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Is the Mic jack on my Titanium HD dead?

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(fixed) zalman mic works

I've had it for a few years (like 5) and stopped using it for like 2 years. Last time I used it I had Windows XP and it worked pretty well. I decided to use it again and now I'm on Windows 7.. but for some reason it doesn't work. I have it plugged it into the microphone jack on my Titanium HD.

Sound Options


X-Fi Mixer

With my Microphone 2 enabled in this window, there seems to be some feedback when I tap the mic on the top with my finger and also if my put my mouth directly on it and basically speak loud. But it's muffled and distorted and the monitoring meter only goes up half way. It doesn't pick up any other sound at all. Is it safe to say that my mic is done for? Or are my settings messed up?

BTW, I disabled 'Microphone' from the Sound Options because it didn't have a monitoring meter and renamed 'Microphone 2' to just 'Microphone'. So that's what you see there and probably why my x-fi console is showing two microphone mixer settings.

Thanks in advance.
Edited by Relly - 5/14/11 at 2:13pm
    
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In the top screenshot (recording devices), right click on Microphone > Properties and then choose the levels tab, make sure the volume is high enough. (Tab might be called something else, doing this from memory )
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post #3 of 14
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yeah it's on 60. trying 100 now...

nope, nothing..

when putting my lips over it (literally, like if it were a straw) and saying "yoooo" it buzzes (in my headphones)
    
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Try enabling onboard sound and installing the drivers, test the mic with the onboard sound. If the mic works, it's the mic input on the soundcard, if it doesn't then it's the mic.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tUDJ View Post
Try enabling onboard sound and installing the drivers, test the mic with the onboard sound. If the mic works, it's the mic input on the soundcard, if it doesn't then it's the mic.
Onboard sound for this motherboard is actually a PCI-E x1 sound card. It's boxed away somewhere So there's no enabling lol

Is there a way to use my iPhone earphones w/microphone input by plugging it in the mic jack? would that work?

EDIT: nvm that didn't work

Also, this sound card's pretty new.. I'd hate for it to have a messed up mic input without me ever using it. I also tried the auxiliary jack (the one that glows red) and that didn't work either.
Edited by Relly - 5/9/11 at 3:53am
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Relly View Post
Onboard sound for this motherboard is actually a PCI-E x1 sound card. It's boxed away somewhere So there's no enabling lol
Can you try the mic on another PC?
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Quote:
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Can you try the mic on another PC?
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post #8 of 14
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Only have 1 PC here

Hmm, I'll try it on my sisters laptop later today. I really think the mic is dead though.. I'm not 100% sure but I believe I tried it on my XtremeGamer briefly before upgrading and it didn't work either.. then again, I could be wrong. I just don't know why it would stop working.. the cable is intact, and I've never dropped or stepped on it.. I guess the mic got pissed I had it in a drawer for the past 2 years lol
    
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Okay so I went out a bought a desktop mic. Plugged it into the 3.5mm microphone jack. Set Windows Recording options level to 100% for "Microphone" (same as screenshot above) and same for Creative console. I tried speaking normally about 1 feet away and it doesn't pick up my voice. If I place my mouth directly on the mic and speak loud, there's feedback but it sounds extremely distorted. Are my settings messed up? Should I reinstall the drivers? Can I plug in the mic into the far right jack? (pic below)
(the big round red one)
If so, how do I configure it to pick up my voice?

Also, I bought this sound card brand new. Is it possible for the microphone jack to be messed up for some reason? The card has performed flawlessly, and I haven't had any problems with it. I'm thinking that it might be my settings or something. I only get feedback when putting my mouth directly on it and literally screaming into it, and this is with the level at 100. It just sounds completely distorted, same as my Zalman.

Please help I just spend $17 on this damn mic
    
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post #10 of 14
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if I enable the original Microphone in the sound options, it says "currently unavailable" and has no sound bars on the right.

This is really beginning to upset me
    
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