Microphone Does Not Work With Gtalk

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on November 17, 2008



Few days back, when I configured Gtalk on my new laptop, I could not chat via Gtalk because the microphone was not working. We have written vista microphone problem some time back, but this problem is focussed on Gtalk voice chat. This problem can be checked by looking at the microphone status bar as you speak. See the snapshot below:


The bar did not move even on speaking loud into the microphone. In this post I will share the fix of this problem with you.


For this, click on the settings link on the top right of Gtalk Window as below:


This will open up a settings window as shown below, on right hand side, click on Audio, this will show you Input – microphone or headset options . Under this drop-down menu, select the mic you are using. If you are not sure, which mic you are using, change them one by one and check if it starts to work, by seeing the progress bar.



Similarly there is option to change the output – headset or speakers options. Set the correct output and press Ok.

gtalk-speaker settings

After this settings, my voice chatting worked absolutely fine.


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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

AM March 21, 2009 at 2:08 am

Hi Abhishek,

Good thought,It worked for me as well


samar May 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

plz im desperate my mic is not working with gtalk i tried ur way but its not working i unistalled relatek high definition and i dont know how to install it again or from where to install it.i tried soo many things that im lost plz can anyone help????thx lols

venki March 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

thank u it worked 4 me…

Ali May 31, 2010 at 1:55 am

I have internal microphone on my laptop and in that drop-down-menu there is only one choice: “default device”. I am sure about my mic, it works correctly with other software. how can I fix its problem with Google Talk?

rajeev June 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

hi,my mike is not working while using gtalk
plz tell me how to rectify it

Ritu November 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I faced the same problem. I use laptop’s internal mic to talk. But after installing gtalk suddenly even sound recorder does not work, also other party does not hear me when i call by Gtalk.

Early resolution I did was: Reinstalling audio/sound drivers, and it worked.

But a few days later also I faced this problem suddenly while calling using gtalk.

Simple resolution that always works for me:
1. From task bar open you audio/sound symbol.
2. Go to Options > Properties
3. Select radio button before (.) Recording
4. Just click ‘OK’
5. The selected option should be ‘Digital Mic’ whih gets changed to ‘Microphone’ and it reates problem to detect your sound from internal microphone.
So keep it ‘Digital Mic’

It works then.

Mirette December 3, 2010 at 2:11 am


You know whats strange = this did Work.

I say strange because I spent endless hours (well maybe possibly more like 2) tramping through the highly unhelpful Google help/faq. Then, even more time through lots of other detailed online forums with people helping other people (who usually had older OS’s than my Win 7) and nothing worked, or was easy do to trying to figure out how to follow the outdated to me instructions. Finally, your extremely simple & well laid out article did the trick. (Though I would swear I had done nearly if not exactly the same thing earlier, on my own, before trudging through all the online mess; but as it was directly after following your advice & when I was on the verge of giving up entirely, that it all came together I happily give you the credit.)

Thank you!
p.s. my only recommended addition to your article would be one extra picture showing users how to/where to find/click the “Verify your settings” button/link under the current Gchat settings version as this is what clued me in to the miracle that had finally occurred!

shyam sundar December 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I am using a headset with mic,i can hear what the opposite person is speaking but my mic is not working so they can’t hear what i am speaking

Dell guy January 15, 2011 at 6:39 am

It is very good solution. I too had this problem and i recomend this solution to people who having this issue.

dipinem March 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

thanks a lot its working))))

Maykasone March 29, 2011 at 6:30 am

Thanks. I really works.

kushal July 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

good…..it worked for me

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