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X230 external microphone not detected

Q: X230 external microphone not detected

Lots of problems with the microphone and sound system. Really disappointing after dropping so much cash on this laptop. Aside from the insane amount of background noise that makes the built-in mic basically unusable with Skype, the main problem I'm having is the combo mic/headphone port. It doesn't work for input -- nowhere am I seeing it detected, not in Control Panel -> Sound -> Recording, and not in the Realtek app. If I plug my iPhone headset into my laptop, I cannot record sound so long as it is plugged in. This has been an issue for other laptops using the Conexant drivers; I've updated my Realtek drivers and done all the basic troubleshooting for sound. Anyone have any other suggestions? Anyone else experiencing this glitch?Jeff

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A: X230 external microphone not detected

No one? Hmm...

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I have a microphone that works only as such, with no speaker and is not a headset.  I am trying to get it to work with my Lenovo x230 Tablet laptop.
When I plug it into the 3.5mm port on the right side next to the Ethernet input nothing happens and it doesn't show up in my windows sound or do anything except change the top left port under "Analog System" from gray to black.  Unfortunately that is the audio port not the microphone port.  This is shown by the next two pictures.Microphone not plugged in:
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Microphone Plugged In:
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So something is up...I tried again by going to the "device advanced settings" and changing it from "classic mode" to "Multi-stream mode".This atleast shows in the windows control that there is a "external mic" and a "docking mic".  I have no idea what the docking mic is.  Anyway this picture below is what happens before I plug in the mic:
And now when I plug it in:
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As you can see the windows controller is unchanged in the input recording tab but, the realtek program has detected the mic again by turning on the analog headphone button on.  As well as adding an extra tab to the program called "HD Audio 2nd output".  As far as I can tell t thinks my mic is a headset for some reason.  I wish to change this.  When I switch over to the sound tab on the windows program it shows an added headset which is actually it... Read more

A:External Microphone won't work on x230 Tablet

Also it seems as if the Microphone and earbuds from my Samsung Galaxy S3 do work as both a headset and Microphone.  But my microphone only device doens't work, what gives?

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I recently bought a Zalman ZM-MIC1 because the built-in microphone of my pc (Qosmio X500) is rather crappy. However I've been trying for hours now but I can't get it to work at all. It doesn't even show up under recording devices, the only thing that is displayed there is Conexant SmartAudio HD.

The microphone works fine on a different laptop, on which the Realtek HD Audio Manager pops up as soon as I connect it. From what I've gathered online, it looks like Conexant and Realtek are two different hardware types? Does that mean that this microphone is not supported by my pc?

It just seems weird to me that a certain type of microphone would not work at all on particular pcs, especially as there is nothing mentioned about Realtek on the box the mic came in. But, I'm out of ideas. I've updated all drivers and the only sign of life I get when connecting the microphone is a short waiting animation in Conexant SmartAudio.

If anyone could shed some light on this I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!

A:External microphone not detected

It should work OK. Go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally the Sound Panel. In the Recording section, with the mic connected, if its not shown, RIGHT click in a blank area in that panel and then click to show disabled and disconnected devices. That may make it appear and you can enable it.

However, even if that makes the mic appear, you should have a System Mixer or may be called System Mixer. That should be set as the default recording device, then whatever is used will record (or if you want to record streaming audio from the internet you need this function).

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Hello, i'm using a Siberia V2 headset. Here is my laptop : Asus ROG G741JM-T4065H

I'm using this splitter : Amazon.com: StarTech.com Headset adapter for headsets with separate headphone / microphone plugs - 3.5mm 4 position to 2x 3 position 3.5mm M/F: Electronics

My headset is in the soundtab, but no microphone (except the internal one) is the recordtab :
My headset works fine with a windows 7.

A:External microphone not detected, tried everything

Are you sure the Tip/Ring/Ring/Sleeve is what is used on your PC? Many with one jack are standard Tip/Ring/Sleeve and are a combo jack - can be used for either mic or headset but not both.

I just researched two other ASUS laptops and that is the way they are - jack that can be used for either but not both.

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Hello, I've reently bought a new Lenovo, its great so far, but I have this very frustrating issue that I cant manage to fix, I've been brosing forums and tried to find a sollution myself nothing works so far. Problem: I can't use any external microphone.1: My Lenovo.y50-70 Link to picture/image 2: My Headphones, Microphone, and AudioSplitter. Link to picture/image3: the 2nd Audio entrance where I connect Audio Splitter: Link to picture/imageI tried to Uninstall , Download and install the latest Realtek drivers indicated on the official website, restart system .Nothing works till now.Headphones and Microphone are working on other laptop though.( for the test ) Mod comment: Over sized pictures converted to links.  Side Note: Its a great laptop, but if I dont manage to fix microphone problems untill 19th of march , I'll return product back to store.

