Does my computer have a built in mic?
I tried to locate a manual for your computer to find more details - no success. (But found a lot of people having the same issue...) Regardless - I don't think that your computer is equipped with a microphone; laptops usually have a built-in one, desktops don't.
You can always try: Go to start -> All Programs -> Accessories ->
Entertainment -> Sound Recorder and try to record something. If you were successful - your PC has a built in microphone!
However - if you want to use Skype, I strongly recommend to use a headset with a microphone. I am using this program daily and although my laptop has a mic and speakers, I always use my headset. Without it you have to stick your head to where your mic is located and turn the volume of the speakers up a lot so you are able to understand what your son is saying. Don't do it.
A USB headset costs you between 20 -50$ and you can either get it online (Newegg or Tigerdirect) or at your local RadioShack or BestBuy. I would recommend buying it locally, because in case it does not fit your head comfortably, you can exchange it very easy.
I would furthermore recommend a USB connection, because it is not as flimsy as two small audio connectors and also easier to plug in and out.
Did this informatin help you? If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I am happy to help you with whatever you want to know.
Mar 31, 2009 |