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Windows 7: Microphone issues with loud buzzing/robotic sounding voice


02 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Microphone issues with loud buzzing/robotic sounding voice

A friend of mine recently started to have speaker/microphone issues (sound would cut out at times for her speakers and mic, had to position herself perfectly) and eventually the speakers completely died. She got a new set (Earbuds + microphone on the cord) and that worked fine for a few hours. Eventually, there was a buzz on her end and her volume (voice) got considerably lower. The buzz wasn't that bad, so we just changed the volume/mic volume to fix it, and the next day it was gone.

Sadly, at the end of the next day, the mic started to buzz again, except worse this time. It was nearly impossible to hear her over the buzzing sound, but we both went to bed soon after that. The next day was the same thing, but again it got worse. This time her voice would sometimes distort into static/robotic sounds. When it was loud enough, it was at least somewhat understandable.

On day 5, and her mic started off buzzing today. She switched to the old microphone (plugged the yellow cord into the yellow jack) and her voice was fixed for a few hours. She went out for a few and came back, but when she did she couldn't hear me and I couldn't hear her. We've tested extensively (restarting, using other programs, she can hear it herself when it's recorded/played back, the other mic jack doesn't seem to notice when it's plugged in + is unreachable sitting normally, and of course plenty of wire jiggling. After all of this, her voice would cut in and out of the robotic sounds, and the buzz would be extremely loud or nearly non-existent while she would be sitting completely still besides talking).

We have very little idea as to what's causing it. This is all over Skype but happens (to a lesser extent possibly) with other programs, so it's for sure a microphone/computer issue. Any help that can be provided will be appreciated.

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03 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Without any PC specs or the mic specs we can't really say what is happening.
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03 Aug 2012   #3

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Audio buzzing can be the result of local interference, if she has a smart phone or any other fancy high tech gadgets have her try keeping them away from the system. House fans are also really good at causing this problem. It can also be reduced by using a proper surge protector.

The likelihood that is actually the problem is fairly low, but since the earbuds are likely poorly insulated (they usually are) interference is a possibility here.
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