I play online games and use ventrilo. My mic worked fine till 2 days ago, not sure what happened to it. It still picks up sound but only if i put the microphone IN my mouth and make low growling sounds. My troubleshooting went something like this: 1. Unplug mic and replug 2. check vols in windows (control panel) 3. check vols in ventrilo 4. removed mic filter (foamy thing) 5. update audio drivers (and codecs, just becasue) 6. purchase new mic problem persists. Id like to mention that i also tried the mic(s) on serveral applications with same results, i find it quite difficult to concentrate on games while choking on my mic. Specs are as follows: 3.4gh intel P4 1g mem Nvidia gforce 6800 go windows xp, home realtek audio (realtek high definition audio) DirectX 9.0c not sure what else would help oh an im using a laptop so it has a built in mic, i think i turned it off but im not sure. Im looking up my mobo info too, ill post that asap cause its onboard sound.