Learn how to check if your microphone is correctly configured, fix the settings if it isn’t.
If your microphone doesn’t seem to be working, or if you tried our microphone test and the line wasn’t moving, something might be wrong with your microphone settings.
Here’s how to set the microphone settings in Windows XP:
(the actual visuals that you’ll see on your computer may differ slightly from the screenshots)
- Click on Control Panel in the Windows start menu.
- Click on “Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices”.
- Click on Sounds and Audio Devices.
- Click on the ‘Audio’ tab.
- Under Sound recording click on ‘Volume’.
- Make sure that under ‘Microphone’ ’the checkbox ‘Select’ is checked..
If your mic still isn’t working, do not despair,
- In the same screen, check that the microphone volume is turned up (doesn’t have to be all the way, though it wouldn’t hurt).
What to do If you don’t see the word ‘Microphone’ in the Volume menu:
- Click on Options and from the menu that drops down choose Properties.
- Make sure that the ‘Recording’ option is the one that’s marked.
- Check (mark) ‘Microphone’.
- Click OK and then you will be brought back to the Volume options, where the Microphone options will now be visible.
What to do if your problem still isn’t solved:
- Go back to the ‘Sounds and Audio Devices’ window, and to the ‘Audio’ tab in that window. (Repeat steps 1 to 4 in the first explanation to get there).
- Under the words ‘Default device:’ choose a different option from the menu that drops down (your options will likely be different from the screenshot here).
- Click ‘Apply’.
- If the microphone still isn’t working, repeat this explanation until all the different ‘Default device’ options are exhausted.