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No one can hear me - microphone works

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Novel Adventurer



I have a very odd problem.  My microphone is working (checked in other voice programs and windows recording devices), but I don't see any levels being displayed in skype and no one can hear me.  What makes this so odd is that if I shout into the mic, skype will still automatically adjust the volume of the mic down, so somewhere, it is still getting input from the mic.  I've tried restarting my system and it didn't help...

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Community Ambassador

What settings do you have for Microphone in Tools -> Options -> Audio settings?

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Novel Adventurer

Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio)


If I use one of my webcam microphones, it gets a signal.  Again, it seems to notice my realtek one at some level, because it will auto-adjust the volume slider, and all other programs work with this microphone selected just fine.  I should also mention that I've had skype using this microphone for some time, and it was working just the night before.




something I just noticed, sometimes when switching to audio settings, a green bar appears briefly in the volume indicator.

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Community Ambassador

You can try to reset all Skype settings.


Quit Skype or use Windows Task Manager to kill any Skype.exe process. Go to Windows Start and in the Search/Run box type %appdata%, press Enter or click the OK button. The Windows File Explorer will pop up. There locate a folder named “Skype”. Rename this folder to something different, e.g. Skype_old. Restart Skype.


N.B. If needed, you will still be able to re-establish your call and chat history. All data is still saved in the Skype_old folder.

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Novel Adventurer

No effect... everything is still behaving like before.



Okay this is weird.  I was thinking of trying to use the manycam microphone input to work around this, here is what I found: Manycam will play back sound if I have "test microphone" selected, BUT the levels indicator will remain flat.  So somewhere, the sound data is coming through but the levels are not?  I'm going to dig a bit deeper into my driver for this...

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Novel Adventurer

I am having the same issue, I have gone through every conceivable way of fixing this including different ports, reinstalling skype, reinstalling the audio drivers and numerous amplification things, and testing all the software and hardware on different pieces of hardware and software respectively.

It seems that skype is picking up the audio from the mic since if I amplify it about 300%, set the mic volume to max, turn off auto adjust and shout really loud at the mic it can be faintly heard at the other end, also as previously pointed out if I turn on auto adjust it will adjust the mic volume down if I shout into it.

Something very odd is going on here and I am at a loss as to how to fix this

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Novel Adventurer

This is REALLY random but here's what I did that fixed it:


I had been using an extender cable to plug my mic into the back of the computer.  The sound card did not detect me removing the microphone from the extender cable, but it did if I removed the extender from the back of the computer itself.  Once I unplugged it from the back, the card recognized it was unplugged, and then I re-plugged it, everything worked.  This is after I re-installed the drivers completely even.


I still have NO IDEA how other programs were able to read the microphone input despite the levels always reporting as flat.

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Novel Adventurer
already tried unpluging and reconecting my mic, it has no noteable effect
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Novel Tourist

no one can hear me on windows 8 for skype please help!

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Novel Adventurer

So how did you solve the problem?

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