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Hi everyone;

I'm looking for a way to play an audio file on my computer through the microphone port (not the speaker port like normal). It helps for sharing information for presentations I do over a call through my computer (I use skype and other soft phones).

Anyone know a solution for doing this other than the non-ideal "hold the microphone close to the computer speaker" trick?

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Most people have the opposite problem in Skype, where the computer sounds are playing through the microphone even when they don't want them to.

Try this: Right click your sound icon on your taskbar, go to playback devices. Go to the communications tab. Make sure the "mute all other sounds" is not checked and use the "Do nothing", or 80% option... under "When windows detects communications activity".
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So do you want to output sound FROM your computer with the microphone port? Or do you want to play sound TO your computer through the mic port?

If it's the first one, I highly doubt that can be done. If it's the second, just get an adapter cable for whatever your sound source is, to go into the 3.5mm port.
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it sounds more like play something on the pc, but fed into the mic, male to male 3.5mm plug, but then you wont be able to speak into it or hear anything as it would feeback what you were supposed to hear back to them.

with soundblaster audigy (cant remember if the x-fis had this setting, i remember there was a setting of what to record, and one of the options was "what you hear", which would feed into the "mic" what you say through your mic, as well as what you hear from your speakers. no cables needed.

note: the post above is my opinion. as such, when reading any recommendations from me, please do you research and seek out other recommendations and make up your own mind on your next course of action. i mean, most reasonable adults should know that, but it seems this should be stated anyways.
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If I follow you, you want to use both the front and rear signal in jacks. After plugging in the second recording device, choose to separate the two inputs (IIRC it's called "treat as separate inputs"). If it doesn't come up when the second device is first plugged in, right click the speaker Icon, choose recording devices.

Failing that, I guess you could use a Y cable to plug both devices in...
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to everyone replying, from the op: "Anyone know a solution for doing this other than the non-ideal "hold the microphone close to the computer speaker" trick?"

there is no external device he wants to feed in. he wants to play an audio file on his pc, but wants his skype contacts hear it as well in good quality. as op posted, holding a mic to his speakers is not ideal.

check here for compatibility. good "what you hear". there could be issues with it with newer OS.
http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=87127
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Thanks for clarifying Aliaskary. I don't use external speakers; is there a similar software for generic internal laptop speakers?
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Windows XP was easier to work with in this regard. I have a bunch of 3.5mm splitters and stuff. let me do some testing and get back to you. might be over the weekend though. bookmarked this thread and will pm you.

As for software, didnt see anything right away with google. mostly to record but not to feed into mic.

note: the post above is my opinion. as such, when reading any recommendations from me, please do you research and seek out other recommendations and make up your own mind on your next course of action. i mean, most reasonable adults should know that, but it seems this should be stated anyways.
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to everyone replying, from the op: "Anyone know a solution for doing this other than the non-ideal "hold the microphone close to the computer speaker" trick?"

there is no external device he wants to feed in. he wants to play an audio file on his pc, but wants his skype contacts hear it as well in good quality. as op posted, holding a mic to his speakers is not ideal.

My Win7 does that by default and it's annoying as all get out. In previous versions of Windows, I could turn off "hear what I hear" but it just will not shut off in Win7 for me. I even put a separate sound card in and it still happens.
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