Using the Mic jack on my laptop crashes Camtasia 8 on Win7

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I installed and started using Camtasia 8 last week on Win7. I borrowed a wireless lapel mic in hopes of better quality for a lecture than I got with the stand mic I have. The computer  end plugs into the headphone jack. When I try to start recording, Camtasia crashes. I restarted everything and tried again. Same result./ No useful error message.

I have a regular handheld/stand mic that I have used many times on bothCamtasia 7 and Camtasia 8 successfully. Why doesn't the mic that goes through the headphone jack work? Thanks.

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This is one of those process of elimination type questions.

My personal suspicion would be that there is a issue with the lapel mic or the jack or maybe the cord.

Does the lapel mic work with another recording program?  

Need a little more info.
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One more question for clarification, are you plugging the mic into the Headphone jack as you say, or into the Mic jack?  Your mic is sending an audio signal into the computer, while you computer is sending an audio signal out of the computer, which might not work depending on your setup.

Why are you not plugging the lapel mic into the Mic jack?  Is this a USB vs. 3.5mm plug (headphone) issue?

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Never mind this question. My problem is worse. BTW, there is no USB plug on the receiver that goes into the laptop. It is only a jack. There is only a headphone jack on my laptop, not a mic one as well. This is wireless, so the receiver is what gets plugged into the laptop.
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Hi there

Sounds like your computer is like mine. Mine is an HP with a single 3.5mm jack. The jack is a combination Headphone/Microphone jack. Likely you need to purchase and use a splitter. I've linked to one below:

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Cheers... Rick :)