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I recently got a xonar dg, and while its mostly fine, the volume is much lower than the onboard sound (via chip,not realtek). This doesn't bother me too much, since i can just turn it up a bit higher (i usually don't put it past 20 on my headphones anyway). What does bother me though is my microphone is much quieter now, even though its at full volume. Its an awful mic if I'm honest, but people could at least hear me when i was on the onboard sound.

If I re enable the onboard sound in the bios the volume is back to how it was, but i get a drop in sound quality equivalent of going back to the onboard sound (even when everything is plugged in on the card and not the motherboard). I can mess with all the microphone settings, but it wont go any louder. Should I risk getting a new mic or is there something I'm missing.
     
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post #2 of 8
There is a setting in windows which should allow you to find the mic and set the volume higher. I cannot think of the exact way to do it, but I have done it before and it worked.


Just dig around in the control panel till you find something pertaining to Mics. It will be there.
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There is a setting in windows which should allow you to find the mic and set the volume higher. I cannot think of the exact way to do it, but I have done it before and it worked.


Just dig around in the control panel till you find something pertaining to Mics. It will be there.
Its already at 100.
     
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post #4 of 8
Have you checked the Xonar HDAV control center? If the volume here is all the way up and people still can't hear you, click on the little wrench next to mic and check off microphone boost.

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post #5 of 8
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Have you checked the Xonar HDAV control center? If the volume here is all the way up and people still can't hear you, click on the little wrench next to mic and check off microphone boost.

I did try that a few days ago, but having mic boost off reduces the volume more.
     
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post #6 of 8
Woops, by "check off", I meant "check it", if it isn't already.

Yeah, I think the HDAV center only changes the Windows volume setting anyway. If you change the Windows Mic volume, the volume in HDAV center changes as well, so it's the same setting. If you have it at 100% with Mic boost on and people can't hear you, I think it's time for a new microphone. As you can see, my microphone volume is only 74% (Mic boost on) and people hear me just fine.

What kind of microphone do you have? I have a really old (easily over 5 years old) Labtec desktop microphone that works great.
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post #7 of 8
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Its a really cheap £4 thinggy, its never been brilliant, but it worked okay on the onboard sound.

Are there any good cheap clip on mics around that are not zalman, They don't sell those here.
Edited by alltoasters - 3/22/11 at 9:55am
     
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Does the DG use external power? I had the same problem with my DX and noticed that the 4-pin power connector wasn't properly secured and after some jiggling it sounded better.
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