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Hello again, Colleagues All,
I have made several posts on MS Office topics (which I do know something about) but now I have a general problem on Windows operation (which I know quite a bit less about) and would appreciate any assistance offered.

First, the system. The platform is an IBM Thinkpad, model 2366. My son gave me a Fission USB turntable (model E-E030) for Father's day, so that I could record my hundreds of LPs onto CD. To facilitate the operation, I bought a pair of Logitech S-00035 loudspeakers. I connect the USB cable from the turntable into the USB slot on the Thinkpad and plug the loudspeaker cable into the earphones socket. There is a built-in DVD/CD-Rom player (Mat-su-shi-ta SR-1877). The set up is to use USB-Codec for input and output.

The recording software is Audacity. This seems to my untutored eye quite a usual product as it records an entire disk end-to-end, but includes editing features that allow you to snip off individual tracks and save them separately.

When I play and LP, I can hear very faintly some musical sort of noise coming from the playing arm. I can also see the signal in the Audacity screen. However, I do not get any sound through the loudspeakers either directly or with the Audacity sound monitor turned on. I have also tried to use Windows Media Player to play audio CDs, but again nothing is audible.

What is the missing piece in the puzzle, please (or alternatively what might be broken in my laptop and I how do I test for it) ?

Please if anyone can help I would be greatly appreciated, i've attached my System information as a text file if there's any info not there please let me know. I've had my HP G62 notebook for 1 month and 3 days and i've updated my realtek audio drivers about 5 times, i've updated my bios 3 times, i've performed system restore once and i've performed system recovery once.

Everytime I have audio played whether from mp3 or any other audio format, as well as watching any video file, dvd disc, streaming video, the audio has buzzing and almost like feedback noise, i've used numerous media players and the noise is always there but in different spots, i've listened to the music on another laptop (using windows vista) and it's sounded fine but when on this laptop the noise is there. I record my own music and when recording there's no noise but when i play it back it's there, and when i send the audio files off to people they dont hear the noise.

there are two audio driver's on this system:

1. ATI High Definition Audio Device
2. Realtek High Definition Audio

any other info should be like i said in the attachment, if not please let me know.

thank yousystem information.txt

Apparently, Microsoft is purposefully excluding the "Stereo Mix" / "Record What you hear" / "Waveout mix" feature in its W7 drivers.

I'm also not alone in this - there are hundreds of threads just like this on the internet.

I've got a problem with my W7 Home....I can listen to music just fine [streaming over the internet, or from my stockpile of mp3's]. I can also play my guitar through my sound card's "line-in" and hear it thru the headphones plugged into the computer. All good, right? Nope!

Yet, when I want to play the guitar, acompanied by some internet blues radio station for fun/practice, I cannot record my noodlings. Apparently, Windows 7 is not allowing "Stereo-Mix" to work on my computer. I've tried several sound recording suites and all of them cannot get the "Stereo-Mix" option going - only my "line-in" guitar noise gets recorded. The "Stereo-Mix" option appears right below my "line-in" system sounds settings, but says it's "CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE".

What, did Windows 7 send it on vacation?

Curiously, there was absolutely no problem until I "upgraded" from WinXP.....There has to be a way to get back this capability!?! It's frustrating!! There must be a fix.

I have an integrated sound card - a VIA VT 1708B on an Asus P5KPL-CM mobo.

And, yes I've tried "enabling" the stereo-mix to no avail, clicked every button imaginable, and I've updated my VIA on board sound wafer with VIA's latest 2009 driver updates [v7400]....still cant record my guitar sound with music playing over the internet. And yes, W7 is fully + currently updated.

My "line in" is set as "default communication device" - if it's not, there's no guitar sound - logical, yes? No matter what I do, on the Win7 system sounds selector, it always tells me that Stereo Mix "Via High Definition Audio" is "Currently Unavailable" when I full well know it's active and the "Playback thru this device " option is set to "default playback device"....

I can still hear mp3's and streaming audio. That's cool, but not being able to record both at the same time is maddening. XP handled this without any issues, why is Win 7 finding this impossible? Very frustrating! I did try a aftermarket audio recorder [trial useage], and it was able to do what Windows 7 cannot apparently do - however they would charge me $29.99 to do so.

So Microsoft, care to share why your wonderful new software can't do such a simple task?

