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How Do I Boost Microphone Volume in Windows XP®

January 11, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

Instructions on how to boost the microphone.

Probably one of the most common problems with audio settings is the microphone input. People buy a headset or microphone, plug it into the computer and find that if they try to talk over Skype® or other communications program there is no output sound. If you tried boosting the volume up for the microphone input and the output is still not audible then you need to boost the microphone. This nice, hidden feature in Microsoft Windows®, can resolve the problem with a single checkmark in a checkbox. You may follow the instructions below to learn where the checkbox is and solve your headset’s issues.

Windows XP® instructions:

  1. Go to “Start > Control Panel” and click on the “Sounds and Audio Devices” icon.
  2. Switch to the “Audio” tab.
  3. Click on the “Volume” button in the “Sound Recording” section.
  4. Go to “Options” and check the “Advance controls” option.
  5. Below the microphone volume bar click on the “Advanced” option.
  6. In the newly opened window tick the “Mic Boost” checkbox at the bottom of the dialog box.
  7. Close the window; now adjust the volume in the “Recording Control” area.

Tips and Tricks:

  • To ensure the proper functionality of the microphone, check if the device is plugged in to the right input plug (the pink one).

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