Cannot Hear Sound Through My Headphones

Headphones are repeating me talking, can anyone help please. I recently had a new comp running vista 7, after plugging everything into comp, everything seemed to work, but never tested microphone. Tried to speak to a friend on msn, (which i could do on old comp using same equipment) and she could not hear me. Decided to try the audio tester, now i can hear myself speaking back to myself through the headphones and cannot clear it.

Have tried system restore. No good. Read some of the advice given in the forum and it said go to start, accessories and sound recorder, i could not find a sound recorder in my accessories. I can listen to cds and various radio stations though. Thanks for you help. Ngie

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