eMac external microphone proble

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by feckweed, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    I have an 1 GHz eMac I use at home and I like to use voice recognition software for answering e-mail, etc. The eMac is designed so that you do not have to use USB microphones, etc. I have a regular (non-USB) plug headset that works fine on another computer at work. When I plug in the headphones part (output) to the eMac it switches fine to the headphones and I can hear through them. When I plug in the line-in part it does not recognize the microphone part and stays with the internal mic. When I switch it myself in systems prefs it switches but does not hear the mic. When take a plug from a tape recorder and plug it into the line-in on the eMac it works (i.e., eMac recognizes that input). So it is not the headset and not the jack, any thoughts as to what I am doing wrong? Thanks much!!
     
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    crazzyeddie

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    Macs are meant to accept pre-amplified sound, from powered mics. You might have to buy a USB sound-in solution.

    Basically, that sound in port is only useful for mics with their own amps, CD players, etc, something with its own power.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Thanks so much for the reply! I understand now (that I will have to sink $50 into a USB microphone or adapter).....THANKS AGAIN!
     

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