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Sound Quality On Skype/Discord (Voice chat systems)

Q: Sound Quality On Skype/Discord (Voice chat systems)

I have a Blue Yeti Microphone, and it's quality only shows through within recording programs such as Audacity. How come my microphone quality is not the same standard when I talk on Skype, Discord and TeamSpeak? I have the settings modified for these programs so that it is at optimal settings, but the general quality of the microphone isn't heard. Although there is a difference between the quality of the Blue Yeti and my previous microphones, it sounds completely different from recording programs AND how it should sound as a high end microphone.

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A: Sound Quality On Skype/Discord (Voice chat systems)

Quality relies on the amount of data throughput. Most chat programs place a priority on speed (ie: low latency) as opposed to quality, so the amount of data used for the audio stream are reduced.

As you noted, the quality of the mic is noticeable over your previous mic. So the mic quality isn't wasted.

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Sorry all, don't know if this is the correct thread to post in (Im using windows XP and saw software related threads.)

Anyway, I'm trying to use Skype on this computer to chat with my friends while we play HoN. Only on this computer I am using right now do I get this problem.

Basically voice chat will work fine for about an hour (sometimes less), and then all of a sudden the voices become choppy and I can't understand what they say.

I doubt this is an internet issue mainly because I can run my game on this computer and set up my laptop right next to me and run skype from that, and my laptop (which is Vista) will run the voice chat perfectly fine with no internet lag on either computers, heck I can even use my other computer at the same time doing something with the internet and still not get any interruptions, so I don't think its a bandwidth problem.

If anyone has any advice for me I'd appreciate it ^_^

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Is it possible to make conference voice chat in Skype? If possible then how?
If not is this possible with YM or google talk?

A:Solved: Conference voice chat in Skype

ok i got the solution elsewhere... thanks..

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Skype / Messenger Live video call voice quality (fixed)

Hi All,

I am having a few problems with webcam calls with my folks.

I have installed the latest versions of Skype and Windows Live Messenger on both machines but when using either one for webcam video calls their audio and video coming to me is absolutely fine and so is my video to them however my audio to them is delayed, juddery, and robotic/gravelly (as if i have a sore throat). It is the same in both programs.

Zone Alarm on both machines is configured to allow these programs to run as they wish but still the problem persists.

We both have broadband at speeds usually no lower than 3mb.

Any help apreciated.

A:Skype / Messenger Live video call voice quality

skype is heavily dependant on bandwidth. I use it here in Iraq and with phone calls can be garbled if bandwidth is insufficient. However, it would seem in your case, the problem may be firewall related. I would ensure that all your ports are open for skype. I don't recommend zonealarm as it interferes with many programs.

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I've just installed a new modem and it works fine. The problem arises when i want to conduct voice chat using Msn or Yahoo messengers.

When i try to have a voice conversation using these programs, i get a message that my sound device is being used by another application and i should close it to be able to have voice chat. The thing is when i close the modem connection, the audio setting wizards in these programs start to work, but then there aint any internet connection to have voice chat. I also tried to record and play using the Sound Recorder built in windows and it gives the same error msg when i am connected to the internet using this modem.

Apparently, my modem is creating all this problem. Can somebody please help out?

Thnx in advance

A:Cant have voice chat cos the modem is conflicting with sound device

Very hard to offer advice when you do not supply any details of the computer, the operating system, the modem...

IF its a Windows PC
and IF it's using an internal modem, then "uninstall" the modem from device manager, power down the PC, open the case, shift the modem to another PCI slot and power up.

Reinstall the modem, this time it should be using a different IRQ due to the slot change, and might avoid the conflict.

Make sure you have the modem drivers available before you start.

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I am have a computer with win98se installed on it. The problem is that when I try to play stream Real Video clips, though the video is playing, I cannot hear the sound. Another thing is that I am unable to voice chat over Yahoo Messenger. When I run the Audio Setup wizard, I am getting an error message that the sound card is being used by another sound application. I am getting this message though I am not running any other sound application simultaneously. My understanding is that the Windows Media Player 6.0 which is also installed on my computer has captured the sound card and won't let it go. I have come to this conclusion because Windows Media Player is able to play all the files but not Real Audio.
Could someone help me with my problem? Can someone tell me how to make the sound card available to other programs?



A:Sound won't play in Real Player and Yahoo Voice Chat

Hiya and welcome

Windows Media Player 6.4 won't play Realplayer files, such as ram, rm and ra. You need Realplayer or an alternative for that.

