USB Computer Microphone Not Working in Windows 10 (SOLVED)

Not all microphones connect via the audio jack on a laptop or PC. The audio jack is the commonly used port for a wide range of audio devices but some devices can and do use a USB port. These microphones aren’t any less capable than those that use an audio jack. In fact, many of them offer better sound quality.

USB microphone not working in Windows 10

FIX: USB Microphone Not Working (Windows 10)

Devices that connect over a USB port are easy to use. Drivers for them are normally generic ones and they’re already present making the device plug & play. That said, if USB microphone you’ve connected to your system isn’t working or if you’ve connected a microphone via an audio jack to USB adapter and it isn’t detected, try the fixes below.

1. Restart app/system

If you connected the USB mic to your system after opening the app you intend to use it in, it is possible the app cannot detect the new device.

  1. Disconnect the microphone from the system.
  2. Close the app you want to use it with.
  3. Connect the microphone to the system.
  4. Open the app and check if the mic is detected.

If this doesn’t work, try the same steps but with the system.

  1. Disconnect the mic from the system.
  2. Shut the system down.
  3. Connect the mic to the system.
  4. Boot the system up.
  5. Open an app and check if the mic is detected.

2. Select the microphone from Sounds

The mic may have been set up correctly but it may not be set as the preferred device or the default device on Windows 10. You need to set it as the default device from the Sound settings.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Hardware & sound.
  3. Click Sounds.
  4. Go to the Recording tab.
  5. Right-click the mic and select Set as default device.
  6. Restart the system and check if the mic is detected.

3. Reinstall USB Microphone

Reinstalling the Microphone may help resolve issues with it. 

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Expand Audio Inputs and Outputs
  3. Right-click the USB mic and select Uninstall device.
  4. Disconnect the mic.
  5. Connect the mic again.
  6. Windows 10 will detect and install drivers for the device.

4. Run hardware troubleshooter

Problems with the USB port may be one reason the mic isn’t working. To troubleshoot the UBS port you have to run the hardware troubleshooter.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
  2. In the run box, enter msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic and tap the enter key.
  3. Run the Hardware troubleshooter and apply all fixes that it recommends.
  4. Restart the system and connect the mic again.

5. Run audio troubleshooter

The audio problems may not have to do with the USB port. Instead, other audio-related settings may need to be checked in order for the mic to work. The easiest way to check and fix problems with audio settings is to run the audio troubleshooter.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Update & Security.
  3. Select the Troubleshoot tab.
  4. Click Additional troubleshooters.
  5. Select and run the Audio troubleshooter.
  6. Apply all fixes that it recommends.
  7. Restart the system and use your mic.

6. Check power source

Some devices, including mics, that can connect via the USB port need an external power source. Check if your mic needs either an external power source or not. It will come with the appropriate cable and directions on how to connect it. Try connecting it to the same USB port that you use to charge device i.e., the charging port on a Windows 10 system.

Conclusion

USB mics often offer better audio quality than those that connect over the audio jack. This holds especially true for cheaper mics. A more expensive mic will work well regardless of the port that it uses. You should also check if the mic model you’re using has any known issues with it. Check forums dedicated to the device and its set up and make sure you’ve done everything to set it up correctly. 

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How to Insert Emoji in Word, Google Docs and Outlook

Human beings use clues like tone of voice and facial expressions to sense how someone else is feeling and what they really mean when they’re talking to us. With written communication, it’s more difficult because we can’t see or hear the speaker. 

In response, emojis have become a popular way to express emotion in some casual written/digital communication methods, like in text messages and on social media channels. While you should never use emojis in an academic paper or a professional work product, you could include them in Google Docs or Microsoft Word and Outlook. 

General Tips for Using Emoji on a Computer

  1. If you have internet access, you can copy/paste emojis from a website. Visit getemoji.com, search for and copy the emoji you want to use, and then paste it into your document. Done.
  1. Windows 10 users can use the built-in emoji picker. Press the Windows key + . (period key) or Windows key + ; (semicolon) to launch the picker. 
  1. Mac users can press Control + Command + Space to launch the emoji picker.

How to Insert Emoji in Microsoft Word

Inserting emoji into a Microsoft Word document can require different methods depending on the version of Word you’re using. 

Inserting Emoji in the Browser Version of Microsoft Word

For Word online, select Insert > Emoji. If you don’t see the emoji you want to use, select More emojis…

Inserting Emoji in a Desktop Version of Word

If you’re using a desktop version of Word, you have a few options. 

  • Select Insert > Symbol > More Symbols…
  • From the Font dropdown box, select either Windings, Webdings or Segoe UI Emoji and choose an emoji.

Note: These symbol fonts are just like any other font, so characters will appear in black by default. 

