I have a chronic problem with my built-in mike on my Inspiron 8600 Dell laptop. I've had it for 3-4 years. When using a program that requires the mike, sometimes it will work just fine. Other times, it will shut down and not work. I've tried doing a system restore, and that will bring it back for about a day. Even when it hasnt been working for a while, there have been times it will cut on and work for a long period of time. Is there a way to fix this? I have a jump drive with all the drivers to my computer on it. Should I reinstall it?
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I'm assuming you have Windows Vista. If so, you may need to change the default microphone, particularly if you have a built-in microphone on the computer.
1. Right-click the speaker icon next to the clock in the system tray.
2. Select "Recording Devices"
3. Select "Microphone" or whatever item you want to record with.
There will be a VU meter showing the input level. Try talking into you mike and see if the VU meter goes up. If so, you're good to go.
1. Click the "Properties" button in the screen mentioned above
2. Move the "Volume" and "Boost" sliders up.
3. Click "OK." 4. Check your VU meter again.
If this does not work it is possible you selected the properties for the wrong device. Click on another device and repeat the last 4 steps again.