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Microphone not registering or working in skype

My microphone is not working on skype.
On the echo123 test I am getting one of 3 error messages each time I try this.
1) Your microphone is too low and other party will not be able to hear me. That is true. I was talking to other party when the sound just got lower and lower until they could not hear me. At that time, echo123 could still hear me, but the sound was low. But the other party couldnot hear me. Now the echo123 also cannot hear me, and it is now telling me either one of the following
2) Your microphone is on mute - please unmute. But my microphone is not on mute. I have checked everywhere I can think of in my entire system and the thing is not muted anywhere.
3) Your microphone is not connected. But it is connected.
I know the microphone itself is working fine because if I go to accessories>entertainment>sound devices I can record no problems, so it is not the microphone.
I have uninstalled and reinstalled skype. This did not fix the problem.
I have uninstalled and then installed the latest version of skype. That did not fix the problem either.
I have installed the latest versions of realtek. That did not fix it either.
I have stopped skype from monitoring and autoadjusting the sound. That didn't work either.
I have also tried cleaning the jack plugs - just in case they were dusty or something. No change.
I have changed headphones - just in case that was the problem - but it wasn't.
I don't know if this has something to do with anything, but the problems started soon after I purchased some skype $ to call an overseas number on skype.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do to get my skype working.
Allison Walker


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You wouldn't normally expect the computer to detect a microphone plugged into the soundcard as new hardware - so don't get too excited about that particular symptom. Suggest you try a different microphone with the computer, and try the microphone with a different computer - preferably one which is working happily with a microphone of its own. This will help identify whether the problem lies with the microphone or the computer. If the computer looks like the problem, have a look in Control Panel under Sounds and Audio Devices. On the Audio tab, there's a Sound Recording panel, and pressing the Volume button on that gives you access to some controls for the microphone input. Make sure the checkbox for the microphone is ticked, then have a play with the fader. If you're sure the microphone is the problem, then I suggest you take it back and complain. A.

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Hi,
I work for Dell and had the same problem.
Try this:
Take the card out of the PCI slot and reinstall it. Then go to the creative support website and download all the updated drviers for the card. ALSO, and this may sound blindly obviously but the soundblaster has many connections on it make sure you are plugging it into the correct connection and that you have enabled the soundblaster in the systems settings ie- turn the on board sound off.
Hope this works,
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Posted on Jan 11, 2008

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make sure your audio device is selected, the one that you are using such as a usb phone over your onboard realtek audio.

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Reinstall your sound card drivers.Reboot the PC.Then reinstall Skype.Then setup Skype with the type of mic that you have.

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Check which microphone device u have set up. Try changing it around. Also try just speaking closer to the microphone and into the mic. Some mics just are not good.

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

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These instructions are for Skype 4.2 for Windows or below. Before continuing, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to the latest version. For Skype 5.0 and above, refer to these instructions. If you're not sure which version of Skype you're using, it's easy to find out.
If the person you are talking to in a Skype-to-Skype call cannot hear you there are a number of steps you can take in order to help you set up your system correctly so that others can hear you.

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There are many cause for your microphone is not working.

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Are you sure that this laptop has a build in microphone? or are you using a external microphone?

in either case the most likely problem is that the skype sound settings on the input are wrong.

open skype, tools, options, then the audio settings page.
On the microphone, try all the possible options offered and see if it detects your voice, you can also try calling the skype test number / echo123.


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When you see the volume bar light up green like this as you speak or tap the microphone its working.

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You should also check from volume control that the microphone is not muted.

To check that open up start -> control panel -> sounds -> recording -> select the microphone and click properties -> check the levels tap and make sure its not muted and its turned up to full volume.

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Hello.
1. Audio settings all versions

Skype:
Skype-->Main window…..>Tools -> Options -->Sound Devices-->audio device/USB/etc Audio Device (do NOT use windows default device)
You can also tick the ring pc speaker check box as this is a good backup to alert you even
if the main speakers are off or turned down.

