Apple Ear buds not working as a microphone

I have bought one of these, http://www.amazon.com/GTMax-3-5mm-Female-Adapter-Computers/dp/B0046FMRGA/ref=sr_1_66?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1308871426&sr=1-66

After I plug everything into my computer, the microphone does not work. However, the ear piece itself act as the microphone. So I'm talking into the ear piece instead of the actual microphone. If that makes any sense.

How do I go about using the microphone and not the ear bud?
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  1. It sounds like the headphone jack and the mic jack are mis-wired.
  2. clutchc said:
    It sounds like the headphone jack and the mic jack are mis-wired.


    On my computer, there is a mic port and a headphone port. I used the adapter to plug into both to use my apple headphone as a microphone. I tried flipping the two plugs, but I got the same result.
  3. That's what I mean. If the headphone jack is working as a mic jack, the ports may have been wired wrong at the factory. Try the MB rear speaker port.
  4. I plugged it into the back of my computer into the motherboard and is still not working. Does it matter which goes into green/red, because it seems that they're both the same. (I plugged them in by color). I did build the computer myself so it is very possible that I miswired the ports or I completely forgot them. Where would I look for these hiccups?
  5. If you are testing a regular set of headphones with just one mini jack, plug it in the green port on the back of the MB.

    Your front panel audio cable may have had two connectors on the cable, HD audio and AC 97. You would want to use the HD audio connector. The MB header it plugs into is key by having one pin missing. So it would be hard to plug it in the wrong way.
  6. Thank you for helping me through this process. Unfortunately I still can't seem to get it to work. I tried to plug it in separately in the green and red port. The green port had no effect, and the red port has the same results. I'm not sure what is happening, but would a usb sound card help at all? I'll try my setup on a different computer and get back to you, but for now, I'm stumped.
  7. If the issue is a failed sound chip on the motherboard, yes. A discrete sound card would then be the way to go. In that case, You would probably want to disable the on-board sound in BIOS and plug your speakers into the sound card of course. You'd also have to move your FP HD Audio connector to the sound card's FP header.

    Before giving up on your integrated sound though, try re-installing the driver for the on-board sound. If it's a software glitch, that may fix it.

    ** Btw, during the testing we were just doing, I hope you were just testing with a single headphone and not the splitter in your link. And not using Skype. We want to eliminate as much other issues as possible.
  8. clutchc said:
    If the issue is a failed sound chip on the motherboard, yes. A discrete sound card would then be the way to go. In that case, You would probably want to disable the on-board sound in BIOS and plug your speakers into the sound card of course. You'd also have to move your FP HD Audio connector to the sound card's FP header.

    Before giving up on your integrated sound though, try re-installing the driver for the on-board sound. If it's a software glitch, that may fix it.

    ** Btw, during the testing we were just doing, I hope you were just testing with a single headphone and not the splitter in your link. And not using Skype. We want to eliminate as much other issues as possible.



    Before I go out and buy a usb sound card, I was wondering where I could find which integrated sound I am using. Also, I was using Teamspeak 3 to test my mic, if that makes a difference.
  9. What is the make and model of your motherboard?

    I am not familiar with Teamspeak, sorry. Any troubleshooting testing should be done without 3rd party software involved so as to eliminate that as being the cause.
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