Can't UnMUTE my Mic

January 12, 2007 at 02:19:59
Specs: winxp, pentium
I just bought a microphone and connected it to the computer for yahoo voice chat. But I don't hear my voice when I speak to it. I checked the volume control and the microphone settings for MUTE is checked. No matter how many times I try to uncheck it, it seems unchangeable. Why is that so? Please help.

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January 12, 2007 at 05:31:52
where are you trying to un-mute it!

click the speaker in the task bar and options and open it up and uncheck the mute box under microphone.

You may also have to uncheck it in the sound cards control panel if it has one! Also you need to check device manager and make sure it is enabled there.

One other issue may be the drivers for your sound card may need updating.

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January 12, 2007 at 08:38:44
I use a sound editor Gold Wave and IF I switch from mic to line input, the mic will not work.
So if you have an editor of any type for sound...check in there to see which setting is being used on your sound card.

In the senario above, your mic would not be muted in the sound volume control. You would have to change the settings in your editing program.

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks

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January 12, 2007 at 22:28:02
"click the speaker in the task bar and options and open it up and uncheck the mute box under microphone."

You don't have to do that. The normal situation is the mic always muted there, in the main Windows mixer - if it wasn't the mic will pick up sounds all the time, if the volume isn't set to an inaudable level. If the software program that requires the mic works properly, it automatically un-mutes the mic when in the main Windows mixer the program needs it, and mutes it again when you exit the program.
What the problem usually is, other than possibly the software not installing correctly for the program that uses the mic, is there may be several applications on a computer that can mute the mic, and one of those is set to mute it. E.g. a speech to text program. Sometimes it's software is faulty and the mic remains muted even when you are not actively using the program.

You could also check Control Panel - Sounds and Audio Devices Properties - Voice - Voice Recording to make sure the mic is selected and being detected.
If you mave more than one mic (e.g. some web cams, some speaker sets have built in ones) make sure the mic you want to use is selected there, and in the properties or settings of the program you are trying to get the mic to work in.

If your mic is into a port on the front of the computer or elsewhere and not plugged into the mic port in your onboard sound ports or the mic port in your sound card, the port may not be wired correctly - try the onboard or sound card mic port.

The mic must be a type that will with your computer's sound - if it doesn't have enough output, you won't be able to hear it at any volume. Sometimes there is a mic boost setting you can turn on in the Windows mixer - Options - Properties, or in a separate mixer for the sound.

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January 29, 2007 at 06:36:55
I have been having the same problem but it seems that I have fixed it.

I'm using Windows XP home and it seems that the built-in firewall was blocking a dll file.
I followed what Tubesandwires said and wile I was in the “Control Panel - Sounds and Audio Devices Properties - Voice - Voice Recording” option, I noticed that there’s a button on the bottom called “Test hardware.” When I clicked this I had a warning from the firewall saying that it was blocking an Active X control, I told the firewall to allow this to run and another warning came up saying that it was blocking a dll file..

Again I told the firewall to allow the file to run and when the test started.. I had sound and the mic worked..
I dunno if that was just luck of what but it worked for me. I hope it works for you all too.
Good luck.

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January 29, 2007 at 08:31:20
Thanks for posting that.
I hadn't heard of that problem before.

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