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Make sure you have correctly installed the drivers for the microphone.
Running Skype, navigate to Skype-->Preferences--->Audio/Video
from here you will able to select the device of your choice by changing the mic
Running Yahoo Messenger, navigate to YM-->Preferences-->Voice & Calls
from here you will able to select the input device by choosing your mic
These steps reference Mac, but PC should be similar.
Firstly please check that you have pugged the microphone into the correct (red) socket.
If that is correct the problem is likely to be in the audio settings. You don't specify which operating system you are using. My answer is for Microsoft Windows XP but Vista and Windows7 will be broadly similar.
Click 'start' or go to 'my computer'
click on 'control panel'
click 'sounds and audio devices'
click 'advanced' button in the 'device volume' box. This should open a long window of audio volume controls.
On the tool bar click 'options'
There is a drop down menu with the label 'Mixer Device' - click the down arrow at the right hand end of this menu. If there is more than one device listed select 'wave device' from the list.
Further down the properties window there are 2 options 'Playback' and 'Recording'. Click on 'Playback'and then look at the list of devices in the box labeled 'show the following volume controls'
Make sure that there is a tick (check-mark) against microphone.
Now look at the devices listed in the long window of 'volume controls' make sure that there is NOT a tick (check-mark) in the 'mute' box against microphone and that the volume slider is up at or near the top of the scale.
Make sure that the 'mute all' box (far left) is not checked
click on the 'options' tab on the tool bar once more
Click on 'Recording' and repeat steps 9 to 12
Your microphone should now be working but I assume, from your question. that you are trying to use Voice over Internet Protocol / Skype / Messenger or other chat program. If so you will now need to go into the appropriate program and test the audio properties. Exactly how you do this will vary with each different program but most have a fairly simple test wizard. With Skype the easiest way is to select the test call button.
to to the volume icon on the task bar then double click then go to options, properties then select recording and click ok. then make sure that the microphone is not set to mute and the volume of the mic is not all the way down
The first step is to go into your volume control panel and check to be sure that the microphone fader is not muted and is turned up. Also, what application are you attempting to talk to someone with -- telphone, IM chat, game chat?