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Minimize microphone feedback during audio chats Laptop Macs
Ever try using audio chat or voice over IP on a laptop or iMac? It's nearly impossible for the person on the other end to hear what you're saying, because the microphone is right next to the speaker. (It's actually behind the same grill). The trick is that the microphone is only on one side.

So the solution is to go to Sound in System Preferences, and change the Output balance all the way to one side for the duration of your chat. This minimizes the effects of feedback and makes it a lot easier for the other person to hear what's going on. You'll probably have to dig out your owner's manual (or look online) to find out which side your microphone is on. The iMac G5's is on the right side, so put balance to the left. The MacBook Pro (17 in) is on the left.
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Minimize microphone feedback during audio chats
Authored by: markfleser on Mar 14, '07 08:30:49AM

Or you could just use headphones or a headset.



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Minimize microphone feedback during audio chats
Authored by: chally on Mar 14, '07 10:09:36AM

LOL! That's what I was thinking. It was worth it, too.



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This happens already
Authored by: farbog on Mar 14, '07 08:35:39AM

iChat does this automatically on my computer. Both my MacBook Pro and my old PPC powerbook, the left speaker is muted during audio chats.



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This happens already
Authored by: acdha on Mar 14, '07 10:30:12AM

Yes - I've been using iChat on laptops since it was released and have never needed to do this manually.



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Not for all apps
Authored by: SeanAhern on Mar 14, '07 01:32:42PM

Sure, but what about other applications like Skype? Just because iChat got it right doesn't mean that other apps did. This is a nice workaround for other applications.



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