Sound recording not possible on desktop

I am using audacity 2.1.2 on windows pro 8.1

I am able to record sound with the same headphone on a laptop(windows 7) using audacity 2.0.3, but when i use the same headphone on the above mentioned desktop am not able to record me speaking.

I have checked recording devices, in the dell laptop am getting microphone/line is listed.
but in the desktop there is no such microphone option is available, I am using realteck audio manager, whichever combination i use not able to record sound.

Kindly help me out :confused:

If it’s a USB headset, restart Audacity or use Transport > Rescan Audio Devices at the top of Audacity. Audacity doesn’t automatically see new devices connected after Audacity is running.


No its not USB input, its 3.5mm jack, anyways i did scanning but it shows the same devices.

Its recording but no sound waves are shown, not picking my speech or any other sound, pls see the pic.

What are you trying to record with the headset? If you are recording your voice, choose the external microphone input in Audacity’s Device Toolbar, not stereo mix.

If you are recording computer playback, the stereo mix input should work but if it does not, choose the Windows WASAPI method of recording instead. See


I am trying to record voice, when i connect headphones on a laptop by pluging in on headphone jack am able to see microphone listed on the recording devices panel, but when i plug in the same headphone on the desktop am not able to see microphones listed on recording device panel.

On the Desktop, right-click over the speaker icon by the system clock, then choose “Recording Devices”. Now you are in the “Recording” tab of Windows Sound. Right-click anywhere inside the Recording tab and choose “Show disabled devices” then right-click again and check “Show Disconnected Devices”. This may have shown you an external microphone. Right-click over the external microphone and choose “Enable”.

If you still don’t see an external microphone then the audio drivers on your Desktop are probably broken or incorrect. If it is a branded computer like Dell or HP, go to their site and download and install the audio drivers meant for your specific computer model. If you have 64-bit Windows, download and install the 64-bit audio drivers.


Thanks gale I think problem is with audio drivers I did whatever you said above, will let you know actual status in while.

Was having a similar issue…I’m going to try this too and see what happens. I’ll post back too.