Problem with Audacity software

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I am trying to digitize cassette tapes using Audacity 2.2.2 and am not having much luck.  I have looked at several You Tube videos but none of them address my issue.  The problem I'm having is that even before I connect  a cassette player into my computer, If I click on the microphone in Audacity and select start monitoring,  I can see activity on the mic bar but can not hear anything.  If I try to record that activity, it does not record so when I play it back, I hear nothing.  The computer I'm using is HP ENVY - 15t -k200 CTO Notebook PC - Windows 10.

I believe it has to do with the selection of the type of input on the program but I think I have tried them all and can not hear anything.  Aside from this issue, am I right in thinking that if you connect an audio signal to the computer, that the sound should now come from the computer?  (like using a speaker?).  If so, that doesn't work for me.  What do I have to do to be able to hear the audio on the computer?
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William FulksSystems Analyst & Webmaster

Check the audio settings in Windows to make sure you have the right record source selected. I am not super familiar with Audacity, but I am guessing it just uses whatever Windows is set to use.

To do this, go into the Control Panel - Sound - Recording tab and see what shows up while you got the cassette player plugged in. Make sure it's not disabled. Also, you may want to try the Line In instead of Microphone if the results aren't good.
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use line out from the cassette recorder to the line in to your computer.  If you are stuck with audio out and microphone keep the audio level low and use the mic level or you will clip the audio as it comes in as you overdrive the microphone amp


May have found problem.  This pic shows it needs further installation?????Sound properties
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Where do I go from here?
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open your volume control, sound settings input click the down error and send  us a screenshot
Top Expert 2013

Definitely , driver update is required, and I think that should solve your issue.
William FulksSystems Analyst & Webmaster

If you look down the list of events, it ends with the driver being installed. Maybe just a restart is needed?
here are my settings (Sound and Audacity when i record from vinyl using the Audio line-in connectorline-inthe settings in Audacity are:
  1. MME
  2. Line In (Realtek Audio, in my case)
  3. 2 (Stereo) Recording
please let me add that the image shown here: has to do with sound output

unless you can't hear anything through your speakers, then don't worry about this
this is the word from Realtek:
Audio drivers available for download from the Realtek website are general drivers for our audio ICs, and may not offer the customizations made by your system/motherboard manufacturer. To be sure you obtain the full features/customizations provided in your original audio product, please download the latest drivers from your system/motherboard manufacturer's website.


nobus, I went to that link and they claim they only have drivers for Windows 7 and I've got 10.  Any other way to get drivers???

Paul, thank you so much for all the work you put into this but unfortunately, my notebook only has one jack for imput and in testing it, I did what David Johnson warned about.  I connected a radio and it mess my speaks up.  Now I can only use a plus 40 volume or I'll hear a loud erriee sound.

David, here is a pic showing what I think you requested.Sound
from what I see, you are recording from the speakers to the mic

you have to change the Chose your input device from Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio) to Stereo Mix (Realtek(R) Audio)

i badly esplained this above (1 to 4 in red): ...

now digitize the cassette tapes and record using Audacity with the cassette player plugged into the Audio line-in connector

tell me how it goes

it took me quite a time to figure this out when i digitized my vinyl collection a few (2012!!!) years ago

i still have all the original digital files created with Audacity(C) on a backup drive & on 11 dvds (just the music files) sound_input
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>>  Any other way to get drivers???  <<  
sure - IF they exist you can use the method below
Windows 7
if you have  unknown devices in device manager, you can use this procedure to identify them :

1- visit the motherboard manufacturers support site, for downloading drivers
2- use windows update >optional updates to find them

3- Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Information.
Now select  "Components" and highlight "Problem Devices".
All hardware devices with a driver problem will be listed here.
Make a note of the first line of the PNP Device ID line of the entry. It will show a Vendor number and a Device number (VENxxxxDEVxxxx) both four digits long.
Look up those numbers here:
This will tell you the manufacturer and the chip number.  
Check the manufacturer's website first or google them - or post them here

4- If your LAN is running, you can also use windows update> optional drivers, or  use a driver update software
David asks you to
open your volume control, sound settings input click the down error (Me: i think he means ARROW) and send  us a screenshot

on the screen above (, please click on Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio) (on your computer, of course) to see what the other choices are... take a screenshot of that & please post




My computer does not have line in and as I said earlier, I connected an audio source and kept increasing the volume because I could not detect any sound on the computer and it ruined my speakers.  I will look at other options to see how I can accomplish this.  Thanks to all participants for your help.
i just read the HP ENVY Notebook - 15t-k200 CTO User Guide
and is seems that you DO have a line-in (mic) that MAY work in you keep the volume low enough and are able to hear through speakers. if so, you can record using Audacity

if that doesn't work, you could purchase an inexpensive Cassette Player and Digital Converter (ex. ION Audio Tape 2 Go | Cassette Player and Digital Converter with USB Cable)

just plug it into a USB port & record using Audacity
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