If you have your heart set on emojis in full color, you’ll need to use your computer’s built-in emoji picker as described above or download an emoji pack. Emoji Keyboard is an add-on pack by Patrick Bürgin that gives you access to additional emoji in the desktop versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 

  • Follow the installation wizard to download a new Emoji Keyboard button on the Insert tab. 
  • Clicking the button will display a panel from where you can choose which emoji you want to insert into your document.

How to Insert Emoji in Google Docs

Inserting emojis into a Google Doc is a little less straightforward, but it’s easy enough.

  • Open a Google Doc in a web browser. 
  • Select Insert > Special Characters
  • In the first drop-down, select Emoji from the list. 
  • Drill down into standard emoji categories like Animals, Plants and Food or People and Emotions.
  • Search for the emoji you want by keyword, or you can draw what you’re looking for and Google will serve up the closest emoji results.

How to Install Emoji Packs in Google Docs

Google Docs also has add-ons that can expand the emojis you can access via a sidebar inside the app. 

  • Install Add Emojis to Documents from the Google Workspace Marketplace. It will give you access to emojis in Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, and Google Forms. 
  • After installation, refresh your Google Doc and select Add-ons > Add Emojis to Documents > Add Emojis Keyboard.
  • Search for emojis by category in the panel that appears. 
  • Select the emoji you want and select Copy
  • Paste the emoji into your Google Doc.

Note: This pack only comes with around 50 emoji, but you might find a few that aren’t available via the Insert special characters method above.

How to Insert Emoji in Microsoft Outlook

As discussed, several of the methods above will work to insert emojis in Outlook. There are a couple extra ways to insert emojis that are specific to Microsoft Outlook. 

In Outlook’s browser version,

  • Select New Message
  • Select the emoji icon to the right of the Send and Discard buttons to insert emojis and GIFs.
  • Search for an emoji in the Expressions side panel.

How to Install Emoji Packs in Outlook

The Emojis app by Update Star GmbH is available in the Microsoft AppSource and works with both the desktop and web versions of Outlook.

  • The app adds an emoji task pane to Outlook containing the EmojiOne emoji set. 
  • Select your preferred skin tone and search by keyword. 
  • Launch the emoji task pane by selecting the Emojis icon.
  • Search for and select the emoji you want to insert. 

Note: This add-in “Works only with Exchange, Office 365, or Outlook.com accounts, not IMAP or POP accounts.”

If you have an IMAP or POP account, you can begin composing an email with an Exchange-based account, and that will give you access to the emoji pack add-in. Before you send your email, switch to your IMAP or POP account in the From dropdown.

Be Better Understood with Emojis

Emojis remain one of the best ways to express how you’re feeling in casual writing. What are some other ways you convey emotion in your writing? Let us know in the comments below.

Why Is My FPS So Low? How to Fix Windows 10 Low FPS Problems

Graphics are one of the major selling points of any modern game. The better, more realistic the graphics are, and the better the in-game physics, the more likely people are to buy a game. The gameplay needs to be good too and often good game-play will make up for poor or less impressive graphics (Among Us). 

Why Is My FPS So Low?

Why Is My FPS So Low?

Low FPS can be caused by a variety of reasons, some of them may be fixable while others may not. Before you troubleshoot the low FPS, make sure that it is a consistent problem.

A game may show low FPS when it first starts but the rate evens out once you start playing. The start screen and the menus may run at a low FPS by design. The higher FPS will kick in when you’re playing the game. Check out our tools for measuring the FPS in a game and determine that your problem is consistent. 

FIX: Windows 10 Low FPS Issues

1. Check game requirements 

A game that supports a high FPS requires good or great hardware to run. Your system may meet the minimum requirements for a game but the minimum requirements will not give you a high FPS when you play. 

If your hardware doesn’t match the requirements for running the game at its best/highest settings, there isn’t much you can do. Try to free up as many system resources as you can i.e., quit all other apps while you play and you’ll get a better FPS rate.

2. Turn of Game bar and other overlays 

The Game bar on Windows 10 adds an overlay that helps you record and broadcast gameplay, among other things. It tends to interfere with quite a few games. Disabling can help fix problems with a low FPS rate.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to the Gaming group of settings.
  3. Select the Game bar tab and turn the switch at the very top off.
  4. Restart the system and play the game.

3. Turn off Xbox DVR

The Xbox app on Windows 10 is connected to the gaming bar. You can turn the game bar off but it may not necessarily disable the DVR service in the Xbox app. 

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. b regedit and tap the Enter key.
  3. Navigate to this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\System\GameConfigStore
  4. Double-click the value GameDVR_Enabled and set its value to 0.
  5. Navigate to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  6. Right-click the key and select new>DWORD(32-bit) Value.
  7. Name the value AllowGameDVR and double-click it.
  8. Make sure the value is set to 0.
  9. Exit the registry and restart Windows 10.

