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Windows 7: cant record & no sound with audacity

15 Mar 2014   #1

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
cant record & no sound with audacity

I have a Dell GX755 Desktop . I tried to enable stereo mix but it still shows not available. Do I need a new sound card? I have my turntable connected to my reciever's phono inputs & tape outputs to computer. When I try Audacity it shows no sound wave and has no sound. I am trying to convert vinyl records to mp3. Help appreciated

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15 Mar 2014   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

You may have Audacity misconfigured, but it's certainly possible you need a new sound card.

Some sound cards support stereo mix in Win 7 and some don't. It isn't as easy as it was under Windows XP and I think deliberately so.

If you have Realtek sound (I do), you should be able to get stereo mix to work on Win 7.

You can get an external card for $30 or $40 that will work if nothing else. I haven't followed which internal sound cards will work, but there are some.

You can try older drivers and as many tricks as you can find on the Internet and they may eventually work. You have to decide how many hours you want to devote to that rather than just buying another card.
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15 Mar 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Actually, you could just use an auxiliary cable and plug each end into both your headphone jack and your microphone jack. Then, simply use the input from the "external microphone" (which is just the audio from the computer) to record the audio.
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15 Mar 2014   #4

windows 7 home premium 32 bit

I tried using the headphone jack still nothing.Also tried downloading realtek drivers as well stilla no go. So I 'll try a new sound card. thanks for the replies .
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15 Mar 2014   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

Glenzo's method should work. You'd run a set of cables from the headphone output to the microphone input. Clunky, but it usually works.

If you have Realtek sound, I wouldn't give up easily. I have Realtek sound built into the motherboard and I got it working with stereo mix. Try old and new Realtek drivers. Try drivers from Realtek direct and from Dell as well.

But it can be pain to get it right, so I can understand wanting to go with another card. I have a cheap external USB sound card that works fine for stereo mix, but I rarely use it since my on-board sound works OK.
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16 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

The user is trying to record from an external source to Audacity. The external source needs to be connected to the Line In connection, for stereo as the mic in is only mono. The Dell support site is down right now so I can't find out what a stock OptiPlex GX755 has. The OptiPlex line is sold as commercial workstations and many of these do not have full audio I/O connections like a consumer model with full multimedia support. I would suspect it will require adding a separate sound card to get full audio functions.

I have Audacity installed, but don't really use it since my recording studio software is used when I want to record from an external source such as a tape or vinyl from my stereo system. But, the only source that Audacity will record from (at least in my system) is the "Stereo Mix". I've tried, doing some testing for a friend, to use Audacity with my USB connected recording interface devices and even with the recording device set as default recording device Audacity will still not use it.
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13 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I'll pop in with my question here, since it's similar/related.

I upgraded my PC recently, including an upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit. When I want to use Audacity, I see I have input volume, so I should be able to record. There is, however, no sound output. I tried every source available, but I just can't get any sound from my speakers, which is a necessity to record and especially edit the recordings.

I did some Google searches, and it looked like the ASIO drivers might not be good. But installing new drivers won't work.

Does anyone kave any clue what I could/should do to solve this?
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