For the last couple of months the sound through my microphone when I speak has comes out distorted to the point that I sound like I am some old chain smoker. My voice sounds completely off. I have changed headsets and tried different sound settings but to no effect. In the past my microphone has worked just fine so I am not entirely sure what is going on. I am currently using on-board sound, nothing fancy and a 2.1 speaker setup with a sub.
Does anyone have any idea what the cause of this problem might be?
Would a new soundcard fix my problems?
Could someone recommend a cheap but effective card that allows comparable performance to my on-board sound?