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Microphone too quiet!

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I am trying to use a Hama DM-61 microphone on my Toshiba Satellite A215-S4747 (running vista) and the input level is very low. The microphone is switched on and has no volume controls on it. The microphone is recognized as a recording device in my system sound settings and its level is 100 with 20db boost. I am mostly trying to record with Audacity (though I have tried and have the same problem on windows sound recorder and windows speech recognition). All other microphones are working, the built-in microphone, my USB headset, and another headset that I plug into the 1/8" jack. I have no idea what the problem is because this microphone is supposed to be pretty good and my dad has used it before to record singing on his macbook. The microphone has a 1/4" jack and I've sent it through 2 converters to 1/8" with the same problem. My Realtek audio driver is up to date and everything else works fine. Any help please???

Edit: now my computer doesn't seem to be recognizing any microphone from the 1/8" jack. Being that this is a new problem, I'm hoping that a restart will fix it.

Edit: A restart did NOT fix this. Now I'm really concerned because my 1/8" microphone input ISN'T WORKING AT ALL!!! It was just quiet for one mic and worked for the other. Now NOTHING. Please help!
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try taking it back it may be a defective mic or mabye the converters are bad
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