Now,a s you say you're getting a conflict with the sound card, lets have a look at your IRQ's:

Go to Run and type MSINFO32
On the left choose Hardware Resources, then IRQ's. Copy/paste the list here.

Also, lets see what you have running at startup:

Go to Run and type MSINFO32
On the left choose Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list here.

Plus, doubleclick the volume icon near your clock, and choose Options | Properties. Playback. Make sure all boxes are ticked, OK. Now, make sure none are muted, or lowered, and that the balences are all in the middle.



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i have prob in my pc when i use skype or discord or etc... when im 3-5 min into the voice chat either i cant hear or they cant hear me. its not a mic prob or discord settings prob!

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This never used to happen, but for the past week or so, when I launch and try to use ANY program capable of Internet audio and/or video chat, it turns off my computer's playback sound completely. I can literally watch the slider slide down to zero! And it also checks the normally unchecked "Mute WAV" box.

Now I know some of the programs -- Skype, SightSpeed and Yahoo IM -- have an option of letting the program control your sound settings. But this problem occurs even when those options are unchecked and even if they were functional they wouldn't turn the sound down to zero.

I've tried any number of combinations of having the programs launch on startup (one at a time), not launch on startup, etc. I've ensured that the audio settings are correct via the Control Panel audio setup.


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I just purchased the above the other day.

I chat regularly to someone in America using various chat clients (yahoo, aim, msn etc).

On my ancient Sony Vaio this wasn't a problem. However on this laptop, with a vastly superior specification, the sound at their end is awful. It apparently skips and the volume fluctuates.= and generally sounds awful.

I tried sound recording on it and got the same results.

I'm using a Plantronics headset rather than the internal mic, (don't know if this makes a difference).

Not being that computer literate myself, is there a conflict between the external mic and the built in mic or can anyone shed any other light on this matter.

Any help would be vastly appreciated because I purchased this laptop simply to upgrade and carry on voice chatting

A:Toshiba Satellite C650-1CT. Sound recording/voice chat issues


In the sound settings, you will find 2 mic volumes, one the internal and external if the external mic is only plugged in, so what you do is to mute one and use the other.

Hope this helps !!

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Hey guys hope you can help me here.
When i'm at any kind of voice overs, in a call on skype or teamspeak it manages to happen a sound crash, but the time isnt certain, sometimes it takes about 10 minutes and other times take 1 hour or more to crash.
When the sound crashes, all the videos freeze. Its like watching a video with super slow motion and no sound.
Only way to solve this is rebooting.

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Hello I have a recurring problem with bsods some say kernel security check failure and others say driver irq not less or equal type of stuff ,but I never get them when I have set to listen to my microphone with full volume so I constantly have to listen to my static background and voice in order for the computer to not crash or it doesn't crash when i'm in a Skype call or team-speak and discord etc... Please help listening to my static microphone just to keep my computer from bsoding is driving me insane.

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Basically, whenever someone sends me a voice clip, I can hear the sound perfectly. No added noises, only what the person inputs themselves.

However, when speaking directly with someone (voice chat, video chat), the sound, their voices, everything I hear from them is very static-y and buzzy.
What makes me even more frustrated is that this problem isn't present in a Skype chat... Skype chats work perfectly, and they're just the same as MSN voice chats...

Please help me out, I would be really greatful.

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when opening /changing to skype with running voice command, skype crashes (win 7 32bit) and shows no reaction. But this only happens with an activated voice command, if it is paused or deactivated skype is running without any problems.

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I use the application discord to communicate with friends and for some reason my sound from my computer like youtube videos plays through discord. For whatever reason however this was not the case yesterday when i was at my families house. I had been there for months and had no problems but after coming back to my apartment the sounds start going through and i cant think of why. I am using the same computer and same setup only with an aditional monitor. any help would be much appreciated thank you.

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My problem is as follows.

I want to play Tabletop audio which is a soundboard like website.
The issue is that it needs to be real-time action when the I press the button it needs to respond.
The audio should be fed to Discord which is an application like skype.
Also, I don't want feedback when I speak because, with some virtual cables and CheVolume, I managed to feed the audio from the browser to Discord, but when I speak there is an echo.
I used two accounts, one for me as a speaker and one as a bot sort of thing to play the tabletop audio sounds.

We are playing DnD so its important for it to be real-time and tabletop audio is really great for the soundboard.

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Hi..i have msn and recently purchased a headset. I cant chat to my friends on msn but on other things i can. Its not the headset ..Can someone help plesae? I have msn 7.0 and windows me 2000.
Thanks Maggie :angel:

A:msn voice chat

are you sure the microphone volume is turned up in the Windows Sound Settings?

