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Windows 7: Microphone issue (Too quiet, even on max settings)

20 Nov 2012   #31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i have same problem. you're not to picky...i don't wanna use boost cause i can't stand hiss sound. this is something way to wrong with win7 on this issue. xp was perfect about this stuff. i'm really trying to change to win7 but i really hate stuff like this...xp is so better and many things. only memory managment in win7 is better!

anyone have solution to this problem?

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01 Feb 2013   #32

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

So, here's the deal for me, since this thread was Google's first hit for me.

Using Windows 7 x64, I have 3 mics. All of them worked on my old XP machine.

One is in my webcam, one I put in the mic jack, and one is just a USB mic.

I have to shove all of them in my mouth to get any sound recorded at all, and even then it's just a faint whisper in the background.

Has anyone found a solution for this?
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25 May 2013   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I, too, am aware that this is an old thread but having searched for all sorts of things this thread comes up every time. I DID (eventually) find a solution that works for me. What I had to do was in the Realtek HD Audio Manager- I set the recording volume all the way to the left. Screenshot:

Suddenly my computer is able to magically pick up my microphone with perfect clarity and volume.

I'm also aware that this is kind of a dumb fix. But it works for me on my desktop AND on my laptop (Which had the same issue)
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21 Mar 2014   #34

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It's time for a revival. Thanks Google.

So, have the same problem with my mic on a desktop. Pretty much described above- it's audible for about 5 seconds on Skype then drops out for good until reset. Thought it was just the mic dying, but other mics had the same issue. Going to update Realtek and do this ^. Also, four more years!
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16 Apr 2014   #35

Vista 64bit

I had the same problem, after viewing the posts in this thread, and many others from searching around, I think I found the solution.

I did everything from turning mic volume/boost up, to muting and unmuting, 3 different headsets, which didn't help any of them. This just started recently, so I'm not sure why this worked.

Going into my recording devices, I turned off the noise cancellation, and then went to the sounds tab, to the right of the recording section, and turned all sounds on (I had them turned off because the sounds got annoying).

After doing those 2 things, my mic(s) started working properly, I even had to turn the boost down (lol)
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10 Dec 2014   #36

windows 7 64bit

I know this thread is old but I finally managed to fix it. I had the exact same problem as everybody else where I had to scream into my mic for it to barely even work.

The tutorial is on the video, it worked for me and a few others so far. Hopefully this helps everybody
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30 Apr 2015   #37

Windoes 7 Home x64

None of the above worked for me.

In the system tray, right click on the speaker and select "Recording Devices".

Under the "Recording" tab, you probably see several MICROPHONE entries. Enable the entry that is currently greyed out. Then, disable the newly greyed out entry.

Note: After I enabled the second entry, my computer did not recognize my microphone. Only after I disabled the newly greyed out entry was I able to record audio. Please do both steps.
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