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Using Audacity on a library computer


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#1 malcolmcolwell

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 08:03 AM

Hi

 

This is my first post on this forum.

 

I'm not on the Web at home, but have to use PCs at my local library. Occasionally, I'd like to record something I hear using Audacity. The library's PCs actually have Audacity on their list of programs, but when I click the record button I get 'Error opening device. Please check the input device settings and project sampling rate.'

 

I did a Google search for this problem and got this solution:

 

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001194.htm

 

But using this solution means using the control panel, and when I went to it, it was empty.

 

So I searched this problem and found this:

 

http://www.tipsdotcom.com/control-panel-empty.html

 

It tells you to type 'gpedit.msc' in the Windows 7 search box and proceed from there. But when I do this, it comes up with 'no results'.

 

I'm going round in circles here, so can anyone suggest a way I can record music from a public pc with Audacity? Thanks.

 



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 08:15 AM

Since you don't have admin privileges on a computer owned/operated by the library...you cannot perform admin functions.  I suggest that you discuss your situation with library personnel with responsibilities for all computers there and they can explain it more clearly than I can attempt.

 

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 03:20 PM

You may be able to solve this issue on Win7 by simply jumping the Mic input to the Speaker output with a 3.5mm(1/8 in.) audio cable.

 

Hope this helps....DDK

 

Edit:  This is the method I use at home to record Youtube music clips, so that I can learn to play them. I've never done this on a

    library computer.

          On previous operating systems Windows could record "what I hear" or something like that, but MS caught a lot of flack from

   content owners concerned about piracy, so MS left that ability out of Win7.

          The work-around is to do what I posted above. The downside is that you can't hear what's being recorded & you must

  adjust your recording levels in Audacity to prevent distortion.


Edited by DDK65JAG, 03 January 2015 - 04:34 PM.





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