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  • Computer hassle- help

    according to my control panels I have some sort of recording device- but the microphone does not work. How do I test this, set it up, do I need an external mike and how do I find one?

    HELP!

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    Re: Computer hassle- help

    You can go to CompUSA or Circuit city or even Radio Shack and find a microphone. Normally its about $5 - 12. If you want or are planning on using a microphone a lot, you might want to look into buying a headset. Those can be used with ease. Just need to plug it into the correct hole.
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      Re: Computer hassle- help

      what should I look for? I would like to buy it off the Dell site- can you help me there?

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      • #4
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        I went to the dell site and it listed only 2 microphones which are actually headsets. Plantronics are pretty good in the quality of their things.

        http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?...9&k=microphone

        They are on the more expensive side. My headphones I got from Radio Shack only costed my $10.

        What do you need/want the microphone for?
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          Re: Computer hassle- help

          Before running off and spending money, if you think your computer should have a built in microphone (usually not on a PC, but ocassionally), check some settings first. Actually, even if you do buy one, you're going to have to check these settings anyway.

          A) Open the recording controls:
          ----If there's a little speaker icon in the system tray (bottom right corner, next to the time), double click on it. Under "options" menu, select "Properties", then select "recording". In the box below that, make sure "Microphone" has a check mark next to it. Click "OK"
          ----If there's no icon, go to your control panel and select "Sounds and Multimedia". Select the "Audio" tab, then in the middle under "Sound recording" click on "volume". If you don't see a "Microphone" control, go into "Properties" under the options menu and select "Microphone" from the list there.

          B) Now that you have this open, make sure the box next to "select" under Microphone is checked and that the volume slider is not all the way down. Once it is, try recording again. If you've got a mic installed, it should now work.

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          • #6
            Re: Computer hassle- help

            Sometimes, if you have a mic jack on the front of your computer, you have ti select it. Since I'm tired of typing directions , here's a few screenshots:
            (Step #1 is a Double Click)


            Then The Window Title Will Change from "Master Volume" to "Recording Control":

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            • #7
              Re: Computer hassle- help

              Wow. I totally forgot that some computers nowadays have a built in mic. Nephythys, check out what these people wrote first. I have an older comp that normally uses an external mic. Also, when I talked to my friends who did have a newer comp with built in mics, they said the quality isn't always the best so they get external mics/headsets.
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