Internal Microphone with Vista

This one might fall into the "Duh, Marc" category, but when I get stuck, I figure maybe someone else out there might get stuck, too.  (And it makes me feel better to think that way.)

I was trying to get Skype set up on my Dell Latitude D820 laptop this morning (which is running Vista), and I couldn’t get the microphone to work.  When I went into the Control Panel, Sound, and looked at the Recording tab, I saw this:


So the internal microphone was there, but it was "Currently unavailable".  After a little poking around on the Web, I found the answer: I needed to set the Internal Mic as the default:

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Once I did that, all was right in the world again.

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  1. Sometimes I wonder isf Vista was a wrong move and I should just spend the money for Windows 7! I had microphone problems with Vista 32 bit myself, and after a long time figured out the problem.


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