Fixing problem with microphone in Windows® 7
What are the various ways to fix the issue with microphone in Windows 7?
You can connect a microphone, portable music player, or other audio device to your computer with Windows 7 Operating System by using one of the jacks on the front, back, or side of your computer. These jacks directly connect to your system's sound card or sound processor. Most desktop PCs have at least one line-in jack to connect a music player or other audio apparatus and one line-out jack to connect speakers. These jacks are normally present on the back of a desktop system. Many desktop PCs also have a microphone jack, which is often on the front of the PC. Most laptops do not have line-in or line-out jacks, but generally have microphone and headphone jacks located on the front or side of the laptop.
Tips to resolve microphone issues in Windows 7:
- Connect the microphone properly
- Install latest drivers
- Volume Control for Microphone
Connect the microphone properly
After you have plugged a microphone into a microphone jack on your PC and turned it on (if it has an 'On' button), open 'Sound' from the 'Start' menu and then click on 'Control Panel'. Type 'Sound' in the search box and then click on 'Sound'. Next, click the 'Recording' tab, then click on 'Microphone', and after that, click on 'Properties'. Now click on the 'Levels' tab and make sure the 'Mute' button is turned on. If the 'Mute' button symbol is turned off, click it to turn on the sound for this connection, and then click on 'Apply'. To listen to microphone sounds through your headphones or speakers, click on the 'Listen' tab, then click the 'Listen to this device' check box, and finally click on 'OK'.
Install latest drivers
Next, you have to check whether or not you have installed proper drivers for your system. First of all, find the latest version of the audio driver which is compatible with Windows 7, as most of the drivers that are shipped with sound-card or motherboard CD contain drivers which have support for only until Windows XP. So, it is strongly suggested that you download the most up-to-date audio driver from the web for your sound-card or on board audio chipset. Install the Windows 7 compatible audio driver (sound driver) for your sound-card or motherboard audio. After this, restart your PC and then plug in the microphone in your sound-card / motherboard audio pin.
Windows 7 contains a redesigned 'Volume Control' window which demonstrates better details and graphics for device volumes. If the microphone volume is too low, you might not hear the sound and think that the device has stopped working; so, while recording, check the Volume Controls to make sure the recording volume for the microphone is not turned down.
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