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No microphone settings in Sound/Volume control?

Q: No microphone settings in Sound/Volume control?

I have a friend who bought a new microphone for her laptop, which runs Windows XP Home Edition. The mic is one of the ones with the pink input plug, which her laptop does support. When she plugs it in and tries to record something, it's just dead silence.

I tried to walk her through un-muting the mic, but she has no options for that under Sound/Volume control. Under Options->Properties there is no option to select Microphope or Line In to be enabled in the main window.

I got her to update her sound drivers, but it didn't help, either.

Anyone have any idea what might be wrong, and why there is no way to enable microphone settings under the Sound/Volume control section? Thanks...

A: No microphone settings in Sound/Volume control?

When you were checking in Options => Properties, did you look in both 'Playback' and 'Recording' (click the radio button). They can be listed in either/or or both.

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I'm running windows XP on an old Dell Inspiron 1501 and I'm trying to get my microphone to play directly through my speakers so I can record them both simultaneously. The only answer I've been finding is to tick the 'microphone' checkbox in the volume control playback properties panel, but I don't have a microphone checkbox.There should be a 'microphone' box under SW Synth and CD player but I don't get one apparently.I've downloaded the latest SigmaTel Audio drivers from Dell and despite not having a problem with them before this, I'm inclined to believe that they're the problem. Any ideas?

A:No microphone control in playback Volume Control panel

Okay well of course I find an answer right after posting the topic:

Those two pages detail how to get an Input Monitor checkbox which functions just like the microphone one I wanted (although you can only mute it, not alter the volume). I used Instructional Set 3 from the second page, having to add the 'RecMonitorMute' entry as detailed in the first page and I can now hear my microphone input directly through my speakers.

HOWEVER, I'm still unable to record both the microphone and speaker sound at the same time. I thought recording the 'Stereo Mix' channel with the microphone coming through the speakers would work but it isn't and I don't know why. Any ideas?

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and yes i did do a search for the problem and this is the post i found.

its the same issue im having, but for call of duty 4. while im playing or not playing the settings in volume control under microphone keeps muting it self. in the post above nothing came of it im hoping by now maybe someone was able to find the issue.
ive checked all the settings everything is working great but it just keeps checking the mute by it self. the only thing i can think of there a short key that when pressed or combo of keys that when pressed will check the mute under microphone in the volume control in windows.

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For some reason Windows 10 keeps resetting my headphone microphone volume level to 81 every time I reboot even though I manually set it to 50. I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking software to control my computer because of a disability and its recognition is terrible with the volume level setting that high! In the settings I don't have it set for the software to take control of the microphone so I don't believe that Dragon is doing this.

I've gone so far as to recalibrate the microphone settings for Dragon with me talking extremely loud and another time with me talking extremely soft yet the microphone keeps resetting itself to 81 no matter what I do. I know there has to be some solution to this problem but I'm not sure what it is.

Any help and/or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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I can't listen the mic in the speaker, because doesn't appear microphone in Volume Control

In the Start < Control Panel < audio devices < Advanced Properties < Volume Control < Properties :

Mixer Device: Conexant HD Audio Output

Volume Controls:
Volume Control

But doesn-t apeear the option microphone or line-in

My audio card is Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221

I was reading, and I believe the problem is: There is not a key value in windows registry, somebody help me, thanks

I did: Reinstall the driver, uninstall the driver and put other sound card, change the OS, works wth 2 sound cards, format laptop, import values registry of the other laptop. but the problem doesnt fix.

My problem appear with Windows Vista, and Winodws XP 2002 professional SP3

A:Satellite Pro U400-SP2804 - Microphone isn't listed in volume control


The microphone or line-in port is not listed because you are searching for this in audio *output* settings!
The microphone is an input device so it?s not listed there.

If you go to the volume controls > options > properties you can switch to ?HD Audio input?.
Now you can change the microphone volume! :)


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Hello, I've searched all over the internet and can't seem to find some info. Please help :)

I am running on Windows XP on a Dell desktop using SoundMax Digital Audio.

I read somewhere that having the volume control bars (volume control, wave, etc) adjusted wrong can ruin your sound quality (i listen to a lot of music) and somewhere along the line I have adjusted it without knowing it could be ruining my sound quality.

What is the correct/default settings for these scroll bars? I can't find what they should be at anywhere!

Thank you

A:Default Volume Control Settings?

I haven't adjusted mine so this is what the defaults look like

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My headset's mic won't pick my my voice properly, it sort of does but it's not enough and I have volume and mic boost maxed out.

My sound drivers are realtech HD and nVidia HD (multiple instances of the later for some reason).

The headphone part however does work.

the head set uses a splitter for the headset and mic because it's a "Universal" Headset.

The model is"Cyber Acoustics AC-204"

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Is it possible in Windows 7 Home 64-bit to increase the native volume available for speakers. In other words elevate the volume over the defaulted maximum that comes with the software?

I am having problems with the volume when I am using headsets. With all gages set to maximum volume both in speakers control and the actual headset volume it is still inefficient., as in not high enough..

Is there any form to tinker and manually overrule those settings?

I would appreciate any knowledgeable contributions.

Thank you kindly

A:Volume control settings: can maximum be manually overruled?

I found a way of increasing the volume,right click on sound icon in taskbar/click playback devices/
mark your playback device which has a tick/click properties/and you will see this image click enhancements
and enable loudness equalization.
You can check to see if it makes any difference by clicking the preview button.
I just did this myself and it increased the volume quite a bit.
Good luck.

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Hello, I have an Acer Aspire E5-572G with Win8.1, and SpeedLink Thebe CS headset.

Since the laptop has only one jack for both audio output and microphone, the headset is connected through an adapter (2x 3.5mm (audio/mic) to single 3.5mm).

A problem occured when i got on Skype. Other people could hardly hear me talking. I went to Sound > Recording > Microphone Properties to see what I can do about it. Soon, we figured out that they could hear me just fine while i was in the settings.

More precisely, it seems that upon entering the Microphone Properties window my volume becomes normal - without even changing any settings - and upon closing the Sound window it changes back to ridiculously low. (Basically, I had to have the Sound window opened in the background for the duration of our call.)

I tried meddling with various settings in both Microphone Properties and Speaker Properties, and of course Skype itself, but nothing solved it yet. Interestigly enough, though, in Skype's microphone settings there is that line with a green bar indicating my volume, and it reflects what i said above: when i have Sound window opened, the green bar easily fills out the line upon any louder sounds. Otherwise, when i don't have the Sound window in the background, it hardly fills a fifth of the line. That makes me think the problem is not in Skype settings themselves.

Any idea on what could cause such behavior?

EDIT: I was testing some more via Skype's Echo service and fo... Read more

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i put a soundcard in and i have volume control display but when i double click it it won't show up,,,,i don't have no sound ////got a creative lab///512

A:no sound no volume control

When Installing your sound card did your PNP detected it or you installed it with force.? Do you have an on board sound card (Sound card on your mother board)?

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where is my control for sound ?

A:where is my volume control for sound

Hi Please find the steps given below might help you to resolve the issue. 1) Check at the right hand side bottom corner off your screen you will find a speaker icon and check if it is not muted on system tray. Incase the speaker icon is not listed please try the step given below.  Click Start, type Customize icons and then click Customize icons on the task bar.Click Turn system icons on or off, and then set Volume, Network, and Power System to On.Make sure that the behavior for Power, Network, and Volume are set correctly, and then click OK. 

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I have an hp speacial addition lap top my volume control does not work ,,,, when I reboot my computor somestimes it comes on but most of the time it is off can anyone help.... Thank you  Bob King

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I purchased a new computer (well second hand) and installed a fresh version of XP Pro on it. The computer now does not have sound or a volume control in the task bar. I assume the computer did have sound previously as there were a large assortment of video and music files.

When I search for volume control and click on them I get this message:
"There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices go to control panel, click printers and other hardware and then add hardware.

The program will now close"

On the side of the computer it has the following listed as its audio device:
Integrated Realtek ALC658 Digital Audio. Dolby 5.1 surround sound ready'
Anyway, i downloaded a Realtek ALC658 driver from google and still no use.


A:No Sound or volume control

Right-click My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager. Is there any devices with a red cross or a yellow exclamation/question mark?

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Intel Pentium 4, 2.53 Ghz, using Win98. Sound worked fine until one of the following was installed: Nero 5.0, Kazaa, AT&T Broadband. The CD player volume works; you can listen to CDs. You cannot hear any Windows sounds, cannot listen to downloaded music, cannot listen to any media player, etc. It is frustrating. Any ideas?

