Sounds like your mic is disconnected or broke, it is a very small micro mic internally attached by a small wire. this wire could be broke.
For your L button, sounds like this is not making contact with the micro switch, sounds like you will have to take this baby apart to fix both issues.
If you have a DS lite the L and R buttons can be very fiddly to seat in place when putting it back together, the springs are fiddly. I would recommend bending the leg on the spring downwards so it seats in nicer when looking to reassemble.
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The external microphone input is most likely dirty and causing the internal microphone connection to be disconnected. The mic socket is at the front edge next to the headphone socket. try cleanig with a vacuum cleaner first to clear any dust and fluff. Then use a cotton bud and cleanig fluid e.g. WD40 or contact cleaner, or CD cleaning fluid.
•Your headset should appear as the audio input/output device. If not, just use the D-pad to highlight the Input line, then scroll until you see yours. Any microphone you have used with your PS3 will be listed, but only the current one will be available to select. •Set the "Microphone Level" to 4. You can change the level any time if needed. •Speak into the headset, and the level bar at the top of the screen should move at the sound of your voice. You can also view a list of Bluetooth accessories you have registered in the "Manage Bluetooth Devices" tab under "Settings". If your mic doesn't appear there then try pairing it again. There are more ways to configure the audio input and output that can be useful: •Set the input to (your mic) and leave the output on (default)- one person can chat with the other players, and the replys will play over your TV speakers rather than into your mic. Great when sharing one console because everyone can hear the team talk. •Set the input and output to (default)- you will hear the game sound and voice chat through your TV speakers but won't be able to talk back. Great if you don't have a headset, or if you want the room to hear the team chat. •Set the output to (default) to use stereo headphones with your TV or receiver. Then set the input to (your mic) and you can chat while wearing stereo headphones. Keeping the mic close to your face could be a problem since both ears are already taken! You could try a USB desktop mic and see if that works. I will add info on that as it comes in. In Game XMB: •All of the functions in Audio Device Settings are available when using the XMB via the PS button during a game. You can set the input/output, mic level, and device. You can test your mic, and pair a new BT headset while in game. For more help you can try these links: •Video Walkthrough (thanks jonny k)- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tSItLGLsX8 •Playstation 3 Users Guide- http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/index.html •Step by step picture giude (Thanks kman79) 3. Troubleshooting General: If you are having trouble with a headset after it is paired with the PS3, there are a few things to check first: •Make sure your headset battery is charged and working. Be aware that some brands/models will need to be paired again after each recharge. It's not a problem, it's just the way those models work. •Make sure your controller is charged. Lots of strange things happen when the controllers don't have enough power, like dropouts and headset interference. •The headset should be set as the input/output device from the XMB. •For Bluetooth users, make sure there are no other Bluetooth devices in use near your PS3. Also try to eliminate any other radio frequency interference if possible. •For USB users, make sure the connection is secure and there are no wire breaks. •Update your console to the current available firmware
Has it ever worked? On my DS I thought it didn't work. You don't blow or talk into the Microphone hard at all. It's just a light push and you should be an inch or two away from the mic. You don't wanna scream into it. Hope I was helpful.
Hi - we had the same problem on ours - caused by overenthusiastic blowing (with spit!!!!) microphone shorts out. If shorted at mic it is easily fixable - do as we have done and buy a Game earpiece and mic combined for about a fiver. If it has shorted at motherboard, you need a new one.... sorry...
(im assuming this is the game The legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on your Nintendo DS console as thats what i gathered from your problem, but as you haven't provided that information im not definite.)
Try moving your microphone in varying distances from your mouth for best reception, try different volumes in your voice pitch.
I think i know what part you are up to in that game as i have it too, and you have to speak loudly to get the cheapest price for a ship part, or it may be when you have to speak to someone across a wall. what i did was actually blow into the mic not shout and it worked very well. The mic propably registers wind speed, it may not need to actually hear a "HELLO".
My Nintendo ds lite also would not respond to voices. I have brain age 2 and Zelda. In the Zelda options there is a mic test. This will show a graph bar that measures your voice. Well the mic was not working at all for either game. I simply took out the battery and held the power slide for a couple seconds. Amazingly the mic works now for both games. I do not know if moving the power slide is significant, but on computers to de-static them you remove all power sources(battery and ac adapter) and hold the power button for 10 seconds.
I fixed the MIC on my DS LITE very easily, after first replacing the MIC with a new one and finding that it still did not work (not an easy thing to replace either)! The internal MIC signal is routed to a contact at the front edge of the DS, which allows the internal MIC to be disconnected when an external MIC is connected. If this contact (which is normally held closed by the springy nature of the contact) gets dirty, then it effectively goes open circuit, disconnecting the internal MIC signal. You can use a cotton bud and a little WD-40 (contact cleaner) to clean the contact (clean the two pins next to the 3.5mm jack connector) to restore the electrical contact. Takes 5 minutes and is a LOT easier and cheaper than replacing the MIC or paying someone to repair it!