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Hi im using a linksys rounter/switch i recently formatted my pc and before i could voice chat perfectly now after the format i cant i tryed unplugging and disconnecting my router and just go direct to my modem but it still didnt work well it did work but not with the guy i could voice with before.. (weird!)

does anyone know the prob? i will post what router/switch i have when i get home tonight.

Thanks in advance!

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What Add on can I get for Miranda to add voice chat for chat rooms.

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Could anyone suggest an application that I might be able to download that I can use to 'chat' i.e. voice chat, over my LAN network?

I have seen loads of voice chat applications but they tend to be used over the Internet and don't appear to be able to work over the Local Network. Mostly need it for games.....but also just to talk......It's not like I've got a big house or anything but going up and down the stairs is killing me!

Appreciate your help people -


A:Voice Chat over LAN?

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With MSN voice Chat I keep trying to start a voice conversation with someone and it never works. I installed a new sound card.
That was supposed to resolve my problem and it didnt. I downloaded msn messenger 4.6 which is the newest msn messenger. Now whenever I try to start a converstion it pops up as the servers are not compatible or the other computer cannot accept my invitation. The firewalls are down the cookies are not an issue either. What could possiblity be the problem??

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Hi, is there any free voice over LAN / internet too possibly, software out there for Windows 7?

I did download Mumble, but could not get the Mumur server work.


A:LAN Voice chat

Several different instant messaging clients, including Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and Trillian Astra, support free voice and video calls over the Internet. That is what I use, as I find it simpler than having to set up some kind of server on my own network.

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hellllllo guys

well here is the problem.Now I have a decent typing speed 45-50 words per minute.I basically chat on MSN messanger with my friends and they find it very hard to cope with the damn speed of mine.

They want to do voice chat but I donot have a microphone.

Is there anyway possible that I can listen to what they say from my speakers and I can reply to the message by Typing.

Is it possible on MSN or there is any other thing ???



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I have a friend I voice chat with. I have used both TeamSpeak 2 and MSN Voice Chat. We can talk just fine and hear each other. The problem we have is that whenever I talk it echos one time back to my headset after about 3 seconds. My Friend uses a Mic and Headset and I use a Mic and Headset. I am not sure how I am able to hear myself. I believe it is the friends PC because I can hear sound events that take place on their PC like when you receive a message on YAHOO or MSN messenger Any thoughts?

Thanks in Advance

A:Voice Chat

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Yeah. I voice chat with a friend on a few different chat programs and it doesn't seem to matter which program we use. We start off ok but after maybe 5 minutes or so I notice we are lagging. She will talk and I will see her mouth moving on her webcam and I will get what she says like 10 secs later. This doesn't happen with everyone I talk with. I am just wondering if there is anything I can do to get rid of the lag between us? We tried skype and the same thing happens. I am just wondering if there is any chat program that will not lag at all? My guess is no but I'll ask anyway lol Thanks.

A:Voice chat lag!!!

it depends on your and her network connection.
and i guess she might have some slow connection

(since you chat ok with others).

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I wants to configure voice chat in msn messanger 6. i have m/c with win xp and sound card with microphonr installed in it. i have tried to to do it but failed to configre it . i want the setp by step process or guidelines to do it.

Thanking You


A:MSN Voice Chat

first go to tools-> options -> preferences -> sounds. then just simply choose ur sound card for the voice and audio tabs.

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Hi! Can anybody suggest me how can i record the voice chats that i do on yahoo or msn messenger???

A:Recording of voice chat

Have you tried Windows built in sound recorder? I think that will work.

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I am Having Trouble getting yahoo's Voice Chat to work for me It said look for some File by typing "downloaded program files" I did that and the Audio File was not there it used to work but now i dont know what happened can you be of any assistance to this
Concerned Yahoo Voice Chat user

A:Yahoo Voice Chat

do you not get a window pop up asking if u want to download the yahoo!chat software?

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Having problems running voice chat in netscape 7.1, the chat applet loads but not the voice applet, I am using java 1.4.2_04, any help is appreciated, cheers

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Has anybody found a Voice Chat Program that is easy to work with and has good sound quality?
I have NetMeeting and the few times I've used it the echo is terrible.
Any suggestions or help would be appreciated

A:Voice Chat Programs

You need a full duplex sound card and a head set to use them with any real success. Do you have both?


