If you have NOT installed the v1.1 patch: Once it's equipped, press the Fire key and you will bring up the Laser Mic interface screen. Just keep it centered on the Elevator and this should begin the eavesdropping process.
If you HAVE installed the v1.1 patch: Once it's equipped, press Enter and you will bring up the Laser Mic interface screen. Just keep it centered on the Elevator and this should begin the eavesdropping process.
In the Chinese Embassy mission, sneak into the dark bushes between the gate and the mansion. You will see a quick video clip of the Chinese General picking up his phone. Immediately equip your Laser Mic and hit Enter key (or, if you haven't installed the 1.1 patch just hit your Fire key) and the Laser Mic interface screen will come up. Aim the white box in the center of your screen at the 2nd floor of the mansion, the window all the way to the left. The white box will turn red after a few seconds and you should start hearing the phone conversation commence.
If you continue to have trouble with these parts, it may be an issue where your sound card cannot process the sounds correctly.
In that event, try lowering your DirectX hardware sound acceleration by doing the following:
- Click Start, then Run
- Type: dxdiag and click OK
- Click on the Sound tab
- Move the hardware slider down one notch, then close DXDIAG and try Splinter Cell again.