Sound Recording is Too Quiet!

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JonoLith

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Hey guys,

I'm running Microsoft Windows XP, AMD Athalon 1800+, 1.54gh, 768mb ram. My sound card is a Dynex: Envy 24 Family Audio Controller WDM.

What's happening is that I get sound out of the card just fine, but when I run a mic into it I have to yell into the mic to get anything, or I have to put the mic right up against my mouth. I know it isn't my headset because I've put the headset through other people's systems and it has worked just fine. I had this problem before with my onboard sound card but I thought that it was just cause the onboard was a piece of garbage. The new sound card is better, I don't need to yell so hard or be so close, but it's still quite useless. I've already turned up every single setting to its maximum, so I know that isn't the problem either, unless I"m missing some obscure hidden setting that only God would know about.

Anyway, if I could get a grasp on what's going on that'd be super, and thanks so much in advance for your answers. I just hope it's not something retarded like my motherboard.
 
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Have you opened up the program for your sound card (often a little speaker icon in the system tray) and adjusted the Mic channel volume?
 

JonoLith

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Yuppers, Like I said, all dials and meters that can be up are up. That includes the windows sound, and the program that came with the card. Also all boxes that say Mute on them are inactive. This, of course, could all be false if there's some super sayen hidden ultra box of doom that you must sacrifice a virgin to get into....which I'm up for.
 

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Under the Advanced option for the microphone input, there is a 20dB mic boost checkbox, did you check that?
 

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JohnWill said:
Under the Advanced option for the microphone input, there is a 20dB mic boost checkbox, did you check that?
I have indeed done that. I'm beginning to think that it's some kind of obscure problem that only the greetest of evil could ever uncover (Or good if that's your thing). I'm wondering if I have indeed stumped the tech guy! Bwah ha ha!!!! ...oh....wait...that's bad.
 

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StumpedTechy said:
Makes me think it may be the mic itself having a problem....
That can't be it either...we've tested several mics on the computer, and we've tested the mics on different computers as well. Each time the results are the same. We can't get any volume to register at all on the one, and the mics work fine on any other computer. It's baffling! BAFFLING!
 

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If the Mic works on other computers, and you have all the driver settings correct, it's starting to look like a problem with the sound card or a defective sound driver. Maybe it's time for a new computer. :D
 

JonoLith

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JohnWill said:
If the Mic works on other computers, and you have all the driver settings correct, it's starting to look like a problem with the sound card or a defective sound driver. Maybe it's time for a new computer. :D

I guess it COULD be a defective sound card, but this is a problem that was happening previous to this sound card with another sound card. What are the chances that the exact same problem could happen with two seperate cards?
 

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I can't say. Whenever I've had low mic volume, I've managed to cure it with a new mic or sound card settings.
 
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