Microphone (mic) does not work with windows vista

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on November 25, 2007

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Problem: It is a very commonly faced problem that microphone does not work, or not detected properly with Microsoft windows viata.

Solution: First of all find the latest version of the audio driver which is compatible to vista, as most of the drivers that are shipped with sound-card or motherboard cd contain drivers which have support for only until windows Xp.

So it is strongly recommended to download the latest audio driver from the internet for your sound-card or on board audio chipset. Install the vista compatible audio driver (sound driver) for your sound-card or motherboard audio. After this re-start your computer. Half of the work is done.

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Now plug in the microphone in your sound-card / motherboard audio pin (generally pink in color for microphone).

After this go to control panel > sound and audio device settings. Check whether the microphone is detected by Vista or not. If not, check whether you have selected the frontal microphone or rear, as vista recognizes them separately unlike windows Xp. Correct the configuration of front/rear mic if needed.

The job is done now. Hope this solves your microphone trouble if not please leave a comment.

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INFINITY EAGLE January 26, 2008 at 10:53 am

Microphone problems with Vista. I could not get my head set mic to be detected,in the front or rear microphone jacks, downloaded new drivers, checked everything and finally got it going by using an USB adapter(connects the two 1/8 plugs to one USB port), same headset that could not be detected now works just fine

jnmurty March 23, 2008 at 6:37 am

My OS is Windows Vista. I get a message ” no audio device is
installed “. The microphone is not working. I listen the voice from other side. Please resolve this.

Chris Duryea April 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I have the same problem–Vista refuses the believe a microphone is plugged in (it is). I uninstalled the old sound driver (realtek) and downloaded the new version, for Vista, installed and restarted. no change.

Alex May 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I have a slightly differnt problem. My microphone works but only when i use voice chat like skype. If i play a game and i am on Vent it gives nothing but horrable feed back!

It worked fine on XP but not vista ultimate 64 bit. I have updated everything and i am still unsure of what to do.. if any of you have an idea e-mail me at anmonte2001@yahoo.com

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sam September 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm

i have the same problem. i’ve been trying everything for 3 days now but NOTHING!

i have two mic’s plugged, one in the front, one in the rear and Microsoft vista does not recognize any of them as installed. i’ve uninstalled and reinstalled the realtek/manufacture drivers countless times but Microsoft HD audio keeps installing itself automatically and of course no mic is detected. speakers work fine.

HELP!!

Whitney October 1, 2008 at 11:12 am

Ok, so my computer (Vista) will detect my microphone but it says it is muted. I have tried everything I can think of to un-mute it! What is going on?? Skype tells me the same thing – that my mike is muted. Any suggestions? By the way, I got skype to work for one phone call, so I know that it was operating properly at one point.

Thanks!

Kristine December 6, 2008 at 3:31 pm

I have a slightly different problem. Vista recognizes that there is a mic and says it’s working, but I can’t get any sound at all to be heard by my comp. I have the mic volume turn all the way up and the boost on as well. I have been plugging it into my soundblaster, my motherboard AND I’ve tried a USB headset…still nothing works. Please help?

Eachann December 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm

I have the same problem as kristen, Vista recognises the mic, the sound bar even bobs up and down in the control panel but games will not recognise it :/

gainmorey February 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm

After this go to control panel > sound and audio device settings. Check whether the microphone is detected by Vista or not. If not, check whether you have selected the frontal microphone or rear, as vista recognizes them separately unlike windows Xp. Correct the configuration of front/rear mic if needed.

This is excerpted from the article above…

HOW do you configure front/rear mic jacks ?

Is my system disabled somehow, as it shows no icon for ‘Microphone’, only ‘Digital Input Device (SPDIF) ?

I set it to show Disabled/Disconnected devices, but I can only see the icon for SPDIF ( a box)…

gainmorey February 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Oops, forgot to mention…

I am unable to use Logitech WebCam IM or Logitech ClearChat headset. Both are unable to detect any sound from their mics.

