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Windows 8/Win 10 - won't recognize internal mic


My problem is with windows 10. After upgrading, the internal mic on my Lenovo G50 laptop think pad
no longer received input. Even though the mic is listed as enabled and as the default mic in Sounds it no longer appears in the Device Manager under AUDIO INPUTS AND OUTPUTS. I have the latest correct audio driver but when I try to install the driver the wizard says UNABLE TO FIND DEVICE. I don't doubt that I must have unknowingly deleted the mic when I was trying to get it to respond to voice inputs. The problem is :

I don't know how to get the computer to re-recognize the internal mic so that it is an active piece of hardware that will allow me to install the driver.

I will  greatly appreciate your help. Thank you in advance for your time and for sharing your expertise.

Bill Derringer

Hello Bill!

Thanks for your question!

Wish you a happy new year!

I strongly suggest, download the free program DriverMax, I often use it for cases like yours. It has functionality to find missing or unknown hardware and also to find drvers for known hardware. The free version allows downloading 2 drivers within 24 h.

It asks you to register, but the whole process and program is free!

Let me know how this turns out!
All the best!

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Joerg Droege


Being an early adopter of Windows 8, I can answer a wide-range of questions regarding this new OS.


I had to support users regarding all kinds of Windows problems for many years, often "blind" over the telephone. I work in the IT industry for many years now filling in various positions for various IT and financial and health-care related companies.

I did an education as a Management Assistant in Informatics under the control of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in year 2003.

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