Hello, I am having trouble getting a mic to work as a recording device. I am trying to hook up for Skype and in game chat. I first tried using the mic from my usb webcam. The camera worked in Skype, but it did not detect a mic. I checked the control panel sounds, and under the recording tab, it is showing the mic, it has the checkmark, and that it is the default device, and it is enabled. The "meter" to the right is visible, but greyed out. When I looked under the levels tab, it was blank. I then hooked up a zoom recorder mic. via a line out jack into the mic input and line-in input. (mic jack, front and rear, and line-in all gave the same results). With this set up, the sounds box was the same as the webcam, I opened up the realtek manager and was able to un-mute and could control the levels/boost only in realtek. I could hear the mic constantly. Opened Skype, and still no mic. I then opened sound recorder, and a box popped up that said no audio recording device connected. I then borrowed a USB mic from my brother in law, that he uses for Skype. Same thing as the other two in control panel sounds. It was not showing up in the realtek manager, but I understand that USB devices will not. I then download and install any windows updates that have not already been installed. No change. I then checked the audio drivers, and it says they are up to date. Not knowing what else to do, I uninstalled the realtek driver, and tried to reinstall. That was a BIG flop... I downloaded from the website, and it went through the whole setup wizard, and said it installed correctly, rebooted, and nothing worked. Not the speakers, headphones, or mic. I clicked roll back driver and rebooted, still nothing. Luckily I had created a restore point before I uninstalled and restored to that point. Even though I failed at reinstalling the driver I honestly don't think that was the issue, because the USB mic were not working either. It almost seems like it is disabled somehow, is there another location that could be disabled, or is the control panel the only place that handles audio devices? I'm lost, and extremely frustrated! Anyone's help would be greatly appreciated! This is on a gateway dx4860-ub21p windows 7 64bit.