Ok, for the past 8-9 months now I've had microphone issues. The microphone/s work fine on other computers but not the one I use the most. I have a built in SoundMax sound card.
My mic decided to stop working one day and I've had not been able to use it since. I've had yet to find useful information on why it would stop working out of the blue. All ports work fine and I can hear anything fine on my headset. Drivers are all updated and installed correctly with no errors being received. I've even tried an USB sound card with no luck. All drivers are updated and install correctly as well. The make of the card is Bytecc. Also on sound tests either on vetrilo or microsoft sound tests or even the usb sound tests the only thing the mic will pick up is sound already being played through the head set and not my voice.
My main question is what could cause these issues? I have yet to find constructive answers on how this could happen and how I can correct them other than the generic "oh is your mic muted?" or the "update your drivers". This has not fixed the issue yet, and I doubt it will.
My first guess would be that under the windows sound mixer, the "Stereo Mix" (which is an input of everything the system outputs) is selected as the recording input.
For XP (and older):
Double click on the sound icon in the task tray
Select Options, then Properties
In the windows that appears select the radio button "Recording"
Devices to show can be selected from the list box below
If the device you want to use is not ticked, tick it
To select a device for input check the Select box under the inputs slider
If you're not getting enough volume, a gain boost can be activated by selecting "Options" and checking "Advanced Controls", then clicking the "Advanced" button that has appeared under some devices (usually mics) and checking the appropriate box inside the window that appears.
For Windows Vista and 7:
Right click on the sound icon in the task tray
Select "Recording devices"
Right click on the input you want to use and select "Set as Default Device"
The device should now have a tick beside it.
If the device is not in the list, right click on any item or on the background and select "Show Disabled Devices" and "Show Disconnected Devices"
Settings for hearing the input, changing volume and gain and other such things are accessed by double clicking on an input/device or right clicking and selecting "Properties
Not trying to be a dick or anything, but again this is one of those generic responses I'm not looking for. I have already tried this months ago with no luck. Double, triple, quadruple checking to see if I did it right with no luck.
What happens if you plug in the USB mic and look at its entry in device manager? I've seen several different devices not work due to a lack of 'resources' - disabling other devices through the device manager or BIOS fixes this issue usually.
Have you tried disabling the onboard sound in the BIOS and then using the USB mic?
Did it ever have an automatic switch between onboard mic and external mic when you plugged one in? Cause that's on a hardware level and can't be changed by the operating system or BIOS. Usually this automatic switching is within the device and doesn't affect anything else, but it's possible there is something shorting out the mic jack so the computer thinks a mic is plugged in and it is disabling ALL other mic inputs. This is not impossible but it is quite unlikely...and is irrelevant if there was never an auto switching ability (or onboard mic).
It's a desktop with an Asus motherboard which usually comes with the onboard as SoundMax. I'm able to manually disable the sound card, but I haven't done this since my first reformat (2 reformats all together). I don't believe it had an automatic switch between the onboard mic and external mic. I haven't used the mic jack since I got the comp a few years ago because I always had bad feedback on the mic. I've always used a usb adapter or usb sound card, though I have done tests on both mic jacks and usb adapters with no luck.
Quick update, I finally had the time to do the disabling in device manager and the monitoring of usb soundcard as it was plugged in and off. I then tried a microsoft soundtest and got an error before trying the test this time which is unusual. The error states:
An error occured the last time you tested your sound hardware. Your sound hardware might not be able to play and receive sounds simultaneously, or might not work at all.
If you click Test, the test will be repeated, and the error could reoccur.
If you click Do Not Test, the wizard will display the results of the last test.
I've never gotten this error before the test before. Maybe its due to disabling the onboard?
So I gave up today after 2 hours of testing. I noticed some exposed wiring on all my mics (stupid roller chairs). May of happened after the reformat so that happened. I got a usb headset instead of using an adapter and low and behold it works. 8 months of silence finally broken. Thank you stecman for working with me. The non generic solutions and questions were really helpful and I appreciate it.