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A better idea is to use a digital camera with sound, switch to video record and make your video with that then copy that AVI file to your PC. But if you really want to use the PC make sure that your Audio source is selected in the recording devices section of audio properties as Microphone, then turn off mic boost. Slowly bring up your mic volume with the headphones attached until you can hear yourself clearly. Cranking it up too far will result in over-modulation and distortion. And finally, remember that most microphones included with laptops and Desktop PC's are cheap hetrodyne models with limited filtering and cheap plastic domes for audio pickup. The more you pay the better they get.
Something worth mentioning here. I have actually had success recording with Cheap headphones on the Mic port before. Not headphone mic combos, but the actual Headphones. This gives you an idea of the sensitivity of these pickups.
have a Dell 1545 with Dell web cam central & I've had this issue.
The problem is that Dell web cam central installs it's own microphone
settings onto your laptop called something like Dell web cam Live!. This
isn't the built in microphone in my laptop & maybe not yours
either. You have to change the settings for your computer system &
Dell web cam central. Go to start> control panel> sound>
recording .. on mine there is an option for Microphone "High Definition
Audio Device" ... that is the built in mic. You want that for your
default & apply it. Also .. as a side note .. I disabled the web cam central Live! microphone completely from this window. Then open Dell web cam central & go to the
"Record Video's" option. In the middle of this is an orange button with a
video camera icon. Next to this on the same button is a little arrow
pointing down .. click that. Under microphone .. choose Microphone "High
Definition Audio Device" just like the sound option in control panel.
I've done this & it's completely fixed. I can record videos with
sound & use my built in mic in voice/video chat.
You will probably need to reconfigure whatever software you are using for the video call to pull audio from the Onboard Mic from the Cam. If it is not configured to pull the audio from that Mic on the Cam, it may be looking for audio somewhere else. This is sadly an issue with a lot of Video Chat software applications.
I took the cam apart, removed the mic from its seat and gently separated the red and black wires - ran the red one over top the lens and the black one underneath. Replaced the mic, screwed it all back together and the problem is gone. For now. One tip is to record sound using Windows Sound Recorder while you're doing this, watch the input line and when it goes flat you know the buzz is gone. While it buzzez, the line will be active.