I am using Win7, and until very recently, I have been able to burn downloaded music onto a CD
in my optical drive, and also play the CD on the CD player attached to my audio system.
Now, when I burn a recording, the burn goes to completion, and when I reinsert the burned
CD in to the optical drive the music plays perfectly on my PC. When I place the new CD into CD player on my audio system, nothing happens, I tested the CD on my daughters CD player,
and it doesn't play, likewise on a CD player at a local electronic store. I haven't changed any
of the settings in Windows Media Player, so I need some help!!


I recently installed Windows 7 RC1 x64 from the download Microsoft had been providing. I have many questions about it as a new user to Windows 7 and am curious if there are solutions to these, or if they are known bugs. Also, some questions are more general in nature.

1) Sometimes while using various programs (J River Media Center, Mozilla Firefox, Picasa) the window I am in loses focus, though I'm not doing anything other than playing music. I have heard that it may be some kind of filter like ffdshow or Haali or something along those lines takes the focus. But it can be very annoying as I lose the ability to scroll with my mouse wheel, right click, and even type. To solve the problem, I must minimize and then restore the window

2) Networking/Power Saving. I have put Windows 7 on both my laptop and PC. I use the homegroup feature which I really like as the sharing seems to work seamlessly and is very well organized. However, I am annoyed at how when my laptop (or PC)has been idle for several hours, it goes to sleep, or essentially shuts down. I know where to change these options at, but I also want to be cognizant of power usage. What is the lowest power setting I can set my computers to go into and still be accesible across the network. Is there not a way for the computers to go into some kind of mode that is reduced power, but then when called upon, the system awakens?

3) Google Friend Connect. This is not a windows 7 issue, but a question that I have since joining this site. I used the Google Friend Connect option to essentially link my Google account with this one when I registered. This site was the first time I have heard of this. When I go to Google, I don't see where to really "manage" my Friend Connect sites. Is there a place to do so? I only see a method of adding sites I own to the Google Friend Connect Network, not ones I where I am merely a user.

4) Optimizing for performance. This is a big one. I'm not all that skilled when it comes to computer mumbo jumbo. But I have just built a relatively powerful computer and I want to maximize its speed on a day to day usage. I went with 8GB of RAM (DDR2-800) and a Core 2 Quad 2.83GHz system for plenty of power. I mainly use the computer for media playback (I have an extensive library of images, recorded tv shows, movies, music, etc.), internet browsing, email, etc etc. Nothing too power intensive. And I've got all this RAM, (at the moment 1662MB used, 6527MB free). I know RAM is worthless if its not being used, so I am interested increasing the amount of things Windows stores in memory. As I understand it, the system can load from memory much faster than from disk, so I'd like to store things in RAM if possible. What adjustment to settings should I make for my favorite websites to load faster, for my media library within J River Media Center to build faster (along with its cover art, etc? What about searching hard drives? I want it to scream.

5) Desktop Gadgets. I really like these. Used them extensively in Vista and Windows 7 x86 when I used it as well. They generally work (except for a small graphic problem that I cover in 6). However, in Vista and x86 Win7, I was able to install 2 of the same gadgets on the desktop. This was really useful for me for a particular Gadget called iWeather. I was able to view the weather in multiple places on my desktop. Now, I have to use a different weather gadget for each city I want to see, which looks ugly and disorganized. Is there any way to view 2 of the same gadget? Right now, Windows 7 detects that I already have said Gadget on my desktop and asks me if I want to overwrite it.

6) Graphics Driver? I have the latest ATI driver for my 4600 series card that is dated like August 17, 2009 I believe (9.8?) However, occasionally, the font on my computer or size of the gadgets will seem to get aggravated causing things to not display properly, have text cut off, etc. Very annoying, and doesn't happen often, but it takes a reboot to fix. Any ideas? I kind of assumed it was probably a driver issue, but it really could be anything I guess.

7) Powertoys. I know XP had PowerToys which gave you a lot of flexibility over the OS that wasn't available out of the box. Are there any similar programs out there for Windows 7?

Thanks for any help,

I have a Dell 8350 with a Santa Cruz sound card and some fairly standard speakers.

When I play an MP3 file using Windows Media Player, it is necessary to set to maximum:the volume control in the Santa Cruz control panel
the volume control in Windows Media player
the physical volume control on the speakersand the sound is only just at an acceptable volume. As soon as there is a "system event" there is an exceptionally loud BONG or CLICK!

I'm clearly missing a volume control somewhere which is set to (or even "too") low, and wonder if anyone has any suggestions as to where I can find it. Or has the MP3 file just been recorded very quietly?

(I should point out that I don't have another MP3 file to compare it with. And that 90 KHz is not really good enough for choral early music!)