SayIt: Windows 10 Cannot Access Microphone
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SayIt: Windows 10 Cannot Access Microphone

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If you're using a computer with Windows 10 and you're getting an error when you press the dictation button or hotkey, it may be due to a Windows update.
  • If you're using a standard microphone, this is the error you'll see: An error occurred starting the test. Please forward the exception to an administrator." and the Java error would state, java.lang.IllegalArgumentExeption: failed to configure audio recorder.

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  • If you're using the Wireless Microphone app, this is the error you'll see: javax.sound.sampled.LineUnavailableException: line with format PCM_SIGNED 16000.0 Hz, 16 big, mono, 2 bytes/fram,little-endian no

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Here's the work-around:

  1. Close SayIt.
  2. Go to the Windows Settings.
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  3. In the Windows Settings window, click on Privacy.
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  4. In the Privacy menu, select Microphone on the left-side menu.Windows10-access-mic-3
  5. Under Allow access to the microphone on this device, click the Change button and then switch the toggle to for Microphone access for this device to On.
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  6. Launch SayIt again and try to dictate or use a voice shortcut. 
If these settings are all checked and you continue to see this error, try plugging the mic into a different USB port.