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    mic problem

    I know we're not supposed to cross-post, but I initially posted this in the wrong forum, having completely overlooked this one. After a lot of troubleshooting, my computer's microphone still behaves strangely and the OEM's tech support says I need to reinstall Windows2000. Sounds fishy to me, and I wanted to see what this forum thought before I go through that hassle. It's an OEM installation of Windows2000 on a 933 Pentium III machine. All sounds picked up by the microphone are broadcast from the computer's speakers, but the microphone does not function in any other way -- i.e. sound recorder and phone dialer do not work at all with the microphone. The sound recorder does, on the other hand, play .wav and other sound files, and the phone dialer will access the modem and dial as instructed. It's just that the only thing the mic does is feed the speakers and pick up feedback from the speakers. I also uninstalled and reinstalled Windows Accessories (had to edit sysoc.inf to do so). Also tried a new mic. OEM says to reinstall Windows. Can this be right?

    Fafner

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    Re: mic problem

    Remember that some OEM's make changes to MS software to meets the requirements of the hardware.

    Who is the OEM?

    If it is Copaq, Dell, gateway and the such, they ALL make a LOT of changes. <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: mic problem

    It can, but I have a feeling it wont resolve your issue.

    I had this problem on a windows 98 machine, and the only way I was able to resolve it was to replace the sound card. Turns out it was a hardware problem.

    You might look at the card and see if there are any jumpers anywhere. Also, try re-installing your sound-card drivers, and see if that has any effect. Personally, i'd try these before re-installing win2000.

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: mic problem

    Hi
    What happens if you open the Volume Controls, click Advanced under Master Out and Mute the PC speaker? I assume you've already looked in Advanced under Microphone and tried the effect of increasing the gain ?
    I am also assuming that you have the mic plugged into the correct (LineIn) socket to the sound card? (Before you ask, it has been known for the wrong input to be used...)
    Under Adjust Audio Properties/Audio under Sound Recording you will also have tried various settings of Volume and Advanced (eg. the effect of cancelling Hardware Acceleration)?
    Sorry if you've done all this already.

    Rgds

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