When I plug in my line-in microphone (any microphone, I've tried a few) Audio System Event(Sigma Tel) pops up and asks me to select an action with my microphone. Its set to line-in by default and I double click "Microphone".
When I open Recording Devices by right-clicking the volume icon at the bottom of the start bar I can see that the microphone-line is is selected and is working it even gives many green bars when I speak into it.
If I select properties, the microphone is not muted the Boost is +20 dB. My sigma tel driver is up to date and I've even tried uninstalling and reinstalling the sound driver.
However if I try to use the microphone in a program I get no recognizable sound. In skype I cannot hear myself on the test call and it tells me my mic is really quiet; in Ventrillo if I go to setup and click monitor I cannot get the numbers to get over 8 or 9, even if I blow into the mic, when they sound be around 50-60 (I know because I've had Line-in mics work before); if I go to configure speech recognition and try to set up my mic it wont even get out of the yellow.
I am running Sigma tel audio driver on windows vista.