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A:lenovo y50-70 External Microphone is not detected,...

hi viknik1990,
Welcome to the Forums.
Just to verify, were you able to make the headphone work directly to the audio-combo jack port or by using the audio splitter?
In addition, if you'll be using an external monophonic microphone only, have you tried using an extra 3.5mm Stereo male to 3.5mm Mono female adapter connected to the AudioSplitter and plug that inside the audio-combo jack? A user commented this tip on the article below as he was using the same setup.
3.5mm Stereo male to 3.5mm Mono female adapter
Microphone/Headset Jack - splitter needed for combo

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X230 2306CTO Windows 10 Pro 64-bit The microphone was working fine after Windows 10 upgrade.  No new updates I am aware of were installed (unless forced by lenovo or microsoft without notification).  Suddenly today the built-in microphone is not detected.  Yes it is enabled in BIOS.  I uninstalled all Realtek and Dolby software and reinstalled latest Realtek High Definition Audio Driver ver. from lenovo support.  Clean install with 2 reboots.  Yet when I check Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Sound there is no recording device shown.  Right-click options to show both disabled and disconnected devices are checked.  No items appear at all.  Playback devices shows only "Speaker/HP" with "Realtek Hiogh Definition Audio default driver".     If I try to open "Dobly Digital Plus" I get this error showing audio driver is installed by application expects verison  

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A:X230 Microphone not working

HiCould you boot up laptop from the Linux LiveUSB/CD? There is a chance to reset audio chip within that OS from. As an example of such issue and troubleshooting:https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/Lenovo-X220-Conexant-20672-SmartAudio-NO-SOUN...Also, try to reset BIOS/EC, it'll remove electric voltage from the laptop parts, chips: unplug the battery and charger, press the power button and hold it during 20...30 seconds. Then enter BIOS Setup, load default settings and change the ones you need.

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I my x230 thinkpad, fingerprint sensor is not detected.I Installed Fingerprint Sensor Manager and tried, it says Fingerprint sensor is not detected.I also checked in BIOS under security, there its enabled. When i press reset data, its showing error has fingerprint sensor not attached. In IO Access also its enabled properly.I also tried with ThinkVantage software. again its not detected and showing error as E7210005.g1f813ww.exe, g1f814ww.exe, ls4c71a2.exe and ls4c73a2.exe are the applications i tried.Pls help me to solve this.

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A:Fingerprint sensor is not detected in X230 , Windows 7 64bit

Hi,I am also facing similar issue.Where you able to resolve this issue ? Lenovo team doesn't seem to have answer to this. With RegardsGirish

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Hi, does anyone know if it is possible to use the Thinkpad x230 with USB 3.0 DisplayLink to drive 3 external display monitors? The 3 monitors only have DVI, VGA and HDMI connections. Also I have a Type 4338 docking station (with ESATA) should I upgrade this to the one with USB 3.0? or should I buy the USB 3.0 docking station instead? thanks

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Hi, I recently got an x230. I use laptops at work, connecting them to external displays (TVs) using a hdmi cable. The x230 has no hdmi input, so I use a minidp/hdmi adapter. I set windows (10) to 'display on second screen only', and after that it was fine with one annoying problem. The problem is that whenever I open the lid, the laptop changes display mode: 1. connect laptop to TV with display on second screen only2. close lid, laptop displays on second screen as intended3. open lid, windows changes to display on FIRST screen only or, with some fiddling, duplicate4. close lid again, windows changes back to display on second screen only Opening the lid always changes the display settings. I want it to always be 'display on second screen only'; always, even if I open the lid to quickly type something like when doing a search. All power options are set correctly. All display options are set correctly. But opening the lid still seems to turn on the first display and reset my display settings. I don't know how to stop it. On my old laptop (a y570 running win7), if I set 'display on second screen only', the laptop would only display on the second screen regardless of whether the lid was up or down. I wonder why this isn't the same. Is it the laptop? Is it Windows 10? Is it perhaps my adapter? I've tried 2 TVs and 2 hdmi cables and changing them had no effect. I've searched for this problem high and low but never found any solution. Can anyone shed some lig... Read more

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What would be the steps to solve this?  On the external display the machine seems to run great.  I bought a new IPS screen and it looks to be in great condition.  I have no way to compare it with another screen that I know of as I only have this one (received laptop w/o a screen) and would prefer to not spend $50-$75 to test this.  My guess is that the screen is fine. 1) Check and reseat cables?2) Purchase new LCD cables?3) Remove everything (ram, hd, etc) and see if it posts?  Currently do not hear any beeps.  ... etc?  anything simple and obvious I'm missing?  Is there any way to test the screen without purchasing another one? It is NOT the duplicate/extend setting.  I have -- on the external monitor -- set it to duplicate, primary only, etc, and it had no effect.  thanks!

