I cant make it work!

I have been through the miniscule 7 page manual many times as well as up & down anything related to the problem on FAQ, Tips and Forum info. I have checked all my Preferences on my Windows 7, loaded the Audacity program twice. My settings are English, stereo,44100 HZ, 16 Bit, no idea what WAV or AIff files are. Software Playthrough is clicked but I get the same screen as on manual page 4 (Audacity Preferences) ‘‘Device: USB Audio Device’’ does not come on my screen as an option to select. As for the package content: I did not get the 3.5mm to 2RCA audio cable. Does that matter? I assume the USB connection is all I need. At one attempt I was getting a blue/purple signage flashing through (like on page 5) as the cassette was playing then another time just a scrolling left to right vertical bar. I could not hear the music from my computer speakers as the cassette played & presumable being recorded but the earphone plugged in confirmed that music was indeed playing. I have even using different CD-R disks trying find a reason troubleshooting & eliminating all potential problems just to get anything. Any help through the Forum would be good or at <moderator note: email removed for user’s protection> if that route is possible.

A “seven page manual” is not our Manual - I’m guessing that it is a manual that came with the hardware device you bought and are trying to use - and we know most of thaos hardware Manufacturers’ guide to using Audacity with their kit are pretty poor and ofetn wrong (that is what brought me to this forum in the first place ten years ago when I satrted out with Audacity and a USB sound card).

Our Manual is a wiki website, there is not an easily printable form - see it here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/index.html

Note the the image of an Audacity window on that page is clickable in many places to take tou throgh to the appropriate page in the Manual: http://manual.audacityteam.org/index.html#reference

This set of tutorials sshould be particularly useful to you: http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorial_copying_tapes_lps_or_minidiscs_to_cd.html

Especially this one for USB devices: http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/recording_with_usb_turntables.html

WC

I removed the email address from your post for your own protection - this site (like many others on t’interweb) is a magnet for spam-bots that harvest email addresses to target spam.

Plus we forum elves are so few in number we cannort support an individual email service, using instead this open forum - and that way other users get to benefit too.

WC