WINDOWS VISTA MICROPHONE SETTINGS

If your microphone doesn’t seem to be working, or if you tried our microphone test and the line wasn’t moving, something might be wrong with your microphone settings.

Step 1: Click on the Windows symbol in the bottom-left of the screen and then click on Control Panel as shown in the image below:

Finding the control panel in the start menu

Step 2: In Control Panel click Hardware and Sound.

Clicking on Hardware and sound in the control panel

Step 3: Under Sound click Manage Audio Devices.

Clicking on Manage audio devices

Step 4: Click the Recording tab.

The recording tab in the sound menu

Step 5: The list of recording devices will appear. Try speaking into your microphone, and look for green bars rising while you talk (see screenshot).

Checking if green bars are rising

Step 6: If the green bars are rising while you are speaking that means your microphone is properly configured (what to do if my microphone still isn’t working, even though you say it’s properly configured?)

Step 7: If the green bars are not rising while you are speaking into the mic, keep following the instructions.

Step 8: Check if you can recognize which one of the devices in the list is your microphone. Click on the relevant device to highlight it, and then click Set Default.

Setting the correct mic as default input device

Step 9: Double-click on the device from the list. The Microphone Properties window will appear. Click the Levels tab.

The levels tab in the microphone properties

Step 10: Drag the slider all the way to the right, until the number ’100′ is displayed beside it.

Dragging the volume slider all the way up

Step 11: Click “OK”.

Step 12: Now check again if you see green bars rising when you talk into the microphone: if you do, your mic is now properly configured. If you tried following this procedure for all the devices but still don’t see any green bars, click here

What To Do If You Did See Green Bards Moving But Your Microphone Still Isn't Working In Some Program

If you saw green bars moving then that means that your microphone definitely works and is being picked up by Windows. To verify that, you can test your microphone on our home page. The problem is now with the settings of the specific program - it might be listening to the wrong microphone, or perhaps its input volume is too low.

Try changing the program's settings yourself, or contact their support team if you can't find a solution.

What To Do If You Don’t See The Green Bars Rising On Any Of The Devices?

Right click on the mouse inside the Recording tab (Steps 1-4). A menu will appear. Click and select the Show Disabled Devices option.

Finding the control panel in the Start menu

This might add extra devices to the list. Perform steps 5-12 on those devices too, until you see the green bars when talking into the mic.

This is the end of the guide.