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Webcam with microphone has no sound

I have a Gigaware 3.1 w/mic webcam that plugs into my laptop port. A relative tried to contact me with Skype. I can see and hear them but they cannot see/hear me. When I tried to check the audio section in Skype, the microphone wasn't listed so I couldn't do anything to make it work. I see pictures with a hole type connecter but mine was like a flat port connector. Make sense? So I'm trying to figure out if it's the webcam problem or a Skype problem. Help!

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  • fictioncompa Jan 12, 2009

    no audio

  • suameow Jan 15, 2009

    I was able to figure it out on my own. Thanks for your suggestions!

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Normal 0 Web Camera’s have to be setup on the program they are to be used with. Just installing the camera on your computer does not set it up to broadcast on messengers or Skype.

Each program has Options that have to be setup in order for the Audio and Video to function properly.

A. Skype Setup:

After downloading and installing Skype set it up as follows:

  1. Go to TOOLS, then OPTIONS, and click on Audio Settings and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  2. Then click on the Video Settings.
  3. The camera if installed properly will come up and show a picture.
  4. Then on the bottom of the page click on Save.

The camera and audio should function properly. Your friends and Family will now see and talk to you.

B. Yahoo Setup:

After downloading and installing Yahoo Messenger set it up as follows:

  1. Go to Messenger at the top left and click on it.
  2. Next go down to Preferences and click on it.
  3. Next Calling and Devices on the right and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  4. Next go to the Test Audio section and (in blue writing) click on “Open the call setup assistant” and follow the instructions on the left window.

When done both the Audio and Video will function properly so you can chat and see family or friends you are connected to.
Hope this helps. Bud

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