Is it me? I am trying to record my voice through the microphone but on playback my voice is not audible at all. I know the microphone is working as the level meters are responding in Sound Recorder & I have all of the necessary slider settings to max.
Rotor motor, you say that you all of your settings set to maximum. This might be the problem. if you have set the mic tab to max, you will get distortion.
The reason is that you increase the overall sensativity of the mic, and the distortion is caused by to much information being picked up. Even though the sound indicators are moving does not mean that mic is set correctly.
My advice is to set the setting for the mic / line input to about half way, possibley three quaters and see if that makes any difference. without going technical the other thing to try is a different mic. they is a thing called inpedence, (resitance) you state that on your pc your mic input and line in input are one in the same.
This is unusual, reason being a line input is for connecting external Audio products using audio cables, and as such the impedence is set differently to mic input. mic input is specificaly for a microphone, although this is used by some people as a line input it not meant to be used in such a way.
If you have messenger set up goto tools and click on setting a audio and video setting, when configuring the mike it asks for you to speak and a level indicator is shown. you want it to show the bar on the yellow and barley on the red. hope this helps,