[Solved] Fix To Make External or Internal Mic Work In Windows

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on August 8, 2012


We got many windows related problem emails saying that Mic is not working in windows and it happens with users for both internal and external Mic and it could happen in any version of windows including xp to windows 7 and more over this issue could happen in windows 8 as well.

Mic Not Working In Windows

Mic related problems could happen when the connection port at the computer where you connect the Mic lead could be rusted and some times it could be a case when there is some problem with the mic itself or drivers are missing to make mic work, normally a mic should start working once you plug it into the mic port in windows. Sound cards provide the ability to receive sound input from a microphone through the sound card microphone port. This may be useful for recording voice or sounds to your computer. Following are some methods to fix Mic when its not working or you can’t record any sound using mic are mentioned below. First reason for Mic which don’t work and it does not record any sound or does not work in any audio or video chat on your computer, could be due to faulty hardware.

Check For Faulty Mic Hardware

If your microphone has never worked, or if it has stopped working, first check the physical connection of the microphone. Verify that it is firmly plugged into the microphone port instead of the headphone or speaker port. If you are not sure which port is correct, you can check the sound card to see if it is marked (sometimes with a picture of a microphone), you can use a process of elimination, check the documentation that came with your hardware, or contact the hardware manufacturer.

Test Mic Record Voice With Sound Recorder

Sound Recorder
  1. Run the Sound Recorder tool:
    For Windows 95

    Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to Multimedia, and then click Sound Recorder.

    For Windows 98

    Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to Entertainment, and then click Sound Recorder.

  2. After Sound Recorder is running, click Record (the circle on the right side), and then speak into the microphone. If it is plugged into the correct jack, the line on the display should move up and down. If it does not move, sound is not making it through your microphone. If the line does move, press Stop, press Rewind, and then press Play to listen to your recording. If this works, but it does not work in your program, view the “Using the Microphone in Programs” section in this article.

NOTE: If Sound Recorder is not installed:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  2. Click the Windows Setup tab, click Multimedia, and then click Details.
  3. Click to select the Sound Recorder check box, click OK, and then click OK.
  4. After Sound Recorder is running, follow the steps above to test.

First Method For Vista or 7

  1. Click the Start button, and type MMSYS.CPL in the Start Search box, and then press the ENTER key. This opens the Sound dialog window.
  2. Select the Recording tab.
  3. Select the Microphone you want to configure.
  4. Click the Configure button. This displays a list of options to Configure Speech Recognition.
  5. Click on the Set Up Microphone and follow the step-by-step instructions to test your microphone. If you can not record sound then there is something wrong with your Windows sound settings or your microphone. Proceed to Step #2 to fix the problem.

Second Method To Test Mic Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8

Search Sound Recorder using start menu search and launch it as shown in the image below. Make Mic Work In WindowsOr you can go to Start…programs…accessories….entertainment… sound recorder. For recording click on the red button speak into the mic then play back once finished Please also check the following things when Mic is not working on your computer For soundcards without a built-in microphone, plug your microphone into the

  • Make sure you insert the Mic lead to pink jack on the soundcard (or the input labeled “Microphone”).
  • Start > Control Panel > Sound. Designate the soundcard’s Microphone as Default recording device.

Make sure the Microphone is selected as the Recording device. Make sure the Microphone is not Muted in the Mixer tab. Make sure the Mic Boost feature is enabled.

  • Run the Windows Sound Recorder (sndrec32.exe) from Start > All Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Windows Sound Recorder (or Start > Run > type in “sndrec32” and click [OK]).
  • You should now be able to record your voice from the microphone (or headset mic) into Windows Sound Recorder (sndrec32.exe).

For Windows XP or Older Windows OS If microphone is not listed individually in Device Manager because it works through your sound card. Perform the steps in the following sections in order, and then test to determine if your issue is resolved after each section. NOTE: The microphone should be selected as the recording device in the Volume Control tool(sndvol32.exe). To verify this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type sndvol32.exe, and then click OK.
  3. Click Properties on the Options menu.
  4. In the Adjust volume for box, click Recording.
  5. Click OK.
  6. In the Microphone box, verify that the Select check box is selected.

All the properties listed on the Playback section of the Volume are independent of the recording settings. So you could record through the microphone by selecting it on the recording section, and mute it on the playback section. Then, you could record sound, but wouldn’t hear it through the speakers while you are recording.

Fault With Mic or Computer?

If the problem is still not resolved, try connecting the mic to another at computer to see if that works  then Try a new computer or Try other microphone on a computer that you know is properly recording sound.

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Don August 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Thanks this solved a problem for me, just unfortunate, the sound quality on an internal mike is not that great.

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