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#1 Alumar

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:08 PM

I tried connecting a microphone to my windows 7 computer but under Sound tab in Control panel it says Not plugged in, tried to update realtek which is my sound device but issue is still there, tried the front mic jack and issue still the same, any help is appreciated.

Edited by hamluis, 23 March 2012 - 06:18 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to External Hardware.


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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:15 PM

Hi -
Please list the Make and Model of your computer -
This way we can check your correct setup -

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:42 AM

My PC is a AmD Dual Core , 2GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 7 Ultimate.
Sound device Realtek

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:31 AM

My PC is a AmD Dual Core

I am looking for your Computer Make and Model, not the CPU (Central Processing Unit) of your system -

It may be a Dell , HP , Samsung , Toshiba , Etc , plus the model. Or is this a Home Built system ??
Then I can refer to the Computer manual and find the right way to plug in the microphone -

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:47 AM

i friend of mine built it for me..thanks

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:49 AM

This "may" help us a bit as it will show your specs a bit better -
Please post a snapshot with Speccy -
How to Publish a snapshot with Speccy <<-- Directions

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:38 AM

Sorry for the delay here's the Speccy



http://speccy.piriform.com/results/ol8E5EoLQMVF0hfnJqcUNoR

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:06 PM

Do you have a listing under Sounds and Video that shows something like this picture

This shows the microphone adaptor listing for my unit even though it is not on at the moment

Also have you ever had a microphone connected to this computer

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:32 PM

Yes, I did at the back port of your PC, I checked under Control Panel it says Not plugged in even though it is.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:00 PM

OK -
For what reason did you remove the microphone plug from the back of the computer ?? Were you just cleaning or moving the unit ??

<<"I tried connecting a microphone to my windows 7">> - Is this the same one that you used last time, or a new one -

Is the microphone brand/make showing in any devices / connections ?? Also look in Accessories > Windows Explorer and see if it is listed -

The next logical question is, do you have an install CD for the microphone ??
You may need to reinstall the microphone and any other / new drivers that are related to the unit -

Realtek may just be your speaker / sound device and not your microphone device- (refer to my picture above that shows a different Microphone device)



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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:26 PM

actually this is the first time I am using a mic on this computer since it was built a year ago. The mic did not came with a CD install. I'm afraid to tinker anything else on my computer.. I really love her.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:16 PM

Please note that I asked << "Also have you ever had a microphone connected to this computer ??">>

You replied <<"Yes, I did at the back port of your PC">>
Then next you said <<"actually this is the first time I am using a mic on this computer since it was built a year ago">>

So you have Never had a microphone connected ?? Please list the make and model of microphone (it will be on the box it came in) -

Again I must ask - have you ever had a microphone connected to this computer ??

Please reply to the question fully, so that we can figure out how to set up this "never used"?? microphone -

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:51 PM

Sorry for that. I meant when I had the mic ( the new one that I bought )I tried to plug it at the back with no success..but I have NEVER plugged a MIc before on this computer aside from this one that has problems. this is the first and it gave me this issue. "" have you ever had a microphone connected to this computer ?? Ans - No, only this one and its not working.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:05 AM

Please list the make and model of microphone (it will be on the box it came in) -

OK - Now a long answer and some things for you to check -
I would suggest you to try these following steps
You may need to start at Step 2: Then Step 1: Then Step 3:

Step 1: Using Windows Sound Recorder to test the microphone.
You can use this section to find out if the computer can record a signal from the
Microphone and play it back. Use Windows sound recorder to create an audio file using the following steps:
1. Plug the microphone into the computer.
2. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, and select Sound Recorder.
3. Click Start recording and speak into the microphone.

When finished recording, click Stop Recording.
A save screen automatically opens.

Type a filename and click Save. A file of type WAV or WMA is created in the Documents folder.

If you can record the Audio using Microphone using the above method then the Microphone is working fine.
Now it should work any application that Supports Microphone.
If the computer does not record audio using the above method then it could be an issue with the settings of the Microphone.

>>Now verify the following settings.

Step 2: Enabling the Microphone.

1. Plug the microphone into the computer.
2. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, and select Sound Recorder.
3. Click Start Recording and speak into the microphone.
4. Recording tab showing a detected signal for the Microphone device

Note: Microphone Icon should have Green check mark on it.
If there is no Green check mark, it means it is disabled. If there is No green mark on Microphone it never works.
To enable the Microphone Right click on Microphone and click on Enable.
If you do not see the Microphone in the list, Right click on the White space and select Show disabled devices.
Then you would see the Microphone. However, if you do not see the green check mark on it, Right click on it and click on Enable.
Select Microphone and click on Set Default (If Set as default button is active).
If you see the Green check mark on Microphone the Microphone definitely works.

Step 3: Increasing Microphone Sensitivity and Un-muting the Microphone.

1. Select Microphone and click on Properties button.
2. Adjust the slider until to 100 % of its range.
3. If Mute is on, click the mute button to un-mute the device.
4. If Microphone Boost is available, boost the volume.
5. Click OK to make the changes.

Now the Microphone should work.



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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:40 AM

Hi it says not plugged in when I went to Sound tab in my Control Panel, I included a screenie, the audio jack is plugged at the Rear Pink port at the back of your computer, I also have plugged in a speaker to the green port near my pink port of my microphone.

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