A:No sound; no volume control in taskbar

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I just installed Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal. I have no input volume control. If I select mic input I get a bad buzzing. If I select anything else my Spin It Again program tells me the volume is too low. Does not respond to volume controls of any sort. Could use some help please!

A:No Volume control for sound card

try using the windows mixer. this allows you to choose which input device u want hear and has a volume slider

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Hello, All! This is my first problem request so if I forget something please humor me.

Yesterday I played a YouTube video on my eMachines laptop (reconditioned, and purchased in 2004, that has worked just fine all this time but I know has to be replaced). When I tried to play this video for my daughter, the slider on the volume control in the system tray and the slider on the Windows player refused to hold the volume I wanted and slid to the low position, causing the sound to be nil.

I went to a Windows forum and searched for the problem - to no avail - but downloaded SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition to check to see if I had bugs. Aside from the usual ad-related stuff, it found something called Trojan.Agent/Gen-Krpytik which it subsequently quarrantined and I deleted. However, that seemed not to have solved the problem.

Then I looked in my Bookmarks and found you lovely folks. Since I'd forgotten the name/password I'd used the last time I had a problem, I joined again, and spent two or three hours searching for a post describing the same problem. Today I continued by lonely search with no more success than I had yesterday.

I'm posting in hopes that you will be able to help me with this. There was one person who had a similar problem some time ago, but that post had never been answered. Help, please?

Many thanks and bright blessings!

A:No sound due to sliding volume control

Does it slide down on its own? Maybe one of the hotbuttons on the keyboard that turns the volume down is stuck.

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Yesterday my mother complained about a lack of sound on her laptop

HP dv5 Vista Home SP1 X64 AMD 4gb
Today the the volume control is missing, though ive encouraged her to explore windows, i doubt that she is dense enough to delete her own Drivers, thinking that the icon had been disabled from the task bar, I checked the properties, the box for the sound monitor is grayed out...

A:Sound & Volume Control missing SP1


Firstly try a driver download from here:

Fill in the correct information.

It will give you the driver download list.


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When I click (once) on the little speaker in my system tray, a volume slider comes up. Whenever you click on the slider, it makes a tone, presumably so you can hear how much it needs to be adjusted. It should make a "ding" and "click" sound, but instead I'm getting the system beep, which is always the same volume. It used to work like I wanted it to, but I recently reinstalled the OS, and I don't remember having to change anything for this. I have looked through the sound effects listed in the "Sounds and Multimedia" applet in the Control Panel (I'm using W2K), but none of the listed settings seem to affect this sound. I've even looked through the registry for "beep", but I didn't see anything that was clear as to what it was intended to do. Where do I go to make this adjustment? I also noticed that, when using MSN Messenger, the popup tray notification (for when someone on your list logs in) is using the system beep sound instead of what it's supposed to use.

A:volume control sound effect

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I have speakers plugged in to my computer running Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit. The computer is recognizing that I have speakers plugged in and when I play something the green bar moves with the music. However, no sound is coming from the speakers. I have gone into the BIOS settings and enabled onboard audio. All sliders are at their full volume. I have unplugged and replugged the speakers, rebooted, shut down, uninstalled and reinstalled the sound driver, all to no avail. I have eliminated the possibility of the speakers being broken by testing them with an iPod.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Green Bar in Volume Control is Moving, No Sound

May be a "duh" but have you checked the headphone jack in front to see if you get sound there ??

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I appear to have the same malware as several others on this forum see

I have run Malwarebytes, Sybot, Avast, MSE, Ad-Aware, and Kaspersky all to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.

My hijack this log is:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 20:58:25, on 7/20/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32... Read more

A:Iexplore.exe Ad pop ups, sound pop ups, loss of volume control etc.

Worked with Microsoft tech support for a couple of hours. They removed IE 8 and 7 and said the infection is in my Svchost.exe file. They recommend reloading XP

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Hello guys,

I searched the forum for common problems but unfortunately I could not find any useful information for this issue.

I hope you can assist me as the Windows 7 volume mixer is freaking me out and I cant seem to find a way out with this...

I run Windows 7 on a Dell Inspiron 6400 and I use the volume buttons on front a lot to increase/decrease/mute the sounds... however this feature is not working with Windows 7 or maybe I have not fixed the correct settings.

Also I have a Logitech MX610 mouse with volume buttons on it that don`t work as well.

Here is a screenshot of the volume mixer.. I`m not sure if that`s helpful..

Any help will be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance guys

A:Volume mixer issue / sound control

viachy, welcome to the forums.

For the volume buttons on the laptop, is there or did you install a driver for it? It may or may not be needed, but from the sounds of it, it is.

For the mouse, what version of Setpoint do you have installed? The latest is 4.80 (for Vista, but works well in 7),

Logitech > Support + Downloads > Downloads > Mice > MX?610 Laser Cordless Mouse

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I was working on trying to get my bluetooth keyboard to work so I installed updates to make sure that wasn't the problem and now I restarted my computer I have no sound. I tried doing a rollback on my sound driver but that just got rid of the ability to control volume and it said no device so i downloaded and installed the device driver and no I can control volume but still no sound is coming out. Any ideas? I went to add or remove programs and it said the most recent updates I did were on the 14th so I don't think that'll help uninstalling since I just got the problem about an hour ago.

A:[SOLVED] Lost sound But can still control volume

What brand is your PC & where did you download the sound driver from?

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I have a dell windows 8.1. Everything has been fine for a long time and now... no sound. I must admit to never really understanding how sound works on my laptop. After some fiddling around I managed to get some sound - but only when speakers are plugged into the headphone socket. Now my PC controls make no difference to the volume. I think the ss below suggests that I want the sound to go through the 'speakers headphones' but the sound level meter says its using the communications headphones.
This is what I have for my sound card.

The same happens when I stream audio - only works if headphones connected and no control over the column from pc.

Lastly, when I right click on the top one and click test it says 'failed to play test tone'

Can anyone help please?

Many thanks


A:sound only works with headphones - no control over volume

The first thing I see is you do not have the correct sound driver. You only have the generic, basic function, Windows installed High Definition Audio Codec (Driver).

First step is to install the correct hardware sound driver. Not enough system spec's provided so I can't research what you need. If its a factory built PC, go to the PC vendor and download the Win 8.1 driver. If its custom built, go to the motherboard vendor for the driver.

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I have an older Dell Inspiron with WINXP. Over the past week or two I've been burning a lot of CD's to iTunes, typically listening to them while they copy.

Today I just wanted to play a song in iTunes but speakers were quiet. I checked speaker volume, it's on. Task bar, it's showing that it's mute. So I single click the speaker icon, and it does not show that sound is mute. Volume is at 75%. I also opened the volume control panel and same thing, none of the mute buttons are showing mute.

While typiing this post, I had some other ideas... when I opened Quicktime it went into an install process. I then tried playing an song in itunes and it works fine. HOWEVER, the task bar speaker still shows mute.

Question: Why does the taskbar show MUTE when I can play music and the actual volume control does not show mute? (If I open the volume control and click mute, it mutes but the icon does not change).

Thank you very much,

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Hi all,

Just joined up....
What I want is actually the opposite of what most people are looking for.
I want to install windows 8 on my kids computer but want the volume level to be set at a certain level so the sound is not to high no matter what they do.

I am able to achieve this right now as the desktop is on XP and i have the wave bar set to a certain level so no matter how high they put the volume bar it just stays at a certain level.I have hidden the wave bar so they cannot even get at it by mistake.

The main thing is that I am using a sidewinder X4 keyboard which has the vol+/- so they can easily increase the volume even if I hide the volume tab from the desktop in windows 8, while in XP it remained a certain lvel even if they put it upto 100%.

I have been searching for win 8 mixers where I could maybe have the same type of control as the XP but so far have found nothing.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated and used

A:Want to disable sound volume control in Windows 8

If they know what they are doing they can get around this.
See pictures :

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Hi there,

Bit of a weird problem here. The sound was working absolutely fine on my PC until recently. The machine is second hand, but according to my control panel, I have an M-Audio Delta Audiophile soundcard installed. This hasn't been changed. When I first got the machine, I ran the audio through the in-built speakers on my monitor. Then, briefly, I ran it through a stand-alone speaker. The sound came out of the machine just fine at this stage. When I moved the audio to go back through the monitor, it would not come through. I then tried to run it back through the speaker, but still no joy.

