Microphone Volume Low or Mic Not Working in windows

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Boost Microphone Volume Low Mic Not Working

Trouble:

In this post, we are going to tell you the basic things to take care when connecting a microphone to the computer and using it correctly.

Seems simple to use a microphone with computer, but believe me, if it starts bugging, its a big problem. One of our readers submitted a problem:

When I Started Microphone, volume is too low.

Microphone is not working on my computer, same microphone works fine on other computer.

microphone-for-computer

We have covered microphone related problems with Windows Vista in this article, but now lets look at it from a generic way. So we will cover three things here:

    1. Connecting Microphone to the correct port
    2. Recording Device / Microphone Settings / Sound Settings
    3. Controlling the volume of microphone

Fix:

Connect Microphone to Correct port

First of all, it is very important to connect microphone to the correct port on the computer. Some Computers have front and back panels to connect microphones, some have only back panels. All of them have a pink colored port for microphones which is a convention. Make sure you plug in the microphone in this pink port only. For laptops, you will see a small symbol on the port which distinguishes microphone port from speaker port, as seen in image below.

front-panel-ports

Desktop Front Panel Ports

speaker-microphone-ports

Desktop Rear-Panel Ports

laptop-mic-speaker-port

Laptop Speaker Microphone ports

Microphone Settings

After you have connected it correctly to the computer, make sure that your computer has correct audio drivers installed. For any problems related to drivers, see this link.

Go to Control Panel > Sound and Audio Devices Icon. It will open a windows like one below:

sound-and-audio-device-properties

Click on Audio Tab , and now select your Sound Driver or Sound Card Name from the drop down list if it is not correctly selected.

select-default-sound-recording-device

After Selecting correct options, click OK and you are done with this configuration setting.

Volume Control for Microphone

Double Click on Volume Control Icon in your system trayvolume-control-icon-in-tray, it will open up the volume control window. Click on Options > Enable Advanced Properties.

No Again Click on Options > Properties, it will open a properties window as seen below:

 volume-control-menu

On Properties window, in Playback option, check the Microphone checkbox as seen in picture below: 

palyback-microphone-volume

Now in Recording, Check the Microphone as seen below and press OK.

recording-microphone-volume

Now you can see the Microphone Volume Control, here you can increase or decrease microphone volume as per your need. Also, if you are still not happy with Microphone volume, click on advanced button, just below it. This will open an Advanced Control for Microphone window as below.

microphone-volume-control

On this window, check 1 Mic Boost. It will boost the volume of your microphone.

extra-microphone-volume

Now you got all the volume control of you microphone in your hand 🙂 , Hope you find this useful! Let us know through comments.

108 COMMENTS

  1. Hi

    I have just installed XP Black V6 and now my mic is very. I have gone into setting and turned it up full. However I am unable to acces “advanced controls” so cannot enable mic boost…

    Any ideas?

  2. Hi

    I have Yahoo Messenger Voice Chat Problem. I can hear voice of my fried but he cant mine. I think my Microphone Does Not Work With Yahoo Messenger. I have done Call Setup For Yahoo Messengerjust. I have gone into setting and turned it up full. However I am also unable to acces “advanced controls” so cannot enable mic boost…
    Plz help me……

  3. I did all the instructions from your side and I even re-install the driver installed in my laptop but it seems that it is not working at all. Moreover, I tried my microphone not only in YM but also in Skype but still same problem occur. Please help on this issue, what seems the problem???
    The problem is that I can able to hear the person who I am talking with but he can’t hear me…

    thanks you.

  4. Hii.. My problem is :
    When i connect the microphone to my computer, uncheck the “Mute” option beside “Microphone” in volume controls, no sound ( hissing or whatever ) comes from the speakers. The “microphone boosts” ( 1 or 2 ) are checked coorectly.. However, the sound recording function works properly..

    P.S. Earlier i had SoundMax Audio Drivers and all was fine, Now i have Realtek.. Please suggest a solution..

