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I cant hear my buddies when using ichat but they can hear me perfectly and clearly.. Also I cant get sound when using quicktime especially with .avi files.

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This is easy..
Your buddies need to raise their microphone volume, which may be muted. System preferences, sound, look for the microphone slider and raise it to full.
Quicktime doesn't like AVI's by default, and even when it does work, it usually won't play the sound. There are two solutions.
1. download 'flip4mac' which is a quicktime plugin for playing AVIs (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx)
2. Download VLC, which plays everything, and has the excellent feature of raising the volume to 300% (great for crappy laptop speakers). http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

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