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I'm trying to get my microphone working on windows XP SP3. It's a headset, with 2 plugs: 1 for the mic and 1 for the headphones. They are both analog plug. I plugged the mic in only, using my speakers for the sound. Windows cannot detect the mic. I can hear my voice thru my speakers, but I cannot transmit or record my voice. When I test the mic in windows it doesn't register whatsoever.

I have sound on my motherboard. C-Media CM6051. It's volume controls replaced windows volume controls. They're very similar, only a bit more fancy, but most of the same control are there (the sliders, and the muting and such).

For the life of me, I cannot get windows, or any software, to detect or recognize my mic.

Furthermore, I thought installing the proper windows volume controls might help but cannot seem to find the proper files on my windows cd.

Any ideas or insight would be much appreciated.


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Make sure your audio driver is updated as it may conflict with other drivers that may be udated and cause problems. I think this may your driver here if you aren't sure but before installing it, create a system restore point first then install it. Go here if you are unsure how to do this.

This is your Driver;


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I think I had this in the wrong forum, so I am re-posting here. Sorry.

I have a brand new headset plugged into the front. The earphones work fine, but I cannot get the computer to find the microphone. I'm under Windows XP Professional. On the control panel I've got Speech > Audio Input > Speech Recongition > Audio Input Settings I can choose between "Use Preferred Audio Input Device" and "Realtek HD Audio Input". Neither of them seem to work. I have "Front Mic" chosen under Properties where I can choose either "Use automatically chosen line" or from among: Line Volume, Front Mic, Mic Volume, or Stereo Mix.

Under Sounds and Audio Devices > Voice > Voice Recording, the only option is "Default Device", which is Realtek HD Audio Input. Under Volume I have Front Mic checked. The "advanced" option is disabled.

Under Master Volume, nothing is muted.

But my voice is not detected. Can anyone help?

A:Microphone not detected

look for a channel called rear/front pink in and unmute that and you can set boost as well

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I'm trying to use Ventrilo, but since purchasing a sound card, rather than using my mobo's onboard audio, my microphone doesn't seem to be detected. At first I thought it was something with Vent, did the usual double-checking to make sure I didn't have the mic muted and that ingoing/outgoing voice was set to my sound card, but that wasn't the problem.

I went to the Sounds and Audio Devices panel in the control panel to test if the computer was even responding to the microphone, but when I talked into the mic, my voice was not being picked up. Windows claims that the drivers for the card are working properly, and I'm certain that I installed them when I installed the sound card. For what it's worth, I wasn't able to find the headset listed in the device manager either. I'm using a Dynex 5.1 sound card with a Saitek GH30 headset plugged directly into the pink microphone jack on the soundcard, Microsoft XP.

I suppose it could be the microphone, but I don't have a second mic to test if similar things are happening on the same computer. Is there anything I can do to verify that it's either something with my hardware/software on the computer or the microphone itself, without needing to purchase a second mic just to dummy test?

A:Microphone is not being detected?

Do you have a second computer or a friend's computer you can try the mic on? Also did not see your computer specs. If it works on another machine, then my guess is a driver issue. Can't do much more lacking your computer specs.

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My computer does not have a microphone jack; it's only a headset jack. So, to solve this, I bought a trusted and reliable adapter to conjoin the microphone and headphones jack into one. However, my computer only picks this up as a "communication headphones" and does npt detect the microphone installed into the computer. Skype and Curse ans Steam does not recognize my voice. What do I do?

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Hi, I'm using RC1 and my motherboard is an MSI 915G Neo2 Platinum with onboard sound (C-Media Azalia). The driver has been installed by default and playback is fine. However, under the recording tab, no devices are listed and I cannot use my microphone - any idea why this is? When I boot into XP its working fine.

Besides this no other problems and the Vista experience has been excellent - love it over XP already!

A:Microphone not detected in RC1?

The sound drivers in vista for many chipsets are currently fairly buggy. I think the best solution is to just wait until microsoft sort out the driver for your motherboard.

Sorry I couldn't be of help

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So i just bought a new USB microphone who worked in plug and play, but when i connect it to my computer it recognizes the microphone as being connected but doesn't actually work, is as if the microphone wasn't connected at all.
I should add that the microphone works on other computers meaning the problem is somewhere is my computer but i have no idea how to fix it, any help would be great.

