Ok, so I recently got an Acer Aspire 7741z with Windows 7. My mic always sounds like it has a lot of static. With noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation, there is no static, but it becomes very garbled and hard to understand. It sounds like I'm underwater when I'm talking. Messing around with only having one or the other on just results in garbled speech and static. I also messed with the decibel boost. It makes me extremely quiet. Turning the volume up revealed just as much static as without the decible boost. I have the stereo mixer disabled, but I decided to go into the Realtek control panel. There seems to be no options anywhere on the entire computer to mute everything other than the mic for recording. I'm using the built-in mic, but I have tried two other mics as well (iMego headset and a webcam mic). All have the same static filled/garbled result. I went looking around on Google to find a solution, and noticed that everyone there had XP or a blue control panel for Realtek with has considerably more options. Is there any way for me to get this control panel for the driver I'm using (driver version 188.8.131.5251 codec ALC272X), or even another way to dull out the static without also making me hard to understand?