I'm trying to use an Audio Capture program to record from my Walkman cassette. The capture software has a Device dropdown list that only shows the mic. No Line In input. I wrote the software developer and he responded with a screenshot of his installation, which clearly shows a separate Line In input. When I check the Sound|Recording tab by right-clicking the Volume icon in the System Tray, it shows a single device named Microphone/Line In. My audio device is a SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC , and I'm running the latest driver (220.127.116.1114, dated 9/13/2007) downloaded from the Dell website.
My multi-part question is:
Thank you for any light you can shed on this.
The input jack is supposed to double as either a line-in or a mic jack. When you insert a plug it should detect it and show a popup box on the screen that asks you to select between mic or line-in. If this box is not appearing, go to Start/Control Panel/ Sigmatel and check the 'allow popups' box (this is the path for XP but it should be similar in Vista). Then plug into the jack again. If the box still doesn't appear you might try re-installing the audio driver or even try an older version of it.
Thank you, Jimco. It behaved exactly as you indicated. I got the pop-up and selected LineIn, then managed to do a test recording. I couldn't get the 'Allow popups' box though. Going to Control Panel|Hardware and Sound|Sound|Recording tab does not show the box anywhere, even when a cable is plugged into Mic/Line In. Since I got the popup, there is not real urgency. But just in case it disappears on me, please let me know where that box is in Vista if you can figure it out.
Thanks again for your help.