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24-Mar-2007, 09:36 AM #1
Sound recording not working
When I try to use the sound recorder it gives me an error message that says "An audio recording device cannot be found." I recently upgraded to Vista from XP and recording was working on XP. Is there some driver I need to install?
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24-Mar-2007, 10:19 AM #2
Welcome to the TSG forum.

You might have a Vista driver problem ...
But here's a good Free Audio Recorder and Editor ... That's Vista ready.
It's very popular here at TSG .... http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Sure beats M$'s Sound Recorder.
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I know about Audacity and I loved it when I had XP but it won't work with Vista. It and any other sound recording program that i try to use say that they can't find a recording device. Is it a driver problem? And if so, can I fix it?
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26-Mar-2007, 07:22 PM #4
Could be a realtek audio driver problem ... Stereo mix doesn't work on the newer versions.
a long shot .. but set Audacity preferences as so ... and give it a try.
Let me know ..
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Here is what my screen in Audacity looks like when I try that. There is no recording device available.
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27-Mar-2007, 10:05 AM #6
That doesn't look like Version 1.2.6
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows

Can your Audacity can see the Line In as a source ??

Still think you need some kind of a driver .. Where's the Vista sound driver wizards???

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27-Mar-2007, 12:46 PM #7
It is version 1.2.6 but it, like any other recording program that I try, will not recognize any kind of input device.
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27-Mar-2007, 01:07 PM #8
Vista has me so discouraged .. I don't even want to mess with it.
I thought I had Audacity working ... but I just re-installed my Vista drive .. and it's not.

I can see the preferences ... sound mapper source .. as mentioned earlier..
But that doesn't help.

My new XP MCE computer has a ALC885 sound chip ...
I've had a conversation with Realtek about not being able to choose the input source in Audacity.
They said there's no fix ... That's just the way it works.
Choosing sound mapper in Audacity was my workaround when booted to XP.

I'm at a loss. .... Did you upgrade to Vista .. or buy the computer already loaded ???

I'm thinking we're caught between the Rock and a Hard place .... M$ and Realtek.
Maybe Audacity will fix this soon .. hopefully.

Where's the real Vista wizards Hiding ???
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I bought my computer with XP installed on it but then I bought the Vista Ultimate disc from my university's campus store and I reformatted my hard drive and then installed Vista. The audio driver that I have installed is called "high definition audio device" and the manufacturer is Microsoft. If I right-click the speaker icon in my system tray and choose playback devices I get this screen (the first screen shown below) and if I switch to the recording devices tab I get this (the second screen shown below).
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04-Apr-2007, 01:05 PM #10
Can anyone help me?
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04-Apr-2007, 04:35 PM #11
When you look under Sound in Device Manager, what is the name of your sound device?
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04-Apr-2007, 06:27 PM #12
It's called "High Definition Audio Device" and it is manufactured by Microsoft.
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04-Apr-2007, 07:07 PM #13
I'm pretty sure Microsoft does not make sound devices.
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04-Apr-2007, 10:28 PM #14
Have you ran Windows Update... maybe some new sound drivers.... what type of microphone.. amp... do you use for recording?
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05-Apr-2007, 11:28 AM #15
I had a problem with a Creative Audigy card where the Vista driver ran perfectly for sound, but recording and microphone didn't work no matter what I did so I reinstalled XP driver and it works fine now.
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