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When I Skype or voice chat with anyone, using any voice chat program, they say they can a hear a ring or buzzing coming from my microphone. I sometimes can fix the ring by changing the settings in my control panel, but then my voice starts sounding like a chipmunk (though the ringing leaves). I'm attributing this problem to a bad driver, so I'm wondering if anyone here knows how I could fix this issue; installing a new driver, updating my existing driver, etc?

My computer is a Sony VAIO VGN-FW351J running Windows Vista. The microphone driver that I'm using is Realtek High Definition Audio 6.0.1.6015.

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Might just be line noise. A PC is filled with high-voltage circuits, and an onboard sound chip generally doesn't filter it out, in my experience. With my headphones on, I can hear noises when hard drives spin up. I used to record music direct to HD on an IBM Thinkpad, and I could discern a high-pitched chirp every now and then from the drive itself. –  Ian Atkin Dec 3 '12 at 20:27
    
@IanAtkin What can I do? –  Sam Dec 3 '12 at 20:52
    
Start by keeping your microphone as far from the laptop as possible. Don't let the cord cross over any power cords. Other than that, ask Sony to design better gear. :) –  Ian Atkin Dec 3 '12 at 21:12
    
The microphone is built into the laptop. :\ –  Sam Dec 4 '12 at 23:09
    
In that case, I would invest in a headset, or if you have ear buds that you use with a cellphone, etc. The inbuilt microphone is susceptible to the many radio frequencies going back and forth inside your laptop. –  Ian Atkin Dec 4 '12 at 23:33
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