Compaq built-in mic

Good evening,
I’ve been using Audacity for a few years on different 2 PC’s with no problems.I recently purchased a Compaq CQ60-615DX Notebook which has a built-in microphone…this mic is interfering with my “line-in” recordings via internet stream. while recording music from Youtube, I have found that ambient noise in the room is also being recorded. I’ve tried to mute the mic and disable it, but in doing so, the line-in also is disabled silencing my recording. So far nothing I’ve tried during recording has worked…What do you think?!

Thanks, Pete69

Go into the Windows Sound Control Panel and ensure that “Line In” is selected as the recording device, and, if necessary, disable the microphone.

Thanks Steve,

The funny thing is, there is no “Line-In” to choose. In control panel/sounds, the only choice is the mic and when I diable the mic, Audacity wont receive any signal and doesn’t record anything. The system has what Compaq calls “Smart Sudio” which isn’t all that smart if you ask me! All my other PC have record options, but for some reason this laptop doesn’t have any. I went to the Compaq/HP site and tried an upgrade/update to the sound hardware but it just told me I’m running the most recent software. As it is, it will record, but, after listening to the recordings, I can hear myself on the phone and the TV in the background! …Now What?!?


Did you “Show disabled devices” and “Show Disconnected Devices”?

I’ve just read this again…

I think that we may have a problem with terminology.
“Line In” recording is when you plug an external device (for example a CD player, radio, amplifier, mixing desk) into a “Line In” socket on the computer (usually with a stereo mini-jack plug).

“Recording sounds that are playing on your computer” is not “line in” recording. When available, this can be done by selecting “Stereo Mix” or “What U Hear” as the recording device. Modern Windows computers often do not have this option, in which case you need to use a workaround as described here: