Sun 31 Jul, 2011 12:40 pm
When I started a voice chat on my Skype, my friend complained he can't hear me. All he can hear, he says, is a sort of mild, uniform drone.
I ran the Skype test call, and when it played back what I'd just spoken into the microphone, I heard the same drone kind of thing, but not my voice.
A message popped up at the same time, saying there's lot of background noise! What the heck. When I click audio settings on Skype, I can see the green streak next to microphone move and back forth, indicating the microphone's fine. So why can't my friend hear my voice?
Look for background noise in the room you are in, a ceiling fan, a table top fan, a dishwasher, washing machine, etc. It will probably be a noise that you don't even notice anymore, but the microphone picks it up and transmits it.
I had similar problems when I first started using Dragon Naturally Speaking. It turned out to be the ceiling fan.
You might also check your sound device settings in Control Panel to be sure your microphone and headset is defined correctly. That was another frustrating problem I discovered. When certain operating system updates from Microsoft occurred, it was changing my microphone/headset device settings.
That is now the first place I look when I have to do some troubleshooting.
I have a twelve inch floor fan about two feet from my computer when my message was played back I heard no background noise!
It sounds like something is connected incorrectly. Are you sure your mic is plugged into the microphone port? Try recording something in another program like Sound Recorder (in Windows). That should separate a hardware issue from a software issue like Skype settings.
I had the same problem (friend couldn't hear me) on Gtalk voice chat. So this is definitely not a Skype thing.
I'll look into the suggestions given here tonight. Thanks for chiming in!