Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Troubleshooting my own user idiocy

Random dumb tech story: For months my computer microphone has had a lot of loud static on it. Every time I say something in a game like Left 4 Dead 2, people complain and tell me not to talk again.

I finally got around to investigating the issue, which involved unplugging things, looking at the sound controls, etc.  I was bewildered to find that the computer was recording noise even when the mic was unplugged.  Then I realize: I have a USB webcam that I rarely use.  It's plugged into the back, it has its own built in mic... and it's hanging behind my desk RIGHT NEXT TO THE FAN.

Everything's crystal clear now.