I've had a look at the Edit:Preferences in Audacity and the only two "recording devices" are
Microsoft Sound Mapper - Input ; and,
Intel(r) Integrated Audio
none of which seem to work at all. (ie. I plug the headset into the laptop but when I try to record something it just ends up as pure noise.) The "input level meter" at the top right of audacity seems to be constantly up even though I am not talking into the headset.
So then I adjusted the audio properties for the computer itself. In the "Sounds and Audio Devices Properties" from the Control Panel I went under the Audio tab, again the only recording device is this 'Intel(r) Integrated Audio'. The 'Advanced' button is blanked out so I can't click on it. Anyway I go to the Volume button and make sure that the Microphone selection is selected, and when it is selected it is the only thing that makes noise on Audacity (ie. the other selections like Line-In don't do anything at all in Audacity).
So yeh i'm not quite sure what to do, but thanks for any help your able to give anyway