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Background Microphone Noise

Recipients of skype calls from me advise that there is a lot of background noise from my microphone and it isdifficult to hear my voice.
How can I fix this

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The problem is that your microphone is generation feedback when the talk because you have the speaker volume turned up. Try lowering the volume. If this doesn't work I suggest you use a set of headphones and it will eliminate this problem completely.
Hope this helps. Bud

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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