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Good Morning,
I have been trying to have a voice chat with my friend using MSN Messenger6.But I have been unable to do it even once.
Can any body tell me why
The message always says the network is experiencing a problem.Try again later.
Is there any other IM that supports voice chat?

A:Voice chat with MSN Messenger?

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Hi there,

I am having some problem with my MSN chat.

I have been frequently chatting with my friend in MSN. I have windows 2000 and my friend has windows 98. We were able to chat fine until a while ago. But now I wonder what happened. My friend could hear me speak but I couldn't hear her speak. Both of us are using MSN 6.1

Can someone help me?


A:MSN Messenger Voice Chat

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I have an old laptop I use when I'm on the road, and would like to use it to call my home computer. I don't have a web cam, so just need it for voice chat. I have tried Skype, and oovoo, but they both seem to break up and lag. I don't think it's a internet connection problem, as it still does it with a good, fast connection. I'm thinking because it's an older laptop (old IBM 570E, running XP) that's why its breaking up.

Are there any chat software programs that would be good for older computers (low resource hungry)?

A:Voice chat for old computers?

Follow this link and see if the laptop meets system requirements for Skype


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hi folks,

i am making one voice chat application using jmf ..so, i wanted to know that can i test it on desktop machine?if yes then how do i? can i create two ip addresses on same machine?

another query is when i am making the Player and speaking from the microphone..i can hear my sound from the speaker..but same thing i can achieve with volume control(i.e. in taskbar- if microphone is not mute)..so, how do i differentiated that sound is coming from my application or using windows functionality..

what should be the flow of voice chat application? i.e. i have to make bridge between two ip addresses and then simply pass it with Datasource and create Player with each new stream.it will work?

pls reply me soon..


-Bhavin Sanghani
[email protected]

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I just got Vista and xfire's voice chat isn't connecting unless I do port forwarding. I have a wi-fi router and yet I never had to use port forwarding with my other computers!

I checked the windows firewall, and it is allowing xfire, so anyone know whats wrong?

A:voice chat and Vista

Hi Michaelangelo,

it sounds like you will need to forward the port in the wi-fi router. All you need to do is find out the make/model of your router and go to:

There you can select the make/model and then select xfire Chat from the list of applications and you'll then see a guide on how to do it with handy screenshots.

Hope that helps....the website is very good for all types of games/applications so is worthwhile bookmarking

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I cant success in-game voice chat in Fortnite, is it possible that Discord blocks it?

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voice chat on lan games????? :bounce:
how to activate it. according to directplay 8 its available...

A:Voice chat on lan games

try teamspeak.. let it search on goole

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HELP. i have CREATIVE WEBCAM NX, external mic. Win XP, 80 gig (79% free space). my parents have Win XP, Ezonics webcam. we can see each other. i can hear them--sometimes--and much of it is choppy. they cannot hear me most of the time or at times i sound VERY VERY SLOW. we both have dial up. i have run all diagnostics--audio/video tuning wizard. Ran diagnostics regarding my pc, speakers, mic...all passed and registered that everything is working. I played around with volume control, mute-unmute....been on every IM (yahoo, msn....)yahoo always says "voice chat failed"...i have firewalls...any suggestions....will Pal Talk work better...please someone HEELLLLPPPP...BEEN DRIVING MYSELF NUTS...LATE INTO THE WEE MORNING HOURS...FOR DAYS....WHAT AM I DOING-NOT DOING RIGHT-WRONG? ANY SUGGESTION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED....

A:Webcam-voice Chat

With MSN sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. With my parents (on XP - I'm on XP too) the sound would only work if one of us uses Windows Messenger instead of MSN Messenger. Then there are the various firewall and router settings.
Easiest solution: install Skype. So far I've never had sound probs with Skype, always works straight away, and with very good quality. Just no cam, but you can talk through Skype whilst seeing each other in MSN

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Does anyone know of any good software that will allow me to modify my voice is programs such as Teamspeak or Ventrilo? I know the new Creative Sound cards have some built in software for the driver, but I don't feel like dishing out money for a new sound card.

A:Voice Chat Mic Effect Software?

AFAIK not only new, but also old Sound Blaster Live had number of built-in effects. Thoroughly read manual and you'll find it.

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Hello folks,

My voicechat works fine in Xfire until I start Novalogicl's Delta Force Black Hawk Down and the DFBHD full screen overlays the Xfire window. In other words. DFBHD is on top of Xfire. Then I can hear others voice chat to me, but they cannot hear me, even when I bring Xfire in-game. I can Alt Tab to the Xfire chat window and my voice inputs will be heard but when I Alt Tab back to DFBHD they can no longer hear me.

