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I wasn't sure where to post this, so this is where it is.

I would like to know what to do with my microphone problem. My computer will not let me record sound comming in from my microphone. Some people have suggested that I need a pre-amp or a battery operated mic, but I want to make sure that there's nothing else I can do. Help is much appreciated.
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Noose, what happens when you try to record?  Low level volume?  no volume?  And what software are you using to record?  What kind of sound card do you have?  And where exactly are you plugging in your microphone?
Make sure that the microphone is not muted in the sound card mixer.  Double click on the speaker icon in the system tray and you should see a bunch of sliders like on a mixing board.  
make sure your sound card supports recording to a microphone, as well. you can try updating the driver for your sound card and see if that helps. what kind of sound card do you have?
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One other thing, make sure you have no other audio devices being used.  Some older sound cards can only one sound source at a time.
nooseAuthor Commented:
When I record, I can hear my voice in the speakers, but there is no sound when you play back.
I have tried using goldwave and Microsoft's standard sound recorder- neither of them play back sound.
I have a soundblaster 16 sound card or something like that.
I plug my microphone into the little outlet thingy that says "microphone," right next to where my speakers are plugged in.
The microphone is never muted in my sound control, and before I reinstalled windows, everything worked fine- with or without the microphone muted on the sound control.
I'm not sure if my sound card supports recording to a microphone or not, but I haven't changed the sound card, I've only reinstalled windows, which doesn't make sense to me.
nooseAuthor Commented:
go here.


scroll to the bottom, accept the licensing agreement, and click download.

it will ask you where to save the file. i'm sure you're familiar with the process, but if not just put it on your desktop.

it is an executable setup file.

if you have problems with it, report back here again.

nooseAuthor Commented:
before I actually go ahead and do it... I wanna make sure... what are the chances that this will screw up my computer? I don't know much about drivers and data and stuff, I know more about web design/animation/graphics and how to use a computer, so yeah... THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me.
um, well, i can't give you any guarantees about much in this setting. to be honest, i'm at a handicap because i have to guess about everything here. if i were doing this myself, i would be certain i wouldn't screw anything up. unfortunately, i can't guarantee how you will handle things, or what kinds of variables might arise. if you're unsure, you can repost your question with all of the comments contained here, and see if anyone else has a different idea. sorry...

good luck!


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