Need Help on windows 11 recording

I Have windows 11 and I cannot adjust the volume. it is just full blast.
I heard that i need to have Realtek High-Definition Audio installed on my desktop is this true or am i able to use what is in it .
I can record and understand using the desktop mic BUT i cannot use the 3.5 plug from a tape player to the desktop as it again goes full volume and distortion.
What am i doing wrong?

Do you have a desktop/tower computer or a laptop?

A line level, or headphone-level signal is about 100 times stronger than a microphone signal. The microphone input is too sensitive, and usually mono. In any case, the microphone input is “JUST WRONG”!

If you have a desktop/tower computer with a regular soundcard, the line-input is normally color-coded blue.

Most laptops don’t have line-in and you’ll need a USB audio interface with line-in.

Or depending on the hardware & drivers, sometimes it’s configurable and Windows asks you, “What did you plug-in?”

How to Connect Your Equipment

If you have a Realtek soundchip, that should already be installed. As long as the soundcard/soundchip is working and Windows is getting sound, Audacity can get the sound (the digital audio stream) from Windows.

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