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My desktop microphone won't pick up sound

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tricon7, Nov 15, 2011.

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  1. tricon7

    tricon7 Thread Starter

    Jun 13, 2004
    I have a somewhat older Labtec AM-242 NCAT microphone that plugs into the back of my desktop tower. I can hear the speakers make a static noise for a moment when I plug it in, but it won't pick my voice up, and the recording meter doesn't register. My volume icon is up, and my speakers are turned on.

    It worked the last time I used it, but it's been a while. I thought that perhaps the drivers needed to be re-downloaded, but I can't find them online for this product. Evidently Labtec doesn't have downloads for their microphones anymore. I'm at a loss.
  2. ringowheelin


    Nov 17, 2011
    Check advanced sound properties, make sure the mic is enabled, and correct mic selected, check the mic volume (sensitivity). Try allowing windows to auto update drivers, or possibly use device manager to uninstall them, allowing windows to re-install.
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