English Community

ThinkPad NotebooksThinkPad T400 / T500 and newer T series Laptops Knowledge Base

T410 / X201 - Built in microphone generate high pitched noise / audio feedback


The T410 / X201, the built in microphone couples with the speakers and generates annoying high pitched noise or audio feedback when microphone is unmuted.


Issue is caused by the microphone settings being too sensitive then picking up the audio which is coming from the speakers thus causing high pitch or audio feedback.


Do ensure that the Audio drivers are installed before proceeding with the steps provided below.


Disabling Microphone Boost


Windows XP


  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Sound and Audio Devices
  4. Click Audio Tab
  5. In Sound recording, click Volume
  6. In recording, click Options then click Advance Controls
  7.  An "Advance" tab will appear below the volume bar, Click Advance
  8. Untick Microphone Boost then click Close
  9. Then in Sounds and Audio Devices Properties click OK.



Windows 7


  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Hardware and Sound
  4. Click Sound
  5. Click Recording tab
  6. Highlight the Internal Microphone
  7. Click Properties
  8. Click Listen tab
  9. Uncheck Listen to this device
  10. Click OK
  11. Test see if High pitch or feedback still occurs



If issue still occur after unchecking the "Listen to this Device". You can try reducing the microphone boost in the Levels tab. Screenshot below









Was this information helpful?

Yes No


Community Guidelines

Please review our Guidelines before posting.

Learn More

Check out current deals!

Go Shop