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I'm a new user here at the tech support guy forums.. I got a problem and was hoping someone out there would be able to help me

My microphone CAD GXL2500 was bought brand new and all but only came with a stereo plug.. so i decided to buy a plug and play USB cord to connect it to my computer for recording. Somehow it was detected but there is no sound. I tried almost everything i could find online. I tried making sure my sound wasn't muted. The problem is, it shows up on my MIxcraft program but there is no wave when i talk or sing. When i talk through it on the sound setting, the mic didn't have a green line jumping like how my default mic was. So i tried to default the CAD but the green line didn't jump. I dont know anymore. I tried the speech recognition thing... and tried to reinstall my mic... etc... i know my USB cord is working because the red light on the end of it is shine... And my mic is not on mute.. so any HELP OUT THERE?


A:Microphone Detected But No Sound

microphone is usually connected through the pink mic socket 3.5mm on pc.

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Whenever I plug my headset mic into the jack, for some reason the mic isn't detected -- yes, I'm plugging it into the right jack. The "line-in" jack is activated, but not "microphone."

This has never happened before in all the time I've had my laptop PC. This problem started very recently, only about 2 months ago, and I can't get my mic to work.

Please help -- I need to use skype! Thanks

A:Microphone not detected when plugged in...

Hi codovex,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

Go to Start / Control Panel / Sound / Recording / select the microphone device and click on Configure and Properties to make sure it is set up properly.

Go to Start / Control Panel / Speech Recognition / Set up microphone and follow the prompts to set it up and see if that helps.

Try re-installing the microphone/headset drivers and/or codecs to see if that restores the functionality. They should be available on the computer manufacturer's web site or the headset/microphone manufacturer's web site.

If those don't work, two months is a pretty long time, but this still might work. Try a System Restore to a point in time BEFORE the problem began. Here's the procedure: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76905-system-restore-how.html. Be sure to check the box to show more than 5 days of restore points. If the first attempt fails, then try an earlier point or two. NOTE: You will have to re-install any software and updates you installed between now and the restore point, but you can use Windows Update for the updates.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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Hi here,

I've had my [COLOR=#3676A2 ! important][COLOR=#3676A2 ! important]Dell [COLOR=#3676A2 ! important]XPS [/COLOR][COLOR=#3676A2 ! important]720[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] with Vista on it. I'm trying to get the microphone on my logitech headset to work. I haven't had any trouble with it as of now. I've been using it to talk on ventrilo, in-game in steam games, but all of a sudden, it stopped working. I haven't changed any of the settings or anything. The microphone hasn't been sat on or stepped on, so it's in fine shape still. In the sound manager, Vista detects the microphone as being plugged in - as a "Microphone/Line In - SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC", but no program notices any sound coming from it. It is set as the default microphone and it's enabled. The sound comes out of the [COLOR=#3676A2 ! important][COLOR=#3676A2 ! important]headphones[/COLOR][/COLOR], but the microphone does not do anything, but it is detected and is said to be working in the "recording devices" tab. Is there anyone that could help me get this working?

Specs: Dell [COLOR=#3676A2 ! important][COLOR=#3676A2 ! important]XPS [COLOR=#3676A2 ! important]720[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR], 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core CPU, with 4 gigs of ram. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.

Many thanks,

Phillip Oh

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I'm running Windows 7 on a Toshiba and recently encountered a problem. When I answer a skype call, I can see and hear my friend. But my friend was unable to hear or see me. I have checked the skype settings and Control Panel. Apparently the two built in mic and camera were not detected at all.
I've attached the diagnostic file which I observed was requested for in other threads.

Please help, much appreciated.

A:Not detected - Microphone and Webcam

I've never used Skype, but it sounds to me like the problem is with your friend, not you. Have your friend check his/her settings & make sure your friend has the most current version of Skype.

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i have recently bought a new laptop 'Lenovo yoga 510' and have just bought a USB condenser microphone for it. When i plug it in its not detected anywhere. Is it not compatible with my laptop? is there a way of solving this?

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Hi here,

I've had my Dell XPS 720 with Vista on it. I'm trying to get the microphone on my logitech headset to work. I haven't had any trouble with it as of now. I've been using it to talk on ventrilo, in-game in steam games, but all of a sudden, it stopped working. I haven't changed any of the settings or anything. The microphone hasn't been sat on or stepped on, so it's in fine shape still. In the sound manager, Vista detects the microphone as being plugged in - as a "Microphone/Line In - SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC", but no program notices any sound coming from it. It is set as the default microphone and it's enabled. The sound comes out of the headphones, but the microphone does not do anything, but it is detected and is said to be working in the "recording devices" tab. Is there anyone that could help me get this working?