Windows:
Start-->Control panel-->Sound and Audio devices
On the audio tab set the default playback device to your main soundcard (AC97/Audio-chip/add-on-adapter), etc.
Your installed audio device must be present there.
If not, reinstall audio device

2)Check if your micro (pink) and speaker (lime) jacks are really correct and fully inserted!
They sometimes stuck.
For test only you can use earphone instead of microphone for Line In.
Standard micro in Line In will NOT work.
Go to:
Start
Programs
Accessories
Entertainment or go to
Volume Control; right click on loudspeaker icon in Task Tray
Options
Microphone
Scroll down
Check "Microphone"
If the bar "Microphone" is available, the microphone is detected by Windows now go on
(If not, Windows has a problem with your microphone)
Just to check if your microphone is broken or bad, you can use your headphones instead. They really work!
Which one L or R is microphone now, I think it's L
Check "Advanced properties"

Check Micro "Advanced"
Open
Check "20db boost" or "1.MIC boost" depending on language version
Volume level can be left in any position.
Mute microphone!!!

3. Check audio now on windows base.
Start
Programs
Accessories
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Soundrecorder

4. Once done, test with Skype Test Call echo123.
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It's possible that your microphone is muted.

Goto Start > All Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Volume Control

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If you do not see a slider for Microphone, click Options > Properties and in the windows that opens select "Recording" and make sure that there is a check box next to Microphone. You should now be able to adjust the volume of the mic, or unmute it.

You can test to see if your microphone works in Skype, by calling the Skype Test Call contact, you will be asked to record a message and repeat it back. If you hear your voice, so should your loved ones. (If you've deleted the Skype Test Call contact you can re-add it by adding "Echo123" to your contacts.

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Audio Setup for Windows XP and Vista

1. Audio settings, in Windows and Skype

XP: Windows Control Panel / Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices / Sounds & Audio Devices
or Right-click speaker icon in system tray and select "Adjust Audio Properties"

Volume / Device Volume: Make sure “Mute” is NOT checked in this window.
Volume / Device Volume / Advanced: If there is no “Microphone” section in this window, go to Options / Properties and check “Microphone” in the “Playback” list. Then make sure “Mute” IS checked in this window

Audio / Sound Playback: Your on board sound/Sound Card
Audio / Sound Recording: Your on board sound/Sound Card
Audio / Sound Recording / Volume: Make sure "Microphone" is selected and the volume slider is at the center or higher
Audio / Sound Recording / Volume / Advanced: If “Microphone Boost” or “20db Boost” is present, select it


Vista: Windows Control Panel / Hardware and Sound / Sound / Manage Audio Devices
or Right-click speaker icon in system tray and select "Playback devices"

Playback: Your speakers or on board sound/Sound Card must appear in this list, and must show “Working”
Playback: Select your speakers or on board sound/Sound Card, then click “Set Default”
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Recording: Your Microphone or on board sound/Sound card must appear in this list, and must show “Working”
Recording: Select your Microphone or on board sound/Sound Card, then click “Set Default”
Recording / Properties / General: Device Usage: “Use this device (enable)”
Recording / Properties / Custom: If “Microphone Boost” is present, select it.
Recording / Properties / Levels: Microphone volume should be centre or higher
Recording / Properties / Levels: If there is a “Mute” button, it must not be on

Skype / Tools / Options / Audio Settings:

Microphone: Your headset/mic or USB device or Web cam mic, as you prefer
Speakers: Your headset, USB device or speakers, as you prefer
Ringing: VoIPVoice USB Phone or on board sound/Sound Card; also tick Ring PC speaker

Note: The audio devices you want to use MUST be present in these Skype device lists. If they are not, check the device connections and driver installations again.

2. Microphone and Speaker connections

Check if your mic (pink) and speaker (lime) jacks are in the proper sockets (it is easy to reverse them) and fully inserted (they sometimes stick only partially inserted)
If your microphone or headset has a “Mute” switch, make sure it is not on
If your speakers or headset has a volume control, make sure it is turned up
For test only you can use an earphone instead of microphone (really)! Just unplug the microphone, plug the earphone into the microphone jack, and talk into your earphones. (I know it sounds silly, but it might tell you if your microphone is defective)
A standard microphone plugged into Line In will NOT work.

3. Check audio in Windows.

XP: Start / All Programs / Accessories / Entertainment / Sound Recorder

Vista: Start [Orb] / All Programs / Accessories / Sound Recorder

Make a short recording with the microphone; you should see the level meters moving as you speak. On Windows XP, you can then play back what you recorded.

4. Once done, test with Skype Test Call (echo123).

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What you need to do is add the Skype contact echo123 to your contact list. It should be the first one in the list from the United Kingdom.

Once that's done you should be able to bring it up on the contact list through Skype and initiate the call through the Handset at which point it will work properly and you should be able to speak to and hear the test call. That was the only way I was able to verify that it was in fact working properly.

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