I rebooted my laptop using the recovery cd, and now the microphone and webcam aren't working. The microphone works very faintly i think but the webcam doesn't at all. Do I need to install a driver for them? Thanks!
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I haven't set up Skype before, but it seems quite reasonable that if the Sound control panel is set to use the external microphone, that would work. Have you checked to see if the sound input is set to an internal microphone built into the laptop, or a line-level input? That could be your problem, especially if no such microphone is present.
Clock on the "Speaker" in the lower right hand corner (near the clock) and select Recording devices. Locate the microphone in question and click on it and select "Set Default" in the lower right hand corner. You can also click "Configure" to verify it is functioning.
hey possible cause is the driver for your microphone is not yet installed, if you have a cd just reinstall the microphone driver, if you dont have, try to go to this link.http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen
If you have a WEB camera you need to configure your video Webcam settings. Open Skype click on Tools - Options - Video Settings - select your Webcam model.
When you open Skype click on Tools - Options - Audio Settings and click on Microphone and select the microphone you are using and save the setting. If you still have problems with your mic. then - To test if the microphone is working, go to Start - Programs - Accessories - Entertainment - Sound Recorder and record you voice. Can you see your voice recording, the green line should vary as you speek. If you see a flat green line, then the microphone is either faulty or the wrong microphone is selected.