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HP Laptop Microphone Jack

I have an HP Pavilion dv6000 with a SmartAudio 221 sound card. How can I switch the audio input from the built-in microphones to the mic jack in the front of the computer? Nothing in "device manager" has that option. When I connect my stereo into the jack I can hear the sound through my headphones, but the recording program I'm using picks up the room sounds. I've reloaded the driver and rebooted, twice. Am I missing a setting somwhere? Thanks, Ken.

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  • Ken Blaisdell Jan 03, 2009

    There are no options in Start Menu > Control Panel > Sound. Only one device, the built-in microphone, shows up.

  • laungani26 Jan 07, 2009

    the EXACT same thing happened to me and i tried updating it and everything...HELP! suggestions much aprecciated

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    I have a HP DV6000. I cannot capture anything through the mic jack even though I can hear the audio through the headset jack. I'm reading through the forum to find the problem fix.


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    I cannot get my Acer Laptop to work with my sony stereo system?..I'm using the right cables but it's like the headphone jack isn't working?


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It sounds like you just need to choose the default audi input device. You can do this by going to the control panel.

Start Menu > Control Panel > Sound

Once you get there just go to the recordings tab, select the device you want to use and hit "Set Default" after that you can hit properties and it should show you which jake it pertains too.

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  • Matthew Shockey
    Matthew Shockey Jan 04, 2009

    Well then something esle is wrong. Did you make sure windows even recognizes the device? If it does is it showing as an audio device?

    Go to
    run > devmgmt.msc

    and make sure your device is installed. If not, then you'll need to find proper drivers for whatever version of windows your using and then try

    Start Menu > Control Panel > Sound


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