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cathysoho
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How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

I just downloaded Skype, and the person on the other end could not hear me.  I have searched through "sound" on the Control Panel, and under the "Recording" tab, it shows a picture of a microphone, and under it says "High Definition Audio Device".  It has a green checkmark to use as default, and a vertical bar where the lines go halfway up (similar to a speaker when the sound is halfway up on volume).  This green bar does not move, ar at least I was unable to figure out if it should be able to move. It seems to me that my laptop does not have a microphone.  In the front of the computer, there is a jack for an external mic.  What else can I do to see if there is an internal mic?  I have video webcam.  The computer is about two and a halr years old, a Dell Inspiron 1545. I just can't believe that it does not have an internal mic. Thanks for any suggestions.

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ejn63
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

If it has the webcam, it has an internal mic (actually it has two of them).  Are you sure the mic isn't set to "mute" in the audio control panel?

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Jim Coates
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

In addition, if it just says "High Definition Audio Device" then the IDT audio driver is not installed for some reason. When the IDT driver is installed then it will say "IDT High Definition Audio". Besides the IDT driver, you should have the webcam driver and the Webcam Central application installed. Then you should see something like this on the Recording tab

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The "Microphone/Line in" is for the mic jack, and the "Microphone Array" is the internal webcam mics.

If all of the software is installed and you still do not see "Microphone Array', right click in the white area of the Recording tab and look for it under disabled and disconnected devices, then enable it and set as default device.

Jim Coates -- 14th year on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

cathysoho
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

I wish I can do a print screen to show you what I see, but it does not paste in an email  I can paste it into Paint or Microsoft word, and then I try to copy and past from those programs, but it won't past.  I do it at my computer at work, but for some reason I can't paste into this box or an email.  I have tried Control+V also.  

But the menu I see sas this:

Micrphone

High Definitiion Audio Device

Not plugged in

Microphone (with the checkmark for default)

High Definitiion Audio Device

Default Dvice

And that's all.  Nothing else.  On the second one, the default one, the green bar on the right side was half-way up this afternoon, now it only has two lines that are green at the bottom.

I followed this instruction - right click in the white area of the Recording tab and look for it under disabled and disconnected devices, then enable it and set as default device - and there is a checkmark next to "Show Disconnected Device", but no checkmark next to "Show Disabled Device" .  Is that correct?

Thanks for your help.  I apprecuate it.

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cathysoho
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

I don't think so, but can you direct me to the place to find this?  I have Microsoft 7.  Thanks.

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cathysoho
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

I don't think the microphone is muted, but can you direct me to the audio control panel to find this?  I have Microsoft 7.  Thanks.

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Jim Coates
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

I wish I can do a print screen to show you what I see, but it does not paste in an email  I can paste it into Paint or Microsoft word, and then I try to copy and past from those programs, but it won't past.  I do it at my computer at work, but for some reason I can't paste into this box or an email.  I have tried Control+V also.  

The way I use this discussion board, click on "Use Rich Formatting" instead of "Reply".

To insert a screen capture shot, first save it as a jpeg or other image file on your computer. To insert your picture in your text, find the yellow smilie icon in the toolbar and go over 7 icons to the left to the "Insert Image" one.

Click on that Insert Image icon and from there you can browse to where you saved the picture on your computer, then upload it to the forum which might take a couple of seconds, and finally insert it into your reply.

It is also useful to use "Use Rich Formatting" when you want to quote because there is a button for doing that.

I followed this instruction - right click in the white area of the Recording tab and look for it under disabled and disconnected devices, then enable it and set as default device - and there is a checkmark next to "Show Disconnected Device", but no checkmark next to "Show Disabled Device" .  Is that correct?

You should do that after you have installed the software. Right now you are on Windows native audio driver. You need the IDT audio driver and Webcam Central if you do not have that application installed..

This is the IDT audio driver for an Inspiron 1545 with 7.

Here are instructions for getting the Webcam Central app.

Jim Coates -- 14th year on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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cathysoho
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

Regarding the copy and paste, why is it so complicated.  I do the same thing at work, and I don't have this problem on my laptop at work.  I used the Riich Formatting and was able to put the screen shot in below.

Thanks for your help. I first downloaded the driver, but nothing happened.  Was I supposed to do something after that download?

Before I uninstall the Webcam, I wanted to follow the instructions to go to Dell.com, sign in, etc, and I can't get past this page:  It just keeps saying "Examining your computer, please wait"  the screen blinks every 20 seconds or so, but it has not moved from this screen.  I have the original CD Rom from when I bought the computer.  Would that work?

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cathysoho
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

after i downloaded the driver, my menu changed to the following.  I am sorry it is so smaill.  I enlarged it in paint, but this is how it saved, and then I inserted it.

But I tested the microphone and it still doesn't work.

 

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Jim Coates
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Re: How do I know if my laptop has an internal microphone

Regarding the copy and paste, why is it so complicated.

You would have to ask the Dell powers that be why they use such a user unfriendly platform. Beats me. When they first started using it several years ago I assumed that they were getting a really good price on it, since it appears to be the work of school kids. But to be fair, on the platform they had before this one, you could not paste pictures either as I recall. You had to upload them to someplace on the internet and then in your post you could insert a link to the site that had the pictures.

I first downloaded the driver, but nothing happened.  Was I supposed to do something after that download?

After downloading, you unzip it to the default location on the hard drive -- in other words let it unzip to the folder suggested by Windows unzip wizard. After unzipping, the installation wizard will run and install the driver. I can't tell what it says on your small screen shot. If you see the word "IDT" then the driver is installed.

I have the original CD Rom from when I bought the computer.  Would that work?

Did the computer come with 7 pre-installed? If so, yes you can use the cd. If Vista was originally on the computer, then some or most of the software on the cd will be Vista version, but you should be able to install them into 7 anyway by using Vista Compatibility Mode. Look on the cd and see what is there. Instead of "Webcam Central" it might have "Webcam Center" and if so you could try that.

On your small screen shot, does it say "Microphone Array -- IDT High Definition Audio"?  If so, try opening the black IDT control panel. It should be in the Windows Control Panel, a path something like this but maybe a little different in 7 : Start>Control Panel>IDT.

Make the settings look like this.

Jim Coates -- 14th year on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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