It appears you need to get a mic with a preamp. I have a little unit I picked up years ago from Radio Shack which works on cards that need more from the mic.
When I go to volume control, then options then properties, I see adjust volume for playback, recording and other. I can select playback and recording but it will not let me select other. I need to be able to select other so I can turn the mic volume up from there. Turning the mic volume up from recording still isn't making it loud enough. My question is, how can I be able to select the other option in volume control?