Now, as I've already said, this machine was second hand, and in the time I've had it, I didn't fiddle about with any of the audio settings through control panel, so I can only assume that the ones I see before me now are the ones that were presented to me when I got the machine. However, the first major thing that I notice is different is that I no longer have a speaker icon on my task bar. When I go into Sound and Audio Device Settings, the Device Volume section is greyed out. As are the speaker settings options. I cannot hear system sounds either.

I have two system conflicts in device manager - both of them are listed as RAID Controller. I have no idea what these are, so I'm not sure if they would be causing anything, but as I've not added anything new to the system, I should have thought that these would have been present when I received the machine.

So, I'm at a bit ... Read more

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I tried to remove un-needed windows components & I guess I removed windows sound mixer & volume control. Now when I try to place the volume control in taskbar or access the sound mixer, I am instructed to install them in add/ remove programs. I have tried this (several times) but these items are not listed. I even tried exploring the restore discs that came with my pc but cannot find them. I'm really not sure what to do! I guess I was hoping someone out there has encountered the same problem and can tell me what to do. Please help!

A:Sound Mixer & Volume control problem

Welcome to TSG....

Try to do a repair-install using the windows software for the computer aka. recovery disk and you will need it for this. This should replace the files.

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Is there anyway I can disable the sound unmuting when i turn the volume control knob? Vista didn't do this and it's really annoying as its on the bottom so i always catch it when the laptop is on my lap.

A:Sound unmuting when I touch volume control?

Hello Adam, Welcome to the Forums!
I don't think so, at least not using native capabilities. There may be a third-party app that will do that, but frankly, I doubt it.
Sorry I could not be of more help.

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Hello everyone, I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop running Windows Vista. I recently bought a USB audio sound card (since my computer's headphone jack was damaged).

The volume control on my computer has always worked fine, but when I plug in the sound card I'm no longer able to control the volume via the sound icon on the taskbar. The sound card's volume always comes in full blast, and I can only lower it through the controls in the program it's currently running (i.e. the volume control in a YouTube video). Therefore, when I try to control it directly through my computer it doesn't work.

Is this a common problem? Is there any way I can get this fixed or configured, or is there a problem with the sound card?

A:USB Sound Card - system volume control not working

As this is a software issue my response has to be quite limited. Basically, you may need to check a box specifying your default audio device in your sound settings. Hope this helps, if not drop your question into the software section.

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Windows XP Home SP2.
Pretty often clicking on my sound icon (Which IS present in the system tray), does not open the volume control slider. When this happens I go to Control Panel but Sound controls won't open from that location either. There's no way to control the volume and must reboot to get it back (temporarily, because it keeps happening).

Do I possibly need driver updates? If so, which one of these is my sound card?
SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device

Or is it an XP problem.

A:Sound icon is there but doesn't bring up volume control

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Recently I went through a day of torture by an unsuccessful attempt to System Restore. I lost a display driver from some inadvertent deletion in either Sytem Mechanic or some other registry cleanup program. I tried several solutions, then, perhaps prematurely, reinstalled Windows XP Pro. Experiencing further difficulties, I then reinstalled Service Pack 1, which fixed the display problem pretty much. BUT... some sound problems developed:

a) I was no longer able to locate any volume or play control. I found an article in the Windows Knowledge Base that told me how to install the play control panel through the command prompt from my XP Pro disk. This fixed this problem... But...

b) While I can now control the volume through the sys tray icon and the play control panel, I no longer have this function on my keyboard! I reinstalled the keyboard software from a download site, and the keyboard's shortcut button functions all work BUT NOT the volume control. The mute button works fine, but NOT the volume control buttons (the - and + buttons). They were working fine previous to my reinstalling Windows. I fear that some registry file or setting needs fixing.

c) Lately I have discovered a final and third problem. There is no sound recorder in my files! I find NO sound recorder in my Start/Programs/Accessories/Entertainment section, nor anything like this by conducting a file search. It seems that this recorder didn't get installed when I reinstalled Windows. Is there a file... Read more

A:No Sound Recorder in Windows XP and Can't Use Volume Control on Keyboard!

Check Device manager and particularly the Keyboard and Sound items. If either have yellow marks or don't agree with what you know to be the correct item, delete all of the listings and ask for a new detection, as you can do there.

Even if there are no apparent problems shown there, delete those two items anyway, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Windows will pick them up again and perhaps you'll get lucky.

Beyond that, be certain that you are supplying the correct drivers for the enhanced keyboard that you apparently have and if you have sound card drivers, supply those instead of letting Windows do a default selection for you. Normally XP does well that way, but you're evidently not a normal case.

Good luck.

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I'm having a little problem here which I wasn't quite able to solve using the official Creative Support.

First a little explanation:
Before installing my new Sound Blaster ZxR I had to temporarily use the Onboard Sound of my Asus Rampage IV Black Edition because of a SLI Water cooling component blocking the necessary PCI Port of the former Sound Card ( a Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional ).

Because of the cracking ( grounding loop? ) I receive during the startup when using 3.5mm jacks ( or 1/4" with the ZxR ) I stopped using them whenever possible and instead started using the Toslink connection on both the Recon3D AND the RIVBE as it electrically disconnects the PC from the Sound System.

Now here comes the Problem:
Using the new Sound Blaster ZxR and having it connected via Toslink to my Sound System I'm not able to control the Volume using...
Multimedia Keys on my KeyboardVolume Mixer from the TaskbarEven Muting isn't possible

The only way to change the Volume level from now on has been by doing one of the following four...
Change the Volume level by Hand in the corresponding App itself, not the overall System Volume - Kind of sucksUsing the Hardware Dial on my Speaker System - Hard to reachSwitch from Toslink to Jacked Cables - Startup cracking

Switching the default Playback Device from Speakers to Digital Audio (S/PDIF) - Will cause me to loose the ability to run Encoders like Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect and it's DTS Neo:PC Music... Read more

A:Sound Blaster ZxR and Toslink - No System Volume Control

I have a recording studio and use Toslink's. I have to control the volume level in my recording program. There are level controls on my recording interface unit (Roland Octa-Capture) but it is for analog only.

In a PC, when you use a digital output, that bypasses all (or most all) of the sound card as the device its feeding is the one that has the volume level control. I suspect this also applies to what you have, as it apparently works the way my Toslink works (the level control in the application program).

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Hey there! A few days ago I changed my hdd because the last one got corrupted and had a lot of bad sectors so I installed a new windows 7 OS. Everything was smooth until the sound suddenly stopped. I wasn't doing anything in particular. I noticed the green bar on the volume control is moving but I had no sound. I plugged headphones in - same thing. Anyways it fixed with a reboot and I thought it was a one time bug. But it happened 4 times already and the only other thing that fixes it beside rebooting is uninstalling the sound device from the device manager and installing it again. What is causing this? I downloaded my Realtek drivers and I ran them with the setup.exe file and they are currently installed on my PC but they don't seem to do anything. These are pictures from the various things I wanted you to see that look normal:

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What may be causing this and how can I fix it?

A:No audio but the green sound bar on the volume control is moving?

Welcome to the Windows 7 Forum.

The first thing I see is you do not have the correct sound driver installed. I don't know what your hardware is but what is listed is the "High Definition Audio Device" which is the Windows installed generic sound driver. You should install the correct driver from your PC vendor.

In addition I see the NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device and that has caused some problems in the past. Temporarily disable that in the Device Manager and see if that helps.

Please fill in the "My System Specs". It helps us to try and help you.

Also, here is the instructions on posting screen shots on this forum:
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I recently bought a dell computer second-hand from my friend, who had XP installed on it. It came with a subwoofer and a set of 4 regular speakers. On it, he had installed a form of creative volume control in addition to windows volume. The way it worked was he had the windows volume set to 100% at all times, and the creative volume control around 3% for regular browsing, 10-25% for gaming and 50% or higher for rocking out with music. I recently acquired windows 7 home premium x64 and upgraded my operating system. My soundblaster card has all the necessary drivers and the audio is all hooked up properly, and the only thing missing is this form of volume control. After looking around for the old software and trying a few different freeware and shareware programs, nothing has pulled through for me; any suggestions?

A:Creative sound card, windows 7 compatible volume control?

What exact sound card do you have?

Have you checked creative's website for additional software that goes along with the driver of your card? Is the windows volume not sufficient for you, or do you just want the extra ability for volume control?

