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Re: There is a red cross sign on the taskbar microphone.
It may sound easy, but first thing to check is that your speakers are not muted. Try going into the Control Panel>Sound and adjusting the volume. If this does not work, try reinstalling the drivers for your sound. If your computer did not come with a DVD/CD for this, check on the manufacturer's site (if you give the make and model, I can find them for you). If neither of these works, your sound card and/or speakers may be borked =/
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open skype go to tools from the drop down list select options scroll to audio settings you can make a free test call before you try to make a call make sure the microphone is using the same as your computers audio you can make a free test call if you cant get the microphone to work you can select learn about setting up your audio equipment also click start control panel sounds and audio devices audio and also voice it
After downloading every possible driver and tweaking every possible adjustment I have come to this conclusion: There is NO built-in microphone on the eMachines D725! Oh, the Device Manager will show it, all right but I assure you, there is no built-in device that can pick up sound on that laptop model. You'd think that a laptop, albeit a budget on, with a built-in webcam should also have an accompanying built-in mic for messaging and calls, but it doesn't. The mic may have fallen by the wayside during the cost-cutting sessions, along with the 3rd and 4th USB ports. Your only options are to connect an external microphone or to trade the D725 for a real laptop.
Go to Start - Control Panel - Sound - Recording - Recording and you will see a list of connected devices. Check that the Microphone is live and has a green tick and also that the driver name is present. Double click or Right Click the Microphone for setup options. If it is not working you may have to reinstall the sound driver. If this is not working then check Start - Control Panel - Device Manager - Sound, Video and Game Controllers to see if there ay alerts or errors (highlighted in Yellow and Red respectively). Also check Start - Control Panel - Device Manager - System Devices to see if there ay alerts or errors (highlighted in Yellow and Red respectively). If there are no errors then you should be able to use the microphone successfully. The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute option. • The volume level may be too low. In Windows, click on the volume control icon on the taskbar, and then use the slider control to increase the volume level. • If headphones are connected to the headphone jack on the computer, your computer's built-in speakers will be turned off.
Go to Tools | Options | Audio Settings which is how the audio and microphone settings are adjusted in Skype.
Your microphone might be muted in the Windows multimedia sound control panel - if you double-click on the speaker in the Windows taskbar you will get the mixer control panel - select Recording devices if the Microphone is not shown, make sure the MUTE checkbox is clear.
assuming that the mic itself isnt faulty, go to the right side of your taskbar and right click on the grey spekaer, not the red one and click on recording devices.
When the window pops up make sure the mic realtek HD audio has a green tick and not the line in icon, next click properties and check the settings,you can also configure the mic from this window.