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  • 30. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    Ronan Donohoe Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Went and upgraded to 10.4.8 again and re-deafened my MacBook. Just so people know. If you install the latest Firmware update it is ok to do an erase and install and run an earlier version of OSX (hopefully) without risking the RSD problem. (i.e. you cant erase a firmware update)
    That was the only reason I thought I had to upgrade to 10.4.8 again but now I know I should've stayed with 10.4.6.
    Just been iChating with my brother who had to turn up his volume to the 2nd highest click on his iMac as he could barely hear me.
    Very annoying!
  • 31. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    Ronan Donohoe Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Went and upgraded to 10.4.8 again and re-deafened my MacBook. Just so people know. If you install the latest Firmware update it is ok to do an erase and install and run an earlier version of OSX (hopefully) without risking the RSD problem. (i.e. you cant erase a firmware update)
    That was the only reason I thought I had to upgrade to 10.4.8 again but now I know I should've stayed with 10.4.6.
    Just been iChating with my brother who had to turn up his volume to the 2nd highest click on his iMac as he could barely hear me.
    Very annoying!


    MacBook 1.83Ghz Dual Core   Mac OS X (10.4.8)   1GB RAM upgrade (by Apple)

    MacBook 1.83Ghz Dual Core   Mac OS X (10.4.8)   1GB RAM. Now deaf due to 10.4.8 update
  • 32. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    Ronan Donohoe Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Just been to my local AppleStore and asked 2 of the Genii about the Deaf MacBook problem. They hadnt heard of it and said that all I can really do is wait till 10.4.9 update and hopefully it will be fixed.
    They also said that Apple take note of these kinds of discussions and if lots of people are having the same problem they'll investigate a bug fix.
    Since there seems to be so few of us writing on this discussion board I'd say we might be out of luck.
    So the lesson here is: get as many MacBook owners you know to test their Mic input level and see if they have this problem and get them to write down their experiences on this discussion.
  • 33. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    derlinzer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    As i can see, this thread started mid October and now around 6 weeks later, there's still no solution in (i)sight.

    I understand that it takes a lot of effort for Apple to inspect a problem, that only a few people have. Maybe this problem affects in fact more people, but they don't notice, because they don't use the recording feature or VOIP.

    Still, these seemingly few people put their trust in a company and product and paid for a feature, that is not usable anymore. (From the MacBook ad: "Ideal for podcasting...").

    Why not get a domain and write about the problem there and submit it to Slashdot and Digg? I think, this would express our concerns to get the paid for functionality back!

    What's your opinion on this?
  • 34. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    Larry_Rymal Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Maybe this problem affects in fact more people, but
    they don't notice, because they don't use the
    recording feature or VOIP.


    For what it is worth, my week 21 Macbook, with all the latest updates, 2 gigs of ram, has a loud microphone, used with VOIP and also with the VOIP features that SKYPE audio/video-conferencing software utilizes. Will be more than happy to demo it.
  • 35. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    henroy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem with my mic, I did an erase & install and went back 10.4.6

    Mac Book Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • 36. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    CRhysB Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    Same here. My mic went noticeably deafer after installing 10.4.8. Was brilliant before that, now I have to lean close to the mic when using Skype.
  • 37. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    Ronan Donohoe Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    For what it is worth, my week 21 Macbook, with all
    the latest updates, 2 gigs of ram, has a loud
    microphone, used with VOIP and also with the VOIP
    features that SKYPE audio/video-conferencing software
    utilizes. Will be more than happy to demo it.


    For what its worth mines a week 38 MacBook (4H638..)with 1GB RAM, all latest updates and the built in Microphone is about half the volume level since the update to 10.4.8.
    Its also the same for any other user accounts on the same machine.
  • 38. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    henmue Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey guys!

    I wish you all a happy and successful new year!

    Now that I am back from Brazil, I will simply give my Macbook to Apple. They will likely exchange the motherboard or some other component. As long as it works, I will be happy with it. No more screaming...

    Best regards,
    Henry
  • 39. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    NewlyMacced Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Would just like to know if anyone has found a solution to this yet? I have the same problem on my new MacBook - the mic used to work but just doesn't seem to any more.

    I can't install an earlier version as all I have is 10.4.8 but I don't think I would want to go through all that nonsense anyway!

    Posted a new thread about this as I hadn't seen this one but no-one else seems to be having the same problem...
  • 40. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    Holger Leerhoff Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    NewlyMacced,

    just to get this right: You bought a brandnew MacBook with preinstalled 10.4.8 and the same error occures? That is really weird.
  • 41. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    NewlyMacced Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Basically yes - I have had my MacBook for about 6-7 weeks and have had conversations on Skype where everything was working as expected. However, I started to have a problem where the person I was speaking to would only hear a low rustling sound with no voice at all. Sometimes disconnecting and trying again helped but now it just never works. Posted a couple of times about this and it was suggested to try the new Skype Beta which hasn't helped, possibly even worse now as haven't had any audio input since.

    Looked at the sound input level via system preferences and it doesn't show any input even when the slider is set to 100%. Looks like I'll be contacting Apple about this but will not be happy sending my computer off for any length of time.
  • 42. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    Gregory Mcintire Level 4 Level 4 (2,170 points)
    Have you tried a PRAM reset? This has been know to have an affect on older Powerbook audio issues. It doesn't cost a thing and you have nothing to lose. Just press and hold Apple-Option-P-R when booting (restarting) and continue to hold these four keys until you hear the computer 'chime' a second time, then let go and let it boot normally.
  • 43. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    NewlyMacced Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Just thought I'd update my situation: I spoke to Apple's Indian technical help people, must say they were pretty useless and not able to offer any advice or procedures that are not thoroughly covered in these pages (and they're pretty difficult to understand as well!).

    Did a power management thingy, tried to do a PRAM reset but I'm not sure how successful it was because it just kept donging until I let go (didn't change volume) and nothing needed to be reset after startup.

    Checked through some other sites as well and noticed that this sound problem wasn't common at all, and the mic used to work so it wasn't DOA. So I AppZapped the Skype Beta including all the preferences and cached files, tried the sound again and Eureka! - finally a breakthrough.

    So the mic is now working as expected, reinstalled Skype and am now just keeping my fingers crossed...



    MacBook 2.0 Core2Duo   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
  • 44. Re: My MacBook's internal microphone input level is too low since update
    Holger Leerhoff Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    So I AppZapped
    the Skype Beta including all the preferences and
    cached files, tried the sound again and Eureka! -
    finally a breakthrough.

    So the mic is now working as expected, reinstalled
    Skype and am now just keeping my fingers crossed...


    That sounds great! Anyway, it didn't work for me. Deleted Skype completely, restarted and the mic level is still very low.

    Just to make sure that we are talking about the same problem: Had your microphone stopped working completely or had the level just been very low? And: could this really be a Skype-related problem? Is anybody here without Skype an his/her machine?