If you installed the creative driver, have you checked in the audio control panel that's built into the driver?

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I have E-MU 1212M sound card, Windows 7 and I can't fix this problem which I haven't had before. I reinstalled the Windows 7 and now I can't move my Volume Control and affect my sound card volume. My sound card volume wont move until I move it.
It's like my volume mixer is pre-effected,before my sound card.

any help will be appreciated, Thank you

A:Volume Control wont move sound card slider

Quote: Originally Posted by samsung3D

My sound card volume wont move until I move it.

Did it before? The Windows volume control doesn't affect any of my players volumes, so if I have Winamp open for example, adjusting the volume with the Windows mixer control doesn't move the Winamp slider, nor does it move the WMP slider, which is why I leave Windows volume at full, and adjust the volume from within what ever program I'm using to watch a film or play music.

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I have problems with an application written in Visual Basic. The application is supposed to be able to control the volume of different output channels of the sound card RME Fireface 800. Within the VB application direct sound is used to control the volume.

However, volume control changes work for some of the assigned channels but not for others. Looking at Window's volume control mixer it can be confirmed that the output channels are correctly assigned to the application but the volume control changes are ignored for some of the channels.

The application and the volume control changes worked fine with the same application and sound card on a Windows XP machine.

I'm thankful for any suggestion on how to solve or work around the problem.


A:Volume control issues with multi-channel sound card

Hello welcome to TSF!!. Have you tried updating the software to a newer version that is compatible with Windows 7? Also have you updated the drivers for your sound card?

Try looking here to see if there is an updated software version for Windows 7. RME: Downloads

Also may I ask what is the make and and model of your machine and sound card?

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Hi. I have this annoying problem in my PC. i dunno how it happened, my PC was working fine the other day, but since yesterday, many stuff seemed to be missing in my PC. I searched in the system32 folder, but they're gone! is there any way for me to get them back without reinstalling the whole system? please help.

missing in my PC were:
-all windows games
-volume control
-sound recorder
-WMplayer (but I downloaded another one so its ok now)
-and many others

please help me. thanks so much!!

A:Lost mspaint, games, volume control, sound recorder

I would go here;
read the sticky posts and then contact an Expert and have them help you, don't do anything until instructed to do so.
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Hi guys,

The following set of exes allow you to map custom buttons on laptops to Windows shortcut commands . Currently supported is : to increase and decrease volume/brightness by a single click . Quick brightness change is great for long gaming or development sessions on the pc !

I have been missing that feature badly.

Also sending shortcuts i.e ALT+TAB is supported.

You need your laptop to have the software that can map the button to the exe.

This is donationware so all help is appreciated.

Coming soon also one-button changing the Nvidia color levels, as this is another thing that has been killing me.
Get it here.

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Just made a fresh intall of Windows 7 (32 bit). This was done from scracth with Toshiba CD. The drivers I downloaded from Toshiba website. Everything is ok, except the volume wheel it doesn't control the sound.

Does anyone know wich driver I'm missing? Every other butons and functions are active except volume wheel.

A:Portege M750 - Volume Wheel doesn't control the sound


Did you install the VAP (value added package) for Win 7?
On Toshiba EU driver page VAP v 1.2.40 can be found

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You can perform the steps mentioned on the following link.


If you do not have the Windows XP retail CDs you can Download Sndvol32.exe from the below mentioned link and place it in C:\Windows\System32 folder.


A:Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the Volume Control p

Thanks For The Info arjunaj

Welcome To TSG ...

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I am quoting from the post, I wrote on Norton Community support:"I borrowed my friends USB memory to give him some videos about our project. Well, I was careless and opened the usb drive immediately, and there were some kind of virus in it. I usually check external drives for the virus looking like files with WinRAR, as I use it for the first time. When Norton detected the virus, it was too late. I guess I've got cleared from the viruses; I made a Full Scan. But their affects remained. I can't make the volume control icon appear on the taskbar. I used to miss it sometimes, but just deactivating and activating the icon used to fix that issue. Now it has completely vanished... I can't even control volume from my keyboard shortcuts, which I could before.Also I .mp4 based video files are missing their videos, although I can hear the sound of them. I checked, and found out that .avi files are OK. I don't know if other formats of videos lack video/sound, though... I don't have any System Restore saving point after the infection occured. I tried XP Recovery without formatting my HDD. I don't have enough space to backup my files to my external drives. So, my only option is to make a proper recovery somehow..."Additionally, I used ComboFix and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. ComboFix fixed a problem I had after the infection, I couldn't make protected system files invisible. And Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, which I used according to the instruc... Read more

A:USB traveller virus: Missing volume control icon, .mp4 videos without video/with sound

Try downloading the Free version of AVG and Spybot Search and Destroy. Both are very good. As far as recovering your files I'd recommend Recuva. It is also free and very handy.

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So i was trying to make some room on y C drive and i guess i deleted some files that i shouldnt...To make a long story short now my volume control thingy that stays on my taskbar has dissapeared.When i go to the control panel and to sounds and audio devices and i get in there and there is an icon with the option to place volume icon on the taskbar but when i click on that i get 'windows cannot display the volume control on the task bar because the volume control program has not been installed...After several tries i figured i deleted the windows file soundvol32.exe
but how the hell do i get it back and put it in its right place???I have no idea where it would go??Anybody have an idea how i can install that back????I tried using my windows cd but since i put service pack 2 on it it said that the version of windows i had on the cd was older than my current version...Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Volume Control computer "windows cannot display the volume control on the task bar"

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i seem to have a unique problem with windows 10 i can't find anyone else having. the volume control loses it's mind every time i stop playing files. if i'm using winamp and stop play, the next time i play, the volume will blast out of the line outs. i have to open the volume control and nudge it up or down for windows to play whatever at the volume it's SUPPOSED to be. the same thing happens when watching videos on youtube. watch a video... the volume blasts... nudge the volume, and the same thing happens with the next video. for some reason, this glitch doesn't seem to affect the headphone out.

while on the subject of headphones, why do i have to reboot every time i unplug and plug in headphones to unmute the output when windows KNOWS i just plugged them back in and even makes a point of annoying me with a popup?

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One of many problems recently has been that every time I visit the sound settings under Recording--don't even change anything--I get a BSOD. I disabled the internal mike on my HP DV7 since I use external mikes. I have no idea why this is happening, but my system protection has also been disabled, although nothing screwy shows up in virus and malware scans. So i can't even do a system restore to undo anything. I have a minidump file and xml file related to this, but it's not listed as a valid attachment here. I did notice one of the messages on the screen itself said STdriver64.sys and Driver IRQ not less or equal, but have no idea what this could mean. Any ideas?

A:BSOD when just CHECKING sound settings in Control Panel

Reinstall the HP provided sound driver and see if that helps.

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So I recently moved my microphone/headset plugs to the rear jacks of my computer, the reason I did this was because when plugged in to the front jacks, my microphone had a white noise I couldn't get rid of, the rear jacks doesn't have this issue, but my mic volume is quiet

I think it might be a driver issue? I know its not my mic because when plugged in the front, people can hear my voice fine but there's just static noise too, and it's sort of loud

A:Microphone Volume is quiet, even at maximum volume

More PC info is needed. Including what sound and sound driver you have.

The front panel jacks are just an extension of the sound jacks. Usually if there is problem, the front do not work correctly but the read does. Are you plugging the mic into the correct Pink jack? If it were plugged into the wrong jack that can happen.

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Windows xp pro, 512 mb , 40 GB main drive NFTS.
attempted to use original Windows xp setup disk to "ADD sound volume control" to taskbar. Could NOT find its folder to "extract" from.

Previously had checked Start> Control Panel> Sound & audio devices ". Under AUDIO, tried to Ck [volume box]; got win error msg " Can not execute SNDVOL32EXE." " uSE "ADD/REMOVE - CONTROL PANEL ETC. "

sEARCH FOR SNDVOL32.EXE found it in C:\I386, ver 5.1.2600.0 ( xpclient .010817-1148). ( also found "EXPAND.exe & Extrac32.exe )

Volume control of Win Media Player works ok with CDs in both CD-DVD drives.

Question : How do I restore a sound Volume Control to the taskbar when I can't find it on the setup desk ?

A:Solved: Sound Volume control lost can not "add Program"

Follow the directions from Microsoft Support.

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My Microphone stopped picking up sound from my computer a few months ago, frustrated with different things i ignored it for the time being but lately i've a need to use my microphone again. i'm hoping to get this problem fixed i've attached some pictures.

