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My Skype works correctly, people hear me well. But I cannot record sound from my microphone using standard Windows recording utility or Audacity. I have turned on the microphone in Sound Settings so I can hear myself from the speakers. But applications still record empty sound. How can I fix this?

I'm using Windows XP, with correct drivers installed.

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Fixing Windows XP Sound Recorder

  1. Go to Control Panel > Sound & Audio Devices > Look for Voice Recording.

  2. Click Test Hardware - a wizard will help you setup.

  3. Say hello and watch if you see the sound level go up and down. If it does then Sound recorder is working now.

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If your objective is to record Skype calls, try this app its free to use to record your calls. I've used it for a few months it works well.

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No, I just want to record sound. – geotavros Apr 9 '11 at 9:07
@DIMEDROLL: what version of windows are you using, and have installed your correct drivers? – rzlines Apr 9 '11 at 9:46
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Go to

Control Panel -> Sound and Audio Devices -> Voice (tab) -> Voice Recording (group)

and select Realtek HD Audio Input (this can be different for different motherboards and sound cards)

You can try other options, however this option helped me. I also have Realtek HD Digital input, but I don't know what does it mean.

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