This Section is for Windows XP users...

You can find help for Vista and Windows 7  <HERE>

Whether only trying to play music through in Paltalk ... or trying to play and perhaps talk or sing with it through your soundcard ... we hope this helps a little bit, and of course if you are unable to resolve the issue this way ... it is your option to find someone to help you, or you can simply visit the Paltalk Help room <here>

Step One

First , lets work our way to the sound record panels. This can be done one of many ways, but we will go with the 2 that would relate to Paltalk.

1) The speaker Icon by your clock on your taskbar (shown in fig. 01 just to the right >>>>

Double clicking the speaker icon or alternatively by following the method mentioned next will bring the same results.

Basically we are going for opening the sound control panels (2).

Other alternative is go through  your Paltalk friends list as shown  below

refer to (fig. 02 /

The easier more Paltalk Related Instructions are below.

Depending on your personal preference, I will list both.

^^ FIG. 01 ^^

Either choice will end in the same results ... The one BELOW is EASIEST SINCE YOU ARE IN PALTALK. . .

In Fig. 2 , click on "File" at the top of your Paltalk main list. Choose the top option , "Setup Preferences" and open window shown in Fig. 3

In Fig. 3 (below) ... Click on Audio Setup (highlighted on left in blue) ... After which you should click BOTH the Output Mixer Settings AND the Input Mixer Settings ... resulting in Fig. 4 below.










Clicking on the Input / Output Settings will open two separate windows containing your sound property control panels... one for recording (input) and one for Playback (Output)

Below Will continue  and address the alternate opening via clock speaker icon >>>.

Step Two and alternate methods for control panel below.

STEP ONE - Alternate opening

If you double click your speaker icon by your clock in lower right corner, it will open a sound property window as shown in Fig. 4 below.

<<< Fig. 4

The RED arrow "options" ... opens the small white window on fig. 4 to left.

Making sure the advanced option is on would be good while  you are in here. The advanced option and its results are represented by the 3 green arrows in fig. 4 to your left. Some sound cards will not have or allow this option and it will appear grayed out.

The Yellow arrow points to the "Properties" option. Clicking on this will open the options of Record and Playback  Control Panels...

It is easiest if you open one of each as to lower left shown in Fig. 5 by opening two in start, and using properties (yellow arrow). Example of properties windows are below in Fig.

<<< FIG. 5

Fig. 5 shows the default opening on my personal computer. Each persons may be differently set and can be altered to suit your personal needs.

Note where the checkmarks are placed as they will be what needs to move in most cases. I will explain what you see a bit more in detail....

In Fig. 5 above, you will see "What U Hear" on far left in the "recording" control panel. (Please Note: 'What u Hear' , "Wave Out' , and 'Stereo Mix' are all the same thing under different names)

In Fig. 5 Microphone is checked .. this meaning that the only thing others in the rooms will hear is what comes through your microphone. On playback the muted Microphone would prevent you from hearing yourself in your own headset.

Step three will further show you how to acquire the "Playback" and "Recording" control panels and the individual sliders in more detail.

If you are already familiar with this you may skip to lower step.

STEP THREE - The right sliders

When opening your properties, you can add or remove the sliders by the list provided in the lower white box. Checking (show) or Un-checking (not show) will determine the components you have access to without having to continually alter it. Below shows Fig. 6-8.

                                      ^^  Fig. 06   ^^                          *                       ^^  Fig 07  ^^     *      Fig 08 >>>>>

Figures 06 and 07 above depict the Playback properties and sliders chosen by the checkmarks as viewable in the lower sections (white) of properties window. There are 2 pictures so that you can see all properties (scrolling).

Figure 08 to the right is the Recording properties and control sliders as chosen. Note: I do not need those unchecked sliders for my particular needs. You however may choose to leave others I do not.

STEP FOUR - Changes and the effects

The following are the changes you will want to make , and basics of why and what the effects are. Remember that  these are basics based on Average sound cards and settings like the one I have. Though some may vary, most are commonly similar. Onboard cards may/may not be able to achieve these results based on types, and some laptops do not offer these settings as well with their onboard sound.

In Fig 09 (left) notice the checkmark was moved from "microphone" to "What U Hear" (also called Stereo Mix or Wave Out on some cards) ... Moving this check causes the music you play or sounds you would hear on your computer to project through your soundcard. ... Furthermore... If you leave the check in the play control (Fig 10 below - red arrow) on Microphone Mute, you will not be able to hear your voice, nor will others in the room.. they will only be hearing "What U Hear" and not what you say / sing until you remove the microphone mute check. (Red Arrow figure 10 below)

Additional Notation: The Advanced tab (if you have that option houses various options depending on sound card, from microphone boost to bass and treble adjustments.. again this depends on the soundcard your computer has installed. (Black arrow Fig 10 below)

FIG 09   <<<<<<


FIG 10 >>>>>>

STEP FIVE - Testing Your Settings

The simplest way to check your settings is by using the tools that windows itself gave you. You can record yourself by using the Windows Recorder which is located by following this string.

Start - Programs - Accessories - Entertainment - Sound Recorder

This will record 30 seconds (by default) to let you know if your settings are all correctly placed. Remember this is the basic breakdown and  we can only hope it helped in some way.

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Thanks for taking the time to attempt this instructional mess. If you are still unable to get what you need Please visit Paltalk Help Room for assistance.

Remember also that the Windows Vista and Window 7 links are located at the start of this instructional.


Additional Information To Help with balance ....

In Figures 9 and 10, you see a microphone slider on the control panel... in this particular setup the "Playback" microphone (Fig 10) while on "What you hear" in the Recording Control Panel ... is the way to raise and lower your microphone level that others hear... in order to prevent over gain and over modulation of the microphone. When the Recording microphone is checked, the adjustment May be needed to be made on that controller (Fig 9).

We in All Kinda Karaoke (The Staff) will try to assist  you in sound by mentioning BALANCE issues in order to hear you with a clearer and more enjoyable ear. There is nothing worse than seeing a Great Voice and the enjoyment of it destroyed by a Simple Settings Issue, that can be adjusted. Enjoying our time with our guests is an honor.. enjoying them with clarity and quality is truly an amazing experience for all that surround us.