Specs: Dell XPS 720, 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core CPU, with 4 gigs of ram. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.

Many thanks,

Phillip Oh

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Hi everybody,

I updated my computer to Windows 10 Pro just few hours ago. I experienced some problems with the video drivers, but I solved them by updating the driver through nVidia GeForce Experience.

Now I have problems with my audio driver (which I think it is VIA HD Audio). My computer does not recognize my external microphone, only the internal one (which is not of the best quality). I looked for the drivers in the ASUS website, but I have found only outdated drivers for Windows 8. Then I saw the "sticky thread" on tenforums in this section and I tried to download the driver, but I do not want to mess up everything else as the site says:

Audio drivers available for download from the Realtek website are general drivers for our audio ICs, and may not offer the customizations made by your system/motherboard manufacturer. To be sure you obtain the full features/customizations provided in your original audio product, please download the latest drivers from your system/motherboard manufacturer's website.

So I'd like to find a good driver for my own PC (which is an ASUS G75).
In addition to it, it seems I have installed VIA HD Audio Control Panel, but I cannot access it because no window is shown when I start it.

I've attached some screenshots which could be helpful.

Any suggestions?

Thanks a lot!


A:Windows 10 microphone not detected

see my post no.2 in
Via HD audio drivers not working for microphone - Windows 10 Forums

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Good day to all. Can you please assist me with a major issue that I have been having for a while now. I have distant family and need to urgently communicate with them via skype. My microphone is detected but does not work even though it says that it is working correctly.No green bars seem to be moving. Please assist me.

Kind regards: Reegan.R

A:Microphone detected but not working!!

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Hi guys.
I'm on my friend's computer at the moment. It has a strange problem. The microphone, after installing the 64-bit SP2, is not detected anymore by Vista/Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme (PCIe 1x).

The microphone in question... is a simple microphone. Not USB.

His config is :
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
4GB of RAM (1033MHz DDR2)
320GB of Hard drive
Ati Radeon 4850 512MB
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Sound Card
Realtek HD On-board Sound (Desactivated)
Windows Vista Home Premium (FR) x64

The drivers are up-to-date. I even desinstalled them and reinstalled them. Of course, I tried to connect/deconnect.

Are there any other things we could try? (Without spending a penny please).

My friend wants to try everything possible before getting on the on-board audio chip.

Thanks for helping.


Something was wrong in the creative software. But we got it working now.
Thanks anyway.

A:Microphone not detected after installation of SP2

I hope someone helps because I have the same problem and I am running almost iden tical hardware. I am using Vista Ultimate (64 bit).

I am using Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum Series.

Windows will nor recognize the microphone.

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I got a new microphone for better recording my voice when live streaming or playing games on my XPS 8900. It worked great, but suddenly out of no where the device had stopped working. I don't know what caused it to do that. My computer wasn't detecting it as a recording device anymore. I unplugged the cord at the microphone and plugged it back in, nothing. I unplugged it from the tower (where it was plugged in from) and plugged it back in, nothing. I unplugged it, restarted the computer, and then plugged it back in, nothing. I checked my devices and it is giving me this error:
"Unknown USB Device (Device Descriptor Request Failed)". I'm unsure of what to do on how to fix this. I am not planning on getting a new microphone. What do I do?

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Hi here,

I just got a new computer with Vista. I'm trying to get a headset that I used on my old computer to work. The headset is a free one that came with some language learning software so there's no driver. In the sound manager, Vista detects the microphone as being plugged in - as a "Microphone/Line In - SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC", but no program notices any sound coming from it. It is set as the default microphone and it's enabled. It works on my old computer still. Is there anyone that could help me get this working?

Many thanks,


A:Headset microphone detected but won't work

Hi tjm, welcome to the vista forums

may seem a bit basic but have you checked the levels, right click on the sound icon in the tray and select recording devices - click on your microphone and check on the levels tab.

hopefully it's that simple have seen new installs with either very low or muted mic channels

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2 days ago my pc was reformatted... everything worked out fine except for the microphone and the tv-tuner... i'm sure that the cables are plugged properly into the cpu...so what seems to be the problem??

A:microphone can't be detected...tv-tuner has no sound...

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I have recently purchased V7-792G Nitro Black Edition. I have installed Win 10, since on Win 7 it is impossible to install the Realtek drivers for ALC255. The built in microphone is not available as a recording device, but if I plug an external mic it is properly functioning. It's weird that the two USB 3 on the right side are operating at USB 2 speed (max at 20 MB/s), but I could live with that. When the machine is under load, the fan located at the top right corner is noisy and entering in resonance with any surface on which I place the laptop. However if I pick it up on my hands the noise is a bit more bearable. Could you please advice ? If these problems persists I will need to return it to the seller in BG and get my money back.

