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My line in audio jack is broken is their anyway i can change the line in to my microphone jack?

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Microphone Not Working!


If this is a microphone that connects to the 3.5 mm microphone jack, check that your microphone is connected to the Mic port (pink on the rear of a desktop). Make sure that the plug is fully seated. If you are using a front microphone jack on a desktop, try using the rear port (or vice versa). Next, if you have Windows, check that the audio input is set to Microphone, instead of Line In. (For Windows 7, this would be Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Manage Audio Devices (under Sound) and the recording tab.) Microphone should be your default device.

Next try uninstalling the audio driver and letting Windows reinstall the driver. Use the Device Manager (under Devices and Printers in the Hardware and Sound Control Panel). Expand the section labeled Sound, video and game controllers. Then right click on the Audio driver. Click on Uninstall then reboot the computer after the driver is removed. The correct driver should be reinstalled. (I believe that you do not have a separate driver for the microphone under Windows but you should make certain of that.) Check for driver updates as well. The Windows Update may list these as Optional updates.

If you have a USB microphone, try a different port. Also check for drivers from the manufacturer.

If you have an Apple or Unix OS, check for similar issues with the connection or drivers.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(who had a similar problem with Audacity recording on the line in port last month; I fixed the problem by uninstalling the audio driver and then reinstalling it. Then changing the Recording Source to Line In finished the fix. The driver got changed by a computer tune-up utility (registry cleaner).)

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I can't find where my microphone goes


Is your computer a laptop or a desktop? How old is it? Which make/model of computer do you have?

For an older desktop, the microphone input will be on the back of the computer. There are usually three 3.5 mm jacks for audio connections. The pink connector is for the microphone. The black connector is for Line In and the green is line out (speakers). Often they are towards the far side of the motherboard connections from any PS2 (keyboard and mouse) ports. Otherwise, they will line up with one of the card slots.

Newer desktop computers often have additional audio ports for surround sound. However, the pink jack for the microphone is standard. If the computer has front audio ports, you may find that the same color labels the jacks. Otherwise look closely at the icons next to the ports. These will be in addition to the back audio ports.

Laptops can have the audio ports on the front, back or side depending on the model. There will be a small icon with a stand microphone indicated for the microphone port.

If you have one of the newer USB microphones, plug it into an available USB port.

If the computer has no working audio ports, either get a USB microphone or add a sound card.

I hope this helps. If you add a comment with your computer's brand and model number, I'll try to provide the exact audio port details. (There are some computer motherboards that do not have on-board audio and you will need a sound card.)

Cindy Wells
(on Windows computers, you may have to change the default audio input. Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Manage Audio Devices. (for Windows 7) For other versions of Windows, you may find slightly different titles in the Control Panel.)

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My Samson Wireless Lapel mic system has stopped working. First the reception became intermittent... a few days later stopped working altogether. I was hoping that it was just a bad set of...


There could be a number of reasons for this problem you will need to work through them from one end of the system to the other to diagnose.
Start with a bit you know is working.
  1. Look at the receiver unit first. Do the indicator lights come on when you switch the microphone on? If yes hold the microphone belt pack about a couple of feet from the receiver and move it from one side to the other. Do the lights flicker? If it is a 2 channel (dual diversity) model -do the A and B channel lights flash on and off to indicate that the receiver is switching channels? If they do the problem is unlikely to be the microphone or belt pack.
  2. Is your amplifier/ computer/ audio system producing sound from other sources (e.g. radio etc)?
  3. Unplug the output lead from the back of the receiver and plug a cabled microphone or other sound source / instrument to it to test the cable.
  4. It may be some sort of external interference. Most of these sort of microphones can be switched to different frequencies. Try changing frequency (usually a little rotary switch on the back of the receiver and inside the battery pack - will often need a small flat bladed screwdriver to operate it) and make sure that there is a clear line of sight between receiver and transmitter units with no large lumps of metal or electrical devices in between.
  5. Do not use re-chargeable batteries as they almost never achieve an adequate voltage. Always use Duracell Ultra or equivalent.
  6. The capsules and cables of lavalier / lapel microphones are very prone to failure. Try removing the microphone jack lead and plugging in a different one . If you don't have another microphone try a simple audio lead - maybe a mini jack-plug to standard 6mm jack and connect an electric guitar or other sound source (or just touch the bare plug contacts at the other end of the lead to see if it creates a sound) . Does it work? If it does then it is possibly the microphone itself rather than the belt pack. These microphone capsules are not repairable and mending the cables / jack plugs can prove very fiddly, (lost are moulded units and cannot be dismantled anyway) however replacement microphone capsules are not very expensive (about £16-£20 in the UK) but before you replace it see steps 7, 10 and 11 below because it could just be a problem with the jack socket on the belt-pack
  7. Look at the jack socket itself. These often attach to the case of the belt-pack with a threaded ring that screws onto the socket unit. Sometimes the screw ring can work ever so slightly loose - which means that the jack plug doesn't quite go far enough into the socket to make a proper electrical contact (we had exactly this problem with a different brand of lapel microphone).
  8. If the tests at no 6 don't find the problem examine the wire aerial on the belt pack carefully. Sometimes the central core of the aerial can get cracked by frequent bending (usually when people stuff the belt pack in their pocket). Try twisting the wire backwards and forwards gently. Work all the way along it's length - does this make the unit work -albeit intermittently?
  9. Dismantle the belt pack to check that the aerial wire has not got broken off the circuit board.
  10. While you are in there check that the wires to the microphone jack socket have not got broken off or stretched so that the screen and core are shorting out.
  11. Put a battery in the belt-pack and try touching the contacts on the microphone input jack socket with a small screwdriver or other metal object - does this produce any sounds? If so it may be that the contacts inside the socket are bent and therefore not touching the pin of the jack-plug. Some careful re-bending with a thin probe may solve the problem.
  12. If you have got this far you can be fairly certain the fault like in the microphone capsule because you have eliminated every other possibility

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Where does the Microphone plug in to the Dell Vostro200


Depending on the chassis-style of your Vostro 200 (Slim-line or Tower), you may have one or more options for installing a microphone.
See below for instructions:
A. Slim-Line Model
There are two locations on this model (by default).
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Front: You have the power button, then 2 x USB ports, 1 x Headphone jack-out, and 1 x Microphone jack-in.
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Rear: There is a block of six audio connectors, looking only at the bottom 3 (red, green & blue).
Red = Microphone jack-in Green = Speaker/Audio jack-out Blue = Audio jack-in

B. Tower Model
There is one location on this model (by default):
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Rear: There is a block of six audio connectors, looking only at the bottom 3 (red, green & blue).
Red = Microphone jack-in Green = Speaker/Audio jack-out Blue = Audio jack-in

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