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What special thing am I apparently supposed to do in order to get a microphone to work? Last I knew, it just required plugging it in and using it.. but I can't seem to get a microphone to work with Windows Sound Recorder (the little thing in the Accessories panel).

I tried a cheapy on my laptop, tried the same one at work, and it didn't work either place. I took it back today and got a Logitech headset, and while the headphones work, the microphone does not. mrr?

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datacat
Mar. 8th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
There's a pink one a blue one and a green one. Gotta plug the microphone into the pink one, the blue one won't work. That's all I can think of
aekiy
Mar. 8th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
My laptop just has a little headphone jack and microphone jack right next to each other on the side (no colors, just icons). I have both things plugged in (the headphone jack is black, the microphone jack is pink) and only the headphones are working.

Maybe there's something wrong with my port, but I don't know. There shouldn't be. I'll try this one at work too and see how that goes. I was willing to believe that the first, cheapy microphone might have not worked out of the box, but that this one isn't working either seems strange.

Is there a problem with Windows Sound Recorder? I don't know why there would be, but that's all I've had to use as a test so far.
sablemoonsilk
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
Plug it in firmly. My first few attempts a microphone-age failed because yes, I hadn't plugged the thing in firmly and I didn't even realize it.

There might be an on-off button or switch that controls microphone-only - I know there is one for mine.

Turn recording volume way up.

Put microphone so close to lips that you're in danger of biting it. Oh wait, headset. Never mind.
aekiy
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
I have actually tried each of these things to no avail.. including taking the headset off and speaking and blowing directly into the microphone. I've adjusted the jack multiple times, it's as tight as it can get. The on-off button is on, and there is no volume adjustment on the mic (or wire) itself; the recording volume in Windows is all the way up, as is the speaker volume.

mrar.. dern things
silvaerina_tael
Mar. 8th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Do either Ri or Helen have jacks on their computers?? If so, you may want to try either or both of theirs to see if it works. It may be the mic jack itself... That said, I don't know why you would have to necessarily have recording features, unless your computer assumes that if you are using a mic you are also automatically recording...
sixteenbynine
Mar. 8th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Make sure the mixer is set to record from the mic and not from Line In.
aekiy
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Gline wins the prize!
sixteenbynine
Mar. 8th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Gline is Tech Love.
aekiy
Mar. 9th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Y'know, now when I have some spare time, I'm going to have to collect the pictures that I've seen of you into a colorful banner.
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