Picture one
when i move the slider in the red box to the top the green box where the level is picks up one square

i press ok

and the green box is empty again

i go back to recording control screen and the red box is back down again.

picture three
the black box where others is located is grayed out.

if there is any more information i can provide i will.

the microphone worked fine before it just stopped overnight

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ok so this problem was just about from the beginning. i thought i would be patient and it would go away. at first i noticed that while using msn messenger, its volume control for voice chat controled the main volume for the whole pc. so if it was low things wouldnt sound as high as i wanted. no matter if i adjusted the main volume in the control panel, which was always set to highest, the volume would still be at the mercy of Msn M. so if it was lower than usual i would have to sign into msn m and adjust it. not only does this happen with msn m. it also happens with web video applications used by youtube, livevideo, etc etc! those arent usually the culprit of low sound. its usually just msn m. even now with live messenger i have the issue. im tired of being patient so here i am

windows xp sp2
2gig ram.
anything else? sound card? the sound card came with the mobo. its a Realtek AC'97.
thanks for any help.

A:Other volume bars control the main volume of windows xp

trying to keep it alice bump~

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For some reason the onscreen display for the volume controls and screen brightness on my W530 stop working after coming back from sleep or resume. I updated Power Management, Hotkey and Interface but the problem still rears its ugly head. If I go into screen resolution and advanced and on screen then uncheck Enable onscreen and recheck it...the controls work again.

A:Volume control buttons do not display volume level...

try to reinstall the OSD software. Uninstall the current OSD software that you have, and download the latest version from below.
Edit note: Wrong link. See below for the correct link.

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Windows XP Home
RealPlayer 10.5

Ok, I used to have RealPlayer and all it's junk till I wised up
and removed it from my system over a year ago.

However, I recently installed the basic RealPlayer (that is...only allowing
the features that I needed for video/audio) in order to watch NASA TV
e.g. DEEP IMPACT and today's DISCOVERY launch.

My question is regarding why, when I mute or adjust the volume on
the RealPlayer, that it also does the same to the computer's Volume
Control (Speaker Icon in System Tray...Wave setting).

I had been viewing on the RealPlayer, muted the sound and then later
was wondering why I was not able to hear any of my videos, music, etc.
The thought occurred to me to check the Speaker Icon and, sure enough,
there was a check at Wave>>Mute.

Is there a setting I can check/uncheck that will allow RealPlayer and
Computer volume to be independent of one another?

Thank you,

A:Adjusting RealPlayer volume affects Comp volume settings

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Hello :)
I hope I put this in the right area..

I've been searching for a solution to this volume problem for a while now, but to no avail. I've found others with a similar problem, but no solution. So here's the deal: I just got a new motherboard, and ever since I got it my volume control has been faulty. First of all, all sounds are very quiet, even when all volume sliders are set to maximum. Next the main volme control has no effect whatsoever on the volume of the computer. I can can slide it all the way to the top, or all the way to the bottom, nothing changes. The only thing that makes any difference is the Wave control and it barely does anything. Also, when I put "Mute all" doesn't mute. However when I put mute for Wave control, no sound comes out.
All this is incredibly annoying because I often listen to music on my computer, but now I basically can't hear it. To note: I don't have a volume control on my keyboard, or on my speakers, and I know nothing is wrong with the speakers.

If anyone could help, I would really, really appreciate it. Thanks :)

A:Volume control issue-very quiet, main control uneffective

Are your speakers powered? If not you may have to invest in powered
speakers. This is a common issue with non powered speakers.

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I just got a new ac11 sound bar.
It is impossible to adjust sound volume using its volume knob.
But I am able to adjust sound volume with the windows volume control widget.
My OS is windows 7 .

I tried my ac511 on another laptop, the volume knob works well.So I guess the hardware is all right.
Could anyone help me with this?
Thanks very much!

A:AC511 SOUND BAR,could not adjust sound volume with volume knob

Based on your tests, the AC511 hardware is ok.* Turn the comptuer and monitor off* Mount the AC511 to the monitor slots after removing the plastic strips* Plug the AC511 USB cable + USB extension cable directly into the Windows 7 computer USB port* Turn the monitor on, then the computer* Re-test

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Short Story
Wave meter in volume control keeps stopping. I googled it, seems to be a virus. Performed a virus scan, came up with nothing. Did it with another anti-virus program, also showed nothing. Need help. Thanks.

Long Story
So basically, I wanted to watch a youtube video. When I played it, there was no sound. Thinking it was a simple volume problem, I checked the video volume, the small icon on the taskbar, and even went into the control panel to adjust the volume settings. I thought it might be my headphones, but I tried using the speakers and neither worked. I tried doing the voice playback, and then I could hear my voice. I thought maybe it was fixed. Played the video, no sound. At that point I thought it was my sound card. I didn't want to replace it, so I kept trying to look for a better solution. After much frustration, I managed to make my way into the volume control. Start - Control Panel - Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices - Adjust the System Volume - Audio - Sound Playback: Default Device: SoundMAX Digital Audio - Volume - Wave. I saw that the Wave option was all the way down, and moved it up. After moving it, I could hear the video crystal clear, so I closed all the windows I didn't need anymore. Well, after about 30 seconds, the volume shut off again. I went back into volume control, and the wave bar was all the way down again. I raised it, and closed the window. I was looking for the apply button to become available, for I had assumed that not app... Read more

A:Volume Control - Wave volume keeps stopping

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hello all,

can someone help me with my issue.?..My XP was recently re-installed on my IBM laptop and for some reason the sound from my built-in speaker is very low..I adjusted its volume control but still wont work..I can hear it but barely even with a headset..can someone help??..let me know please..thanks.

A:computer volume very low yet volume control is maxed

Check the volume control in Control Panel/Sounds.

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Hello, Ten Forums!

I was wondering whether it were possible to open the volume mixer instead of the volume control when left-clicking on the volume icon in the tray. At the moment I have it set to open the old classic menu, but not the volume mixer.

So, is it possible?



A:Is it possible to open the volume mixer instead of volume control

All i see is right clicking to do this. What do you mean by classic menu ?

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I've been searching for a solution to this volume problem for a while now, but to no avail. I've found others with a similar problem, but no solution. So here's the deal: I just got a new motherboard, and ever since I got it my volume control has been faulty. First of all, all sounds are very quiet, even when all volume sliders are set to maximum. Next the main volme control has no effect whatsoever on the volume of the computer. I can can slide it all the way to the top, or all the way to the bottom, nothing changes. The only thing that makes any difference is the Wave control and it barely does anything. Also, when I put "Mute all" doesn't mute. However when I put mute for Wave control, no sound comes out.
All this is incredibly annoying because I often listen to music on my computer, but now I basically can't hear it. To note: I don't have a volume control on my keyboard, or on my speakers, and I know nothing is wrong with the speakers.

If anyone could help, I would really, really appreciate it. Thanks

A:Help with volume control-very quiet, main control unnefective

Do you have any other soundcard-like devices like a USB headset?
Do you have the latest drivers for your soundcard installed? Please check the motherboard maker's website.
Did you get some special program with the motherboard drivers that would give you more control over sound than the Windows standard volume utility?

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I've been using my microphone and a few days ago on the volume control the mic volume was at the top. Yesterday, it was in the middle and i couldn't slide it up any higher than that, and today it is at 10% and i cant budge the knob to turn it up. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

A:Mic volume unable to go above 10% on Volume Control

mmmm....actually i've had a very similiar problem....not quite sure how i fixed it though. Try updating your drivers for your soundcard, that might help. Also(obviously) go into control panel, and mess with things from there. Also, do you have any errors with any sound drivers of any kind? i know if....kind of nuke some of mine(stupid me) with an anti-adware program....if you have that could be part of the prob, and those usually aren't to hard to fix, just take a little time.

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I have sold my computer yesterday and told the person to contact me if there are any issues. She did.
Apparently she is having issues that her microphone volume, both the one with webcam and the headphones, is too low. She said that she checked the settings in the audio control panel and everything was fine there.
I know it isn't a hardware issue because I did not have the same issue in either Windows 7 or Windows 8 on that computer. Before I gave the PC to her I did do a clean install of Windows 8.
I told her to install the Realtek drivers to see if that would fix the issue, but I am wondering if anyone else had that issue and what they'd done to fix it.

