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I have an Imac 24" 2.8 ghz. I run windows xp sp3.0 on it.

When I am in the pc mode and I open Pal Talk to have a discussion with some friends, the isight works (but a bit dark) but the voice communications does not work - my speech come out low and grabled. Is there something that I can do to correct this so that I can use my internal mike???



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  • nashgrandpa Dec 17, 2008

    Hi Sean - your right this is my first time owning a mac computer.  I am using XP home edition service pack 3, and prior to installing it I did upgrade bootcamp  to 2.1 as you asked.  I have to agree that it is a hardware issue but as you probably know the Imac does not let you in or change the sound settings or the isight internal cam - or at least I don't know how to change them.

    That is where I am at now.  Thank you for returning my e-mail I appreciate it.

  • nashgrandpa Dec 22, 2008

    Sean - Sorry that it has taken me a few days to reply - I have to travel for a living.  I clicked the gray speaker icon and opened up the mixer controls.  When I look at Mic - at the top of the vertical slide bar - it is NOT highlighted - it is a ghost.  I am able to work with all the other bars as you described, however after selecting different hardware (of which there are only 2 that will allow me to enable the settings - neither of them of which allow me to use the internal mic or to use an external mic on Paltalk.  I can hear every well but my mic output is garbled and a very very low volume.


  • Sean Cole
    Sean Cole May 11, 2010

    Hi Nashgrandpa,

    I don't use Pal Talk but I am guessing this is a hardware issue anyway. So you're using XP in bootcamp rather than Parallels and the internal mic comes out weird. Are you using the latest 2.1 drivers? These sorted out a heap of hardware issues. You can get it from here. Try that first and we'll take it from there...

    All the best



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Hi again. Sorry it's been a while for me to get back to you. Work!

In windows, on the bottom right there is a red speaker icon. Double click it. In the window that appears click the tab labeled 'Mixer' There you can choose the input source - Line, Mic, etc - Choose Mic by clicking the little dot to the bottom right of the fader. Now set the input volume of the mic to about 1 (if the scale was 1 to 10). That should be about right but you can leave it up and adjust to suit.

The video settings you can only adjust using whatever software is using it.

There's loads more you can do with your audio from that mixer controller. I'd recommend just playing with it to find out what you can do. Have a play, you're not gonna do any permanent damage.

All the best


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