The problem showed up when I was trying to use AOL talk. With the mic plugged in correctly I could hear myself through my computer speakers but the other person could not hear me. Since this was the first time I used AOL Talk I thought the problem might be the AOL talk. I have been using firetalk for sometime now so I decided to try it. To my surprise it nolonger worked. The next thing I did was to check my audio properties. When I get to the audio properties the playback properties looked ok but for some reason I could not set the recording properties. The recording properties was shaded out. What do I need to do to get my record back.