Windows XP fully updated
Packard Bell A8
I am trying to record using the microphone input on the computer. I have done this before and it has worked well. But now, even with no microphone plugged in (therefore no input signal), the input meter (red bars) registers a strong, continuous input on both channels as I hope you can see from the screenshot of the audacity window, which I have attempted to attach to this post. This shows what happens when I start Audacity with no inputs (nothing plugged in to the microphone socket) and click on the record button. But I have also tried the inputs listed below and the input meter always reads the same. The playback is silent.
Things I have tried:
- restarting Audacity
- rebooting the computer
- deleting Audacity (in Add/Remove programs) and downloading it again (from Ninite)
- different inputs: 2 different microphones, line input (from cassette player), no input at all.
- checking there are no other programs running
- I don’t think the computer is faulty - All the checks I have made, which are probably not exhaustive, say the computer/sound card is OK. But I might have missed something. . .
I need to use Audacity to record from microphone, analogue radio and cassette, for teaching purposes. I have used Audacity on this computer successfully in the past to make microphone recordings.
Please can anyone help me get this useful tool up and running?