Built-in microphone volume REALLY quiet.

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  1. Illustrial macrumors member

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    Hello. I've been using my MacBook Pro for around 5 months now, but have recently started encountering a volume issue with the built-in microphone.

    The volume is really quiet - even though I've turned up the microphone volume up as high as possible in System Preferences.

    I tend to enjoy a casual skype/facetime call, and I'm having to physically shout down the microphone to be heard.

    Is there any software which can boost the volume of my microphone?

    Thank you very much :)
     
  2. KimChop, Dec 31, 2010
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    may be the case that your product may not be able to support a loud volume. I have same problem I'm sorry, but have not found a solution I hope you can find some answers.
     
  3. r.j.s, Dec 31, 2010
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    Have you checked the preferences of the apps themselves for mic settings?
     
  4. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, Skype is saying everything is fine, and I'm not sure how to check it on FaceTime though. I've noticed that when I speak and have the system preferences window open, it takes a pretty loud shout for the bars to fill the voice level thing.
     
  5. KimChop macrumors newbie

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    you should check settings of skype and facetime. try to set up them again on the softwares

    edit: this thresad is very quick sorry for repition of other poster points
     
  6. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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    I try this and have the problem on all the software I use - I'm pretty sure it's an issue with the microphone itself, hence want some softwares to make it louder!
     
  7. KimChop macrumors newbie

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    I understand. i google and this appeared http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=12440119 i hope it is helpful
     
  8. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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  9. KimChop macrumors newbie

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    Are you trying to system preferences > sound > input?
     
  10. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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    I have tried this KimChop. The volume is on full.
     
  11. KimChop macrumors newbie

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    i have been doing the researching and it is said that your mac auto ajdusts the volumes to stop distorting. also i see that deleting com.apple.audiotDevice.Setting.plist from the hard drive may work

    eitd: here is website http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=10191467 from which tells me to delete such file.
     
  12. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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    Hello. I tried locating this file in Hard Drive/Library/Preferences, but couldn't find it.
     
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    What about ~/Library/Preferences?

    With ~ being your home folder.
     
  14. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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    Couldn't find it there either :(
     
  15. KimChop macrumors newbie

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    i am no more helpful. sorry. good look on finding solution
     
  16. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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    No problem. Thanks for trying though :)

    Edit - @above, my nearest Apple store is around an hour away. I may call them then their call center is open and see if I can get a solution.
     
  17. Kristine macrumors 6502a

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    I had this problem earlier last year on a new 15" 2010 MBP. It turned out a wire was lose and it took the Apple technician around ten minutes to fix for me. He said it appeared that the wire had not been connected properly during the assembly stage.
     
  18. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah. I guess I'll take it into an Apple store to see if they can try and resolve it.

    Thanks for your help :)
     
  19. nicksmolenski macrumors regular

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    Post how they fixed the problem please. I'm curious to know what happened
     
  20. Illustrial thread starter macrumors member

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    Just thought I'd post an update.

    Finally found time to take it into an apple store last week. The genius compared the quality of my laptop's microphone to that on one of the laptops in store, and there was a clear difference.

    It's currently off for repair to have a replacement microphone fitted.
     

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