Hi Mark - I'm having trouble hooking up a microphone to a computer. I can't get any sound from my speakers when I do and no one can hear me when I call on Skype. I have a Gembird microphone. Is this the right one? Thanks.
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it sounds to me like the wires from the front panel connectors are not connected to the motherboard inside the computer case, open the case up find the front connectors wires inside and find out if there are any connectors on the motherboard to plug them into.
the reason the rear ones work is because they are soldered directly to the motherboard.
Click start control panel on the left select Hardware and Sound then select manage audio devices then recording you should see a Microphone right click select enable Windows 7
Click start control panel on the left select hardware and sound then select manage audio devices then recording you should see a Microphone right click select configure speech recognition then You will see earphones with a speaker among a list set up a microphone headset with Microphone then next and next again you should see your earphones with microphone being configured Click start control panel sounds and audio devices select advanced there might be a tick in the mute box untick it or select audio from the microphone drop down list Make sure you have the right one selected and in the volume box make sure the microphone box has a tick in it or select the voice tab Make sure that you have the right media selected also select volume make sure the box for microphone has a tick in it b> Windows 7 right click on the speaker icon in the taskbar select either playback or recording devices you should see your microphone listed under the recording tab right click on it select properties at the bottom select use this device enable Hope this helps.
to connect speakers: You look at the back of your computer, there will be several small holes, most are color coded. the green hole is the output for speakers.
there is usually also a small arrow pointing away from the hole, this is the icon for OUTPUT. Other holes will have an icon for INPUT and for microphones.
If you have trouble seeing these things, you can just plug your speakers into the first hole. Goto YouTube and play a video, If you hear sound you have the right output. If no sound, try the speakers in the next hole. Continue until you hear the sound.
( this will not hurt the computer or the speakers )
NOTE: make sure the volume is turned UP on the speakers and the volume is turned UP on the computer.
On the back of your computer tower (that thing with the power button on the front) you should see three small headphone jack looking thingies, with colored bands around them. Your speaker cord plugs into the green one, if you have a microphone, it goes in the pink one.
Your speaker set should have a wall wart type power supply, plug that into any convenient outlet, and plug the other end into the proper jack on your speakers.
The volume knob on your speakers is also an on-off switch, turn it on.
Go to Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager. Look under the question mark and see if your network card is listed. If it is listed under the question mark, you don't have the drivers installed for it and you will need to get them from another computer in order to get the internet to work.
You should see the speaker sockets behind your computer. They will be usually marked audio out, audio in and microphone. If you have a 4.1 or higher sound card, then you may have upto 5 or more sockets. Simply plug in the speakers according to the colour.