Windows XP – Microphone not Working

Today I had to fix an annoying microphone problem on my brother’s computer. He has Windows XP Professional installed and the microphone was not working – unable to use the microphone in any application. The solution to this problem is very subtle since you have to enable "MIC boost" a very hidden feature. Here is how to do it:

Open the extended Version of Volume Control (down right next to the clock, right click and select properties).

You have to see the following picture:

In Volume Control dialog:

  1. Ensure that Muted is checked for microphone (if not you will be able to hear yourself on the speakers when talking to the microphone)
  2. Then click Advanced for Microphone and select "MIC boost"

Then Close everything and now your microphone should work properly.

Sorry that the first image is in Bulgarian. I will change it as soon as possible.

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  1. hi,
    good work…
    its useful
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  2. please download steereomix control

  3. I have exactly the same problem. & it’s very annoying!! And posting a question like that, as you’d notice, ppl often give you stupid answers, that other DOES NOT give you an answer whats so ever, OR they send you a link that it’s pages and pages and pages and pages of explanation, LIKE COME ON, GIVE ME A LINK TO DOWNLOAD AND FIX THIS Crap already!!!

  4. I am trying to get a USB microphone to work – no success.
    Any suggestions?

  5. I am trying to get my laptop microphone to work – no success.
    Any suggestions?

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