  5. Hi,
    I am using a microphone for on Windows Mobile Emulator.
    It was working fine few days ago. But currently it is giving lots of noise. Microphone is working correctly with Sound Recorder.
    I am not sure what the problem is…
    Can anyone give any idea……

  6. I am using an imported microphone in my TOSHIBA laptop set.It was working well,But all on a sudden while on vedio chat my microphone is defunged.Its hearing unit is working allright, but mice is not working. I have tried all the instructions given in this website to rectify the microphone but failed. I have checked the continuity of the mic adaptor, it is found to be O.K.

    Please give me the guide line what to do, and how can I activate my microphone.

    Anxiously wating for your valuable advice.

    With regards,

    APARESH MUKHERJEE,

  7. Hi Rohit,

    As per your instruction I have tried out with a new microphone set, still it is not working. I can hear my partner”s voice but he can”t. I have tried all the instruction given in this web site but still it is not acting.

    A caption comes on the window as:

    RUNDLL
    ” Error loading C:WINDOWSSystem32Nvcpl.dll.
    A dynamic link library {DLL} initialization routine failed.

    Is this caption can make any harm in my microphone?
    Please give me your valuable advice in rectifying the microphone.
    Anxiously wating for your reply.

    Regards,
    APARESH.

  8. Hi !
    On July 21st I left a comment regarding Microphone not working, and ask for your suggestion,
    Sorry to say that till date I have not yet received any reply.
    Anxiously waiting for your reply.
    Regards,

    APARESH
    Dt. 9/8/09

  9. Hi,

    In my PC, sound output is OK, but sound input is not done. I check my all setting is OK. I can not recording in microphone or any other device like tape, walkman etc. After conect mic with PC i hear my sound directly in speaker, but not recording. Recording bar is not shown any progress. I have windows xp. please suggest me how can i record my voice or any input sound.

    Regards,
    RAJESH
    Dt.29.08.09

  10. HI, My problem seems to be abit different. First off when i test my microphone I get a message saying network device not detected, then I get dvp setup blah blah use add remove programs. I have latest updates for my audio devices. I also noticed that my advance tab isnt highlighted.

    any fixes to my problem.

    and yes it is plugged into the correct port and my jack sensing detects the mic.

  11. Guys it seems that you port is not working
    search for some usb pin connector that will work i guess
    this is not a problem with the headset or mic but with ur port
    ur hardware might be very old and this is the first time i guess ur trying the mic on it

  12. hello, I tried all the possible solutions you siad in this website but my microphone is not really working. I can hear only my partner’s voice but he can’t here mine. When I tried to use my mic to other computer, it is working well so I tried to fix it my computer but there’s always a problem.
    do you have any suggestion please?

  13. hi if any one can help i have a similar problem with the microphone i hear everything from incoming voice but others cant hear my response if you can give me some tips please i tried some option but they didn’t work thanx .

  14. Ok yalls I had the same problem with skype, and I finally got it working… When I went in to teh area that has ‘Mic boost’ I had an option to select ‘alternate mic’ after I enabled that and disabled mic boost. Also if you get a ton I feedback, reduce the volume, I’m at about a third and my dad is Israel can here me fine.

  15. Hi , my name is daniel I have a problem in my mic too.. definetely..
    ive got the same problems like others.. i here some
    like buzzing … in the front port?? .. but still my mic
    doesn’t work .

  16. Uhh hi i have a HP computer and my microphone wasnt working so i went into sound and disabled internal, and external mic options and i was going to reenable them but they disapeared and i cant find them at all anyway i checked my device manager, computer, program files, and program files (x86)
    PLEASE HELP!

