Direct Recording Problem

Hi I’m a new user. I have Windows XP and Audacity 2.0.2 from .exe
I seem to be having trouble recording directly from my computer (ex: from youtube or a CD)
It doesn’t matter what program I use (Audacity or Windows Sound Recorder) they can ONLY record from the mic. Everywhere on google says that simply enabling stereo mix will help but it doesn’t. I have added a photo of the options I have selected in Audacity, SoundMAX, and Windows options. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?
Thank :smiley:

There’s nothing simple about it. “Direct” is what happens when you listen to YouTube or record your voice on the built-in microphone. Those are guaranteed sound services on most computers.

Stereo Mix is a “fake” device designed to run the play service and the record service at the same time. It’s a recursive sound pathway and there’s nothing direct or simple about it. Some computers can’t do this at all and there’s no guarantee that it’s going to work.

For recording, I think I would disable everything but Stereo Mix to keep Windows from trying to mix everything together. Then go to Playback and select where you want it all to go.