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    I constantly hear room sounds over my microphone.

    Difficulty level: the usual suspect has an alibi:

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    I'm at a loss, which is becoming all too common with this new build of mine.


    Thanks for any suggestions you might offer.

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    Unplug the microphone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdc2000 View Post
    Unplug the microphone?
    That's not a solution, that's letting the computer tell you what you do. Not ready for a hack just yet.

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    My point was that if you have a microphone plugged into your computer, and the software that uses that microphone is running (even if you don't know it, like malware for instance), you are going to get microphone input.

    You need to either disable whatever software is routing the mic input to your speakers, or switch the speakers to a different sound source, or disable the microphone input connection, or, failing all of that, unplug the mic.

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    Or get a mic with an on/off switch or an inline adapter switch.

    eg: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...8543-_-Product


    eg: something like this for less than ten dollars...
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    I like fink's solution. Inexpensive, and positive. When you want it off, there is no messing around with ever-changing software settings or wondering if it is really off. A hardware "OFF" switch guarantees that when it says "Off" it is off.

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    Do you have Cortana voice commands enabled? If you're not using them, try disabling that.
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/2984...-commands.html

    Did you look at the Win 10 App permissions for the microphone? Maybe there is an app that is actively using it.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...pp-permissions

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    But if I use a hardware mic switch to turn it off, it won't work in TS, and that's obviously counterproductive. If I leave the mic switch on, then I'll hear myself talking in TS, which confuses and messes with me.

    Anyway, I found the issue. I had the RECORD tab covered, but I didn't adequately explore the PLAYBACK DEVICE/LEVELS. I was playing with the mic settings there at some point. I guess I thought I was increasing the volume going out, but instead was making it audible in my own ears. Duh.

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    Well, thanks for the suggestions.

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    Thanks for the update and screen capture.

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    Before cell phones, I used to get voices in my speakers from passing taxicabs. I think they had walkie-talkies then. And I sometimes got police cars on my portable radio. Things are too rational now :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdc2000 View Post
    Thanks for the update and screen capture.
    I believe that if you're gonna ask for help, you should do your part as well. Put forth effort, supply info, and update with any useful information you find, so the next person to google the problem can find it. As problems with this build go, this one was a joy, easy to solve. This build's taxed me a bit.

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