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Windows 7: Stereo Mix problem?

26 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Stereo Mix problem?

Ok so with Vista, I had no problem whatsoever enabling the stereo mix option on my Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio, but in Windows 7, it doesn't show up.....I've tried click show disabled and disconnected devices, i've tried uninstalling an re-installing the drivers and nothing is working to get the stereo mix back.....I've heard there's some kind of compatibility mode thingy for drivers, but i don't know if even that will work......

Can anyone help me with this please?? I would like a step by step walkthrough of the driver compatibility mode thing and any other suggestions are welcome as well

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03 Nov 2009   #2

Stereo Mix solution

Right click the taskbar speaker icon and select Recording Devices.

In the dialog that pops up, right click any device and check both Show Disabled + Show Disconnected Devices.

Right click Stereo Mix and enable it, then adjust the settings in the other tabs as required.

If Stereo Mix doesn't show then you'll need to update the audio drivers, restart, and then repeat the above. On my computer, updating the Realtek driver did the trick.

Once you have it working, you may also need to select Stereo Mix as the input device in your audio app.
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03 Nov 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I have the same issue.

I have both onboard sound (Sigmatel on an Intel motherboard) and a separate sound card (Creative Labs Soundblaster Live 24 bit).

In Vista, I was able to record whatever was on my speakers using "what u hear" with Creative Labs or "stereo mix" with the onboard sound.

Since I updated to Windows 7, those options are no longer shown on the recording tab of the sound control panel, even after showing disconnected or disabled devices.

This occurs with drivers as installed by Windows 7 and with the recent Creative Labs driver available at the Creative Labs website.

I have tried Vista drivers without success.

Can anyone name an inexpensive ($50 or less) sound card that is KNOWN to provide this capability under Windows 7?

Or are there other suggestions??
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