What should I do if the microphone on my laptop does not work?.

The era of desktop personal computers has sunk into oblivion. PCs have been successfully pushed out of the digital market by laptops and tablets, which have one big advantage: portability. If earlier the high performance of stationary computers was not within the reach of mobile devices, then at the moment gaming laptops are not inferior in power to their "big brothers", and budget laptops are quite enough for solving everyday tasks. In addition, in recent years, the cost of compact mobile computers has dropped significantly, which has allowed a large number of people to acquire laptops. As a result, there has been an increase in the flow of questions to search engines related to problems when working with mobile computers. Users often ask what to do if the microphone on a laptop does not work. This is due to the widespread popularization of Skype, since in most cases the microphone is used only for conversations, unlike other input / output devices.

By far the fastest way to get out of this problem is to purchase an external microphone from your local computer store. But why spend money on a new device if you can solve the problem yourself? The main thing is to find out the reason for the inoperability and know how to fix the problem. This is where our article will help you.

So, first of all, you need to figure out if the drivers are installed for the microphone. As a rule, they come in a package with software for a sound card, for example Realtek High Definition Audio. Only the device manager built into Windows can help you with this. Open "My Computer" and right-click. In the context menu, select "Properties".

In a new window "System" in the left column, open "Device Manager".

If there are no yellow exclamation marks next to the devices presented in the “Sound and video devices” tab, then the drivers are installed.

Otherwise, right-click on the “Realtek High Definition Audio” tab and click on “Update Drivers”. The sound card may have a different name depending on the laptop model. Specify the name using special programs (Everest, AIDA64) and download the software from the official website of the manufacturer of your mobile computer.

Is everything all right with the “firewood”? It is possible that the microphone just accidentally turned off. It is quite simple to check if this is so. Right-click on the volume icon in the lower right corner of the screen and select "Recorders".

The installed audio devices will be displayed in the Recording tab.

If the list is empty, right-click in the tab field and select Show Disabled Devices.

Are there any disconnected devices in the recorders? Congratulations, all that remains is to activate the installed microphone!

Right-click on the "Microphone" tab and select "Enable".

If, after a couple of words spoken into the laptop microphone, the diagram next to the device icon "started playing", you should know that you did everything right. It remains only to test the microphone in Skype. But if you are faced with the fact that the interlocutor does not hear you well, then it would not hurt to clean the microphone hole in the laptop and adjust its sensitivity in the settings. Right-click on the microphone, select "Properties" and in a new window open the "Levels" tab. Set the microphone sensitivity to the desired level, add some gain, and retest the sound.

Why doesn't the microphone on my laptop work? There can be many reasons, ranging from simple mechanical failure to software incompatibility. Often, a device connected to the system starts to slow down, and eventually stops its "activity" altogether. It can be the same with a microphone, since it is a common mechanical part of a laptop.