A:V7-792g - no microphone detected, weird fan noise

I'm not sure if your computer is designed to run Windows 7.  Probably not. I would suggest that you reset your computer to factory condition.  I''ll assume that by installing Windows 7, recovery is no longer available to you and you had to install vanilla Windows 10.  If you can no longer reset your computer to factory condition and forgot to create a USB recovery drive, you can order your recovery media from Acer. The link below will show you how to restore your PC to factory defaults. http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29934/related/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNDcwMDExMjk... http://us-store.acer.com/erecovery/rcd/ http://www.acer.com/worldwide/support/ If that doesn't fix your problems, give Acer a call.

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Hi, I have a Dell XPS 420 running Windows 7.
When I first tried plugging in some speaker they were not detected so I changed the BIOS to use the on board audio (from auto select to on) and my speakers have worked ever since.
Yesterday I tried using a microphone (turtle beach x12 headset, speakers worked) and it is not detected (front and back panel). I tired a different microphone encase the headset was faulty and it wasnt detected either. So I tried my headset on my other computer and it worked straight away).
I've been reading forms etc but cant find a solution...
Any ideas?


PS. I tried another headset of mine which is only usb (no speaker or mic jack) and it works.
Also as the XPS 420 isn't sold with windows 7 drivers can be a bit of a bind

A:Microphone not detected (no audio devices installed)

Device detection is a function of the drivers (ie: audio drivers). So if it's not working properly, I'd suspect the drivers. If there aren't any Win7 drivers, then your best bet would be to get an addon sound card with Win7 support.

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 hi,i just wanna know if i can to install normal ssd drive and msata card drive in my x230 laptop Many Thanks 

A:x220 and x230 , can i install normal ssd drive and msata card drive in my x230


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I recently acquired a new hard disk and noticed that my microphone (which was working with the old gears I had) are now being detected as Line-In on the menu of VIA HD Audio Deck even though it is connected into the microphone (pink) port from the rear after reinstalling my audio drivers. The microphone comes from a headset but i do not use the headphones, I only plugged in the microphone pin. What is odd is that Windows detected the mic connection through Sound > Recording Devices, but no sound are detected when I speak into it.

Using the Windows Sound Troubleshoot was useless, solved nothing. Can anyone help?

My specs:
Windows 7
VIA HD Audio Deck Package Version / Driver Version

A:Microphone wrongly detected as Line In VIA HD Audio Deck

First thing, although it doesn't address the line in being detected as a microphone, set the Stereo Mix as the Default Recording Device. Most programs use the Stereo Mix as the source and if you want to record audio from the internet you need the Stereo Mix. Any device that is plugged in will be heard and used with the Stereo Mix.

Back to the detection problem. Try a "refresh" in case there is some type of Windows corruptions with the Audio. Go to the Device Manger, RIGHT click on the VIA entry in the Sound section and the LEFT click "Uninstall". DO NOT uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound. Check to see if there is any change.

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Hello community. Just got my 7567 and cannot get my microphone working when i use the combo audio/mic jack. Try 2 pairs of headphone apple and beat with microphone, sound come out great but the microphone dont work. I receive the popup from maxxaudio pro asking what i just put in but no option for combo mic and sound. I did check the Maxxaudio main setting, dident see anything related to mic. Need some help here. Thx you all for your time.

A:Inspiron 7567 microphone not detected on combo audio/mic jack

Mine seems to be working.. I tested it with the Voice Recorder.  The volume levels did not show in the Recording devices dialog window.  If you have a specific utility, someone may have experience with it..
The Jack was a little hard to plug in, possibly first use but there should be not barrel of the plug showing.  When you plug it in the popup allows you to choose the Headphones and size then hit OK.  The system will sense a microphone is available.

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Hello to all,I have a thinkpad laptop and it has the 2 internal microphones and it has an audiojack for headphones. My manual says my laptop will support a headphone/microphone combo, but NOT a microphone only. I do not have or want (at this point) a docking station. Does anyone know of a way or of a type of external microphone (without a headset) that i can use and that will work? would a usb mic work or is this laptop just incapable of using an external mic? thank you for allowing me to post.

A:I would like to use an external microphone on my t...

Hello and welcome,
The usual setup is something like the below.  This is an example, not a specific recommendation.  Please verify.

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I have two laptops running windows 8, Asus AO756-2626 and HP dm4-3099se. Internal mic works on both. I have two computer mics and one professional type that needs an adapter for the jack. When I insert either mics, nothing happens on either laptops. The external mic in the sound settings is grayed out and says currently unavailable.

