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Windows 7: Stereo Mix doesnt appear on my friends pc!

02 Jan 2015   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bgradionetwork View Post
ok... is possible also that Stereo Mix IS on his pc, but a setting or something wont let it show under disabled devices? Are other ways to access it as well? I only did the general way, I do not any other way, is there, like a place in the control or somewhere else?

P.S I sent him the youtube video in the meantime!
The only way I know to make it show up is by right clicking in the white space to show "disabled and disconnected devices". Apparently, you've already done that.

It's no accident that Microsoft forces you to do that rather than showing disabled and disconnected devices by default. It's intentional. You didn't see that on XP. It's done in an attempt to make it difficult to record what you hear due to pressure from certain organizations that don't want you to do that. Microsoft has yielded to the pressure.

Some motherboard sound chips DO support Stereo Mix on Windows 7. Mine does (Realtek). Others don't. The difficulty has arisen only in the last few years.

It's a function of the sound card drivers. Either they support Stereo Mix or they don't, subject to whatever workaround you or others can dream up.


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02 Jan 2015   #12
bgradionetwork

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

that is crazy... I never even imagined some pcs didn't accept it..... I just assumed when I used to use that every pc has it, like everyone has Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player that no body wants cant get rid of!
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02 Jan 2015   #13
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The Right clicking in a blank area in the Recording Panel and checking to show Disconnected and Disabled devices is the only way I know.

As previously mentioned there are systems that the Stereo Mix (System Mixer) is not made available. This is a hardware limitation and not a software limitation. The only way to get it would be to install a separate sound card that is Windows 7 compatible and has the Stereo Mix function.
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02 Jan 2015   #14
bgradionetwork

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Wow... so what you are saying is that stereo mix is on EVERY computer, but not every computer will allow to appear and be activated? That is nuts!
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02 Jan 2015   #15
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Stereo Mix is NOT on every computer. If the chip used by the motherboard or PC vendor does not have it then you can't enable it.

BUT, we have no idea what hardware your friend has so all we can do is talk in generalities. Without the specific system information we are mostly shooting in the dark. However, as this had XP on it, there is a very good chance its not fully Windows 7 compatible, and/or the hardware sound chip it not fully compatible.
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02 Jan 2015   #16
bgradionetwork

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I meant that every WINDOWS software has it. The chip just doesnt process it so it moght as welll not be. It does but it doesnt exist! Thanks for the help btw
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15 Jan 2015   #17
ManyBeers

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
The Right clicking in a blank area in the Recording Panel and checking to show Disconnected and Disabled devices is the only way I know.

As previously mentioned there are systems that the Stereo Mix (System Mixer) is not made available. This is a hardware limitation and not a software limitation. The only way to get it would be to install a separate sound card that is Windows 7 compatible and has the Stereo Mix function.
Wow! Thank you Thank you. That did it.
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