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mandrei99
  Post  Post subject: Windows XP Microphone volume drops unexpectedly / auto adjusts to low value  |  Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:24 pm

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Windows XP Microphone volume drops unexpectedly / auto adjusts to low value

Windows XP Microphone volume drops unexpectedly / auto adjusts to low value

On windows XP I have just met a very strange behavior: The microphone volume drops unexpectedly to a very low value making online conversations impossible. My guess was that Skype was to blame here and, after searching the web, I found an interesting post which explained how to "clean" skype of this inadequate behavior.

Open Windows Explorer (sounds very bad :D ) and go to C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Skype and open the shared.xml file with a nice editor (Writer).

Then go to the <VoiceEng> xml tag that should look like this:
Code:
    <VoiceEng>
      <AGC>1</AGC>
      <MicVolume>5</MicVolume>
    </VoiceEng>


Change the first tag to 0 and the second one to 100 (or whatever you want) like below:
Code:
    <VoiceEng>
      <AGC>0</AGC>
      <MicVolume>100</MicVolume>
    </VoiceEng>


Note:
For Skype v 2.5:
255 is max volume and 0 = low. Range is 0 (off) to 255 (maxim)
255 could be much too high, so please reduce if necessary
For Skype 2.6/3:
100 is maxim volume and 0 = low. Range is 0 (off) to 100 maxim.

If the volume is too high, the sound will be dropped and clipped.
AGC setting to 0 will disable control of audio devices.





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bealee08
Post  Post subject: Re: Windows XP Microphone volume drops unexpectedly / auto adjusts to low value  |  Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:35 am

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I now know how to troubleshoot incase I'll experience the same ordeal, and I'll sure stop blaming skype too and yes even my earphone and speaker for the bad quality sound.


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Harespok
Post  Post subject: Re: Windows XP Microphone volume drops unexpectedly / auto adjusts to low value  |  Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:55 am
You may face this problem when the volume settings or sound the microphone is not properly configured, and even the bad audio drivers may be causing the problem.


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jksdfhgd
Post  Post subject: Re: Windows XP Microphone volume drops unexpectedly / auto adjusts to low value  |  Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:20 am
I now know how to troubleshoot incase I'll experience the same ordeal, and I'll sure stop blaming skype too and yes even my earphone and speaker for the bad quality sound.


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kelvinT73226
Post  Post subject: Re: Windows XP Microphone volume drops unexpectedly / auto adjusts to low value  |  Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:51 pm

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The first
action you should do is to make sure your microphone is configured correctly. Then update your sound drivers.


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smithjon
Post  Post subject: Re: Windows XP Microphone volume drops unexpectedly / auto adjusts to low value  |  Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:43 am

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very low value making online conversations impossible. My guess was that Skype was to blame here and, after searching the web, I found an interesting post which explained how to "clean" skype of this inadequate behavior.

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