Weird Sound Issue


Nov 9, 2006

I have just developed a very difficult, and peculiar sound problem. It occured when I plugged in a standard microphone while my usb microphone was still connected.

I believe my standard jack microphone works, but when I plugged it in the pc would not recognise any sound from it. I unplugged it, and after that the usb microphone would no longer work either.

Now even worse than that, some programs I use will now generate sound normally, while others generate it at around 1% of their normal volume. If I am on Skype for example, and turn my speakers right up, I can faintly hear the other person talking if they speak loudly. But if I play music using windows media player, I can hear everything fine. I also get no sound using Firefox, but I tried out IE just to see, and that generates sound as normal.

Bullet points/specs etc
I'm using a P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard with on board sound.
The speaks I use are plugged in through the jack on the sound card.
I've always used a USB microphone
This is the first time I've tried plugging in the jack microphone.

I would be eternally indebted if anyone could help me figure this out.

Thanks in advance.


Platinum Member
May 14, 2003
Check the sound mixer, both input and output. Something might be muted.