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Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 sound problems

I can here a lot of fuzzy noise but can barley hear my own voice during playback of video recordings of myself. Please help me.

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  • dandit Dec 17, 2007

    my cam does same i cant video call people coz of the noise it makes

  • Yesrek Dec 22, 2007

    Recorded playback very noisy and at accelerated speed - barely audible no matter what setting for sensitivity. Reloaded updated drivers with no change.

    Cecil K.

  • BluesMan12 Dec 26, 2007

    Exact same problem, sound works sometimes - sometimes not. Have reloaded software. Rebooted computer (numerous times). Have opened lifecam menu and run through the setup menu. Have ensured that the correct audio driver is checked, and have double checked it on the properties of the windows master volume control (double click the speaker in the system tray). Sometimes the audio bar in the lifecam setup menu shows that it's overloaded...runs up to red with no input...and sometimes it works fine. I can record and playback with no problem one moment, and the next time, no. Running XP sp6. Help.

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    I just bought this webcam. It keeps saying that I have too much backround noise but my room is dead silent. The people I am talking too are saying that my voice sounds so low, and the there is alot of static. I am starting to think this webcam microphone is a piece of junk. Alot of people seem to be havingt the same problem. Can't microsoft get a basic microphone function right? I think I am returning it.

  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2008

    I have tried everything and the sound is terrible. You can barely hear the audio. This is a piece of junk. Shame on Microsoft.

  • nico1 Jan 09, 2008

    I just bought a 3000 and I think they are just junk. More and more people are complaining of this problem after they purchase the 3000. I wish I would have seen these posts before I dropped $50. I'm going back to Circuit City tonight and getting a Logitech.

  • somazero Feb 10, 2008

    I found the problem with the cam. It was due to improper grounding on the Mic. If you open up the case and press on the Mic, it should fix the problem.

  • jewl1111 Feb 10, 2008

    Sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt. I'm not sure what to do about the problem at all. But it's staticy, sometimes it is really loud and only when someone speaks. Sometimes it is clear on one end but not on the other. It's really tempermental.

  • allypitcher Feb 24, 2008

    Scratchy playback and now, suddenly, no audio... no matter what I do- no sound, only video- with the LifeCam software, and on facebook video.

    I've reinstalled the software, I've done all the obvious troubleshooting, I've gone through the audio settings set up numerous times and the detector bar moves up and down as I speak the sample paragraph (green, yellow, red), but when I actually record video, nothing plays back. I tried to record just audio through the LifeCam Dashboard and still, nothing. I checked for updates and went through the "Help" section on both the Dashboard and through Control Panel/Devices...

    Is there someplace I can get just the audio driver again?

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2008

    I had exactly the same problem as that, I could barely hear my voice and there was a lot of fuzzy noise when I played recordings back. I couldn't find a solution anywhere, the microsoft website was of no help whatsoever. Sorry I still havn't found a solution though :(

    I can say though that I had this very same webcam on my comuter with vista but vista started playing up so I had to get windows xp. I've re-installed it but it has only started playing up since then. It was fine before.

    I have tried everything I can think of. Adjusting the sound settings and such.

    please help :(

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2008

    I had the same problem. My room is silent, but it still has a ton of static. I used it without a problem twice, then on the third time, too much static. I'm not going to open it up to try to fix it and risk not getting a refund. It's just terrible. Why even have the microphone if it's not going to work properly? It would be better just to leave it off. Now I want to return the whole thing since I made a decision not to buy a headset with it.

  • caryh Nov 18, 2008

    sammee here any advice????

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    very low audio.... any solution yet

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    Same here - quiet audio, static. Nightmare.

  • Elkheights Jan 10, 2009

    Same problem here. Have to speak very loud to hear my voice and there was a lot of noise when I played recordings back. I haven't been able to find a solution anywhere.

  • 123339532223 Jan 14, 2009

    I got this cam from america when i went on holiday last year... has been working PERFECTLY for 2 years now!!! then today (when playing Call Of Duty) when i was speaking to my friends on skype, they complained that they could hear "like a field of mosquito's" coming from my mic!!! and its so frustrating... i dont knowwhere to start.. is it my mic? interference with the wires? my sound card? the drivers!?? driving me mad! im sick and tired of forking out for new hardware!! when i buy something, i expect it not to break after 2 years

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    same as the others - very low audio, very high buzz

  • nilesbore Mar 08, 2009

    DON'T BUY VX-3000! A lot of problems!

  • heian12 Mar 12, 2009

    my skype contacts complaining me that they hardly hear me.

    it drives me crazy.