  17. I have this hp pavillion dv 5266 ca notebook with no internal mic or webcam. I am trying to connect an ext. webcam with mic ,but without success. I even tried to connect only an ext. microphone (which is guranteed working in every other notebook)but without success. The problem is everything works once and next moment it is not working. I changed the drivers also but no success. I noticed that double clicking on speaker icons and clicking on options and further trying to go into properties and advanced controls the advanced control area is shaded and does not let me chane the advaced properties. I am stuck can you tell me what could be the problem and how can I resolve it. Thanks.

  18. i can get my mic to work at all and i don’t want to pay for crap that i don’t need of even that i do need and i use soundmax digital audio

  19. Hi — my mike was working OK, than it quit yesterday. I tried a new one and it fail to work also. I can hear incoming sounds but I can’t communicate with other party. need you help — thanks

  20. Hi,
    I can here sound,But mike volume is too low. When i talk to others, they can here echo. Some my mike volume is zero.

  21. Hi
    my microphone is working but when I talk to anyone I can here him but they cant here to me, I have done every thing in setting but still same problem
    my Advance control mic volum is showing disable, base , treble is showing disable any body help me about this mattar

  22. hello
    i have still a doubt ,i use sigma tel audio n after enabling 1boost microphone i want to encrease vol which is disable so how to make it enable or how to make its volume larger……plz help me out of this.

    thanks….
    pawan

  23. I am using Skype for some important conversations. A day before my microphone was working fine but on sunday i had some problem regarding my microphone when i was chatting. The problem was that i can hear the other person chatting with me but that person who is on the other side is not able to hear me. I will be thankful if anyone can help me to solve this matter of mine.

  24. I am having problems with yahoo messenger…. I can hear my friend while trying to chat, but h cannot hear me….any suggestions as to what I can do to remedy t his. I have gone through call set up assistant, etc….kinda at wits end

  25. Now, I’m pretty savvy with computers… but sometimes we all overlook something.
    I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why my mic wasn’t working, reading this simple step-by-step covered just enough bases to point me in the right direction.

    Cheers 🙂

  26. My mic. is still not working . After i had applied these settings i had tested my mic hardware in controlpanel sound devices option. however it is detecting my voice . vibrations can be seen in it but in recording option sound volume is automatically starts decreasing while testing. so please tell me some solution I would be very thankful to you.

  27. Hi, At first my microphone was working fine had no problems with it, however then it started going really crackily and my voice could not be heard now there is nothing happening when i record my voice i’ve tried it on many different programs and despite trying this also it still does not work.

  28. I am having problems with yahoo messenger…. I can hear my friend while trying to chat, but h cannot hear me….any suggestions as to what I can do to remedy t his. I have gone through call set up assistant, etc….kinda at wits end

  29. hey thanks for the post!!! worked great for me!!
    one more thing that i added was, tick in microphone select option in recording control & finally it worked!!!

  30. Hi,

    I m using Toshiba laptop with Window Vista. Mic in my laptop was working before but now it is not working. i can hearn others but other can not hear me. kindly tell me the solution as soon as possible.

    Regards,
    Khizar Hayat.

  31. I solved this problem for myself, and this should work, at least in windows 7, just disable all audio recording devices except mic, including line-in and sterio mix then plug mic/headset into mic port and that should do it. Hope This Helps 😀

  32. I use Sigma Tel audio;
    i can hear voice of other person but my voice can not heared by other person.ok.
    i am using windows 7.
    pls answer me thanx

  33. I use Creative SB live audio;
    i can hear voice of other person but my voice can not heared by other person.
    i am using windows 7.
    pls answer me thanx

  34. hi ,
    I was able to hear my friend but she could not hear me. I went to Advanced controls for microphones and selected mic boost and unselected Mic 2 select .my audio recorder now works.earlier there was no signal.

  35. Thanks! All this time I had no software problems with my mic, it was just muted! I tryed to search it up on Google, but all i got was how to fix mic software problems. This is the site I’ll go to from now on to fix my problems

  36. hi
    i have problem with my mic, i have celeron prossecer .when i connect my mic to pink pot and i speek so my voice come in my speekar.and when i chat someboudy with voice chat.so other persone’s voice comes with too much echo, and my voice don’t go other side , can someboudy fix that problem.

