I use Skype frequently for voip. After I reboot, and for an indefinite time after, everything works fine. But eventually my microphone (Dell built-in) stops working. The party at the other end no longer hears me. It's not just Skype. Windows Sound Recorder doesn't pick up anything. Neither does Audacity. My thinking is that some app is grabbing the device and not releasing it. Is there any way of determining if this is the case? If so, is there a way to determine what app is responsible?
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You may be right Jim. If you were running Linux, I could help you PDQ. I think there are Windows tools and management applications that can tell you what applications are using what devices, but I don't remember offhand. Sorry! :-(