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\015 Hello, i have a packard bell home computer - model number ALT-CO2, i would like to contact my son using skype and my computer but can't seem to get any sound on playback. Do i have a built in mic or do i need to buy an extrernal mic to make Skype work properly?Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated as it all seems to be very complicated.many thanks.\015

Answers :

Hi Jaygeewallac,

I tried to locate a manual for your computer to find more details - no success. (But found a lot of people having the same issue...) Regardless - I don't think that your computer is equipped with a microphone; laptops usually have a built-in one, desktops don't.
You can always try: Go to start -> All Programs -> Accessories ->
Entertainment -> Sound Recorder
and try to record something. If you were successful - your PC has a built in microphone!

However - if you want to use Skype, I strongly recommend to use a headset with a microphone. I am using this program daily and although my laptop has a mic and speakers, I always use my headset. Without it you have to stick your head to where your mic is located and turn the volume of the speakers up a lot so you are able to understand what your son is saying. Don't do it.

A USB headset costs you between 20 -50$ and you can either get it online (Newegg or Tigerdirect) or at your local RadioShack or BestBuy. I would recommend buying it locally, because in case it does not fit your head comfortably, you can exchange it very easy.
I would furthermore recommend a USB connection, because it is not as flimsy as two small audio connectors and also easier to plug in and out.

Did this informatin help you? If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I am happy to help you with whatever you want to know.
Do yourself a favor and buy a headset with a mic on it. they're about 15 bucks at most walmarts. The plug ends usually are colored the same as the ports they plug into on your computer.
\015\012Check in the sound section of your control panel and on your speakers , make sure everything has power, is turned on, or is not muted..
\015\012if still no sound--
\015\012
\015\012 click START-SETTINGS-CONTROL PANEL , double click system, select the hardware tab, then device manager, scroll down to your sound hardware listing....If there is a yellow ? or ! there, the driver will need to be reinstalled..please post here again after checking this..Regards
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