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Sound Card Blocks Streaming Audio Recording?

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Wed Jan 30, 2008 6.30pm est

Hi GTG Tech-sters,

My old PC had a good sound card :) . I could capture and record streaming audio from the internet with ease. More importantly, I was able to capture sound playing through Windows Media Player 11 into a file with Nero Wave Editor.

Then I bought this new PC....an E-machine W3502. I cannot get Nero Wave Editor to record anything I play thru the WMP11. I can't seem to set up any audio recording app like Audacity, WM Recorder, etc., to capture and record whatever live streaming material I play (almost all thru WMP11). :)

I wonder if my sound card is not good enough, or worse still, it has some copyright protection thing built in to prevent streaming audio recording.

From 'Device Manager' I find under Sound Controllers: "Realtek High Definition Audio", and 'Legacy Audio Driver'. From SandraLite I find under "Mainboard On-board Devices" that the sound adapter is enabled and called an "ATI Azalia Audio Device". SandraLite also calls the sound card 'Realtek HD Audio Input' versuion 5.10 by Microsoft. The specs for it are 16-bit maximum sampling bits (standard), and 96 khz maximum sampling rate.

I'd like to record streaming audio programs. But I'd really like to record whatever I am playing (thru WMP11) onto a file in open Nero Wave Editor. The settings options in Wave Editor are: Input device: MME: Realtek HD Audio Input; and Output Device: MME: Realtek HDA Primary Output. The Audio Format Settings have all been configured for each coder and converter.

The Realtek Audio Manager, which resides as a little icon on the start-up tray, is also set up to allow streaming audio to record from "Line Volume". There are only 4 choices: CD Volume, Mic Volume, Line Volume, and Front Mic. I've tried them all, and none work. That is, none will record whatever is playing thru WMP11 onto a file in Nero Wave Editor, or a new file in Audacity, WM Recorder, Digital Recorder, Super MP3 Pro Recorder, etc.

Any advice how I might coax it into doing what I want it to do ? It used to be so easy on the old PC, which a pro told me had an excellent sound card. This PC's sound card is from Microsoft, so it might be set up to block making recordings like I want to do. What do you think ???

- scottportraits
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