I am having issues getting my laptop to pick signal from the 3.5mm jack mic/line-in
I am using Sigmatel driver version 188.8.131.5214
I am using Adobe Audition 3.0 to record voice,
When I plug in the microphone in the 3.5mm jack (right hand side), a window pops up, I choose microphone, and then I know can record with no problems. The next time I use it (24 hours later, or it could be 5 mins later), I plug in the microphone but this window doesn’t pop up (and I didn’t check the box that says “don’t show me this windows again” the previous time so the window should show up), and that’s when I know I’m doomed.
It doesn’t matter what I change on the Recording configuration on Vista, the only way I get it to work again is by uninstalling the drivers, rebooting, Vista picks the same driver again and installs it, it asks me for a 2 reboot and it works again once or twice. Then I gotta do the same procedure, over and over.
I know it is not the Microphone because I tried 3 different working ones.I know it’s not Adobe Audition because it behaves the same way with Sony Sound Forge 9 and because the sound option in Vista has these vertical bars moving up and down when it detects sound coming from if the 3.5mm jack so I can see when it’s receiving signal or not.
I already read the posting:
“Dell ships its notebook computers with the ability to monitor the input jack turned off. This means that you can't hear an audio signal routed through the mic or line-in jack even though you can record the audio and hear it when you play back the recording”
And I wished it fixed it but that is not my case, because it’s not about hearing or not an audio signal routed through the mic/line-in jack, it really didn’t pick any signal, I can’t hear anything when I play back what I recorded. Still, I added that registry key, I see that box saying input monitor, I unmuted it, and of course it made no difference.
To be more accurate, when this happens, Vista senses a tiny tiny sound from the mic, even though the booster and recording volume is all the way up the max and I am screaming with the mic right next to my mouth.
-Is there anything in the registry that I can verify?
-Should I install the XP drivers for that sound card (like some users suggested in other posting?
-Is anybody experiencing the same issue?
This laptop belongs to a priest who records his classes every week and I am helping him with this setup but he won’t know how to uninstall the driver everytime he has a class.
Is Dell aware of this issue? I mean, the forum is loaded postings about sound problems with the Inspiron 1720 w/ Sigmatel STAC 92xxHD, is there anything I can do? Or do I have to face that I made a mistake suggesting the priest to buy a Dell?
I apologize if I sound too abrupt, I am just SO frustrated!!!!
There have been several posts about the problem, but I didn't keep track of the models. I don't remember seeing a solution and I don't know if Dell is aware.
The Sigmatel audio driver you are using, R171786 (v.184.108.40.20614 ) has a note under "Fixes & enhancements" that says it "Improves external Mic channel". Don't know what it was supposed to fix.
Jim Coates -- 12 year active forum member
hey jimco, thx for your reply.
yeah, that's all it say under "fixes and enhancements", do you know the way to make them aware of this?
You could contact tech support or post on Dell's blog called Direct2Dell. I don't know how you get a message to the engineers who designed the problem into the computer.