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It's Windows vista. I've never tried to use a microphone before but I just installed Dragon Naturally Speaking yesterday. The first headset that came with the package and the headphones tested fine but I couldn't get the computer to hear me on the microphone. I purchased a new headset and when I started with that, also yesterday afternoon, it was fine for several hours. I put the computer on hibernate overnight - no idea if this is relevant! - but in the middle of the night, it came on and I had to close the lid at 3am! Then today, when I started Dragon again, the headphones were fine but the microphone failed. I went to the Sound, Video & Game controllers, deleted the hardware and then let it scan for drivers to re-install them but this didn't improve things.
When I do that, I see three items. The first two say they are 'working.' The first one, set to default, is the one that says Microphone/ Line in. Yesterday, it had green bars flashing up and down. Today it doesn't.
The second one, called Microphone Array, appears to be working because green flashes are going up and down.
The third one is 'Rec playback' and says it's currently unavailable.
No, it doesn't work if I set that one to default. No improvement.
No, still not working.
Okay, well, at least I know I tried everything! That's some comfort. I'll see if it can be repaired but I bought it in the Autumn of 2008 so I imagine it may not be worth repairing now.