It's a built-in audio chipset Realtek ALC 887 on an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 with Windows 8 Pro 64 bit

A:Microphone volume is too low

Tell her to run these:

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i have a laptop where i have a webcam and microphone installed and i cannot uncheck microphone box in the conexant hd audio input. the box has that the micrphone is muted and i can click on it as many times as i like but it will not uncheck. i have never had this problem before and have been able to use my microphone in the past.

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I cant change the microphone volume as when i go into sound properties the slider for the microphone volume is there but i cant move it,,, its liked grayed out,,,, It is set to the default device as there is only one sound device on the computer,, looked at drivers all good there,,, looked for updates none available,,,, thanks for your time DOJ HARRIS

A:microphone volume???

try going into your control pannel ,select add hardware ,and run the programe to seek for any drivers or programs that might be installed but not really installed !!!! run this and watch it might install some things like your legacy drivers or activate them ???

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I have connected 3 different head sets (that function properly in other PC's) to my desktop and if I scream into the mic it will record a whisper. Mic is not muted, volumes are up (via contol panel and realtek HD audio manager) and mic boost is up 30 DB (via control panel and realtek hd audio manager). I have tried both the front and rear jacks as well as one in my keyboard with no change. I updated the sound drivers through device manager (clicked update driver) and ran live update 5 (mobo software that scans and looks for updates for multiple drivers). 
Now im stuck 
CPU: I7 3770k
GPU: AMD 7850
MOBO: MSI Z77 M power
RAM: 10 gb 
OS: windows 7 home premium

A:Microphone Volume too low

Try the latest Realtek HD onboard audio drivers here. Do you use the Windows 7 sound recording feature? Do you have a dedicated port for Mic only?

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Just installed the release candidate of Windows 7.
Was previously running Vista.
I use Skype a lot, and my microphone volume level is much lower now than it ever was.
People are telling me they can hardly hear me when I call them.
I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop- the mic is built-in.
I've looked at all the obvious settings both within Skype and also within Windows, but not managed to fix this yet.
Any suggestions?

A:Microphone volume too low

Hi Steven, welcome to the forums.

I have had the same issue with my laptop (e-system). You have to go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound, open the 'Sound' option. Click the 'Recording' tab and you may see 2 microphone devices, I had to 'disable' (right-click) the first device while changing the properties of the second one (volume levels + boost to +20)

Hope this helps


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Hi. Before I start, yes, I have searched the forum for this issue before. I've done possibly everything everyone has said and still no fix.

I've read that you have to go to Communications in the Sound window, and select Do nothing. That doesn't work.

I've read that you have to go to the microphone, double click on it, go to the levels tab, and move the lever all the way up, as long as the boost lever. I don't have the boost. Only the microphone is present as you can see in the screenshot. That doesn't work.

I just downloaded Windows 8 last Thursday so all of my updates are installed. I updated to the latest drivers for my sound card thing, which I guess is intergrated. Now, before you tell me it's my mic, before Windows 8 I was using xubuntu until I could afford Windows 8. My microphone was fine. It picked up great. I could hide it behind my monitor (which is atleast 3 or 4 feet away) and it would still pick up fine. Now in order for it to pickup my voice like it did behind the monitor I have to have it literally 1 cm away. I honestly don't know what to do anymore.

If you'd like to hear some example of how it works now, please feel free to listen to the links below. I'll show what they sound like next to my face and then what it sounds like where I use to have my mic. Please note that the voice isn't really my real one, just a mock-up one.

Next to my Face:
Where my microphone usually is: Read more

A:Microphone volume very low

Please fill in the "My System Specs". It helps us to try and help you.

The first question, do you have the proper sound driver installed? The PC Vendor (or motherboard in a custom system) sound driver is the preferred. If you have "High Definition Audio" installed that normally says it is only the basic function generic Windows installed sound driver and not the correct driver.

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Hi, forgive me if this is in the wrong section. I've googled this problem quite a bit and found nothing, i found some people who have the same problem but no solution so I've decided to try here. I'm using Windows 7 by the way incase that helps.

I recently bought one of those wireless Microsoft Lifechat ZX-6000 headsets to use and my problem is that the recording volume is way too low. My other headset that I use is wired and was also quiet until I increased the Microphone Boost option so I thought I could do the same with my wireless one. The problem is that there is NO microphone boost option as far as I can tell.

So with no apparent Microphone Boost, the Mic is almost useless to me. I can work around it in Ventrilo by lowering the sensitivity but it's still not as good as my wired Mic.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

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I bought a couple of computer microphones the other day but when I plug them in, they hardly capture any sound at all unless you shout into them. I tried another microphone and the same thing happned so I made sure their volume was up, which it was to 100.

I have two ports so I've tried it in them both and still the same thing.

Here are the specifications for the microphone if it means anything:

So is there any way to boost the sound?

Thanks, Danny

A:Microphone Volume Low

Oh yeah and the sound on the computer works fine so I don't think it should be anything to do with the soundcard.

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I have a Cyber Acoustics usb microphone for my computer and the input volume of it is increadibally low. I have a Creative Sound Blaster Live 24Bit Sound card. I used to use on board sound but it had the same problem hence the switch. And Ideas as to why I have to eat the microphone to hear myself in the speakers. And its not a faulty mic as this is the third headset i've owened with the same problem. I've run windows sound tests on it and set all the volumes to max and still I'm having to taste a little plastic to have my voice heard.

Thanks In Advance

A:Microphone Low Volume

Hello, you say, that you have done the windows tests have you tried using the creative system tools?

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I cant change the microphone volume as when i go into sound properties the slider for the microphone volume is there but i cant move it,,, its liked grayed out,,,, It is set to the default device as there is only one sound device on the computer,, looked at drivers all good there,,, looked for updates none available,,,, thanks for your time DOJ

A:microphone volume???

doj said:

I cant change the microphone volume as when i go into sound properties the slider for the microphone volume is there but i cant move it,,, its liked grayed out,,,, It is set to the default device as there is only one sound device on the computer,, looked at drivers all good there,,, looked for updates none available,,,, thanks for your time DOJClick to expand...

Have you went this route?

To adjust the recording volume

On the Options menu, click Properties.
In the Properties dialog box, under Adjust volume for, click Recording.
Select the check box next to the device that contains the input volume you want to adjust, and then click OK.
Drag the Volume slider up or down to increase or decrease the input volume.

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My mic has been working fine for months. A couple of days ago, after a prolonged period of not using the mic, I noticed other people couldn't hear me.

Fiddling with Sound Recorder, I can only get my voice audible if I yell very loud or blow into the mic really hard.

Microphone boost is on. Volume is set to max. Both front and back panel microphone ports have the issue. Two of my headphones that are functional on other computers do not work correctly on mine. I have a P5B-E motherboard with onboard sound, with latest drivers.

What could possibly be the problem?

A:Very Low Microphone Volume

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Looking for advice on how to find where the touch pad settings may be hidden on this laptop I'm working on? I've looked in the control panel and there is no icon for touch pad and I've looked in the mouse settings without finding any options to change the settings for the touch pad? The laptop is an acer Aspire 5520-5912 running Vista Home Premium Service pack 2. Any ideas?

A:Can't find touch pad settings in Control Panel/Mouse settings anywhere?

Hi loki2007 Usually, Windows install it's own Microsoft Legacy Drivers for a touchpad on a laptop, and these drivers doesn't enable the "Advanced" settings that allows you to control the touchpad. In order to do that, you have to install the laptop touchpad drivers which will add that tab in the Mouse options.Download and install these drivers: me know if they install or not.

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I have a Blue Snowball microphone which is a great mic, but and as you might know, it sounds like a vulcano errupting next to an exploding nuclear power plant if you have it set to 100% volume. That's why I have it at 60% and later boost the recordings in editing programs. The thing is that Windows randomly (usually every 5-15 minutes) decides to reset it to 100%, which is extremely annoying. I have done EVERYTHING I could to prevent it, but it's still happening. So I gave up on hope and am willing to have to run an utillity program in the background to keep it down. Anyway, the simplest way to do it is to have a program that every [x] seconds sets the mic volume to [y]%. Does anyone know where can I download such a program/script? Last time I tried to download one, it needed like 3 seperate programs and addons and I don't even know anymore. Is it really THAT hard?
thank you

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Windows should not be resetting it. I suspect some other program is what is causing it. Skype is one potential program. Check what you have running when you record.

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My computer (A Gateway Pentium 4 running Windows XP SP2) uses RealTek audio (the codec is alc880), and some time ago, I was attempting to record some audio with an old "stick" microphone, and found that the mic barely picked up any sound. I suspected that this might be due to the age of the microphone, since I have recorded audio with it before and the volume was just fine then.

