Labtec verse 514 Mike not working LED not lighting

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February 17, 2012 at 08:43:46
Specs: XP Profl SP3, 2.5 GHz / 4 GB
The Labtec verse 514 mike worked with a previous computer. I now have a Foxconn G41MXE motherboard. The mike only gives very faint sound- plugged into the mike socket of the PC and the LED on the on/off switch does not light.I have tested it with the PC recorder (start-> programs->accessories->entertainment->sound recorder) : result is very faint sound. I have also used the hardware test in control panel
(Sounds and audio devices ->voice recording [default device Realtek audio input]-> test hardware -> recording . The meter moves OK . I then tried the test where a recording is made and an echo heard in the speaker [ I used headphones] . An echo is heard but this is distorted and for almost any setting of the volume an increasing repeated echo is heard eventually becoming a howl.
My own guess is that the dc voltage on the mike input socket is too small (the labtec data says 1.5 volts is needed ) - this is why the led does not light. - But is this a PC Fault or is this mike simply unsuitable for this PC?

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February 18, 2012 at 02:11:57
Hi Pedr,

Cannot answer your sound problem, other than to suggest try the mike in other pc's to see if it works there.

Have found there appears to be a fault in these mike's, in that the led under the on/off switch soon fails.There appears no way to repair this when it happens and also no way to contact Labtec, to query, are they aware or how it might be corrected.

Apart from the led problem, have found the mike's to be ideal in both appearance and quality and will purchase another when the time comes.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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February 19, 2012 at 01:01:46
Thanks for post. The previous computer (which worked with the mike) had a sound card .On the present PC the mike socket goes directly to the motherboard. I have the soundcard from the previous computer and will try to fit it on the present PC and try the mike then.
I will keep you posted

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