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    Question hooking up a microphone [[REALLY DUMB QUESTION]]

    I should probably don a flak vest about now... I searched for microphone on the boards and I only found threads that were obviously past this point. Here goes...

    I have a shuttle FV25 and I just recently got Dragon Naturally Speaking. I got a regular microphone today--it's just a mini-jack connector--it doesn't go through the USB port. The first thing I tried to do with it was use sound recorder on Windows 98SE. I plugged in the microphone mini jack into the computer--it's right on the board--I don't want to get into whether this is an SBC, but the microphone input is there on the board. I can run the sound recorder, press record, say something, and then press stop, but it just doesn't record anything. I realize I must be doing something wrong, and I'm 99.9 percent sure that it's something stupid, and I'm hoping someone here will tell me what that is in what I expect to be relatively colorful language about my self-confirmed incompetence.

    Do I need a sound card?

    I also tried it with my laptop--same thing--put the microphone in the microphone jack and fired up the sound recorder... No sounds were recorded that I could see/hear.

    Am I using the sound recorder wrong?

    I press the red circle for record, (it starts counting seconds recorded) then I say something, then I press the black square for stop, and then the black triangle to play what I just thought I recorded. Nothing.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    1996 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5L/Windows 98SE/Shuttle FV25 1000MHz/256M RAM/40G MP3s/DS Customs 5.6" LCD in-dash display/Deluo GPS/MS Streets/IR Rearview cam

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    Make sure you don't have your line in muted.

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    Originally posted by ddt
    Make sure you don't have your line in muted.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I checked all the playback and recording volume controls--I unmuted all of them, including Mic, Line-In, Aux, Wave, Synth... Nothing.
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    You need to make sure 'mic' is selected as your primary recording device. You do this by going into sound properties--->recording--->then click the box under the 'mic' slider bar .

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    Look at the literature for your mic and make sure its a "dynamic" and not an "electret", which requires phantom power. Some sound cards supply phantom power, some don't.

    Here's a link that explains it a bit more in detail:

    Powering electret microphones

    Dex

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    Originally posted by 1300mer
    You need to make sure 'mic' is selected as your primary recording device. You do this by going into sound properties--->recording--->then click the box under the 'mic' slider bar .
    On my sound recorder, I go into Edit -> Audio Properties -> Recording -> Advanced Properties

    and all I have in Advanced Properties is a Hardware Acceleration slider and a Sample Rate Conversion slider. I get the same behavior for all settings of the two sliders.

    When I go into Volume Control, I select Recording in the Adjust Volume for panel. I then show all of the recording volume controls, including:

    Line, CDAudio, Aux, Video, Mic, Phone In, and Mixer.

    I tried selecting each one and getting a sound from every one of them and nothing...

    Could I have a broken microphone?

    I just bought it. It's a Telex H41 Noise Cancelling microphone and high performance speaker Ultralight Computer Headset.

    Someone else out there has got to appreciate the acute frustration associated with not getting one of the most basic of your computer components to function.
    1996 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5L/Windows 98SE/Shuttle FV25 1000MHz/256M RAM/40G MP3s/DS Customs 5.6" LCD in-dash display/Deluo GPS/MS Streets/IR Rearview cam

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    Holden, I just did a Google search for this mic. It is an electret microphone, which means it requires phantom power. The manufacturers specs call for a Sound Blaster compatible card which does supply this. Your on-board sound card probably doesn't. (In fact, it certainly doesn't, since your mic doesn't work.)

    You need a different sound card or a different mic.

    Dex.

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    Dex,
    Thanks for answering this--it was really frustrating not knowing what was the matter. I had no idea what an electret microphone was before yesterday. For future reference, is there any way I can tell it's an electret microphone BEFORE I buy it? I mean, is there a special word that gives it away? Can you point me at the information you found on the web? Anyway, thanks for answering this frustrating question.
    thanks,
    holden
    1996 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5L/Windows 98SE/Shuttle FV25 1000MHz/256M RAM/40G MP3s/DS Customs 5.6" LCD in-dash display/Deluo GPS/MS Streets/IR Rearview cam

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    Holden, I just copy-and-pasted your model no. from your post into a Google search.

    Try this link: Telex microphone

    It may not be the exact Model number, but all the telex's I saw were like this, scroll to the bottom of the page. You'll see it say "Bidirectional, noise cancelling electret."

    "Requires Sound Blaster card."

    For future, it should say somewhere on the package "electret".
    Usually in small print.

    Don't feel bad though, I discovered this problem the same way you did many moons ago.

    Dex

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    Dex,
    Thanks again... I only feel $3 bad--it was on a clearance rack at OfficeMax. $3 is the right price for an experiment. It's those pesky $100 mistakes that really get ya.
    best,
    -holden-
    1996 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5L/Windows 98SE/Shuttle FV25 1000MHz/256M RAM/40G MP3s/DS Customs 5.6" LCD in-dash display/Deluo GPS/MS Streets/IR Rearview cam

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