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Windows 7 Headset microphone not working

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Kaapo, Oct 10, 2011.

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  1. Kaapo

    Kaapo Thread Starter

    Oct 10, 2011
    I've been googling and searching youtube for three hours now, without finding a valid solution. My new headset microphone simply won't work on Windows 7. I have:

    - Switched it on
    - Made absolutely sure it's plugged in correctly
    - Downloaded and installed the latest Realtek HD audio codec driver
    - Unmuted the microphone (as it's muted by default)
    - Tried increasing the sound level in various places to no avail
    - Tried increasing the efficiency boost to the max to no avail
    - Set the microphone as my primary recording device
    - Restarted my PC a few times
    - Went to the toilet
    - Enabled listening of the microphone
    - Done a virus check
    - Unplugged and replugged my headset a number of times
    - Got my laptop's integral microphone as well as the headphones of my headset, but since only one of these can apparently work at a time that's no solution
    - Messed around with everything in the Realtek HD Audio management
    - Despaired

    All right, I will admit there's one thing I haven't accessed yet, and that's the speech recognition. This is because I can't access it, since it's disabled for my OS language which is Finnish (I didn't and wouldn't have chosen that myself, it was pre-installed). But I only noticed something related to the speech recognition listed in two or three of the solutions I went through, and besides I just don't want to believe Windows 7 could be dumb enough to not let something as basic as a microphone work in all it's language versions.

    Plus, as I said, I already got my laptop's internal microphone working though I didn't intend to, so logic has it this one should somehow be able to work as well. I'm just out of ideas.
  2. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    Test the mic on another PC to verify that it works.
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