Headset: poor microphone-level

Hi, I'll use a headset with my laptop for speech-recognition (language-trainer) and to use with skype. I have a wired headset and am confused because the level is very poor (I have to shout to reach the green part!) even if the sliding controller for the mic-level is at maximum. So I thought that there's a bad mic and I bought the headset STX 5091-R FreeTalk. Unfortunately I have the same problem with it. I tried both with a laptop WinXP and with another laptop with WinVista business. Has someone an idea what I can do? Have I to use special mic's?
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try reinstalling the soundcard drivers for your machine.  Sometimes, an update or an application installation may corrupt them and they need refreshing.
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jimfixitCommented:
This should help you, just follow the procedure;

http://torley.com/how-to-boost-the-mic-volume-on-your-realtek-audio-codec

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jarah1111Commented:
in vista try configurig your microphone in the sound devices section of control panel, you can turn up the boost for mic or add artifical sound to get better voice regognition
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