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Windows 7: Unable to Record with Windows 7

24 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7
Unable to Record with Windows 7

I've tried the recording program included with W7, the Free Sound Recorder program, Audacity, and Adobe Soundbooth and none of them are recording anything (all of them register no audio input). Is it that I'm missing a setting? A driver? Or does my video card just not support that?

Other information:
Windows 7
8 GB Ram
XFX Radeon HD 4850 1G
ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3
AMD Phenom II X4 955


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86

I'm not sure about those programs, but the professional ones have you choose which input you want to use directly in the host software itself.

If there are no options for that in those programs, Windows offers a selection screen. Right click the speaker tray icon, click recording tab. Choose the correct input, set it default and you should be set. I highly recommend Cubase 3, Cakewalk Sonar or Sound Forge 9.0e. All of those have detailed selections for the input.

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24 Sep 2009   #3

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

did you try the audio troubleshooter?
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24 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Vista had this problem too. It was just XP that allowed it. I think MS are trying to crack down on illegally recording audio.
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24 Sep 2009   #5

7600.20510 x86

No, it is easy to record what you hear. On my downstairs pc with nothing fancy only onboard AC'97, I open Sound Forge and record without adjusting anything on 7. Microsoft is not doing anything like that here. There is no problem. Perhaps his system setup is the cause, but definitely not the OS. Here is further help. If you do not have the option for what-you-hear, choose stereo mix instead. Enjoy. "What U Hear" Recording - Enable
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24 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 7

It seems that the problem for me is that I have no Stereo Mix on my machine. Is it possible to fix that? I'm unfortunately not well versed in the audio portion of computers, so I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for.

I've attached what it's displaying for me currently (with all the disabled/unused portions showing).

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24 Sep 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86

Maybe your audio device doesn't support it but I doubt that with a good name like ASUS. Try to get the latest driver if you can and install.

What you definitely can do is get a 1) patch cord with 1/8 inch male connectors at both ends. And also a 2) single stereo 1/8 inch male to dual stereo 1/8 inch female patch cord.

Plug the male end of cord 2 into the audio line out on motherboard. Connect your current speakers to one of the female ends. Connect cord 1 to the other remaining female end of cord 2. Connect the remaining male end from 1 to the motherboard audio line in.

Now set the recording device to line in and now you can record what you hear like this. You'll probably have to mute the playback (listening of) for line in so you don't get the audio rerouted to the speakers creating a loop or delay (echo) effect.
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24 Sep 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

From the looks of that screen shot, it looks like you haven't installed the sound drivers. Seeing as your board has the SupremeFX audio and Asus is severely dragging their feet on updating all the boards that use it (yours is still showing Vista drivers only), go here,

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

(if the link doesn't work, look up the Rampage II Extreme, click on Download and select Windows 7 from the dropdown list), and grab the SoundMax Windows 7 driver.

Or does my video card just not support that?
It never did. All the audio on the ATI HD series of cards does is allow for audio out over HDMI.
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11 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

I had the same problem attempting to record from line in. The sound screen you posted has a check on the microphone tab indicating that it is currently set as your recording device. Uncheck the microphone by disabling it. This will allow your system to move to the next connected input on the list. Apparently there is an internal setting that automatically chooses whichever active input is highest on that list. Once I disabled my mic, Sound Recorder automatically started grabbing input from my line in. Hope this helps.
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