There are a number of problems that can occur when installing the Creative Sound Blaster drivers and software in Windows Vista and 7. Generally, the problems that occur arise from the increased security measures implemented in modern versions of Windows. The default-recording device is supposed to be set during the final part of the software installation. In order for this task to be completed, it must have exclusive access to the Windows Sound and Audio component. If this was interrupted, your microphone will not work. In other cases when driver-related communication issues prevent use of the Line-In port, you may need to use the FlexiJack port on your card in order to use the microphone.
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Right-click the sound icon in your task bar and click "Recording Devices."
Click the "Microphone" icon and then click the "Set Default" button.
Right-click the "Microphone" icon and click "Properties."
Click the "Levels" tab. Move the volume slider to "75."
Click the "Advanced" tab, click in the radio button next to both options, and then click the "Apply" button. Continue reading if the microphone fails to work.
Move the microphone plug from the pink jack to the blue jack.
Click "Start" and "All Programs."
Click the "Creative" folder and then double-click the "Creative Audio Control Panel" icon.
Click the "FlexiJack" tab.
Click in the radio button next to "Microphone" in the "FlexiJack Mode" section and click "Close."
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