  37. hey !!!
    Thnx for the great article , but my mic is not working !!
    I did all the things up there :S
    But ihave noticed that that the mic records The songs i’m hearing !! but it doesn’t record my voice !!
    Do u have any ideas plz help 🙁

  38. hi team,
    I am using windows xp in my laptap i am here voice from my friends my voice not able to here by them i hvae done same things what ever you have shoen but playback microphone checkbox is not avalable , only recording microphone checkbox is avalable please let me know what steps i need to take care
    regards
    prasademmala

  39. I have creative speaker 2.1,which i connect on rear side of cpu and i have headphone with earpiece and microphone,which i connect on front side panel in my cpu. I have sigma tel audio sound card. I have referred one of the solution on troublefixers.com and from that i found few below things which are not shown in my desktop which are:
    1- on double clicking window volume bar, in option,i found ‘Advance controls’ disabled
    2-and in window volume bar,when i go to options->properties->Playback, I don’t find Microphone entry there.
    Will above be the main reason for non functioning of microphone or some other.
    Pls hlep

  40. hi
    i tried all of the steps above and it didnt work
    my mic used to work perfectly until i changed my WiFi connection to a LAN
    which i dont understand how it can affect the Mic but anyway thats when the problem started
    i changed back to wifi and now it dosent work at all , i even restored the system to a previous poitn and stil nothing DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT TO DO PLZPLZPZLZPLZ HELP

  41. Hi .
    i have a sirouse issue with that i can’t hear my microphone, plus :
    – in skype, sound and mic does not work .
    – in sound test of microsoft (Windows XP !) it doesn’t recognize anything …
    help me 🙁

  42. hi
    thank U veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrry much my mic finally worked 🙂
    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

    muchas gracias
    obrigado
    shukran
    thanks

  43. Hey there,
    I have an ’emachines’ laptop with Windows 7 OS. Both the built-in and the external microphones are not working. I have tried to reconfigure it; even I have installed another OS(windows 7) on the other partition. It is not working. Would you help me please?
    Note; the external mic works perfect on other computers.
    when I select ‘Listen to this device’ there is a hushing sound inconsistently coming out of
    speakers

  44. my mic doesnt detect my voice…when i try to record it only records as playback..music in the background…no metter how hard i yell it wont detect my voice…help plsssssssss

  45. I have been using skype for some weeks and every thing was going well until yesterday. Suddenly my microphone stopped working- this means, I can hear the other party but the other party can’t hear me! My microphone works well with other computers but my computer does not recognize the mic any more! I installed the latest software of realtek AC’97 audio and updated the sound card drivers. I set up (microphone settings, volume control etc.) correctly and connected the microphone to the correct port. But nothing is working out! Please help me if you have any solution. How did you ( Krishanu Saha) solved the problem?

  46. hi..
    i use SigmaTel.. i have a problem with my inbuilt microphone. i am using DELL laptop.
    i tried your steps but still could not find the solution.
    Please help.

    Thanks

  47. I have been using skype for some weeks and every thing was going well until yesterday. Suddenly my microphone stopped working- this means, I can hear the other party but the other party can’t hear me! I reinstalled the latest software of realtek AC’97 audio and updated the sound card drivers. I set up (microphone settings, volume control etc.) correctly and connected the microphone to the correct port. But nothing is working out! Please help me if you have any solution. I have HP touchsmart 600-1150 PC and its running on windows 7.
    Thanks Nicole

  48. I have been using skype for some weeks and every thing was going well until yesterday. Suddenly my microphone stopped working- this means, I can hear the other party but the other party can’t hear me! I installed the latest software of realtek AC’97 audio and updated the sound card drivers. I set up (microphone settings, volume control etc.) correctly and connected the microphone to the correct port. But nothing is working out! Please help me if you have any solution. I am using a HP Touchsmart 600-1150 PC. Thanks

  49. hi..
    i use SigmaTel.. i have a problem with my inbuilt microphone. i am using DELL laptop.
    i tried your steps but still could not find the solution.
    Please help.

