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Offline Traditional Guy 20

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How do you get a microphone to work on your desktop?
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:34:49 PM »
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  • Alright I have a Windows Vista computer and have a cheap desktop microphone that has been plugged into the port but there seems to be no sound. I've adjusted the volume on it to 100 and put the boost to 0 but there still is no sound coming out. I have checked my speakers.

    Can someone please help this computer problem of mine?

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    How do you get a microphone to work on your desktop?
    « Reply #1 on: December 23, 2013, 10:53:26 PM »
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  • might be a bad sound card, but make sure mic's plugged into line in (not headphones) port; it's green, but if sound card is really old, you might have to try other port. Then go to control panel, Sound and Audio, and make sure "Mic in" isn't muted (it often is, no idea why, maybe security).

    otherwise, might try another mic to make sure it's not the mic that's bad (they can be junk).

    finally, if a few mics fail, I'd guess sound card is the problem. (They've made really cheap ones in the past.) If you're attached to your computer, maybe look in a pawn shop or 2nd-hand store for a sound card. You'd be surprised at what people pawn this time of year.
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    How do you get a microphone to work on your desktop?
    « Reply #2 on: December 23, 2013, 10:56:40 PM »
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  • It is in the right port and I did check already to see the mic sound was all the way up. When I tested the mic before it showed a bunch of static but my voice was not heard.

    I guess it is a bad mic and needs to go?

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    How do you get a microphone to work on your desktop?
    « Reply #3 on: December 23, 2013, 11:08:12 PM »
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  • Whether or not you can solve this problem you might consider investing (and it wouldn't require that much saving up) in purchasing a laptop that has webcam and microphone built-in. There's bound to be good sales after Christmas and the New Year. It's a lot more convenient. Just make sure that you purchase one with some warranty. I'm certain that there will be laptops for sale around $200-$300 that have everything you will need for video/voice-chat.


    Merry Christmas.






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    How do you get a microphone to work on your desktop?
    « Reply #4 on: December 24, 2013, 02:50:20 AM »
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    It is in the right port and I did check already to see the mic sound was all the way up. When I tested the mic before it showed a bunch of static but my voice was not heard.

    I guess it is a bad mic and needs to go?


    This is possible but I wouldn't say yes for sure and go buying a replacement just like that, perhaps borrow one from a friend and test it out in the same spot after trying some other tests -- that'll help determine whether it's the microphone or not itself that's the problem.

    Just like the others said, make sure it's plugged into the right port (one can be mistaken), make sure the volume's set right, make sure your recording program is set to monitor the right input.

    Test out speaking into it from different distances and at different volumes, and it'd be easier done with headphones on rather than speakers to avoid a feedback loop.

    Sincerely,

    Shin

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    How do you get a microphone to work on your desktop?
    « Reply #5 on: December 24, 2013, 02:53:52 AM »
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  • Quote from: Vladimir
    Whether or not you can solve this problem you might consider investing (and it wouldn't require that much saving up) in purchasing a laptop that has webcam and microphone built-in. There's bound to be good sales after Christmas and the New Year. It's a lot more convenient. Just make sure that you purchase one with some warranty. I'm certain that there will be laptops for sale around $200-$300 that have everything you will need for video/voice-chat.


    Merry Christmas.



    I was saving up for one myself, and then some unexpected stuff came up! It is the good time for it no doubt. They aren't as upgradable as desktops so one has to pay attention to what one wants out of it seriously from the get go, check the specs and decide if you need a dedicated graphics card or not, but they're great on the energy bill.
    Sincerely,

    Shin

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    How do you get a microphone to work on your desktop?
    « Reply #6 on: December 28, 2013, 09:46:14 AM »
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  • I go through headsets with mics like water, the insulating cord is always poor quality. I would exchange that mic TG20, electronics purchased within 14 days can be refunded.

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    How do you get a microphone to work on your desktop?
    « Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014, 11:54:13 AM »
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  • Controll panel - add new devices - detect new device, add mic

    if dont work

    uninstall mic, reinstall

    if it is a usb mic it will detect automatic

    if not plug it in and try to record sound with sound recorder

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