do I pick the right microphone?
Check out our "Microphone Help" page. This page includes a chart of all the different types of microphones and their pros and cons, as well as links to vendors for each type. This is the best place to start when choosing the perfect microphone for you.
The microphone red line will move when sound is being received by your microphone (when you speak, for instance). If you are talking into the microphone and the microphone red line is not moving, first make sure that your microphone is plugged into the correct jack on your soundcard or PC motherboard. If it is, you should then test to see if your microphone is working. See the FAQ How can I test my microphone? for instructions on testing your microphone with Sound Recorder. If you have determined that you can indeed record and play back sound, then you may need to adjust the settings for you microphone via the Windows Volume Control or Sound Mixer. See the FAQ I'm having problems hearing and with the volume for help on adjusting the volume settings for your microphone.
How can I test if my microphone is
To start Sound Recorder:
1. Click Start.
To record a sound:
1. Make sure you have an audio input
device (such as a microphone) connected to your computer.
To play your sound:
1. Click the play button:
If the recorded voice and the
background noise level are played back at about the same relative volume, you may need to
turn up the microphone volume and/or adjust the microphone boost (see the next FAQ).
Then repeat the test. If the background noise is still very noticeable, you may
need to try a different microphone with your sound card.
If you can't get your microphone to work with sound Recorder or the playback volume is very low, you should consult your soundcard documentation for assistance. Many soundcards support both powered (with a battery) and un-powered microphones. Sometimes these are referred to as dynamic and electric condenser microphones, respectively. Depending upon your soundcard, there may be a hardware or software switch that should be set depending upon which kind of microphone you are using. If this switch is not set properly you may get little or no volume, or overdrive the volume during the Sound Recorder test. Consult your soundcard and microphone documentation to determine how to set this switch, if present, on your soundcard. Please note that some soundcards have both the hardware switch (or jumper) and a software switch. So you may have to try several settings before you find the optimal one for your configuration.
Also, make sure your
microphone options are set correctly in your Volume Control settings. Open your volume control/mixer window and select Options -> Properties. In the Properties window, select Recording and make sure that
"Microphone" or "Mic/Line" is checked. Click
"Ok" and make sure the microphone slider is up and that the
"Select" box is checked for the Microphone or Mic/Line control. Now try to record with Sound Recorder again.
I'm having problems with the volume (I
can't hear, the other person can't hear me,
etc.). What can I do to troubleshot the volume?
1. Open your Volume Control (also called "Mixer") settings window.
This window could be in several locations, depending upon your system setup:
- In the tray of your taskbar. Double-click on the yellow speaker in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
- Open your Control Panel. Double-click
the Multimedia icon. Click the Playback speaker button. While here you may want to check
the "Show volume control on the taskbar" check box if it is not already checked.
If you cannot locate the Volume Control via one of the two locations above, do a search for the file SNDVOL32.EXE on your computer.
2. In the Volume Control window, make you sure you see controls for the Master Volume (or Volume Control Balance), Wave Output (or Wave Balance), and Microphone Balance.
If you do not see some of these controls, select Options -> Properties from the Volume Control menu bar. Then check the appropriate devices under "Show the following volume controls".
3. Move the volume sliders up or down for the appropriate device to turn up or turn down the volume.
4. Be sure that the "Mute all" and "Mute" boxes are not checked for the Master Volume (or Volume Control Balance) and Wave Output (or Wave Balance) devices.
5. If the "Mute" box is unchecked for the Microphone Balance device, please check it. If this is not checked, then the microphone input will be fed straight back to the PC speakers and you could end up talking over the person on the other line.
If the "Mute" box is checked for the Microphone Balance device, then try UN-checking it.
6. Set the Microphone Boost. Be sure you have the Advanced Controls option set (to set it, select Options -> Advanced Controls, and a check will appear next to the menu item "Advanced Options"). Click the "Advanced" button under the Microphone Balance device. In the "Advanced Controls for Microphone" window, be sure the "Microphone Boost" box is checked (click the box to check it). This box may also be called "mic option 1," "Microphone Gain Control," or something similar.Sometimes when I am using netYAK the level of performance slows or stops completely. What could be wrong?
This could be caused by other programs that are running at the same time and affecting your computers performance (such as scheduled programs like virus scanners and backups). You can turn off these programs and then try netYAK again. Another reason that netYAK may be slowing down is the Find Fast utility. Find Fast is an Office 97 utility that creates indices of your documents on your computer, in the attempt to speed up the process of opening up these documents. At times, however, this can slow down your computers performance and cause your programs to lag or even stop. It is recommended that you turn off Find Fast in order to prevent unnecessary lags in performance.
To stop Find Fast from running:
Find Fast will start again the next time you reboot.
To change how often Find Fast creates indices of your documents:
First, do not close the netYAK Client window. Click the "Hangup" button and then click "Place Call" to try the connection again. If the line is still busy, you may wish to close the window, and then try the netYAK Call button again.
Early versions of Windows 95 shipped with an old version of the Windows Sockets Library (Winsock). If you have an early version of Windows 95, you may see an "Error Starting Program" message that reads "A required .DLL file, WS2_32.DLL, was not found." when the netYAK Voice Client is launched. If so, please download the Windows Socket 2 Update from Microsoft. Closely follow the directions on the update page. You will need to reboot once the update has been installed.
The best way to make sure that your browser is downloading and displaying the newest pages is to empty your cache or temporary internet files and internet history. Follow the directions below for your browser.
If no one answers the phone the ringing could go on forever. Some phone systems (either business or Telco) limit the time a phone will ring when no one answers. In these cases, the call is dropped by the receiving phone system after some period of ringing. The netYAK Voice Client detects the call disconnect and returns to an "Idle" state.
Yes, record a YAKbite, start by clicking the "Record" button. Click "Stop" to stop recording. Then click "Play" to check the audio quality.
Open the netYAK Voice
Client Diagnostics, by clicking the "HELP" button with the YAK
logo, then selecting "Diagnostics". Once selected there are
three diagnostic choices:
Are you speaking into
the microphone? Input audio should now be
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