Microphone problem

How can I get my microphone to work with my sound card? I have Yamaha DS-XG Legacy on board sound system. The driver is SXG50. The speakers work. The microphone is good-tested on another computer. The microphone is unmuted in volume controls and selected under recording. The multimedia properties list my sound card and I have checked use preferred device. There are two holes for plugs by the speaker connection. I tried both of them thinking they may have been mislabeled.
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MindbenderConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'm disagreeing with Gryphon's comment. Any soundcard you wish to have today is stereo, but what constitutes a mono microphone? How can a microphone record two channels of audio? Mine can't, and doesn't, but it still works.
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Gryphon031198Commented:
If you have a mon micrphone and you try to put it into a stereo sound card, the microphone won't work.  Make sure your microphone is compatible with the sound card.

If you have tried both holes, then this is the only thing I can think of for now...i hope this helps.

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Gryphon
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PanortAuthor Commented:
The original microphone has a stereo plug. But to be sure I tried a head set that was advertised as stereo and it did not work either.
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biardCommented:
Reinstall the drivers for your soundcard.
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fracheCommented:
2  types of microphone : "crystal" and "dynamic". Dynamic microphone need a polarization ( signal and power on the same cable).Moreover, output level are differents.

You must have :
an option to set- look control Panel- system - Audio card - Property - Microphone input (?)

or

-a jumper on your Music board, near microphone jack.
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netmonCommented:
1. How many mini-jacks does your sound card have? It sounds like three. (possibly speaker out, line out and line in.)
2. Are you sure you HAVE a mic jack on this "on-board" sound?

3. IF THERE's MIC jack on your MODEM it's possible that has "commadeered" the mic function. Try plugging the MIC into that!

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netmonCommented:
If #3 above is not the case, AND YOU'RE SURE you have a mike jack, then it's probably broken. try reaming in and out of the jack..
Also in the device manager, look closely at all the devices "under" the sound card section. make sure none have little yellow exclamation points on them...

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alexiadCommented:
Most soundcards need capacity mikes
to operate.
These mikes have a  stereo jack BUT
out of the three cables connected on  
the jack, one is signal, one is ground and one should be POWER. These mikes need power to operate and the soundcard 's jack is made to provide it.
If your mike gives a normal stereo output, then it probably won't work. Get yourself a COMPUTER MIKE and check the rear of its package for the schematic diagram of the connections at its output jack. The connections should be as mentioned above.
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PanortAuthor Commented:
I tried most of the suggestions given for my question and none of them worked. I finally received a message from Labtec co. They said that my sound card does not have power for a microphone. I tried a battery power microphone and that did not help. I ended up getting a USB microphone and have given up getting one to work on with the sound card.
No mike on modem and of the three plugs on the sound card one has a symbol for a microphone-at least it looks like a microphone to me. The other two plugs have speaker symbols.
I reinstalled drivers. I did not see anything about mic input under sound card properties. I appreciate all the suggestions even if they didn't work.
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netmonCommented:
Stereo Microphones are not uncommon.
Computer SOUND CARD MIKE inputs that SUPPORT them ARE uncommon. A stereo mike normally has 3 mike "heads" (internal) one on each side, for stereo, one on top for mono and a switch to select mono, stereo or off. If all else fails you can tell by the PLUG. It will look like the one on your walkman headphones. Two little black strips, stereo, only one? Mono. A stereo mike can be used in a MONO sound card jack.

Mindbender, did you even mean for that to be an answer? Or did you click that by accident like I recently did?
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alexiadCommented:
There are mikes specifically manufactured for computer souncards that have plugs exactly like the ones walkman headphones have. BUT they are NOT stereo mikes. There are 3 silver stripes, one for signal, one for ground, AND ONE FOR POWER DELIVERED TO THE MIKE. Most soundcards are designed for this type of mike. I have met a number of people that bought a common mike and it did not work. When they bought one as described above, they solved their problems.
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netmonCommented:
Oh.
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alexiadCommented:
OK. If you know the answer why don't you tell us?
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