Problem with windows sound recorder

Dell / 8100
August 29, 2009 at 08:44:30
Specs: Windows Me, P4/256
I am having difficulty with windows sound recorder when recording sounds from within windows.

First of all to clarify, I have a microphone and from the microphone, sounds record fine but when I want to record a sound without the microphone, the volume of the recorded sound is super low and it's fuzzy. I adjusted all the mic volume settings from the audio properties and it doesn't make a difference.

I'm watching a video file and there's a sound byte that I'd like to record from the video, if I try it, it doesn't work. BUT if I use my microphone it works fine.

I already changed the hardware acceleration settings to maximum in the device manager. The sound card drivers are fine and I even tried deleting the sound card from the device manager and reinstalling it on the next boot up. Still nothing.

And just to be completely clear, I require a solution to THIS problem, I am not looking for another program to substitute sound recorder because either the free programs aren't really free or they are too complicated to use I've found.

I find it really strange that it lets me record from a microphone but not from a within windows sound. I recently reinstalled Windows ME on this system and before the reinstall (full reinstall after a FORMAT C:\), there was no issue with windows sounds or microphone sounds. I know I mentioned that I already played around with the audio settings/hardware acceleration but if it sounds like I didn't mention something correctly, please feel free to correct me as I don't want to risk missing something simple that I overlooked or neglected to mention.

Also, any sound not coming from a microphone won't record, the microsoft sound, WAV files, MP3, WMV, WMA NOTHING but before the reformat, all those above worked and more.


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September 1, 2009 at 22:57:34
If it worked OK before the format and reinstall then maybe you're missing some MS updates. I don't know off hand what those would be but you could go to their update site and let it tell you what it thinks you need.

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September 1, 2009 at 23:30:05
I don't know if that would be an issue. I never used windows update the last time either.

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September 1, 2009 at 23:56:37
Make sure you've installed all the required drivers. It's a relatively new machine to run ME so many drivers must be loaded separately. If it's a dimension 8100 the download page is here:

That series apparently came with different configurations and you may get a more relevent driver list if you use your service tag number.

Probably start with the chipset drivers and then video (if needed) and then the audio files. It looks like it came with either a sound blaster or turtle beach card. You need to find out which you have and then download the necessary files.

If it's not a driver issue then it would have to be a configuration problem somewhere. I've never used the sound recorder so can't guide you there.

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September 2, 2009 at 14:50:03
DAVEINCAPS: Thank you very much! That did the trick! This time, I used drivermagician to restore my drivers instead of using the ones from DELL. I guess I won't be doing that again!

Thanks again. That fixed it! It records sound from windows and audio files and everything now!

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September 2, 2009 at 20:02:07
You're welcome. I thought Dell's would have worked. Maybe Drivermagican located newer versions.

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September 22, 2009 at 06:00:10
Just a suggestion however if you you want a sound recorder utility I would suggest you go to Audacity and take a look at their freeware sound recording app. It is very reliable and gives you many additionial options that the Windows Sound recorder does not have ! Here is a lnk to their web site if you are interested >
Best Wishes , Nick

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