How to Use the Built-In Microphone on a Sony VAIO

By William Garmany

Sony VAIO laptops come with most everything you would need built in. One of the features that you may find most useful is the built in microphone. The microphone is used in many functions such as; issuing voice commands, VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), chat rooms and simple voice recordings. Getting it up and running is a simple process as Windows 7 and Sony build in everything you need. In no time at all, you will be using your microphone for whatever your need is.

Step 1

Click "Start" on the Sony VAIO, type "mmsys.cpl" in the Search ares and press "Enter." This will open the Sound dialog box. Click the "Recording" tab.

Step 2

Click "Microphone" and select "Properties." Verify that "Working" appears under microphone. If not, click "Microphone" and choose "Set Default."

Step 3

Click the "Custom" tab under Microphone Properties. Select or clear the "Microphone Boost" box and click the "Levels" tab.

Step 4

Adjust the volume slider to the level that you want for the Sony VAIO and click "OK." Click "OK" again to close the dialog box.

Step 5

Open a program that uses microphone functionality. Talk as you would normally. The microphone will pick up on the sound of your voice and either record or transmit as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using an external microphone will lessen the sound of key strikes or the DVD player spinning for others with whom you are talking.