Headphones working but mic isn't

so I bought a CM Storm Ceres 400 headphones and im using it on a Dell Inspiron N5110.The Headphones is working and I can hear the sounds but I can"t make the microphones work.I tried installing drivers(IDT) and I know that I plugged it correctly.Do you think it is a hardware fault already?
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  1. right click your speaker icon and choose "sounds", Your system may have the "line in" source chosen instead of the "mic" option.
  2. avjguy2362 said:
    right click your speaker icon and choose "sounds", Your system may have the "line in" source chosen instead of the "mic" option.


    well,when I clicked the sounds it only shows the sound schemes.maybe you mean the "recording"?there's only 3 in there.the
    Internal Mic
    Microphone/Line-In
    Rec.Playback
  3. The mic/line is probably the correct input and it will auto-detect which ( mic or line input ) is being used. Different OS (7 or 8) and the driver you installed likely gave you different choices. You should also have a properties choice that will show you relative "levels" and perhaps the mic is on but the level is turned down. With my external Sennheiser mic I have, I have to use the +20 db option to get reasonable input. I tried looking up your manual, but Dell requires info from your laptop to download. You may need to look up the mic input levels in the manual if you can't find it.
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