How to Find a Built in Microphone on a HP Computer

by C. Taylor, studioD

Not all HP computers have built-in, or internal, microphones. Desktops, for example, do not offer internal microphones, nor do some HP laptops. Locating your internal microphone helps you determine if you indeed have one, and allows you to properly position yourself for optimal voice capture. If you do not have an internal microphone, you will have a microphone jack, where you can attach an external microphone instead.

Consult your HP user manual and look for "internal microphone" on the laptop pictures, which display the location of buttons, speakers and other components. If you have an internal microphone, it should be depicted.

Look at the top of your LCD for a tiny hole, which will be labeled with "mic" or a small graphic of a microphone. If you have an integrated camera at the top of the display, then your microphone is located to the side(s) of the camera. All HP laptops with an integrated camera also have internal microphones near the webcam.

Look along the bottom of the LCD, near the hinges, for a small hole labeled "mic" or with a microphone icon. If you still cannot locate an internal microphone, then you probably do not have one.


  • If you do not have an internal microphone, look along the sides of your HP laptop, or the back of your HP desktop, for a small microphone jack labeled with "mic" or an icon of a microphone. This jack allows you to plug in an external microphone. You can also purchase a USB microphone, which plugs into your USB port.


About the Author

C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.

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