Most of the time I have my external microphone turned on for my desktop computer such that I can hear the phone calling even when using noice-canceling headphones. The microphone is always turned on!
I tried to do the same thing with my Windows 2000 OS Dell Latitude C640 notebook. The notebook however ONLY uses the microphone when you specifically tell Windows to record a sound using the Sound Recorder or when using a program such as MSN Messenger or Yahoo to chat over the internet.
I want to connect an external microphone to my notebook such that it is ALWAYS turned on, without running any specific software so that I can hear the phone ringing even when I have my headphones on. I do this with my desktop using both Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Why can I not configure the notebook to do the same thing? My only assumption is that the difference in the soundcard hardware make a difference. Please advise!!!