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Windows 7: Microphone volume too low

18 Jul 2009   #11
01steven

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
im wondering if a sound driver install would make this go away
look at both and look at which one has this as the Jack info...
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that is your internal mic
you not being able to boost your mic (is this a stereo or mono mic?) should be more than enough for me to think that its a driver problem...
also have that mic as the default communication device...
I have attached screenshots of the properties of both mics (not sure if the images will automatically load in the message or not- apologies if they don't, I'm not that familiar with this forum).

Mic 1 is described as a digital jack, mic 2 is described as front panel 3.5mm jack.
I assume from that that mic 1 is my internal jack (I have plugged external mics into the 3.5mm jack at the front of my laptop before, which must be mic 2).
If this is the case, how do I go about testing the drivers?
I have been in device manager and under sound, video and game controllers there are 2 options- both called 'high definition audio device' but I don't think either of these are my internal mic. It seems there's an automatic driver software update which I ran anyhow on both of these and it says the drivers are up to date.
I've attached a screenshot of my device manager if this is of any use.
Thanks
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19 Jul 2009   #12
01steven

Windows 7
 
 

I downloaded new drivers from the Dell website.
Now my mic settings look like this.

Have just been testing the mic and it is working on normal volume but then pretty much fades to zero for a few seconds, before coming back to normal.

Not sure if this is the same issue as before, presumably still a Windows 7 bug?

By the way, will users of the release candidate get updates to Windows 7, or do all the updates appear in the paid-for version?


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19 Jul 2009   #13
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 01steven View Post
I downloaded new drivers from the Dell website.
Now my mic settings look like this.

Have just been testing the mic and it is working on normal volume but then pretty much fades to zero for a few seconds, before coming back to normal.

Not sure if this is the same issue as before, presumably still a Windows 7 bug?

By the way, will users of the release candidate get updates to Windows 7, or do all the updates appear in the paid-for version?
have you boosted the mic at all? (get to the properties of the array mic click on levels and then slide the mic boost to +20...
also there might be settings in the enhancements page which you can try that might help you...

by updates do you mean standard 2nd tuesday of month kind of patches?
most likely no since its a different OS build (I mean the RTM)
im certain that after the GA date (october 22 i believe) the RC string will be deleted from MS so no more updates for the RC (although it can happen sonner than that) ..
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19 Jul 2009   #14
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Have you checked the settings on this tab?
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19 Jul 2009   #15
tadas

windows 7
 
 

Have you tried skype>tools>options>audio settings and untick automaticaly adjust microphone settings?
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19 Jul 2009   #16
01steven

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
have you boosted the mic at all? (get to the properties of the array mic click on levels and then slide the mic boost to +20...
I don't have the mic boost option on the levels tab


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19 Jul 2009   #17
01steven

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Have you checked the settings on this tab?
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mmm...tried this and still no joy unfortunately.
Mic is working- I don't think it's too low anymore- it's more about background noise/clarity and the whole fading in and out issue
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20 Jul 2009   #18
01steven

Windows 7
 
 

Any other ideas anybody?!
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20 Jul 2009   #19
Orbital Shark

 
 

Sorry Steven i'm frash out of ideas

As i said before I had the same issue with Skype & solved it by just disabling 1 of the microphones

Hopefully someone can help, you may just need to give them a bit of time to read the post




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20 Jul 2009   #20
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
you not being able to boost your mic (is this a stereo or mono mic?) should be more than enough for me to think that its a driver problem.
That and the mic boost option is on the Custom tab (or at least it alwys has been for me),



which is missing from all the screen shots that Steven has posted.

Just had a look at what is available for an audio driver for his laptop, and Dell has a 32 bit Vista driver for it (BTW you running 32 0r 64 bit?). That being said time for some of the Sigmatel experts to weigh in here.
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