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Output works fine on headset but it fails to detect input (microphone). have checked all interfaced settings on xp. thanks

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  • bwblake10 Feb 01, 2010

    this is a dell 800 laptop. pretty old but refuses to die. it is running sigma tel sound card. thanks.

  • bwblake10 Feb 02, 2010

    thanks, but i'd done all that. i found that i needed to update the sigma tel driver, which i did by downloading it from dell.com site. that seemed to fix it.



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You will have to go to the device manager and add new hardware for the microphone.

If you don't see it on the HCL (may have a yellow icon) in the device manager then either the Microphone cord / wiring for the head set microphone is broken or the microphone jack on the soundcard is really dirty from not being used and or just plain bad. I don't remember the manufacturer of the headset I once had (now trash) but, it would work with windows 3.1 yet not with Win98 or XP. That too is a possibility depending on whether there is an internal amp in the head seat that requires a software driver for microphone.

I have dealt with several OEM on the Motherboard sound cards and plug in sound cards that have had dirty jacks from air passing through the CPU tower from regular use over an extended time. Try using a small piece of cloth and the broken off end of a toothpick to clean the microphone jack. DO NOT use tissue as it will tear and get stuck in the jack. Sure hope you get it sorted out.

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First, make sure that the mic input connected is properly seated to the microphone jack.

Next, go to the Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Audio tab > make sure that the sound card is selected under the "Sound Recording"

If it's selected, go to the "Volume" tab > click "Advance" button > then it "Options" > Properties > check "Mic Volume" > OK

Then go back to the Audio tab > click the Volume button under the 'Sound Recodring' then adjust the volume for mic.

If that did not help, try connecting the headset into another working computer to isolate the problem.

If same problem occur, the the mic connector cable could be defective. Replacing the cable should not costs you too much.

Good luck and good evening!

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Hello,

Two things come to mind

First, you need to ensure that the driver for your sound card is up to date. If it is not, that could be causing the microphone jack to not function. If you post the make and model of your desktop I can direct you to the latest drivers for your sound.

Second, you mentioned that you checked all interfaced settings. Does that include all settings on the program your trying to use the mic with in the first place along with all the settings in windows ?

Post back and let me know the status of said problem. I will be sure to assist you further to solve your problem. Thank you for choosing Fixya!

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