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External microphone does not work? ASUS K56c laptop

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April 5, 2014 5:48:28 PM

I have an Asus k56c laptop, I'm trying to plug a microphone into it to make some recordings... but the computer will only use the internal microphone. It has one jack on the front right panel, with headset and microphone icons right next to it.

It works when I plug in headphones or speakers, but not for a microphone. When I plug in a microphone, it sees it as speakers as well (mutes laptop speakers in favour of trying to output audio through the microphone). I have Realtek HD Audio manager, there's no "Advanced settings" option. I've been trying to solve this and I'm kind of confused as to how to get my laptop to recognize my microphone as a microphone.

Also, no additional devices show up under either Playback or Recording in the Windows sound manager, so disabling the default devices there didn't work. The microphone works on other computers as well.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! The laptop mic isn't very good and I'd really like to be able to use my own!
April 5, 2014 5:55:59 PM

Construkt said:
Go to the sound icon in your system tray in the bottom right corner of your screen. Right click it and select "Recording Devices". That will bring up a list of items. Select the external microphone and hit "set default".

Then go into the options of whatever program you are using and make sure that it is selected as well.


Yeah, this is actually part of my confusion -
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Also, no additional devices show up under either Playback or Recording in the Windows sound manager, so disabling the default devices there didn't work.


For some reason, no other devices show up there aside from the default one and "Stereo Mix" :/ 

http://i.imgur.com/QbWTPyD.png

I've been testing the input with Sound Recorder as there's only one microphone option visible.

For what it's worth, when I plug in headphones a second option does not appear in the "Playback devices" either, the headphones just replace the output for the same "Speakers" device. I was thinking that the external microphone would be just become the same default "Microphone" device in a similar fashion, but it's being seen as speakers for some reason.
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April 6, 2014 8:04:04 AM

Hi, Construkt is right, many Asus use a combine port for the microphone and headphones. You will need a cable like this one to separate the signals : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SK66OY/ref=pd_lpo_...
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April 6, 2014 12:41:18 PM

Construkt said:
Wait, is this a single 2 in 1 headphone/microphone port you are using?


I think so, maybe? There's only one slot with a headphone / microphone icon next to it. You're not supposed to be able to just plug in a microphone ot that?
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April 6, 2014 12:42:54 PM

jarotech said:
Hi, Construkt is right, many Asus use a combine port for the microphone and headphones. You will need a cable like this one to separate the signals : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SK66OY/ref=pd_lpo_...


It's only 1 port with a headphone/microphone icon next to it, so you might be right. so the port just won't let you simply plug in a microphone, you need a single-cord headset or a splitter? That's a shame

Would this work to fix it? http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/startech-startec...
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April 6, 2014 2:25:57 PM

Rook37 said:
jarotech said:
Hi, Construkt is right, many Asus use a combine port for the microphone and headphones. You will need a cable like this one to separate the signals : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SK66OY/ref=pd_lpo_...


It's only 1 port with a headphone/microphone icon next to it, so you might be right. so the port just won't let you simply plug in a microphone, you need a single-cord headset or a splitter? That's a shame

Would this work to fix it? http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/startech-startec...


No, it will not work, what you are referring to, is splitting a single headphone jack into two.
Here is another one I found on Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Exclusives%C2%AE-Headset-3-5mm-Sm...
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April 6, 2014 5:07:31 PM

jarotech said:
Rook37 said:
jarotech said:
Hi, Construkt is right, many Asus use a combine port for the microphone and headphones. You will need a cable like this one to separate the signals : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SK66OY/ref=pd_lpo_...


It's only 1 port with a headphone/microphone icon next to it, so you might be right. so the port just won't let you simply plug in a microphone, you need a single-cord headset or a splitter? That's a shame

Would this work to fix it? http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/startech-startec...


No, it will not work, what you are referring to, is splitting a single headphone jack into two.
Here is another one I found on Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Exclusives%C2%AE-Headset-3-5mm-Sm...


My apologies for the trouble and I don't mean to offend, but I'm confused about this and hoping you can clarify - what is the difference between http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-MUY1MFFS-Female-Ster... and http://www.amazon.com/Exclusives%C2%AE-Headset-3-5mm-Sm... ?
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April 6, 2014 5:38:28 PM

Don't worry, I'm glad to clarify your confusion, if you can understand the technical informations I'm trying to give you. If you look at the male connector for the splitter you refer to, you have three connections for the stereo headphones, one is ground or common, you have the right and left channels. The cable you need, will have four connections for the male plug, the three for the headphones and one for the microphone, because the microphone is mono. When you use just the headphones or microphone plug, the laptop will only see the connections for the headphones. If you need more clarification, don't hesitate and I will try another way to explain to you the difference between the two.
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April 6, 2014 5:54:03 PM

jarotech said:
Don't worry, I'm glad to clarify your confusion, if you can understand the technical informations I'm trying to give you. If you look at the male connector for the splitter you refer to, you have three connections for the stereo headphones, one is ground or common, you have the right and left channels. The cable you need, will have four connections for the male plug, the three for the headphones and one for the microphone, because the microphone is mono. When you use just the headphones or microphone plug, the laptop will only see the connections for the headphones. If you need more clarification, don't hesitate and I will try another way to explain to you the difference between the two.


No that was a really good explanation, thank you! Explaining how each band correlates to each channel definitely helped clarify things and it's probably a good thing to know. I'm still not sure why there's only 3 visible bands on the 4 channel one and 2 visible bands on the 3 channel one but I don't think it matters.

Thank you for all your help though, now I've just got to find one that ships to Canada :) 

edit: Would this one work actually? I was looking at this one but it's out of stock and the first one seems like an okay alternative
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