Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 microphone doesn't work!

This has been driving me ballistic for some time now.

Recently, I purchased a new Gigabyte board (name is as listed in title). Upon a fresh install of Windows 7 (twice), I still cannot seem to get any microphone to work, whether its USB or 3.5 mm jack. I have played around with the Control Panel > Sound settings as well, and the microphone IS recognized, but does not pick up any sound. My headsets will always relay sound, but the mic never seems to work. I've tried multiple driver installations (Realtek HD Audio drivers, Win7 drivers) etc. but nothing seems to resolve my problem. I have uninstalled and reinstalled thru the Device Manager as well to no avail.

What gives? I hear that Gigabyte/Realtek generally have issues with sound. Does anybody have a potential fix for this?
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