I, after much dragging of feet, finally got a headset and downloaded Google talk, at the urging of my (wise, but not particularly computer-savvy) father. You should try it. I'm ot on the payroll, so that's all I'm saying.
I've been experimenting with Skype for a year or two now (it has taken so long because i do not know many other people with it). The little 'mute' box for the microphone is a constant annoyance for me.
When using programs to record input, or if I want to run my voice through the laptop to amplify, then normally the mic has to be on mute for those programs to recognise the input. Otherwise windows just plays it live.
For Skype, it seems to vary.
I picked up a headset in India because the cafes almost never had them. I found a relatively small one. You can also get a set of earbuds with the microphone on the cord. Earbuds are the little things in the ears that make the mobile phone junkies look like they are crazy people talking to themselves on the street. Whatever you get make sure it is for a computer and not a mobile. It should have two jacks and not one.
At the Wat end of Khao San Road, just to the right of the petrol station, is an internet cafe equipped for skype. I've been using it and it works quite well. However, it is not associated with a hotel and closes at midnight.
Well, thank you for your hint regarding muting-settings. It´s really annoying, when you pay for sitting in an internet cafe for searching the problem instead of that what you entered the cafe for.
I had the same problem today. Finally, I solved that.
actually, mic should be "mute" in playbacking and should be "selected" in recording.
the detailed steps are shown in: http://www.skype.com/help/guides/soundsetup_win2k.html
please set the volume in recording the maximum and try to speak louder. Those two steps were the real useful steps to solve my problem today.
I updated Skype to Ver3.6.0248. The microphone is not working anymore. I checked with the sndrec32.exe and the hardware is working perfectly. Then I tried the Option under Skype Tool menu to adjus the volumn to high. Still the microphone is muted.
I dont know whatelse I missed. Should you have the clue, please help.
I laughed to read people saying they didnt like Version 3.***. Just recently installed the very latest one - version 4. MAN IT SUX! What a horrible mess theyve made of it.
10 thumbs down Skype.
i now hate skype, searching for alternatives. the silly mute microphone thing that occurs every time is really annoying... especially if the internet cafe has administrative controls that disallows adjusting of the audio settings. boo to skype!
What worked on my machine for Skype microphone mute problem is this: Go to the volume settings in system tray, then click on Options/Properties. For Playback, uncheck the microphone icon and for Recording, uncheck all options except microphone. Click on OK to save. Then hopefully the microphone does not mute when you hit call button on Skype
Any further ideas? I dont have half the stuff people talk about here. For example, the volume thing in my system tray does not have options/properties. Im using Vista, which just doesnt have all these mod cons.
Like many, I did find I could connect on Skype some time ago (cant remember when). Ive only tried again now because my phone died, and Im now getting the mic problem. Like others here, everything seems to be working, none of the solutions works - Ive tried those on other sites as well. Ive not re-installed Skype - is that the solution? Sounds like someone tried it and it wasnt.
Am ready to give up....