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iMac internal microphone not working

1083 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 18, 2013 6:44 PM by akkadsa RSS
Firefoxe Calculating status...
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Feb 15, 2013 10:19 PM

Won't work on Skype or when trying to record iMovies or Camtasia etc.

Downloaded Onyx.

Selected from menu: Cleaning/System then clicked Execute

Presto all restored to normal - hooray!


Ps in default mode under the System menu, Audio should already be ticked in the selection boxes, if not make sure it is before clicking Execute


I think I may have overloaded the mic when recording and it must have builtin cut-out switch, because when I was checking all the sound settings it was showing the internal mic as being in the "Off" mode.


Anyway, now I know how to fix it!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 2:00 PM (in response to Firefoxe)

    Long shot, but...


    Open Audio Midi Setup in Applications>Utilities, see the input & output options & KHz setting there, some things will change it for their own use, then not set it back.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 8:29 PM (in response to Firefoxe)

    Thanks for the report... any idea what fixed it?

  • howsthings Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:56 PM (in response to Firefoxe)

    HEY GANG!!! - LISTEN CLOSELY FOLKS NEW 2012-13 IMAC RECORDS SOUND LIKE SH*%T.   Internal dual mic set up is supposed to allow for cancellation- but it is not working. Warbles=nasty sound quality deserves attention from apple.   I bought a snowballl plug in to use.  . but its the principle ~ $2 K into a product it should work. . . .  I think this may be a design flaw.  internal dual mic meant to cancel each other out is not working = warbled nasty audio mess.  Hound apple and let's  get this fixed we've dropped too much cash to have to live with an inferior product. Geniuses get crackin'!!!

  • akkadsa Calculating status...
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    Apr 15, 2013 4:19 PM (in response to howsthings)

    my 3000$ new i7 has a microphone that does not work

    when i go to preference, sound, input, it work for a flicker of a secound the dissapear..

    so dissssapppointed with this, so sad for noney and time spent... mic is so important to me... back to my old window device

  • akkadsa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 18, 2013 5:31 PM (in response to akkadsa)

    so for the mic to work in this new imac, their must be headphone connected!!!!!!. i guess so the speakers will not interfere with the microphone!!!!

    this is the trick, when i take out the headphone , immediately disconnect the mic



  • akkadsa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 18, 2013 6:44 PM (in response to akkadsa)

    that was wronge, the earphones had a microphone, so i was using the external mic...

    internal mic is defective

    i will return this thing


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