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November 11, 2013 10:13:17 AM

I've been using a headset microphone for a month now and it worked fine. But recently,it did not work and instead picked up sounds from my computer instead of my voice. Can someone help?
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November 11, 2013 10:26:23 AM

Tiggbear2 said:
I've been using a headset microphone for a month now and it worked fine. But recently,it did not work and instead picked up sounds from my computer instead of my voice. Can someone help?


Right-click n the little volume icon on the right end of the taskbar and select the 'Mixer'.

What do you see here? Is anything muted?

Check Control Panel > Sounds to see if the correct default 'Playback' device is selected.

Any help?
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November 11, 2013 8:07:36 PM

No,the microphone isn't muted. It's just picking up sounds from my computer instead of picking up sounds of my voice. I've also tried using both microphone jacks and it does not work. And I'm quite sure the headset microphone is working, because I tested it on other devices and it worked normally. It's just that on this computer, it does not seem to pick up my voice.
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November 11, 2013 9:38:16 PM

Tiggbear2 said:
No,the microphone isn't muted. It's just picking up sounds from my computer instead of picking up sounds of my voice. I've also tried using both microphone jacks and it does not work. And I'm quite sure the headset microphone is working, because I tested it on other devices and it worked normally. It's just that on this computer, it does not seem to pick up my voice.


Funnily enough, I have met two people lately who had the same problem.

Their two solutions could not have been different though.

For one the solution was to install Windows updates. He had Automatic Updates turned of and missed the driver update.

For the other it was precisely the opposite. He had Automatic updates switched on and Windows installed one that didn't work. He uninstalled all the updates that Windows had installed in the last three weeks or so and his problem was solved.

He has yet to identify exactly which update it was.

But there are two thing you could try.

If you have Automatic Updates switched 'on', then you should try the second solution first.
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November 12, 2013 6:38:11 PM

himnextdoor said:
Tiggbear2 said:
No,the microphone isn't muted. It's just picking up sounds from my computer instead of picking up sounds of my voice. I've also tried using both microphone jacks and it does not work. And I'm quite sure the headset microphone is working, because I tested it on other devices and it worked normally. It's just that on this computer, it does not seem to pick up my voice.


Funnily enough, I have met two people lately who had the same problem.

Their two solutions could not have been different though.

For one the solution was to install Windows updates. He had Automatic Updates turned of and missed the driver update.


For the other it was precisely the opposite. He had Automatic updates switched on and Windows installed one that didn't work. He uninstalled all the updates that Windows had installed in the last three weeks or so and his problem was solved.


He has yet to identify exactly which update it was.

But there are two thing you could try.

If you have Automatic Updates switched 'on', then you should try the second solution first.



I've tried both but it does not seem to work. This happened about a week ago, and there were no updates back then.
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November 12, 2013 6:52:41 PM

Right click on the volume control icon and select Recording Devices.

Click on the top device and click on Properties.

Select the 'Listen' tab and make sure the 'Listen to this device' box is checked.

Apply then select the 'Levels' tab and 'Boost the volume'. Aplly and then press okay.

Do this with each device in turn.

Did you find your 'Microphone' here? Set it as default.
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November 13, 2013 6:58:36 AM

himnextdoor said:
Tiggbear2 said:
No,the microphone isn't muted. It's just picking up sounds from my computer instead of picking up sounds of my voice. I've also tried using both microphone jacks and it does not work. And I'm quite sure the headset microphone is working, because I tested it on other devices and it worked normally. It's just that on this computer, it does not seem to pick up my voice.


Funnily enough, I have met two people lately who had the same problem.

Their two solutions could not have been different though.

For one the solution was to install Windows updates. He had Automatic Updates turned of and missed the driver update.

For the other it was precisely the opposite. He had Automatic updates switched on and Windows installed one that didn't work. He uninstalled all the updates that Windows had installed in the last three weeks or so and his problem was solved.

He has yet to identify exactly which update it was.

But there are two thing you could try.

If you have Automatic Updates switched 'on', then you should try the second solution first.


himnextdoor said:
Right click on the volume control icon and select Recording Devices.

Click on the top device and click on Properties.

Select the 'Listen' tab and make sure the 'Listen to this device' box is checked.

Apply then select the 'Levels' tab and 'Boost the volume'. Aplly and then press okay.

Do this with each device in turn.

Did you find your 'Microphone' here? Set it as default.


I found the Microphone I was looking for and setted it as default.
However there was a problem. Huge static noises came out when I boosted the "Microphone Boost" and for the "Microphone" I set it to 100% and I still could not hear anything.
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November 13, 2013 9:30:56 AM

The Microphone device you didn't hear was probably the one you want.

Connect your Microphone to the other input and see if the static appears now.

I think the static you heard might have been coming from the on-board Microphone?

Try the Mic in the Line In input too.

Edit: While you are in this neck of the woods, you might as well take a look at the advanced settings.

Make sure you have 16-bit 44100 Hz sampling selected for all the devices.

Do you feel like you are making any progress?
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January 12, 2014 6:04:38 AM

I have the same problem, although I dont know how you find out if it is picking out sounds from the PC instead? When I go on TS and do a test, the bar goes sometimes to -30.
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