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Windows 7: "Listen to this Device" Backwards?

31 Jul 2010   #1
mover

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"Listen to this Device" Backwards?

I started picking up the microphone while recording wave input on a recording program. so i checked to see if i was picking up the mic sound directly through windows sound device stuff in the system tray, and i was. so i checked the box to "listen to this device" for my microphone and it disabled the picking up of the microphone in my the recording software. is their a way to fix this error? its good i got it working. but its backwards?


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31 Jul 2010   #2
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mover View Post
I started picking up the microphone while recording wave input on a recording program. so i checked to see if i was picking up the mic sound directly through windows sound device stuff in the system tray, and i was. so i checked the box to "listen to this device" for my microphone and it disabled the picking up of the microphone in my the recording software. is their a way to fix this error? its good i got it working. but its backwards?

You could have also lowered the Mic recording volume to zero, that seems a more logical way... "Listen to this Device" (I Think) has a different function.. even though it helped your current situation.

Ap
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31 Jul 2010   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mover View Post
I started picking up the microphone while recording wave input on a recording program. so i checked to see if i was picking up the mic sound directly through windows sound device stuff in the system tray, and i was. so i checked the box to "listen to this device" for my microphone and it disabled the picking up of the microphone in my the recording software. is their a way to fix this error? its good i got it working. but its backwards?

Hi mover and welcome

I am confused.

What error are you referring to?

Backwards. what is backwards
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31 Jul 2010   #4
mover

Windows 7
 
 

basically im wondering if their is a true fix for this problem. rather than enabling "listen to this device" to turn off the mic activated at all times. which in my mind is backwards. i shouldn't have to enable "listen to this device", i should have to disable "listen to this device" to turn off mic stuck in activated mode.
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31 Jul 2010   #5
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mover View Post
basically im wondering if their is a true fix for this problem. rather than enabling "listen to this device" to turn off the mic activated at all times. which in my mind is backwards. i shouldn't have to enable "listen to this device", i should have to disable "listen to this device" to turn off mic stuck in activated mode.

It's really not backwards... you're on a laptop, correct? (although this should be valid for a desktop as well).

"Listen to This Device" basically let's you monitor through the analog mic input on your laptop.

Say you plugged an mp3 player into the analog mic/line-in input jack of your computer, "Listen" let's you hear the MP3 player, in this case..it also has the effect of disabling your mic but that's more a side effect of it's main function.

There are other methods of turning the mic off using the Windows mixer.
In fact, there's a "mute" button for the mic that will do what you want without ever using "Listen to This Device"

Here's a Microsoft Support Article.

Connect a microphone, music player, or other audio device to your computer

Ap
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01 Aug 2010   #6
mover

Windows 7
 
 

im on a dekstop. and thanks for the clarification. +rep
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01 Aug 2010   #7
mover

Windows 7
 
 

ive run into a new problem. now that i have fixed my mic from being active at all times. it wont turn back on at all. i want to use my mic now. and it wont enable.
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01 Aug 2010   #8
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mover View Post
ive run into a new problem. now that i have fixed my mic from being active at all times. it wont turn back on at all. i want to use my mic now. and it wont enable.
Win-7 is evil.

Did you try toggling the "Listen" option on then off again.

Here's where all of the level controls should be.

Right click the Microsoft speaker icon select Playback Devices, what device is selected? Speakers? Select Speakers with a single right click then select then "Properties" button. There should be a "Levels" tab with levels for all of the inputs/outputs. Check the mutes and levels.

The second place to check... select Recording devices (instead of playback), select the Microphone and then the properties button, you've been there, that's where the Listen tab is located, check everything there.

Ap




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02 Aug 2010   #9
mover

Windows 7
 
 

it works now. it just needed some time to respond between disabling and enabling "listen to this device" I also asked a friend of mine who has windows 7 and he was having the same thing happen. so its normal for windows 7 apparently. windows 7 does not have proper drivers to read wave input for the program i had used and therefore was reading from microphone by default. i was told by someone else, asio4all drivers supposedly is a work around to allow windows 7 to read wave input and other channels. rather then line in and microphone only. i would be careful though with the asio4all drivers. i have not tested them myself and am unsure of its compatibility with all sound cards.
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02 Aug 2010   #10
Aphelion

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mover View Post
it works now. it just needed some time to respond between disabling and enabling "listen to this device" I also asked a friend of mine who has windows 7 and he was having the same thing happen. so its normal for windows 7 apparently. windows 7 does not have proper drivers to read wave input for the program i had used

What program are you using... under Recording Devices do you have "Stereo Mix"?
That's the same thing as wave input. (at least I think it is) Stereo Mix will record anything you play on the system.

Ap
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