4. Update GPU drivers

Games primarily use the GPU and GPU drivers update fairly often. Windows 10 should install them automatically but you can manually check for update drivers.

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Expand Display Adapters.
  3. Right-click the GPU and select Update drivers.
  4. Check online for driver updates and install the ones that are available.
  5. Restart the system.

If you know driver updates are available for an Nvidia chip but Windows 10 does not detect them, use the Nvidia GeForce app to install the updates. 

Conclusion

FPS is one of the main benchmarks of good video quality in a game but a lot of it relies on the right hardware and software set up being present on the system you’re playing on. In some cases, a game may have problems of its own. If you suspect there is a problem with the game, you can check for and install updates to the game that are likely to fix it. 

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Facebook Videos Not Playing in Chrome, Firefox, Safari (SOLVED)

Facebook is home to a lot of videos. It has options for live broadcasts, watching videos in groups, and the live broadcast can be shared as a video once it has ended. Quite a few content creators from YouTube have Facebook pages that they share videos to. Instagram users who upload videos also have the option to share them to Facebook as well.

Altogether, it makes Facebook a center for a lot of videos. The Watch tab on the Facebook app can keep users occupied for a good hour.

facebook videos

Facebook videos not playing

Facebook supports video playback on desktop browsers just as well as it does on its mobile apps. That said, it can run into problems playing media. If you’re unable to play videos in your desktop browser, try the following basic checks and then move on to the fixes listed further below.

  • If you have an ad-blocker installed, disable it. Facebook videos show ads and the ad-blocker may be blocking the video.
  • Try opening the video in Incognito mode in your browser.
  • Check if you can play videos in the mobile app on your phone. If not, Facebook may be partially blocked.
  • Try using a VPN to play videos. If the videos play, Facebook is being partially blocked by your ISP.
  • Restart the router at least once, and your system as well.

How to Fix Video Won’t Play (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

If the video doesn’t play after running each of the basic checks above, try the fixes below.

1. Clear cache and cookies

Corrupt files in the cache or outdated cookies can prevent videos from playing. Clear the cache and cookies and the videos should play.

In Chrome:

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Paste this chrome://settings/privacy in the URL bar and tap Enter.
  3. Click Clear browsing data.
  4. Select Cookies and site data, and Cached image and files.
  5. Click Clear data.

In Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Paste this about:preferences#privacy in the URL bar and tap Enter.
  3. Scroll down to Cookies and Site data.
  4. Click Clear Data.
  5. Select Cookies and Data and Cached web content.
  6. Click Clear.

In Safari:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to Safari>Preferences from the menu bar.
  3. Go to the Privacy tab.
  4. Click Manage Data.
  5. Select Facebook from the list of domains.
  6. Click Remove.

2. Disable add-ons/extensions

Add-ons and extensions, even if they aren’t ad-blockers, may prevent videos from playing. Disable them in the browser and try playing the videos.

In Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Paste this chrome://extensions/ in the URL bar and tap Enter.
  3. Turn off the switch for all extensions.
  4. Restart the browser.

In Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Paste this about:addons in the URL bar and tap Enter.
  3. Disable all add-ons. 
  4. Restart the browser.

In Safari:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to Safari>Preferences from the menu bar.
  3. Go to Extensions.
  4. Select all extensions and disable or uninstall them.
  5. Restart the browser.

3. Refresh Facebook session

Facebook is a website and a complex one at that. Users generally remain signed in to the site and that may cause problems.

  1. Visit Facebook.
  2. Click the dropdown arrow at the top right.
  3. Select Logout.
  4. Restart the browser and login again.

4. Disable hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration may prevent videos from playing. Try turning it off.

In Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Paste this chrome://settings/system in the URL bar and tap Enter.
  3. Turn the switch for Use hardware acceleration when available off.
  4. Restart the browser.

In Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Paste this about:preferences#general in the URL bar and tap Enter.
  3. Scroll down to the Performance section.
  4. Disable Use recommended performance settings.
  5. Disable Use hardware acceleration when available.
  6. Restart the browser.

Hardware acceleration cannot be disable in Safari.

5. Check for browser updates

If your browser is not up to date, it may prevent websites from working correctly.

In Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Paste this chrome://settings/help in the URL bar and tap Enter.
  3. Allow Chrome to check for updates.
  4. Install available updates and restart the browser.

In Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click the hamburger icon at the top right.
  3. Select Help>About Firefox.
  4. Allow Firefox to check for updates and install them.
  5. Restart the browser.

Safari updates with macOS.

Conclusion

Facebook is built to run on modern browsers and on mobile browsers. If you’re having trouble with a media stream, check if Facebook is experiencing problems. If you’re unable to access videos on any and all platforms, it points to a problem with Facebook’s media streams. You may have to wait it out until it is resolved.

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