General microphone troubleshooting

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

If you are experiencing issues with a microphone on your computer, review the troubleshootings options below for help on resolving the problem.

Not connected properly

Line in on back of sound card

Verify the microphone is correctly connected to the computer. The microphone must usually be connected to the back of the computer into the microphone jack. As can be seen in the picture, the microphone jack is usually a pink connector and has a picture of a microphone next to it.

Issues with microphone

If the microphone is correctly connected to the back of the computer, ensure you have a working microphone. Some older microphones may require a battery. If you have such a microphone, verify that it has a working battery.

If you do not have such a microphone or the battery is a known good battery, verify the microphone works on another device, such as a stereo.

Sound drivers not set up properly

If the microphone is connected correctly and nothing is physically wrong with the microphone, verify the sound card is properly set up in your operating system.

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