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Microphone/ Team chat program issues...

Hello,

I'm running into some trouble with outgoing microphone sound when trying to run programs like Teamspeak or Ventrilo. I use them for playing World of Warcraft, and, unfortunately, the people I'm playing with often can't hear me on their end. The programs seem to work perfectly, as I receive their talking with no problem on my end. However, despite the fact that my mic(s) work just fine in the Windows hardware test (and, for that matter, in the Ventrilo hardware test) they can't hear a peep from me on their end. And this is large groups of people (sometimes 40 at a time) with countless varieties of hardware configurations -- so the problem must be on my end. I find that the issues is sometimes resolved after I run the microphone tests in Windows XP, but this isn't always the case. Also worth noting, I've been told that they can, at times, hear background noise (from the computer game we happen to be playing) but not my voice. This persisted even after I turned the game's audio all the way down (!). So is my problem crossed wires? A bad sound card (SoundMAX integrated audio in a 2 year old Dell Dimension 8300)? I'm at a loss, so any tips you guys could offer would be appreciated. Thanks!

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