first, is there a fix
for this issue I'm having? is it my soundcard acting up, or is it Vista
Well, you aren't the first person who has had issues with that specific
brand and model of sound card. I've basically heard those sound cards
are trouble no matter if you are using XP, Vista, or Windows 7. i don't
have one myself, but the word is those sound cards have technical
issues. My best educated guess is it is your sound card not Vista.
I've heard many rumors that vista doesn't support line-in and that it
the ability to record both microphone output and stereo mix, so I'd
from people using other cards with vista.
Well, it does and it doesn't. It really depends on what sound card you
have, if the Vista drivers supports those features, and if you enable
those mixer settings in the control panel. I can say first hand it is a
serious pain to get working under Vista, because it isn't as easy to get
setup as it was under XP. I'm unhappy to say it is just as bad with
Windows 7 Beta.
However, I can confirm the stereo mix still works under Vista with the
right sound card. it does work if your sound card supports it, and if
you get Vista setup correctly. As i said before it isn't as easy to get
correctly setup as XP.
and second, do you guys know if this card
supports surround sound? Thomas, I know you said the headphones have 3
can plug into the card. only problem here is I only have a headphone
jack, and another
jack to the left which I presume is for the microphone. I'm using an
Well, since i don't know the specific model, serial number, etc of your
card I can't look it up and give you an absolute answer. However, what I
can tell you is that it does not have the correct outputs to do anything
remotely like surround sound using headphones or a set of 5.1 surround
sound speakers. So I'm guessing no.
The desktop I am sitting at now has a creative Labs Soundblaster Audegy
2 card installed. It has a mic jack, a line-in jack, and then three
output jacks. They are labeled front, center, and rear. If I am using a
set of 5.1 surround sound speakers or headphones I plug the three
headphone inputs into these three jacks on the sound card. I doubt
plugging only one input into a headphone jack would reproduce a full 5.1
surround sound effect.
btw. If Vista's the culprit, then I'll most likely uninstall it since
audio problems are really getting on my nerves.
Well, all i can say is I have been running Vista successfully since
March 2007 and I really haven't had much problems with the OS myself
audio or otherwise. I've recorded the Mysteries of the Ancients game
trailers using a Windos Vista system so I know for certain I can record
using stereo mix obviously. However, I can say I've got stereo mix
working on my desktop, the computer with the Audegy card, but it won't
work on my laptop which has a Realtek AC-97 card in it. So it is the
sound card not Vista being the problem there.
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