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Built-In Mic and Webcam Not Working


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#1 Proguerammer

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:49 PM

Hello everybody,

For some time now, almost a year, I have been without a webcam. And now, as of last night, I am beginning to have issues with my microphone. Both of these components are built into my SONY VAOI VGN-AW290, and had worked great since the purchase.

Although I know an easy fix would be to go buy a new mic and/or webcam, I would rather be able to fix the hardware currently on my computer.

My main concern is the microphone. Last night, while on Skype with friends, my microphone cut out, making the device recognition sound (as if I unplugged a USB drive from my laptop). It stayed off for some time, and then suddenly came back, playing the recognition sound again as if I had just plugged it back in. Now, as I said, the mic is built in, and so clearly this is a hardware issue, and I'm wondering what I can do about it.

I am willing to open up my laptop, and I have in the past (after the warranty had already ended), but I only know enough about the actual inside components of a computer to take out my RAM, and clean my fans and heat sink. I wouldn't know where to begin in order to find the microphone or the webcam. One thing to note is that when the microphone goes out, SOMETIMES if I lightly tap my laptop, it has a chance to come back on. But likewise, I notice that the movement is also likely a cause to it going off. So, is this a matter of something simple being "loose"? Does something just need to be reconnected? Tightened? Or is this beyond me and what I can do at home... Will I need to take my laptop to a shop, or settle for a new external mic?

This laptop has been amazing to me over the years and I'd like to see it live for a few more with all my components still functioning, so any and all help would be appreciated!

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