Microphone very quiet.

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  1. thomas234

    thomas234 Big Geek

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    Hi,

    On my Granddads PC, the microphone input is very quiet using any microphone, on either front or back input sockets. I am 99% certain that it is not a software related problem, as I've been through every setting and option that I can see, although I am going to try removing and re-installing the sound drivers.

    The current sound card is built in, and my question is, if we bought a cheap sound card, would the front microphone socket plug into the sound card - when I built this PC, there was a socket on the motherboard. But I can't see any reference to such a socket on a generic cheapo sound card.

    Thanks! Thomas
     
  2. Sniper

    Sniper Administrator Staff Member

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    have you tried using a different microphone or tried the current one on another machine?

    as for using another sound card, not sure how that would work, will look into it.
     
  3. thomas234

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    Yes we tried 2 microphones on his, and both were quiet. I tried one of them on my laptop and it was as load as we expected (much better than on his). I didn't re-install everything, but my Granddad says he's done that already :(

    I've been researching some low-end sound cards, and in their instruction manuals I can see no mention of a front panel connection. He said he can live with just leaving the micrphone plugged in, which I think is what we'll do!

    Thanks! Thomas
     
  4. Anti-Trend

    Anti-Trend Nonconformist Geek Staff Member

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    On most sound cards there's a "Mic boost" switch in the sound options. Does this card have one?
     
  5. thomas234

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    Yes, it gets even worse if we switch it off! :eek:

    Thanks!
     

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