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Setting up your Microphone


Because of the popularity of Video Conferencing and Internet Phone calling, more and more customers are using their computer microphones. If you plug in your new microphone and it doesn't work, don't give up -- it's probably just some simple settings.



You need to tweak the settings of your microphone for the best performance and proper operation.


There are many different ways to adjust the microphone levels. Each system may look slightly different depending on its sound card and audio software. We'll try to keep this very generic.


First of all, please be sure that your microphone is plugged into the correct jack. This differs greatly between each sound card. The jack will either have a picture of a microphone next to it or the word "MIC". Quite often the jack is red (but not always).


Next, you need to bring up the Windows 98 Volume Control. Do this by clicking on

    Start | Programs | Accessories | Entertainment | Volume Control


In the Volume Control program, click on the Options menu and choose Properties. Make sure there is a dot in front of Recording. In the windows below (Show the follwing volume controls), make sure there is a check in front of Microphone. Click OK.


If there is a box under Microphone Balance that says Select, make sure there is a check in it.


If there is a box under Microphone Balance that says Mute, make sure there is NOT a check in it.


Make sure that the level of the Microphone Balance is adjusted up.


If there is an Advanced button under Microphone Balance, click it. In the Advanced Controls for Microphone window, there may be a setting for Mic Gain. If there is, make sure that there is a checkmark in that box.


A good way to test your microphone is using the Windows 98 Sound Recorder. Start Sound Recorder by clicking on

    Start | Programs | Accessories | Entertainment | Sound Recorder


Click on the Record (Red dot) button in Sound Recorder and speak directly into your microphone. If your microphone is working and setup properly, you will see your voice being recorded. You may play it back to check the Microphone Balance levels. Set everything so that your voice is loud and clear, but not distorted.







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