Why should my mic inputs cut out when DFBHD is on top? I am guessing it may have something to do with UAC, but what? That is only a guess.

Please help a guy out. A lot of the multiplayer gaming fun is lost when you cannot talk to your teammates.


Vista Home Premium 64bit
ASUS Core Duo MoBo
GE Force 8800
OEM sound card, came with MoBo

A:Xfire Voice Chat Works But Not In...

Well have you muted your microphone???

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Dear Friends,

I am looking for an option, is it possible to put cd output into mic just like windows xp, I have not found it in windows 7. or if i want someone to listen music playing on my laptop, how could it can hear while voice chat with him??? is it possible in windows 7??? i know i can do it in XP, but not able to do it in 7....

Thanks in advance...

A:how to play music while voice chat??

bit tricky..
you mean like sharing the same music while you're chatting..??

the only way I can think of is to whizz the YouTube link over to them
and they can listen while you do - but that would cause problems with
synchronicity - it'd be like an echo.. and you risk getting feed-back through the mic..

bit tricky..

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Ive been trying to use the voicechat feature in Yahoo messenger but i keep getting the message "Your computer does not support the required audio compression format". I did some snooping around and learnd that i need to have "DSP Group TrueSpeech? Audio CODEC " to use the voice chat. can anyone please help me aquire the needed codec? I am using Windows 7 ultimate.

A:Yahoo voice chat problem

Hello nomad18,
Found this, i hope it is what you are looking for.

The FAQ page is at http://www.bytescribe.com/support/vista.htm , and you'll want to look under "Product Compatibility List" in the section that mentions something called "Export Utility". There is a link there to a TrueSpeech Codec Installer .exe file on bytescribe.com's site itself that I have confirmed is a safe link.

The installer is located here: http://www.bytescribe.com/downloads/...ec_install.exe . Download the .exe, run it, restart Yahoo Messenger, and you should be all set.

Take a look, good luck and post your results.

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Good day! I hope you can help... Ever since my husband switched from cable internet to satellite (had to, no choice), we can no longer make PC to PC calls using Windows Live messenger. We can type to one another, and voice will connect over Yahoo's messaging program, but Windows Live voice chat refuses to work.

Is there something he needs to reset? He tried running the audio setup again, but it didn't work.

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i am facing an unprecedented problem of the system getting auto restart during video chat. on advise i disabled the auto restart function and now its the blue screen error stating usb_bugcode_error. the error report says;
BCCode : fe BCP1 : 00000005 BCP2 : 89B2A0E0 BCP3 : 10DE055E
BCP4 : 899D9180 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 3_0 Product : 256_1
the system spec: is
AMD Athlon processor 5000AM2
Asus Motherboard M2N68
Corsiar Memory VS2GB667D2
some say it is a hardware error but no definite clue. one saying to try with another ram as it may be due to mis match of ram with motherboard.
please do help


A:Auto restart during voice chat

What are your system specs? Computer make and model? Operating System, Video type, on-board or add-on card?

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I have a PC connected to the internet by cable and my husband has a laptop. When he is connected by the Linksys to the internet (along with my computer), we can do voice chat. But if he's away and connects by dial-up we cannot. Can anyone tell me why and what I might be able to do to remedy this?

A:Windows Messenger voice chat

Can anyone help me with this?

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Can someone tell me if it is possible to have the mic open all the time when playing UT2004? I can't seem to find any info about it and if it is possible. Some friends of mine and myself use xfire right now and are already use to not having to "key the mic" to speak. I would like to use the voice chat in UT because one friend has a weak computer so the fewer processes running for him the better.

By the way, I host the server that me and my friends play on.

Thanks for your time.

A:Unreal 2004 voice chat ???

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I have Windows XP, HP Pavillion Intel (R)
I wanted to voice chat on Yahoo. So I tried going into the yahoo wizard to be able too but I only get to do the speaker sound test then I get a message saying that aswapp.exe has encountered a problem and needs to shut down. Then, The instruction at "0x00d61161" refereced at "0x00000008". The memeory could not be "written". Click ok to shutdown. I will also get a message saying Yahoo Audio Wizard unable to register AudioWizard COM DLL. Try updating your COM package.
I have tried to run http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q180071/ and q192461/ but both of them they copy the files and then nothing happens.
The messages I get when I go into chat is: Voice Error:[(11) Mixer error 11: mixerGetLineInfo(DST-wavin failure] Voice Error: yacsMixerInitError

A:voice chat error message

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