A:External Microphone Currently not Available

Depending on the actual audio codec driver of the machine, you probably just need to change the input port from line-in to mic, especially if the machine does not physically have both.

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Hey guys,

I'm new here, so I am hoping someone out there can give me some advice on this! Today I picked up a regular desktop microphone for my computer (one that uses the 1/8th jack) and was testing it out. Suffice to say, after an hour or so of fiddling with the volume options for the microphone and different positioning of the mic. I am not that happy with the quality of recording I am getting out of it. I have decided I am going to return this one, but was thinking about getting a USB instead. I know I have been told the recording quality is much superior on a USB microphone vs. the one I have now. My question being, will my computer recognize this as a microphone/line in as any other 1/8th style mic. would be recognized? For the purposes I need a microphone for (a Skype conversation being broadcasted live over a JetCast server on winamp) I need this microphone to be recognized much like any regular 1/8th mic. would be. I looked into the headsets, but I am unsure if those would be recognized as a microphone/line in, therefore defeating the purpose of what I need it for. Hopefully this makes sense to someone out there, and that someone can give me some hardware advice on this. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out! -Phrozen

My specs: Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop, Windows XP Home, basic audio hookups to the side (one for speakers, one for the mic), Sigmatel Audio.

A:External USB Microphone

When you plug a USB headset/mic into a computer it forms its own subsystem audio. So for instance if you were using Realtek audio before, the USB's brandname audio would take over and you get a mic in setting for the USB microphone seperate from the other audio subsystem.

Sometimes Skype will be looking for the wrong mic in or something dumb like that but it will work just fine with Skype once it all configured correctly.

One drawback is (at least on my system) that the other audio subsystem is not usable while the USB subsystem is active and each time you move from one to the other there are some settings that may need to be reset each time in order to enable them again.

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Hi there!

I know nothing about sound and mic stuff. I'm learning as I go, so forgive me if all of this is obvious.

I wanted to buy a cheap lavalier microphone for some video recording I need to do. I need it to plug into a source other than my camera, so I assumed my computer (Macbook Pro Early 2008) would be the best choice. I ordered the Trantec LP2 because it was cheap and had a mini-jack that I assumed would plug straight into my computer and work. It does not.

So, having done a little research, I'm guessing that my mic has no pre-amp (or whatever the technical term is) and needs to be powered externally. To solve this, I purchased a very cheap USB bus-powered external sound card, which I assumed would be enough to power the mic. Apparently not.

Can anybody just quickly tell me what I can plug my microphone in to to make it work? I saw an iMic suggested, but I don't want to spend £20 on something I'm not sure will work. It doesn't need to even be a computer add-on...I can use an external audio capturing device (like a dictophone?) if need be, but the only requisit is that I don't want to spend £££'s. I don't particuarly need high-end stuff, I just need something cheap that will read the mic I've already bought.

Or, on the flip side, if anyone knows of any similarly priced mics that would do a better job than my LP2 without addition equipment needed, feel free to suggest them to me, as I'm thinking of just cutting ... Read more

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Hope somebody out there can help me out. Recently I purchased an Audio-Technica OMNI ATR3350 Microphone that must be plugged into the headphone/Mic port. When i open my editing software (Cyberlink Audio Director) My computer is not defualting to pick up the microphone that is plugged in, rather it defaults the internal mic that comes with my PC. In addition, When i go into my microphone settings, I am prompted to "set up mic" which I've done multiple times trying to figure this out! When my external mic is plugged in, my internal is not picking up sound, which is good. What i believe is the issue is my computer is recognizing the plug in as headphones and not microphone. Any help would be greatly apprieciated. 

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I have a new x220, it's 3 weeks old.  No microphones or audio input devices of any kind are being recognized in both the device manager, the sound settings and on skype. Not only is there suppoes to be a built in microphone in the model, but the headphone jack also works as a headset and I have tried plugging in my iphone style headset with microphone with no luck. There simply aren't any drivers or recognition of whatever is driving the input of that microphone feed. How can I fix this so that it recognizes the onboard microphone options (both loudspeaker and headset)??

A:No Audio Input Devices - Built-in microphone not detected/not in device manager ????

