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Line In on SB64 doesn't work?

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Hi, I'm stumped about a problem with my SB64's line in jack.  It doesn't seem to work.  I discovered this when I downloaded a tuning program, plugged a mic into the line in jack of the SB64, and got no signal at all in the program.  I tried using Sound Recorder, and the same thing happened -- no matter what I did, it didn't record anything.  I switched out my SB64 with my old SB32, and everything worked fine!  I've downloaded the latest drivers, but they didn't help, and the volume settings are all correct.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
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Possibly your card is bad....aint to much to a line jack...if it doesnt work...most likely that part of the card is bad.
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I thought so, too, except that I've already switched it once -- exchanged my SB64 with another SB64, and still got the same problem.  It is possible that this may just be a bad batch, but that seems a bit much.  Is there any other possibility?

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You state that you plugged a MIC into the Line-In on your soundcard.  In most SB hardware configurations, there are four (4) plug-ins:  Speaker Out, Line-In, Line-Out, MIC.  The Speaker-out, well, it obvious it is for external speakers.  The Line-Out allows you to hook your soundcard upto a mixer table, your home-stereo, etc.  The Line-In is generally for audio equipment other than a standard microphone (i.e.:  Keyboard, External CD player, etc.  The MIC plug is specifically for standard microphones.  Is it possible that you may have just plugged the MIC into the wrong plug...this is my guess based on the information you provided.  Please let me know your thoughts.
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Well, the tuning program I have only takes input from Line In (wierd, I know) so the only way I can get it to tune my instrument is by plugging a mic into that jack (can't change the input device within the program).  I did the exact same thing with my SB32, and it worked perfectly.  Plugging the mic into the Mic In will play sounds from the mic through the speakers, but doesn't register in the program.
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you can't plug a microphone in to a line-in jack.  It won't work correctly since a microphone delivers only a few millivolts output, compared with the 700mv-1V for a line-in type of device.

You should probably be ably to hear *something* from the mike, if you fully open the line-in control.

Also unmark the "mute" checkbox

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Cool enough -- that explains a lot of things.  Thanks!
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