1-Dell Dimension 8400 (circa. 2004), Windows XP SP-2 with current updates, integrated sound on motherboard.
2-Crosley CR-73 Conductor, is a self-contained CD/cassette/AMFM radio/turntable combo unit with RCA line out jacks. The RCA cables at the Crosley end become a stereo mini-plug at the other end and are inserted into the Dell’s audio line-in jack.
1-Roxio EMC 7 Suite with last program updates from January 2005.
2-Windows Media Player (A recent version, but perhaps not the latest version)
3-Audacity freeware audio software
Broadband or DSL (I don’t remember which one)
TK has used Roxio EMC 7 Suite’s Audio Capture feature to preserve to his Dell’s hard drive selections from his old LPs. These audio recordings have been played through Windows Media Player software. These audio recordings also may be played through the Audacity software when the file was accessed through that software.
Background, the You Tube incident:
Recently TK found a You Tube video that contained music he wanted to preserve to his Dell’s hard drive. TK used the Roxio Audio Capture feature that created a file on his Dell’s hard drive. Upon attempting playback the Windows Media Player visualization showed the “bars” moving but there was no sound (or video). (Later, on this forum I found information that You Tube uses encoding that prevents capturing their media.)
The Resulting and Current Problem:
Dating from the attempt to capture audio from You Tube, TK has made several attempts to use Roxio Audio Capture to preserve additional selections from his LPs to his Dell’s hard drive. In each instance the resulting file seems to play with the “bars” moving on Windows Media Player visualizations but there is no sound heard.
Dating from the You Tube incident TK has also made several attempts to capture LP audio through the Audacity software. TK reports no success through that program and the “bars” do not move during the recording attempt. Audacity is also unable to play back Roxio audio capture attempts that followed the You Tube incident.
Audio captures dating prior to the You Tube incident play back satisfactorily as before.
Problem Solving Attempts:
Another of TK’s friends and I have searched in vain for possible instances of muted sound in various Windows settings, Control Panel, Windows Media Player, Roxio and Audacity menus. All the settings that would seem to be related to the problem are enabled. The Dell continues to make its own sounds upon boot-up/shutdown and many other routine operations, and TK’s older audio captures still play satisfactorily through Windows Media Player so "muting" does not seem to be the problem. TK’s LPs still play through the Dell’s speakers as well as the Crosley combo speakers.
Roxio EMC 7 Suite was recently uninstalled and then reinstalled (again without Drag-To-Disk), and the updates through January 2005 were reinstalled, but this did not resolve the problem. Audacity was also uninstalled and reinstalled, but this did not resolve the problem.
We have discussed the possibility of adding an actual sound card but have not acted on that since TK’s Dell had previously functioned satisfactorily for him with integrated sound.
Among TK and his friends this problem seems to be beyond our resolution.
Hopefully someone here may be able to furnish the missing pieces to get TK back into action capturing audio from his old LPs.
Edited by lommasson, 23 July 2008 - 12:45 PM.