Okay, let me explain it in a different way.
This problem does NOT exist in Windows 95.
It was present before and after I upgraded from
Intel 440 BX, Celeron 400 MHz, 128 MB SD-RAM
Eitegroup K7 VTA3, Athlon XP 1700+, 512 MB DD-RAM
I use quality headphones, connected to the sound card line out jack.
They are powerful enough to make You feel pain in Your ears when amplified
too much, and still not causing distortion.
Audio playback is perfect.
Line-In playback is perfect.
Audio capture is distorted, because a little piece of code exist in Windows
XP that is trying to adjust the capture volume but is amplifying it too
match and this causes distortion.
Probably this piece of code has something to do with the Speech recognition
(auto adjust capture volume for better recognition).
I need to disable it.
The "updated" drivers for old devices are created in such a manner that will
force You to buy new hardware. But I don't need new hardware, because I know
that mine can do better. I've seen it work better. And if I adjust the
volume control every time after I start capture, it works fine.
Finally all I want is to find and disable the code that is adjusting the