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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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Which one is the microphone jack?

bought a new headset, it has 2 cables. one is the music one and the other is headphone.

i got the music one. which one is the microphone one? the 1 beside the music one? i have it plugged in but its not showing in the sounds in preferences
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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Plug it in / go to system preferences / sound / input / make sure your mic is set up correctly.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:21 PM   #3
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its plugged

it has the built in mic option and line in. thats it.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:27 PM   #4
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White MacBook


Aluminium Unibody MacBook, the same as with the white MacBook


The White Unibody MacBook has no dedicated audio in.


The Aluminium Unibody 13" MacBook Pro also has no dedicated audio in.


So, I'm out of guesses, someone else has to tip in now and guess further what the problem could be.



So, what MacBook do you have and do those jacks connected to the headset have some kind of colour coding (green/reed/pink/...)?

Any more information you can give us, like OS version, software you use with the headset, ...?
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:28 PM   #5
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Ok so you have some headphones where the mic cable is plugged into the line in and it's not working? Check the mic? Use another just to see.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:31 PM   #6
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Ok so you have some headphones where the mic cable is plugged into the line in and it's not working? Check the mic? Use another just to see.
Is it in all the way I know the new MBPs need to be pushed in harder.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:34 PM   #7
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sigh why does everything have to be so difficult...

they're all pushed in. I went to the input tab in sounds and there are only 2 options: built in mic and Line In. Nothing shows up regarding my microphone from my headset.

My headset/microphone is from razer.
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sigh why does everything have to be so difficult...

they're all pushed in. I went to the input tab in sounds and there are only 2 options: built in mic and Line In. Nothing shows up regarding my microphone from my headset.

My headset/microphone is from razer.
So what happens if you choose LINE-IN?
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:38 PM   #9
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nothing.

i talk, and notthing shows up on vent , no sounds. the audio logo on vent doesnt even move when i talk
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:44 PM   #10
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after doing some research, do i need an imic?


im so pissed off atm everything seems more difficult with macs now...
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:46 PM   #11
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:49 PM   #12
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I DONT WANT TO USE THE BUILT IN ONE

I bought a $120 headset/microphone, came home opened it plugged it into my computer everything is good except the microphone doesnt work. they are all plugged in properly.

I'm willing to take pictures/videos for more help if im not explaining this good enough.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:50 PM   #13
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nothing.

i talk, and notthing shows up on vent , no sounds. the audio logo on vent doesnt even move when i talk
MacBooks (even in the PowerBook days) do NOT have a microphone input jack. Line-in jack is different from microphone jack. A microphone input is an amplified port, whereas line-in is not (it is simply an audio input).

The reason your headset is not working is because the audio signal is not being amplified through the line-in port. I tried getting a headset before and used the line-in thinking it would work. Nope. Tried (and returned) two different headsets before realizing this. I needed a powered USB headset.

I guess either buy an external sound amplifier or get a USB-powered headset.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 06:59 PM   #14
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lol wow.
is the imic an external sound amplifier ?
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 07:04 PM   #15
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lol wow. last time im ever buying an apple computer. such great computers with the easiest problems that they won't solve.

is the imic an external sound amplifier ?
you're not going to buy a Mac again because you can't use a headset straight out of the box? That seems like a VERY small annoyance to the otherwise vastly overwelming benefits from using a Mac and OS X.

But to answer your question, yes, the iMic would be an example of what you are looking for. Your headset microphone should work now with one of those.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 07:06 PM   #16
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i take that back

just been frustrating. i need to go replace my logic board cause apple screwed up their video cards, and now i need to spend more money to get a headset to work
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 07:09 PM   #17
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I gotcha. That sucks that you're having other problems. I'd be kinda pissed too. Hopefully the logic board replacement is covered under AppleCare.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 07:13 PM   #18
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are there any alternatives to the imic where i can buyit at bestbuy or futureshop?
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 07:57 PM   #19
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lol wow.
is the imic an external sound amplifier ?
Yes and no. Your headset will work with it as well as the mic (I have one). The no part is that it's technically an external sound card so it will show up as another option in the Sounds of System Preferences.

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are there any alternatives to the imic where i can buyit at bestbuy or futureshop?
BestBuy only has:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Creative...tive&cp=1&lp=8

and

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Creative...tive&cp=1&lp=9
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 08:08 PM   #20
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Will that 2nd USB one actuallly fit the left side of the mbp without blocking the charger adapter?
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 08:29 PM   #21
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and thse dont seem available in canada
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 08:50 PM   #22
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I use an imic on my macs for vent. I bought mine at the University of Alberta bookstore and I'm pretty sure I've seen them at mymacdealer if you happen to be in edmonton.
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I DONT WANT TO USE THE BUILT IN ONE

I bought a $120 headset/microphone, came home opened it plugged it into my computer everything is good except the microphone doesnt work. they are all plugged in properly.

I'm willing to take pictures/videos for more help if im not explaining this good enough.
Line in needs an amplified signal to work, your mic isn't one.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 09:37 PM   #24
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still need an imic alternative that i buy at a bestbuy or something in canada
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 09:48 PM   #25
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Not going to shop BB in Canada for you, but how about something like this?
http://www.macworld.com/article/4951...ahs302usb.html

What about something like this?
http://store.apple.com/us/product/TX...co=MTY3ODQ5OTY

That's what I was thinking of getting for use with the iPhone, and one of the comments/reviews says it works with a Mac. Should, its just a Bluetooth device afterall.

Maybe this?
http://store.apple.com/us/product/TW...co=MTY3ODQ5OTY

Anyway, Google or search the Apple Store for 'mac headset'
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