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AC97 sound issue- worked fine now Microphone fader does not control microphone level

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So my laptop has AC97 sound. It was working fine and then it started
to have a recording issue. The microhpone fader in the Sound Control
icon in the system tray does not control the microphone level. I have
a Logitech headet microphone with noise cancellation. Also when I
record audio there is a ton of static in the background where ther was
none before. i had a pretty clean audio recording prior to this
recording issue. now it seems the microphone is not record as loudly
nor cleanly as it did prior. Prior to what I dont know. My mp3s
play back cleanly and everything else sounds clean but there is still
a ton of static like heavy rain falling as i record via the
microphone. I have the AC97 noise cancellation off as that made me
sound a bit like a robot.

My Skype contacts say my audio level is much less than it was in the

I DO have the 20db microphone boost ON through Windows Sound. When it
is off my voice barely registers.

I ran the Connector Sensing troubleshooter within AC97 Sound Effect
which also resides in the system tray and it shows I do have speakers
connected but it does not see my microphone as being connected but it
is plugged in securely.

is there a way to see what input the micrphone is actually feeding?
I tried to fade down all of the inputs but nothing controlled the
microphone level...the output was controlled by the WAV and MASTER

any ideas how i can get my sound quality back when i use the


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