How to troubleshoot microphone
problems on your PC
Step-by-step instructions to find and
fix microphone problems (and plug in
your mic) for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
- Test your microphone
- Windows XP:
- Click Start > Run then in the run dialog
- This will display the Sound Recorder.
- Click the red Record button and record some
sound as you speak into the microphone.
- Click the square button to stop recording.
- Click the the << button to rewind.
- Click the > button to play.
- Do you hear your recorded sound?
- If not then there is a problem with your
Windows sound recording or your microphone.
Proceed to Step #2 to fix the problem.
- Windows Vista or 7
- Click the Start button
, and type MMSYS.CPL in the
Start Search box, and
then press the ENTER key. This opens the Sound dialog
- Select the Recording tab.
- Select the Microphone you want to configure.
- Click the Configure button. This
displays a list of options to Configure Speech
- Click on the Set Up Microphone and
follow the step-by-step instructions to test
your microphone. If you can not record sound
then there is something wrong with your Windows
sound settings or your microphone. Proceed to
Step #2 to fix the problem.
Make sure that your microphone is connected to the
of the rear panel of a desktop PC. The speakers are
usually plugged in (to the green port) right next to
the mic port. So you can usually follow your speaker
cable to the back of the PC to find the Mic port.
PCs have a Mic port on the front of a desktop pc like this:
usually have the ports on the side (usually the left
- Make sure that your
volume is set
- If the problem is still not resolved, narrow the
problem down to either the microphone or the computer:
- Try a new (or known-to-be-good microphone) on
your computer, or,
- Try your microphone on a computer that you know
is properly recording sound.