However, when I bought and tested a new one (I'm not sure of the brand), I had the exact same problem. All sounds recorded by the mic are very faint and often have a tinny sound, and it won't pick up my voice unless I practically shout into it from less than an inch away.

I have looked around for various solutions to this problem. I turned up my mic's volume as high as it could go, I have tried checking the microphone boost box under the advanced microphone controls, tried installing a new driver (although I'm not sure if it was the correct one, my current driver version is, and various other solutions I have found online, and none of them have helped. The microphone also works perfectly fine on other computers, so it can't be at fault.

I have emailed RealTek about this problem, and it's been almost a month since I did and I still haven't received a response, so I thought I'd ask for help here instead.

Thank you in advance.

A:Solved: Very low microphone volume

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Windows 10 keeps resetting the volume level for my microphone. I set it to 60 and a little while later when I look at it again it is set to 80. I get distortion when it is set at high but it works perfectly well set to 60. Any idea what I can do to get to stay where I set it?

My system specifications are: Sager NP 7378, i7-4710, 16 GB RAM, 250 GB SSD, 1 TB hard drive, Nvidia 860 video card, Windows 10x64 Pro.

A:Microphone Volume Level

Run the Recording Audio Troubleshooter. Also see if there's an update of the audio input drivers.

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I've spent over three days on this problem and I'm pulling my hair out. My computer came preloaded with Realtek HD Audio Manager, which I suspect is the culprit based on everything I've researched about this issue.

Things I've tried:

The mic is not muted and the volume levels are maximizedI can "boost" the mic until it can be picked up better but this degrades the quality significantlyI've tried multiple (new) headsets and the problem doesn't changeThe microphone is set as the default recording deviceI've disabled every other audio device that I don't use; only my microphone, headset speakers, and main speakers are enabledThe microphone input is in the correct jack on the back panel (I've heard there are problems with the front panel)I installed the most recent drivers from Realtek and through MSI's Live Updater (current Realtek audio driver version:'ve done recordings on multiple programs and the problem doesn't changeI've tweaked every option I have access to on the Realtek Audio Manager (noise cancellation, separating each input jack independently, and echo cancellation)I've tried uninstalling Realtek and using standard drivers, and the problem doesn't change

If there's anything I haven't done yet, please let me know.

A:Microphone recording at low volume

Its not the drivers. I and many others use the same drivers. There are no front panel problems, unless there is a hardware/wiring problem. The front panel headphone and mic jacks are used by most users.

What do you show in the Device Manager, Sound Section? You should have the RealTek and possibly an NVIDIA HD Audio listed (for HDMI Audio) and nothing else.

But, whatever you get using the rear Pink microphone jack is what you will most likely get with the front.

One suspect is the +5VDC that is on the "ring" connection of the plug/jack. Computer microphones require the +5VDC to operate. If the voltage is low that could be one reason its not working. However, if it is low, that is a motherboard problem.

If you have done what you say and with multiple "known good" headset/mic's, then its a hardware problem. But, its not the RealTek software/drivers.

Along with checking to see if you have the +5VDC, you can disconnect (unplug) the front panel headphone connector from the motherboard, to see if that is causing the problem. However, if it is you are still back to a hardware problem and you need to contact the PC vendor for warranty repair/replacement.

I'm a musician and former guitar amp tech, and have a recording studio, although I use different equipment for the recordings and not the PC's audio.

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hi guys.. i play the new game call of duty 2 multiplayer so i bought a headset w/ mic to use for team chat. at first it worked great, then all of a sudden for no reason, it didn't work. so i looked at my windows volume control and found out that it was unmuted before i opened up the game, but as soon as i open it up, it mutes the mic volume! how can i get it to be unmuted?? i have no clue what to do, i've tried everything i know. thanks for any help.

i'm using an nvidia sound card with plugs in front part of the pc.. windows xp. the headphone jack works fine, i can hear stuff but not use the mic. also doesn't seem to work in sound recorder now. i installed the new sound card drivers just in case but didn't help.

A:microphone volume keeps muting itself

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I'm having trouble getting my microphone to work. I am able to record with it, but the sound produced is very faint. Only when I hold it close to my mouth and yell, or blow into it, does any sound register. My sound card is a SoundBlaster Audigy SE, and the mic in question is a "Gear Head" AU1000. I have done extensive online research about this problem, and have done the following:

1) The mic is in the correct jack. On the SoundBlaster Audigy SE, line-in and mic use the same jack.
2) In "Volume Control," the microphone is unmuted, and the volume slider is all the way up. Under "advanced," the +20db mic boost is ON.
3) Under "Properties," the mic is selected for both playback and recording, and the mixer device is set at "SoundBlaster Audigy."
4) In the Creative Surround Mixer, the mic is also unmuted and at full volume.
5) I have tried both of my microphones in another computer, and they both work fine.
6) When I plug a portable CD player into the mic jack with the same settings, it works fine. In fact, I only have to barely crack the volume for it to register.
7) I contacted Creative and went through the procedure for uninstalling and reinstalling updated drivers for my sound card. Nothing changed.

A couple of years ago, my integrated sound hardware (Sigmatel) stopped working, so I installed the Audigy. I never figured out what went wrong, but none of the computer's built-in sound jacks work any more. I am not su... Read more

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I have uninstalled reinstalled drivers for sound card
I have scan for malware using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
I have tried to end process Svchost.exe tskmgr
I have 14 Svchost.exe running under processes in windows task mgr.

A:microphone volume keeps muting itself

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

What software are you using when the microphone is active?

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Hello Everyone.

I have a microphone, and it is very quiet. I have the Recording Volume set to its max, and Microphone Boost set to +30.0 db (max).

Is there anything else or a program that I could use to bring the microphone's volume even higher? This is used for a live broadcast.


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My volume keeps dropping whenever the microphone is activated. An easy way to reproduce this problem is by opening the Recording tab in volume settings (which activates my microphone). I've tried the common fix of changing the setting in the Communications tab to "Do nothing" but it doesn't seem to make a difference. Also tried uninstalling and reinstalling the Realtek driver. Using an Acer Aspire VN7-791G.

A:Volume dropping when microphone is being used

Seems like Samsung has been doing this since 2013 along with this and the EU said it will become industry standard if Computer MFG's want to sell computers there.

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I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking software to control my computer because of a disability. No matter what I do Windows 10 wants to set the volume level of my microphone at 81. I don't have the boxes checked to allow software to take control of the settings although I've also tried that with no positive results. If I reset the level down to 61 my software works perfectly but as soon as it was back up to 81 speech recognition is terrible. Even when I recalibrate the microphone for Dragon by basically shouting at it during the calibration Windows 10 still sets the microphone level at 81. I also tried whispering to see what that does and at that level it also sets the microphone level to 81. Based on this I know that the problem is not caused by Dragon software.

Any ideas on how I can get the blame I will for my microphone to stay set where I wanted would be greatly appreciated!

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I just reformatted to XP, and I go and plug in my mic (which has no drivers to install), it works fine, but I can barely hear myself in it. So, I go to Sounds, try to turn it up, but windows says to find hardware since the microphone is corrupted. I go to the site, no drivers. Do Windows Driver search, nothing.

Any help?

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I want to lower my microphone volume from 100 to 50. When I do it, it will stick around for a little while (while I record something), but then it will jump back to 100 sometime after I'm done or even before I start. For some reason, the adjustment just won't be saved. I'm hitting OK to close the menus, so that isn't the issue. Here is a screenshot of the menu I am using:

Capture.png picture by Wyrd5 - Photobucket

I am trying to keep the top bar at 50, but it just won't stay put. Can anyone help me? Thanks.

A:Microphone volume won't stay put

Quote: Originally Posted by Wyrd

I want to lower my microphone volume from 100 to 50. When I do it, it will stick around for a little while (while I record something), but then it will jump back to 100 sometime after I'm done or even before I start. For some reason, the adjustment just won't be saved. I'm hitting OK to close the menus, so that isn't the issue. Here is a screenshot of the menu I am using:

Capture.png picture by Wyrd5 - Photobucket

I am trying to keep the top bar at 50, but it just won't stay put. Can anyone help me? Thanks.

Does whatever app you are using have an "auto-adjust mic"????

