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Topic # 32888 26-Apr-2009 15:39
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Hi all. I'm using my Acer XPPSP3 laptop to test some applications that require microphone input. But all I'm discovering is that the mic input system on the Acer is almost completely useless. Out of 5 different microphones (2 x freestanding, 3x attached to headphone booms) only one was in any way useful, and that was awful. (I must confess that none of the mics were particularly flash :-))

My question - is there any specialized Windows software that can enhance a laptop mic port?

I've noticed that a friend's Logitech webcam seems to be reasonably sensitive, but that's on a desktop machine, plus it's USB, of course, which I guess must boost the signal by virtue of the 5 volts that USB devices carry.

My question just relates to the regular (pink) mic input port found on most notebooks,

Thanks :-)

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  Reply # 209499 26-Apr-2009 16:14
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Did you try to boost the micrphone in the control panel?



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  Reply # 209625 27-Apr-2009 09:39
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Thanks d3Xt3r. Yep, first thing I tried. Contacts cleaner was second. No difference. I can only figure that Acer notebooks (well, maybe only this 5220 model) don't install anything too fancy in the way of mic port connectors.

Maybe there's such a thing as a USB adapter for these situations. Anybody seen one?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 209688 27-Apr-2009 11:01
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You could add an extra sound card - either a USB or PCMCIA based.



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  Reply # 209746 27-Apr-2009 13:58
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After asking the question about a USB adapter I got onto TradeMe and found such a gizmo for $6. I'm awaiting its arrival with interest. Naturally I'm not expecting 7-channel hi-fidelity, but so long as it works with a mic I'll be satisfied.

Cheers :-)

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