Microphone detecting only very loud input

just installed a new driver for my onboard sound card, and the speakers/sound work fine.
The problem is: my microphone input is only inputting very loud noises.
if I put my mouth on the mic and blow, it inputs that sound, or if I put the mic in my mouth and talk.
but if I just have it in front of my face, it won't pick up my voice, or whistling as loud as I can

I've tried:
uninstalling, and reinstalling driver
switching from the front, and back microphone jacks
microphone test hardware thing
tested different mic (same issue)
punching my wall :3

Motherboard:
MSI 740GM-P25

Driver:
VIA HD Audio Codec Driver v9.7.00.31.110624

OS:
Windows XP

Microphone:
Razer Carcharias


I got the driver through an MSI program called:
MSI LiveUpdate 5
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More about microphone detecting loud input
  1. Turn up the microphone volume in the Sound Control, and make sure that both the inline volume control are turned up, and that nothing is muted.
  2. sk1939 said:
    Turn up the microphone volume in the Sound Control, and make sure that both the inline volume control are turned up, and that nothing is muted.

    all volumes are turned up and muted, it's not really a matter of volume, more "sound detection". it doesn't pick up any sound until I blow into it or put it in my mouth and talk, and then the volume seems normal.

    whistling as loud as I could with the mic at normal position didn't do anything, the microphone didn't seem to recognize the sound.

    it may be a part of the system's "noise cancelling" procedures acting over the top... though I don't know much about this...
  3. I would exchange it, or RMA it, since it sounds like it is defective. The symptoms it's exhibiting are that of a faulty pickup.
  4. anyone know if this motherboard has a slot for a dedicated sound card?
  5. Moxz said:
    anyone know if this motherboard has a slot for a dedicated sound card?


    Assuming they're not blocked by your video card, it has several.

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