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How can I get my microphone to work under bootcamp?

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Nick3rs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 25, 2012 4:40 PM

Hey

 

Im play alot of games online under bootcamp using windows 7 ult 64bit however for the life of me I'm unable to get the input line to recognize my mic...

 

Does anyone know how to fix this??? Much appreciated!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Jaygyver Level 3 Level 3 (725 points)
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    Jan 25, 2012 11:23 PM (in response to Nick3rs)

    What are you using, Headset/Mic, or just the built-in Mic? Are you using Skype, Steam, TeamSpeak, etc,? What have you tried? USB audio adapter?

     

    Some headset/mics aren't compatible with some of the services. Can you see the Mic work in Windows in the setup panel? The biggest thing is to get it to work in Windows before you try anything else.

     

    My kid uses Steam and Skype and have no problems, at least after figuring it out.

  • Jaygyver Level 3 Level 3 (725 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 2:25 AM (in response to Nick3rs)

    Did you go into the Sound control panel and select it?

     

    We have a couple of cheap USB audio adapters (and an el-cheapo headset/mic) that we just plug into a USB hub and it shows up in the Recording tab, just double click on the Microphone device,(yours should be under Line In) select the Listen tab, and select your device again. That's all I had to do with mine. (My selection was just "Generic USB Audio Device") Oh yeah, and i changed the Icon to a head set instead of whatever it had there before.

     

    It's been awhile since I've played with this stuff so that's about all I can help you with. Maybe try leaving them unplugged the next time you restart into Windows then plug them in and see if it will find it? Does your Device Manager say anything?

  • Jaygyver Level 3 Level 3 (725 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 11:33 AM (in response to Jaygyver)

    Jaygyver wrote:

     

    Did you go into the Sound control panel and select it?

     

    We have a couple of cheap USB audio adapters (and an el-cheapo headset/mic) that we just plug into a USB hub and it shows up in the Recording tab, just double click on the Microphone device,(yours should be under Line In) select the Listen tab, and select your device again. That's all I had to do with mine. (My selection was just "Generic USB Audio Device") Oh yeah, and i changed the Icon to a head set instead of whatever it had there before.

     

    And like I said yours should show up under the LINE-IN description. The rest was to give you an example on what to look for as you didn't say what you have done or where you had looked. (Those 3.5mm pins plug into the USB adapter, again as an example.)

    Either way Windows should show it as a "named"  or a "generic" audio device.

     

    I believe @CSound1 is knowledgeable on this stuff so hopefully he will catch site of your post.

  • Jaygyver Level 3 Level 3 (725 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 1:22 PM (in response to Nick3rs)

    Most of the head phones and combo's do still come with just the 3.5 mm pins so if you don't want to use a USB adapter just look for one that comes with the pins standard or that the adapter is separate. Also make sure they have a dual pin onless you have a dual connector that sepearates the signals.

     

    My el-cheapo combo one has ONE 3.5 pin that also came with a separate "1 into 2" adapter that turns into TWO 3.5mm pins for plugging into separate connections, mic/speakers.

    I just have the dual pins plugged into the USB adapter as I don't have a Mic connector on my computer. Turns out if it didn't come with the 2/1 adapter I would have had to buy it anyway. Just saying.

  • bstordy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 19, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to Jaygyver)

    Hey there,

    I'm having a similar issue... I have a headphone & mic headset with a 3.5 mm jack on my iMac which is running windows 7 ultimate, OSX Lion and the most recent bootcamp and my mic is not recognized.Tthe built in mic works, but i can't seem to get the headset to work. (its a Bose MIE2i earbud/mic set)

     

    I have gone into control panel > hardware and sound > manage audio devices and have clicked "show disabled devices" etc to no avail.

     

    Thanks!

  • palessi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same issue. Line in mic works fine in Lion, but I can't get any sound out of in in Windows 7 under Boot Camp.

  • Jaygyver Level 3 Level 3 (725 points)

    @bstordy and @palessi

     

    The only thing I can suggest is to do a search here or via Yahoo/Google and just read through the post's. It's an on going problem with the Boot Camp drivers and even the Window drivers not working for some reason.

     

    From what I've read the things that sometimes works: is to go directly to the manufacrurer's web site of the sound card you have and try downloading the drivers directly from there.

    Some have had to use an UNinstaller and completely uninstall the drivers completely and then reinstall them. Other do finally get them to work just fiddling with the different preference's/property's.

    And some head phones just don't seem to work.

  • kerzhul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I guess i'm a bit late to this thread, but from what i gathered a few years back, only sound sources with sufficient power (amplified ones) work with the line in. IE, i used a cheap turntable i have that has pre-amplification on it to record some old vinyls and it worked fine but had no luck with any non-powered microphone.

     

    I wonder if the newest version of the Carcharias (the one which works with the xbox too) has power enough?

     

    Then again, i'm talking of my own iMac and macbook (2008ish and 2007ish).

     

    Also, as was suggested, the manufacturer drivers can work wonders. I hardly had sound under bootcamp with imac (win7) and installed the default drivers available at http://www.realtek.com/downloads/

     

    Try and fiddle with it i guess.

     

    And apple doesn't give a rats a** if the line in doesn't work with a microphone under other OS that it's not mac os x...

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