    I had a Logitech messenger cam, but that one gave a cpu use of 100%, so finally i bought a new cam. And now it has this stupid audio problem.

    Please Microsoft, lots of people complain about this cam. Stop selling them and improve them first. Respect ur customers....

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    When I play back an audio click, there's a loud crackling static sound that continues throughout the playback. Awful! This device is useless.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    loud buzzing noise when on ventrilo...

    any help at all would be nice, its on its second day and its already broke this is rediculous

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    I can not get audio with Microsoft LifeCam vx-3000 but do get video

  • jen simpson Apr 26, 2009

    i have same problem mine is like i have a hoover on in close background and wen i have live chats the other person can here the hoover noise too help

  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    How do I get rid of the noise from my lifecam vx300?

  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    problem with the integral mic have checked everything

  • jen simpson May 11, 2010

    just to say kieth your solution no2 worked a teat takke the screw out and move the small black solanoid away frm the motherbord i hav had this problem since i bought them webcam now no problems at all THANKYOU VERY VERY MUCHXXX



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Take the screw out of the back and move the small black solanoid away from the circuit board. Fixed !

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  • PuChika Jul 16, 2011

    I took the screw out, but how do i remove the small black solanoid?? which one is it?? and Do I have to open the webcam in half or something?? thank you! Im having the same problem since when I got this webcam :/


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Normal 0 Go to Control Panel and Click on Sounds, Click on Audio, then Click on the Microphone. Then Click on the drop down and select Camera Microphone.
Click OK and it should work.
Also check this out to chat.
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 ( )

  1. Log on to SKYPE and do the following.
  2. Go to Tools, then Options, and click on Audio Settings and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  3. Then click on the Video Settings.
  4. The camera if Installed Properly will come up and show a video picture.
  5. Then, on the bottom of the page click on Save.

The camera and audio should function properly. Your friends and Family will now be able to see and her to you.
Also Windows Live and AIM Messengers need to be setup.
Let me know if you need the other setup.
Hope this helps. Bud

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I was having the same issue with the mic noise. I'm running Vista and I know where to look to set up the camera, (any kind of camera). The first thing I have to say is Microsoft really botched this camera by not separating the camera from the mic. I already have a good stereo mic, but it won't work in the lifecam app. In fact, if you disable the lifecam mic in the control panel the lifecam software will tell you there is no camera, (the camera still work in other apps). Also, because the mic is USB with the camera, none of the usefull options availble on my HD soundcard can be used.
I fixed the noise issue using the proceedure suggested by keith_phi179, only simply moving the "black solanoid" or microphone away from the circut board didnt' work and I ended up pulling the metal clip completely off of the microphone and removing it. I don't know what purpose this piece was supposed to serve, but it works better without it.

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  • jerminate Dec 30, 2010

    this worked exactly right - the metal clip was attached to a black wire that went into the cord - I just snipped the black wire, removed the metal clip from the mic, and it works!


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I have the Lifecam vx-1000. The dashboard effects work when in the Microsoft Lifecam software (photo, audio + video capture software).

However they don't appear to work on Window Live Messenger 2009 (Build 14.0.8064.206).
Is there anyone knows the problem?

Thank you!

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It's not always a software problem. I tried everything with this VX-3000 as I had it for some time now and knew where to look for in Vista. Since the software did not do the trick I used Solution #2 mentioned above without good results at first. I then started to move things around inside first by dismantling the camera of course and then moving delicately wires and plastic connectors until I got a perfect signal in Skype. I now have a flawless microphone that works great. Thanks to this forum it got me to look even further.

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Posted on Apr 26, 2009

I just bought the VX-3000 and only now discovered so many compliants for the same problem I'm experiencing with the microphone. It's unusable. It seems nobody is able to fix it. And Microsoft?

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This webcam is NOT junk. Sure there might be a problem with it but my one was working PERFECTLY that was only until I needed to re-install it that there was a lot of fuzzy noise in the background. I would also like to say that this webcam when it works is a hell of a lot better than logitech.
Although I would also like the problem fixed it's so annoying since it has been working perfectly for ages :(

Posted on Apr 20, 2008

  • DazCrash Apr 20, 2008

    Oops sorry that wasn't meant to be a solution :D


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What the **** do you mean take it away from the motherboard whereelse can u even put it im SO frustrated

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Normal 0 Go to Control Panel and Click on Sounds, Click on Audio, then Click on the Microphone. Then Click on the drop down and select Camera Microphone.
Click OK and it should work.
Hope this helps. Bud

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