    Thanks

    bala

  50. Mike December 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Ok yalls I had the same problem with skype, and I finally got it working… When I went in to teh area that has ‘Mic boost’ I had an option to select ‘alternate mic’ after I enabled that and disabled mic boost. Also if you get a ton I feedback, reduce the volume, I’m at about a third and my dad is Israel can here me fine.

  51. hi
    my micro phone automatically mute. i dnt know why? so i unchecked box again and again.
    when i unchecked box in microphone option then microphone work….. but after some time automatically mute 🙁

  52. ple tell me sir who i get streo mix and mic both work in window 7 every site have a well known about xp butt nothing 4 window 7 ple explian i am w8ing

  53. my micro phone works fine except when i use sound recorder. when i turn on sound recorder it opens and comes on but there is no sound signal or the record levels dont pick up sound. what can i do?

  54. Today I cannot use my mic to make calls through google voice. Nothing changed to make it do that, but I have lost track of what I have tried to do TODAY to get it to work again. Nothing I have seen relates to anything on my computer. I have an HP, with VISTA…and it doesn’t have an internal mic, requiring the use of an external one. It SHOWS that it is working, but I cannot make outgoing sound. I can hear them talking to ME, but I cannot talk to THEM. HELP! I have no outside connection right now without it!

  55. Thanks….I followed your advice and microphone now works. One part of the microphone settings has a part called “Alternate microphone” . That box was ticked.I unticked it and that is when my mic started working. Maybe you could update this page to show that box is in addition to the “mic boost” box

  56. My mic is not working, There is no microphone under general volume controls….and also no microphone under playback options, only in recording options. Is there anything I can download? I have SigmaTelAudio. HP Desktop Windows XP-home edition..PLEASE HELP, I am trying to Skype with family and they cant hear me.

  57. Today I cannot use my mic to make calls through google voice. Nothing changed to make it do that, but I have lost track of what I have tried to do TODAY to get it to work again. Nothing I have seen relates to anything on my computer. I have an HP, with VISTA…and it doesn’t have an internal mic, requiring the use of an external one. It SHOWS that it is working, but I cannot make outgoing sound. I can hear them talking to ME, but I cannot talk to THEM. HELP! I have no outside connection right now without it!

  58. thank you boss . your method was the best . just go to recording and unselect all option except the microphone . and one thing ore , never use skype again .

  59. hi ,
    i’m kiran.i have problem microphone mic working not well.my voice not hearing other people my microphone.i using hp laptop.

  60. Hello ,
    I think my mic itself is damaged… if there is any way to get it corrected… or d cause of its not working… pls help me

  61. My laptop speaker and Microphone not working , I am hearing little noisy sound in right side speaker but mic is totally dead

  62. Tx bro….Before my mic wasn’t working properly but now it is fit and fine….tx once more…plz keep on updating more about such prob. and its solutions…tx again….

  63. Hi, I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 and since installing Windows the microphone has stopped working in that when I use SKYPE i can hear the other person but they cannot hear me. I have done everything suggested including control panel/sound/recording and changing the in built microphone for a plug in one but neither will work. I have tried reinstalling new drivers from the Dell website and that has not worked. I have checked the sound and it is not on mute its on the maximum. Please advise what I can do If you know how to fix this problem as I’ve tried everything I can think of.. Many thanks

  64. wow.. that’s great.. thanks a lot.. bought a new microphone for my li’l champ.. but was not working.. sad.. but.. just gone through this.. applied.. and hurray.. it’s working now.. my son is very happy now.. trying out his singing skill.. :).. thanks again..

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