I tried the Logitech site, but they’re still scratching their heads on this issue and have no answers.

Kulbir April 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Hello…’when i talk to someone on the webcam I can hear their voice but they can not hear mine please help

Karan April 15, 2009 at 2:25 am

same problem mic does not detacted bye window vista

Piokken June 30, 2009 at 10:00 am

What i found out regarding the microphone not showing at all in devices when plugging it in,

I took properties on playback devices if i write that correct now

and then Volumes or what it is in english, there at least my back mic plug Rear Pink in was muted, took that off and then it got detected after dragging the mic out and into the plug hole

hope this is a solution for some

Jimmy August 22, 2009 at 8:24 am

I do have Windows Xp and I have been trying to get a mic to work to talk on the internet and I have adjusted the mic in the Control Panel and under Sounds and Speech and it still doen’t work. Can you help me on this?

Tom September 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm

i have a laptop Fujitsu with a built in speaker and camera and mic,the problem is that,it doesnt work,some time ago i recored stuff with my camera and mic,the sound worked for some reason it stopped working,windows said it detected it and stuff,its there in the webcan program t said it was there!OMG now when i record NO ADIO its not muted its just ……normal please respond!

briju October 3, 2009 at 9:58 am

dear friends

while i am using gtalk or voip,and other voice chating programme, my mic volume is going down and after it will be zero, the other party cant hear me .i am using vista.prsently solving i am opening realtech HD manager and click the volumn controle on top volume always. this is not eazy task . but i dont have any other way. if u know how to solve this problem please post or write me on c078001@gmail.com

thanking you
briju

sam alex October 3, 2009 at 10:02 am

dear friends

while i am using gtalk or voip,and other voice chating programme, my mic volume is going down and after it will be zero, the other party cant hear me .i am using WINDOWS XP .prsently solving i am opening realtech HD manager and click the volumn controle on top volume always. this is not eazy task . but i dont have any other way. if u know how to solve this problem please post or write me on

( same problem MR briju is written how i will solve these )

sam

saif December 17, 2009 at 6:36 am

problem solved mate…cheers

CMD January 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

i have windows vista. we bought a usb mic and pugged it in. the microphon works fine…the problem is that when it is pluged in the audio doesnt work. how can i get the sound to work such as playin music and having the mic plugged in at the same time? does any1 have a solution to this problem

Lttldevl0 January 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

ok I reformatted my computer because I had done that before and installed the driver for my soundcard and it worked. This gets time consuming doing it every two months.

My computer tells me there is no jack information availible. I have downloaded the driver from an updated source but my computer is not recognizing I have an input jack. Please help I am going nuts. And per your answer up there I could not find a box that you could check front or rear. I am assuming it is because my computer is not recognizing I have jacks at all?

My speakers work fine no worries there but no matter how hard I try I have no mic.

Rohit January 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm

@Lttldevl0
Check closely if the wires inside the cabinet which connects the front panel to the motherborad are connected or not. Also try look for settings in the sound drivers software regarding the same. unfortunately the interface of different drivers is quite different from each other, so can’t guide you exactly what options to check. On an approximate note, look for an option like “Enable / Disable Frontal Mic Detection”, try to tun on/off this option and see whether it works for you?

serenity March 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

my toshiba vista just got upgraded to windows 7 but when i went on yahoo i could not call my friends using my corded microphone. when i went to click on sounds notheing came up please help me

JonnyD May 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

My Mic is Detected but it wont do any sound and this mic is brand new…out of the box and i tested it at store

fixed it May 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

i sorted this out – for me i have a conexant HD 221 card running vista. here’s what i did:
click: start –> control panel —> hardware and sound –> sound.
click on playback tab.
click on speakers then properties.
click on levels tab.
make sure the pc speaker volume is the same as the speakers volume.
that fixed it for me.

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