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Hooking up a microphone to a computer

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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Any mic is fine. You will have to enable it in the sound mixer though.

Start - Control Panel - Sound
Select Recording and then select Microphone.
Select Configure at the bottom of that window.
The next window will open and you will see Set Up A Microphone.

It will walk you through setting it up and making sure it is active.

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you will need to connect your speakers to your computer then you will need to install them to your computer
usually at the back of a desktop computer there is three input plugs blue green pink/red or a usb connection depending on your speakers on a laptop usually a usb connection
if your computer came with a motherboard disc the sound drivers could be on it
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Speakers do not normally connect to a microphone jack.

But if it has a headphone jack usually has a symbol like one of these.

Then you could use that as the output to your speakers.

also if it has phono outputs on the back similar to these

and they are marked nearby as OUTPUT you can also use those

Quality of sound will vary depending on the speaker quality itself.

if you have surround and any of the outputs as shown then with a little care it is still possible to hook up to that.

Don't try to connect INPUT sockets to speaker it will just not work.

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