Internal Microphone Not Working

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jordancrouch, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. jordancrouch macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    So, I recently purchased an early 2008 white Macbook from eBay. I'm really happy with it, it all runs smoothly and it is in great condition. However, when I tried to Skype with my family, they couldn't hear me. So I went through all the system preferences for sound, speech, MIDI setup in utilities, PRAM and SMC resets, to no avail. After e-mailing the person I purchased it from, they informed me that they have never used the microphone so they had no idea if it was working or not before they sent it to me.

    After finding various posts on different forums which have been left unanswered to a similar problem, I'm at a loose end. I'm not a huge techie and especially new to macs so I can't identify if it would be a hardware/software issue.

    So here I was hoping to get some further suggestions or help. I've tried using a basic earphone/microphone that works with my iPhone but won't work on here. When I slide the input volume control on system sound settings, it appears to, briefly, light up some of the volume blocks, but it won't pick up any of the sound that I make. Also, when I tap next to the mic or to the left of the trackpad, it seems to also create some movement, but still nothing as to responding to my voice...not quite sure what this means but could be helpful information.

    I have a 2.1GHz intel core 2 duo, 4GB ram, os x 10.7.

    Please let me know if you need any more info and I will be extremely grateful for any information and or suggestions you may have :confused:
  2. ck6312 macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2013
    Gardiner ny
    This is the exact problem i am having with my macbook. Mine is a 2011 and was working fine just a few days ago. Now the internal mic will not pick up my voice. when i type or when i tap the mic it picks up the sound but unless i scream the mic will not read my voice (even then the pick up is faint). Have you had any luck figuring out how to fix this problem?
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Can you screenshot your sound preferences?

    And worst case scenario you can replace the mic. It's not a hard part to fit.

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