So I recently did a reinstall of windows 7, which of course has created more problems than it has fixed. But there's one in particular I'm having trouble sorting out. I have a microphone that mounts nicely to my headphones (but not integrated into the headphones). Before the reinstall it worked great, but now the volume is super low and there's a ton of static when I turn the gain up to 30 and volume up all the way.
My mobo is a p8z68-v pro gen3 with realtek onboard audio drivers. I've tried reinstalling those drivers multiple times, and switching to the drivers from the realtek website vs my motherboard website, but that hasn't worked. Messed around with a whole bunch of settings in both the realtek audio manager and the Sound panel in windows, to no avail.
Unfortunately I don't have another microphone to make sure it's not my mic that happened to go bad at the same time as the reinstall. My cheap little webcam has a mic that does sound better than my microphone, but that's going through usb and not through realtek. Makes me think realtek is the problem.
Which leaves me with 2 options as I see it. I could buy a cheap sound card and hope that fixes it, or buy another microphone. I don't really want to do either one, but I've been using the microphone a lot lately and I'd like it not to sound horrible. Any thoughts?