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xenophus
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Trying to record what I hear on W500

I have a W500 Thinkpad running Windows XP. I am trying to do a recording of a game, which would require me to record what I hear.. The problem is that the sound card/driver I have (Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD, it came with the computer) does not have Stereo Mix even with the most updated driver. The only option to record is the microphone (Conexant HD Audio input) but that's not what I want - I use headphones to listen so there is no way for a microphone to pick up what I hear.

 

I have tried a program called Virtual Audio Cable to pipe the sound around between the processes, but it doesn't do what I want and every solution I have seen doesn't work. The closest I got was to put the sound I hear through a Virtual Cable, which made it somewhat choppy, and then I still couldn't get it to record properly.

 

So here's my question: is there ANY way to record what I hear without changing my computer or OS? Is there a secret option that can be enabled? Does anyone know their way around VAC? And if none of those are possible, is it possible to replace the sound card on this laptop, and if so, are there any that would fit in it and also provide a Stereo Mix-like functionality?

Wendel
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Re: Trying to record what I hear on W500

Have you explored the world of USB audio devices? That would be the easiest way to upgrade your audio capabilities.
xenophus
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Re: Trying to record what I hear on W500

I have not. Can you recommend one that would definitely have something like Stereo Mix?

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Re: Trying to record what I hear on W500

Hey guys,

 

I tried to do some research and it looks like you need to have an external device and its drivers, such as an external microphone, installed on the computer to record audio that can be saved as a sound file. Another Suggestion is to try an auxiliary spliter for your headphones and external speakers?

 

What software are you using to record your game?

 

If anyone knows anything different, please let me know.

Thank you for being a part of the Lenovo Family,

Catie

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Wendel
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