I really need some help in getting this problem solved. I got a new laptop...smaller one...so I could see my witness and attys, and I finally got the audio working beautifully with my microphone that I plugged into my recorder, which would not work on my 17" laptop. Then all of a sudden no matter what compression setting, no matter what microphone (I have 2, but not a USB one yet), and I've tried it without a microphone, it's staticky and choppy. I don't know if my sound card went bad or what. When I do test recordings, it's fine, but when I do the depos, it's back to the same static and choppy. Does anybody have any suggestions? Please help. I'm terribly frustrated. Also my volume is very low on my laptop. Should I get a booster or an amplifier for it too?