How to fix error microphone not working windows 10 ?

If a mic connected to this computer isn’t working it’s likely a settings problem rather than a problem with the microphone itself.

I. Follow these steps to check and fix the microphone settings in Windows 10 :

  • Right-click on the speaker icon in the bottom-right part of the screen.

  • Click on ‘Recording Devices‘.

  • A list of recording devices will appear. Try speaking into your microphone, and see if there any green bars rising next to one of them while you talk (as in screenshot).

  • If you don’t see any green bars skip to step 5.

If you do see green bars when you talk into the microphone, but it still doesn’t work in some program, then that means that the mic is correctly configured in Windows, but the program is listening to the wrong recording device. Try changing your program’s settings.

  • Check if you can recognize which one of the devices in the list is your microphone. If you found it, click on it to highlight it,and then click Set Default.

 

  • Check again if you see green bars rising when you talk into the microphone. If you do your mic is now correctly setup. If not, continue to next step.
  • Double-click on the device that represents your microphone. The Microphone Properties window will appear. Click the Levels tab.

  • In the levels tab, drag the slider all the way to the right, until the number on the right says “100“.

  • Click OK.
  • Now check again if you see green bars rising when you talk into the microphone: if you do, your mic is now properly configured.
  • If you still don’t see any bars, and you’re not 100% sure which one of the devices is the relevant one, try following steps 5-10 for every device on the list.
  • If you still don’t see any green bars, left-click inside the Recording tab and make sure that “Show Disabled Devices” has a tick next to it. If it doesn’t click on it to tick it.

  • This might add extra devices to the list. Perform steps 5-10 on those devices too, until you see the green bars when talking into the mic.
  • That’s it, check if it works. If it doesn’t, please try uninstalling your drivers and then letting Windows automatically reinstall them (explained below). This has helped many users.

II. How to uninstall and then reinstall your microphone drivers

  • Open device manager, fastest way is through the search bar:

  • Open ‘Audio Inputs and Outputs’

  • Left-click on your recording device.
  • In the menu that opens up Click ‘Uninstall’.
  • Physically disconnect your microphone from the computer.
  • Restart the computer.
  • Reconnect microphone and let Windows re-install the drivers.
  • If that didn’t work either, please head to our forum and we’ll try to help.

III. Specific solution for users with IDT High Definition Audio Codec device

  • Open device manager, fastest way is through the search bar:

  • Open ‘Audio Inputs and Outputs’

  • Double click on your recording device ‘High Definition Audio Codec’.
  • Move to the ‘Driver’ tab.

  • Click ‘Update Driver’.
  • Click ‘Browse my computer for driver software’.

  • Click ‘Let me pickup a list of device drivers on my computer’.

  • Select ‘High Definition Audio Device’, and not ‘IDT High Def’, and click Next.
  • You will get a warning. Click “Yes”.
  • Check if it works.

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