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can someone advise about setting up microphone on sound card?

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When I plug the microphone in the appropriate jack and do a test it fails. I have tried other mic's with same result. I have a desktop PC running a new installation of Windows XP. The speakers work OK. The sound card is a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy. I need step by step instructions if possible.
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Maybe the drivers are not configured correctly, I guess nobus has provided an exhaustive link which should help you configure the microphone.
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nobus

I followed the instructions but still nothing when I do a test hardware. It is a mic that is attached to headset - is that pertinent?
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normally not -are you sure it is ok?  tets it on another PC
is it wireless?

check in device manager for errors too
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Trouble is I bought a new one thinking that it was faulty and get the same result. I also changed the sound card for a brand new one. Not wireless and no errors in device manager.

I just plugged it into a Windows 7 box and it tested fine. However, I need to use it with my XP box.

I can't help thinking it is just some box that has not been checked or something...but where?
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Have you gone to the control panel under "sounds and audio devices" and made sure that the microphone level is not set way low or muted? That's the simplest and easiest overlooked problem.
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test it on another PC - that will tell if it is ok or not
then you'll know it is the pc or the headset
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Fixed! It was in the MSI control panel mixer tab. The bloody mic volume was muted. Leaving well enough alone I removed the new sound card and just using the onboard card. So just going into the windows sound and audio devices CP was not enough I guess. Anyway thanks to you guys for your help.
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partially solved by onsite troubleshooting
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tx for feedback
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