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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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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Windows 10 Clipboard History Not Working: How to Open My Clipboard History?

Windows 10 has a built-in clipboard manager. This is a somewhat recent feature that was added to extend the capabilities of the clipboard on Windows 10. 

Windows users have long used clipboard managers to hold more than one item in the clipboard. With third-party tools, there is always the danger that sensitive data may leak which is why having an on-board solution like the Windows 10 Clipboard History is better.

Windows 10 clipboard history

Windows 10 Clipboard History Not Working

In order to use the Windows 10 Clipboard History, you must meet the following system requirements;

  • Running Windows 10 October 2018 or later build
  • Add a Microsoft Live account to Windows 10

To enable Clipboard History after making sure you meet the above requirements, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to System>Clipboard.
  3. Turn on the ‘Save multiple items to the clipboard to use later…’ switch.

Using Clipboard History on Windows 10;

  1. Copy items with the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut like normal.
  2. Tap the Win+V keyboard shortcut to open Clipboard History.
  3. Select the item you want to paste.
  4. Once selected, use the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut to paste it.

How to Access Clipboard (History)

If you’ve gone through the set-up process and Clipboard History is not working, try the fixes listed below.

1. Restart Windows Explorer

If you’ve enabled Clipboard History but the feature isn’t working, your first troubleshooting step should be to restart Windows Explorer.

  1. Right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu. 
  2. Go to the Processes tab.
  3. Look for and select Windows Explorer.
  4. Click the Restart button at the bottom right.

Note: It may be worth restarting the system once after you’ve enabled Clipboard History.

2. Enable Clipboard History from Registry

For some users, the Clipboard History has to be enabled from the Windows registry. It’s not clear why this happens but may have to do with the locale that you’ve set in Windows 10.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
  2. In the run box, enter regedit and tap the Enter key.
  3. Go to this key: KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
  4. Look for the value AllowClipboardHistory. If it doesn’t exist, right-click the System value and select New>DWORD (32-bit) value from the context menu. Name it AllowClipboardHistory.
  5. Double-click the AllowClipboardHistory value and set its value to 1.
  6. Restart Windows Explorer (see previous section).

3. Edit Group Policy

If you have the Pro version of Windows 10, you also have the group policy editor in addition to the registry editor. You will have to enable Clipboard History in the Group Policy separately. 

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, enter gpedit.msc and tap the Enter key.
  3. Go to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>OS Policies.
  4. Look for and double-click Allow Clipboard History
  5. Select the Enabled option in the window that opens.
  6. Click Ok.
  7. Look for Allow Clipboard synchronization across devices and double-click it.
  8. Select the Enabled option, and click OK.

Note: It is a good idea to restart Windows Explorer after making this change.

Conclusion

Clipboard History works if you have a Microsoft Live account set as the user account on your system. This is, for many users, the only shortcoming this feature has. If you do not use a Microsoft Live account, enabling it will probably be the most time consuming part of enabling Clipboard History. This feature works as soon as it is enabled and generally, there is no wait period for it to activate. 

 

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Windows 10 Photos App Missing? Here’s How to Reinstall Photos App

 

Microsoft Photos is a stock app on Windows 10. It is present on Windows 10 when you install the OS and it is the go-to app for viewing photos if you have nothing else installed. If you choose to install a different photo viewer, you will have to change the default one on Windows 10 i.e., change it to something other than Microsoft Photos.

Microsoft Photos app has disappeared

Windows 10 Photos App Missing?

Stock apps on Windows 10 are present out of a box but many of them can be uninstalled. If you want, you can remove the ones you do not need but Microsoft Photos is one of the core apps on the OS so uninstalling it isn’t that easy (though still possible). If you can’t find the Microsoft Photos app, try the fixes below.

1. Reinstall Photos App on Windows 10

It’s possible that you’ve uninstalled the Microsoft Photos app, or an app that you installed did it for you. In that case, you will have to install the app again. You can do this from the Microsoft Store or via PowerShell.

To install Microsoft Photos from the Microsoft Store;

  1. Visit this link to the Microsoft Photos app in your browser.
  2. Click Get.
  3. Open the Microsoft Store app when prompted by the browser.
  4. Click Get and then Install.
  5. Microsoft Photos will be installed.

If you’re unable to install Microsoft Photos from the Microsoft Store app, you can install it via PowerShell.

  1. Open PowerShell with admin rights.
  2. Run this command: $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘AppxManifest.xml’.
  3. Microsoft Photos will be installed.

Note: Restart the system if the app doesn’t appear.

2. Reset Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store app may cause problems with other apps. The Microsoft Photos app may very be present on your system but the Microsoft Store may prevent it from opening. Try resetting the app.

  1. Tap the Win +R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, enter wsreset.exe and tap the Enter key.
  3. A Command Prompt window will open and close on its own.
  4. The store app will be reset. Try opening the Microsoft Photos app.

3. Run Windows Store app troubleshooter

The Microsoft Photos app is a Microsoft Store and Windows 10 has a troubleshooter that can help resolve problems with these types of apps.

  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. Run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter.
  6. Apply all fixes that it recommends.
  7. Restart the system.

4. Try a different photo viewer

If you’re still unable to open and use the Microsoft Photos app, you can install a third-party photo viewer. There are plenty of great alternatives to the Microsoft Photos app. We recommend giving IrfanView a try.

Conclusion

The Microsoft Photos app is the best photo viewer that Microsoft has ever developed. In fact, many Windows 10 users often complain about it. That said, if you’re determined to use it and it doesn’t reappear with any of the fixes listed above, create a new user account and it will be present in it. You will have to switch to using the new account.

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