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Disabling Internal Microphone on Thinkpad

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by blather, Aug 9, 2007.

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  1. blather

    blather Thread Starter

    Aug 9, 2007

    I've searched your forums for this (and exhausted Google several times), and haven't quite found a response to it.

    I have a Thinkpad (Lenovo R61, if that helps at all), and am coming to terms with this frustrating device known as the internal microphone.

    Basically, all I want is to turn if off. Disable it. Be done with the wretched thing.

    I use SoundCapture to record audio sometimes from websites (nothing heinous, just soundbytes to help with my studies). It works fine on my desktop computer, but this internal mic on my laptop is playing havoc with it. (Every time I try to record something, it merely becomes a muffled background noise, and in the foreground there is only the recordings that the microphone has picked up.)

    I have tried going to Control Panel > Sound & Audio Devices and playing with the Audio and Voice options there (such as turning the volume down on both Sound and Audio Recording options). However, after doing that, I still could not get SoundCapture to successfully record any sound coming from the computer (or any alternative recording programs, for that matter). Also, now when I try and use a sound capturing program, the only 'source' I have available to select is Microphone. :confused:

    I'm sure I'm probably doing something wrong; I don't claim to be a whizz with computers. But it's very frustrating all the same.

    Any help would be lovely, either with turning this bloody internal mic off, or figuring out just what else I've managed to bugger up along the way.

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