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My mic has stopped workin again !st time i had my motherboard replaced and had sound driver uninstalled and reinstalled then it its gone again works abit when wiggled in socket I uninstalled driver but now cant find it need help with driver and mic

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Re: My mic has stopped workin again !st time i had my...

If it works when you wiggle it in the socket, it's not a driver issue. It's either a problem on the motherboard again, or a short in your microphone cable. As replacing a microphone is a lot easier than replacing the motherboard again, I'd suggest finding another microphone, plugging it in and seeing if that fixes it. If it doesn't, I'm afraid it's the motherboard.

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2. did you just installed the chat application? skype?msn messenger? yahoo messenger? if you just install the application where you are trying to use the mic. you need to configure your mic before you can use it. usually under tools or settings you will find sound devices, some computer may have more than one source of input sound (mic) so go into those settings and look for a way to set your mic as the source and test to ensure it is working. the configuration procedures may differ among applications.

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on some ocations you may have to look for a new driver to solve your problem for that you need to go into the manufacturer's website, look the model of your number up and look for the a possible new update for your sound device driver and installed as per manufacturer's instructions. find the drivers need for your system here

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