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I used to use my old pentium 3 to do this , which had a Cmedia card which worked fine.
but this new onboard card has new features and stuff and it would be a shame to waste it on a old Cmedia card...........
I tried the line in on a other computer with a Reltek onboard card and it did the same thing(bad quality sound and playback is not load enough).
I tried it in ubuntu and the play back was bad too...... wtf is going on ?
On board sound usually does a very poor job of recording sound. Essentially the bit rate of the sound coming from the video camera is different than what the chip can record and this causes it to be spotty and distorted. Also there are no amplification modules on the onboard for the line in which makes the volume low and contributes to the general distortion. Finally on board sound is notorious for having interference from the the other electrical devices on the motherboard.
The stand alone card reduces the interference and probably has a basic preamp for the line in which bumps the sound quality way up too.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.