Well I'm surely glad I received an email because I completely forgot (or never even knew in the first place) the website address to this site. I found it through google. Anyway, for a few days, I hesitated to try again with the volume issue, thinking that I'd never figure it out or that it couldn't be done. Then, one day, something told me to try again. No luck when I adjusted the settings. I shut down and that was it. The next day, for some reason, the higher mic volume settings worked! Not sure what's different or what happened, but the settings are working now - and I don't have to restart or anything for different mic settings to take effect. This Compaq is still extremely slow sometimes and "likes to freeze" and tell me a plug in has stopped working, but at least, miraculously, all the recording & dj stuff works flawlessly.