Troubleshoot microphone problems

Step by step instruction on how to:

  • Enable/Disable microphone
  • boost your Microphone volume
  • listen to your microphone
  • fix microphone is disabled on laptop running on battery
  • fix weird sounds

Are you having problem with Microphone? Here are steps by steps instruction on how to troubleshoot them

Step 0: Test your microphone

Right click on the speaker icon next to the clock at the corner of the screen > Open sounds settings

open sound settings

In Sound setting page, scroll down to Input section.

Under Test your microphone, there should be a bar jumping up and down when you say something loud

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If you don’t see it jumping, try changing the input device in the dropdown list above to another one

Step 1: Open Microphone Property

Right click on the speaker icon next to the clock at the corner of the screen > Open sounds settings

open sound settings

In sound settings, under input section, click Device Property

device property

Step 2: Disable / Enable microphone

In Device Property setting window, check / uncheck the Disable checkbox to enable / disable the microphone

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Step 3: Adjust the Boost levels

Click Additional device properties in Related Settings

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In Microphone Properties window, switch to Levels tab, you will see the Microphone Boost slider. Drag it up to boost your microphone volume

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Step 4: Listen to your microphone

In Microphone Properties window, switch to Listen tab. You will see the explanation of the feature

To listen to your mic, check the box, and choose a playback device under the checkbox (default set to Default Playback Device)

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Step 5: Microphone is disable on laptop?

In Microphone Properties window, switch to Listen tab. Under Power Management section, check Continue running when on battery power

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Step 5: Weird sounds, noisy?

In Microphone Properties window, switch to Advanced tab. Under Default Format, choose DVD Quality (2 channel, 16 bit, 48000 Hz)

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