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Registered: ‎11-18-2011
Location: Richmond, VA
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Microphone not working correctly / Working out of nowhere / Driver issues

Yeah I have the T61p-A24.

 

The microphone isn't working for me. I am trying to use skype and talk to my family. I tried a few different drivers and rolling back a few times. All of a sudden yesterday I could hear myself through my speakers. I didn't have any programs running. I just heard myself, and there was a big echo feedback sounding like the mic was on high. I saw through settings that the mic was working, but it wouldn't turn off. Now that it is turned off mysteriously, I can't get it to work like before. I didn't try it on skype when it was working. I just want it to work. I have heard through other posts in other forums that this is not just my problem that it is just sheer luck you are the lucky one to have the problem.

 

Please I need this fixed. Thanks.

 

T61p-A24

15.4"

3GB Ram

256MB video ram

T7700 Core 2 duo 2.4 Ghz

Nvidia Quadro FX 570M

Vista Ultimate 32

Bit Torrent
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Registered: ‎01-02-2011
Location: US
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Re: Microphone not working correctly / Working out of nowhere / Driver issues

My first question I would want to figure out is if this is hardware or software related. If it was mine, I would swap a harddrive from a similar working model and that would tell me immediately if your hardware was working, but if you don't have one to swap, then other alternatives would be needed.

 

One option is to install a second (backup) windows version. I do this on all my computers, it comes in very handy when you can reboot into a different instalation at any time if you have a problem and either need to test your hardware, or you need to use the system imediately and don't have time to fix any issues it may currently be having. 

 

I'd say it's very likely you have either a bad driver, setting, or corrupt files on your system, but diagnosing this in a forum post isn't really possible, but if you do have hardware failure, then I probably have any part you may need to fix it, so hopefully we can track this down.

 

I'd also suggest you consider doing some maintainance on your cooling system. If your unit was built prior to August 2008, then you may be at risk of GPU failure which can often be prevented by cleaning your cooling system and monitoring temperatures. This has nothing at all to do with the microphone issue, but  it could save your system board from failure, so I thought I'd mention it.

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Registered: ‎11-18-2011
Location: Richmond, VA
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Re: Microphone not working correctly / Working out of nowhere / Driver issues

It is working again, but won't turn off AGAIN!

Bit Torrent
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Registered: ‎01-02-2011
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Re: Microphone not working correctly / Working out of nowhere / Driver issues

I suggest you do as I suggested and determine if it's hardware or software. We can't tell you how to fix it until you do and the info that your mic has turned itself on now isn't helpful, but I do suspect it's software because you'd never know it was on if there wasn't some software program using it.

 

If you don't want to diagnose this, then all I can say is do a factory reset, reformatting your harddrive and it will fix the problem if it's software, and as I said, if it's hardware, I have any parts you may need to fix it.

ThinkPad W-510 i7-820QM(1.73-3.06GHz) Quad Core... ThinkPad T500, T9900, 8gb SSD...FrankNpad T-60p/61p (X9000 2.8ghz) 8gb SSD ips FlexView...ThinkPad T-61p (T9300 2.5ghz) 8gb ram...Thinkpad X-61 Tablet 8gb ram.
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Re: Microphone not working correctly / Working out of nowhere / Driver issues

Hello,

 

Just to verify, you are using the ThinkPad T61p's built-in speakers and microphone, and not a headset, correct?

 

If so, it sounds like the microphone is picking up the audio from the speakers and causing feedback.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 



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