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The microphone attached to my headset works satisfactorily however I also have 2 other mics that when I use them the volume so low the person I'm speaking to can't hear me. One is part of a webcam and the other is just a separate mic. They all plug into the same socket on my Toshiba laptop. Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:Microphone(s) low volume problem

Some mics are just more sensitive then others. You&#8217;ll probably need to go into the options of which ever chat program you are using and increase the mic levels/settings.

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hey i have 2 questions. First when i talk in my microphone its seems to be quiet. And when i want to increase the volume i go to the master volume control and go to microphone, but its all can i say this "unmovable." Which i mean the sliders wont move...So i cant increase the volume. Then when i talk to my friends or whatever, they can hear what is coming out of my speakers even when mic is a billion miles away. Also i have a headset.
I'm running on XP.
Thank you guys in advance for answering, love the site, so helpful!
thank you again and im ever so much grateful

A:Microphone volume, and playback?

. Double click the volume control widget in your system tray
. In the Options menu, select Properties.

. In the Properties window, select the PLAYBACK radio button
. Under the *Show the following volume controls* list select all listed components and click OK

. In the Properties window, select the RECORDING radio button
. Under the *Show the following volume controls* list select all listed components and click OK

. In the Options menu, the Advanced Controls item should be checked.
. Under the Microphone device, you will now see an Advanced button, click it.

. Select the Microphone Boost check box
. click close

Uncheck the Mute box
*sliders* on microphone will now work.

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I just built a computer with a Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 motherboard, and everything's gone fine (got an elcheapo e2160 oc'd to 3GHz to hold me out until Penryn desktop procs), except all the input audio devices into the ALC889a onboard HD audio show up disabled. And not just "muted", I mean the volume sliders are grayed out (attached) and the mic doesn't work. Output isn't affected (speakers work just fine).

Anyone ever seen this before? Un/re-install of audio drivers doesn't seem to help the problem, and it doesn't change regardless of whether I use the rear or front panel inputs. I know the driver's registering the device since the Gigabyte/Realtek control panel pops up when the mic gets plugged in, showing the correct panel jack that was used now has a device plugged in (also attached).

A:Microphone volume disabled

You must have the motherboard audio header misconfigured. Are the Audio header jumpers in the proper positions? Sometimes the case audio plugs don't properly match the motherboard's audio header

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Hello, i have had this problem for a while now and its really bothering me that my microphone is so low. i have qused the 20db+ boost and i still cannot hear my self loud only if i put the mic in my mouth (almost) and scream. its nothing wrong with the headset since it worked on other computers... i have installed new drivers for my motherboard soundcard etc. i am currently running a alc662 on a asus M2N68-am PLUS, please help me!

PS im running on windows xp

A:Microphone on extemely low volume

Try different audio drivers. Start with the latest release available from Asus.

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Hello All,

I did a fresh Windows 7 installation on a new hard disk drive on my laptop.I am using Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop.However, after installation the microphone seems to be behaving weirdly(volume has reduced).I see that the system is automatically adjusting the volume of the microphone(always reduces it). Also, Control Panel->Sounds->Recording shows 2 microphones and 2- High Definition Audio Device is written beneath both of them.One of them shows up as the default device and another one shows as not available.

The jack information is the only thing which is different between these 2 devices. One of them shows Digital Jack(currently set a default) and other one shows Front Panel 3.5mm Jack.I am not sure which is the actual device though making any one default doesn't seem to have a lot of difference.

Also, Yahoo Messenger is unable to identify my microphone and webcam.Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

P.S. - I don't have the audio driver CD's with me anymore

A:Microphone volume reduced

On a Dell, you must use the Dell provided sound drivers (and with a Laptop other Dell drivers) or the sound will either not work or not work correctly. Also there is a specific install sequence required for a successful install - (1) Install Windows (2) Install Dell Laptop (or Desktop as applicable) System Software (3) Install Motherboard Chipset Drivers (4) Install Device Drivers including Video, Dell Sound Drivers, Ethernet, etc.

Win 7 will install a lot of drivers but they can the incorrect drivers so on any device that is not working correctly, install the Dell drivers.

With the "Default Audio Playback Device", your Speakers (sound card) should be set as the default device for normal audio, such as the PC's speakers. It's probably not recognizing your microphone or other input devices because of the wrong sound driver.

You can go to and access the Dell downloads by your service tag number and get the applicable drivers for your system (as the PC was shipped).

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Hi, i have a problem. I have the Logitech h540 USB Headset and when i talk in skype with my friends they say they can hear me very nice but when i record with fraps i can barely hear me. I tried updating the drivers, changing microfone but is the same the computer rec my voice too low. What can i do? Please help me i dont know what else i can do!

A:Microphone Recording Volume too low!

Have you gone into the volume controls and made adjustments?

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Good afternoon folks

I just bought a Plantronics Audio 990 headset, and it works great. Only problem is, the mic is so quiet! It's already on full volume, and unfortunately there's no Mic boost for it in the Volume control toolbar.

So I was wondering is there any other way of boosting the mic output, so people can actually hear me? A piece of software perhaps, or whatever.

Anyway would be lovely if someone knew of a fix, thanks

A:How to boost Microphone volume?

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(This might be better placed in the driver forums... but I have a feeling its not driver related)

I installed Vista x64 on a brand new system with a Creative X-Fi Extreme Audio sound card.
I first tried the default Vista drivers and then later swapped to Creatives most recent release.

I encountered the same problem with both drivers, my inbound volume on my microphone was inaudable, to correct this I enabled the +20DB boots, this made the audio audable, but introduced a very loud hiss.

Deciding to change a few things, I wiped the box clean and re-installed Vista, this time with my Creative Audigy 2 card. Again using default drivers, and then switching to Creatives latest drivers.

I encountered similar problems, with regard to the audio. However another bug surfaced, namely the microphone volume slider keeps reseting to zero, inexplicably. Again with +20DB enabled audio was audable, with a much lower sample rate selected (22k). At higher sample rates the audio distorted a lot.

Now, my most recent problem. I shut down the PC and rebooted this morning, I sat about and installed and patched Battlefield 2. (Unfortunatly I didn't test volume after rebooting - before installing BF2).

Now I have a stange issue, according to the meter on the recording audio properties, the sound seems to be audable, (i.e if i make a lot of noise the bar is maxed). However applications trying to use the microphone, are getting hardly any volume at all. My main application is Ventrilo, which curre... Read more

A:Microphone Volume Issues

Welcome to the forum DrBB,

I am not familiar with Creative's audio manager driver, but check to see if there is a "Acoustic Echo Cancellation" and/or "Noise Suppression" option somewhere in your Creative audio mananger settings for the microphone. You can look here for an example with my Realtek audio manager:


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Every textbook way to fix the mic being low has failed for me. Can anyone help? It needs to be pretty much be in my mouth to be a decent volume.

Microphone levels at max + boost? Tried it.

Set the correct microphone port as default device? Tried it.

Double check communications tab to make sure it isn't lowering volume? Tried it.

All I could figure out is I have Realtek HD as my audio driver, updated it to the latest drivers, and I went through everything in other forums about it too. Is there a way to change the range in the bios or something like that? I have a feeling I need to go deep into my computer to find the solution.

A:Microphone volume is agonizingly low

First thing, make sure you are using the PC (or motherboard) vendor's RealTek sound driver. Non-Vendor drivers in many cases either do not work or do not work correctly.

Have you tried a different "computer" mic? just to make sure the mic you are using is not bad. If this is a desktop PC (and I assume it is with an 8600GT - you didn't fully fill out the My System Specs) have you tried both the front panel mic jack and the rear mic jack?

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Here is a question I can't seem to find the answer to in the archives.

How can adjust the volume output from my Windows ME machine (with SoundMax Digital Audio) so that the volume of the background music I like to listen to (via RealOne Player version is quiet, but the other important sounds my PC makes (like email or calendar notifications) are loud enough so I can hear them?

I've seemingly tried all combinations of settings for the volume sliders/adjustments, including:

1) The volume knob on my speakers
2) The RealOne Player volume slider
3) The Windows volume control panel "Volume Control" slider
4) The WIndows volume control panel "PC Beep" slider

Even when the "PC Beep" volume slide is set to maximum, and the "Volume Control" slider is set near minimum in the Windows volume control panel, the PC beep is virtually inaudible when the background music is acceptably quiet (by adjusting the RealOne volume slider and/or the volume control on my speakers).

Am I doing something wrong? Is there some other way that I'm not thinking of to boost the volume of the system sounds my PC makes, while keeping the RealOne music volume low?



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