putting out enough power to be heard.
* done all of the above? did you try swapping in another microphone to make sure something didn't break in your original (or tried your microphone on another system?)

#2- Driver issue. It is possible that the currently installed driver does not support full duplex operation. If you are working in half duplex mode, your microphone works fine, but you cannot simultaneously record and listen to the output. The problem may be solved by downloading a better driver from Creative for your SoundBlaster card.

I had a Dell laptop and while the embedded sound card supported full duplex, I discovered the driver supplied by Dell had disabled this feature (one way to avoid tech support calls because of feedback squeals I guess). So I downloaded and installed a driver for this hardware from another source and the problem was solved.

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concerning SB mic problem
by CANNIBAL / July 22, 2005 4:16 AM PDT

If you installed the Creative software, go to the EAX app, at the bottom is a section that is for RECORDING, click the menu next to the RECORD button and check the SOURCE. If it is not on MIC, select MIC and your MIC should now work.

Hope this does it for ya!


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Jim Johnson is the man
by austinsford / April 25, 2007 12:56 PM PDT

Thanks for taking the time like a year and a half ago to post it solved my problem for me

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(NT) Microphone
by Hans131 / July 22, 2005 4:55 AM PDT

you may need an electret mike!

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