The Audio Adjustment Screen

You bring up this screen by clicking the "Adjust Audio and Recording Levels" button on the Create or Edit List screen or on the Audio Settings tab of the Options screen. The Master Volume slider controls the overall volume going to your speakers. The Wave Volume slider controls how loud SpellQuizzer plays back your recordings (Note: The Wave Volume slider may not be displayed if you are using Windows Vista. In that case only the Master Volume control is used). The Microphone slider sets the recording level for when you record words. To test the settings click the "Start" button and speak clearly into your computer's microphone. Then click the "Stop" button to stop recording and click the "Play Back" button to hear the recording played back. If the recording is too low to hear clearly adjust all the slider controls up all the way. If the recording is still too low make sure the volume control on your computer's speakers is not set too low. If the recording is still too low after adjusting your speakers' volume all the way up then you may need to turn on "Microphone Boost" for your computer.

If all three sliders are stuck at the bottom then either you don't have a functioning sound card installed or SpellQuizzer is unable to access the sound card.

Turning on Microphone Boost in Windows XP:
Not all sound cards support Microphone Boost. The simplest way to find out in Windows XP is to open the Windows Volume Control. If a speaker icon speaker is displayed at the lower right hand corner of the Windows Desktop double-click it. If no speaker icon is displayed then click the Windows Start button and select "Run..." In the Open box enter sndvol32.exe and click the OK button. This will open the Windows Volume Control. Select "Advanced Controls" from the Windows Volume Control's Options menu. You should see an "Advanced" button near the lower right hand corner of the Windows Volume Control screen. Click the Advanced button. If the "Advanced Controls for Microphone" screen shows a check box for "Microphone Boost" then check that box and click Close. Then close the Windows Volume Control screen and try making another test recording using SpellQuizzer's Audio Adjustment Screen and see if that fixes the problem.

Turning on Microphone Boost in Windows Vista:
Click the Start button and select Control Panel. Click on "Hardware and Sound" and then click on "Manage audio devices" under Sound (if you are using the "Classic View" in the Control Panel then double-click on the Sound icon). The Recording tab of the Sound screen that is displayed should show your microphone. Double-click on the microphone to display its properties. If there is a "Custom" tab shown on the Microphone Properties screen select that tab. If a Microphone Boost check box is displayed then check it. If no Microphone Boost check box is displayed or if there is no Custom tab on the Microphone Properties screen then most likely your sound card does not support Microphone Boost. If you are able to enable Microphone Boost then try making another test recording using SpellQuizzer's Audio Adjustment Screen and see if that fixes the problem.