I recently got a laptop, and was horrified when I tried recording for the first time. I am simply plugging into the mic jack on the front, and no matter what I have plugged in be it a microphone or guitar there is a terrible static. It starts with a loud pop at the beginning of the recording, and persists as very noisy static throughout. I have made sure all the appropriate recording devices are enabled both in Windows and by the recording program. I am becoming frightened that this static is somehow due to the operating noise of the laptop, in which case I have no idea what to do about it. Maybe I am wrong though. I hope someone here can offer some insight. Thanks!