Did you install windows by yourself?
In that case a dozend drivers and tools seem to be missing.
Install System Update  and execute it.
If you prefer manually install, download and install the drivers from Lenovo X220 driver matrix

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Hi, I current have a Lenovo T510 Laptop and I'm trying to figure out how to plug in my external microphone into a headphone jack. On my old computers they would have 2 separate jacks. A pink one for the microphone and a green one for the headphones. Well, on the side of the laptop, all that's there is a gray-colored jack with a headSET symbol above it. At first, I assumed that it would work interchangeably with the headphones part and the microphone part, but only the headphones work when I plug it in. So here are the questions I've got pertaining to my issue: 1. What exactly does that Headset symbol mean? (I can't find images of it online, but i can take a picture if necessary)2. Is there a way that I can plug in my microphone without purchasing any sort of dual jack of some kind that works for both headphones and microphone?3. If I do have to purchase something, what exactly would it have to be and what would be the estimated cost? If there is any other helpful information that anyone has about my problem, I would love to hear. Thanks in advance! ~Michael

A:How to use an external microphone? (T510)

Hi and welcome to the forum!Check the following knowledge base and thread:-http://forum.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/Audio-combo-jack-vs-headphone-earphone-with-...http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T510-combo-mic-audio-port-usage/td-p/217613Hope it helps. 

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Haven't been able to find this answer anywhere else, so I thought I'd ask here. I'm hoping to sue an external microphone with a g505s, however having tried using two different microphones (both in the 3.5mm port) and 2 different types of recorder, I'm still only getting the default built in microphone, the external ones aren't registering.  Is there a way for me to change this?

A:Re: G505s external microphone

hi ThatGuyBS,
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
As the IdeaPad G505s uses a 2-in-1 audio jack (headphone and mic), you will need a headset splitter / adapter for a headset to work.
If you're be using an external monophonic microphone only, you will need an extra 3.5mm Stereo male to 3.5mm Mono female adapter connected to the headset.
Microphone/Headset Jack - splitter needed for combo
Sample items:
- 3.5mm Stereo male to 3.5mm Mono female adapter
- 3.5mm Headphone / Microphone adapter
Alternatively, you can also use a USB microphone to elimiate getting an headset adapter.

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I have recently purchased a new computer:

ixtreme M5801
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 500 @ 3.30GHz 3.20 GHz
64 Bit Operating System
Windows 7 Service Pack 1

I also purchased external speakers (as the current ones were awful) and have now purchased a USB webcam with a built in mic. I have inserted the USB and as one would expect it installed the drivers automatically and the cam works fine, however, the mic does not work at all.

On the Recording Devices section the built in mic on the webcam does not show up, even when checking the show unused and disabled options.

It is installed correctly, it must be otherwise the cam wouldn't work. So it must be the configuration of the sound system itself - maybe something to do with the fact that I have external speakers, I am not sure and really need help!


A:External Microphone/Webcam

Try going to the webcam manufacturers site and download the latest Windows 7 64bit drivers. That is if they supply they. Have you checked Device Manager for any yellow exclamations!

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Okay, so I have a Compaq Presario CQ56 (HP) and I am a musical person, therefore wishing to record music. The built-in microphone isn't to my standards, so I have a microphone that I'm trying to use. It's an average karaoke mic plugged into an adapter I guess I could say.. It's a little piece where the mic plugs in on one end and the other end has a piece that I can plug into my computer, it looks like a headphone end. When I try and use it, there's nothing there. I know for a fact that the microphone works, and the adapter piece isn't damaged, so what could be the problem?

I've checked on google and have found no answers. Please help!

Microphones are :
DIXON Dynamic Microphone DM-1178

A:Trying to use an external microphone but all I get is fuzz

Are you using a stereo adapter for a mono mic? Pull the adapter and check the plug. If there are two dark bands, that's a stereo adapter... You need a mono adapter for the mic. It should only have one dark band.

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I've come here because I have no other options, this is frustrating me to no end. My problem is fairly simple. I recently bought a zalman zm-mic1 to use for streaming purposes, but I can't find where to plug it into my laptop. I've tried plugging it into where headphones go(aka the only slot it fits in) but it doesn't come up as a recording device. I've read all sorts of stuff about sound cards and splitters but that's like a different language to me. The mic is super simple. On one end is the mic, on the other is a red plug, it says its 3.5mm. This is straight from the manufacturer. " Insert the microphone jack into the Mic Input of the soundcard/audio input device. Adjust the Mic Input Level in the soundcards software/audio input device." Is my laptop not an audio input device, and if not, does that mean I absolutely have to blow more money on whatever a sound card is? BASICALLY all i'm asking is how the hell do I actually record sound with this mic. I have my laptop, my webcam, my capture card, and that's about it. Am I missing something? For my webcam all I did was plugged it in and boom it worked great, so wtf is up with this


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I have y50-70. I want to use my headphone's mic or external mic but i can't. I just can use my laptop's microphone. How to use external mic?

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