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Cassette to Computer

by BryanJ / February 18, 2005 8:02 AM PST


What I'm trying to do is transfer audio data over from cassette to my computer.

I bought the appropriate cable in order to hook up my tape deck to my computer. It's all hooked up correctly; I checked it several times. I even get good sound through my computer when I start playing the tape, which tells me it's coming through the sound card just fine. After having transfered the MP3 sound file to my hard drive, I hear nothing. Even though it shows the file has been transferred, kilobytes and all.

I thought I would check the sound card recording volume, and here's a screen shot of the Error message I get when I clicked both volume tabs on "Sound Playback" as well as "Sound Recording":

I found what I thought was the appropriate page on Microsoft's web site, (;en-us;319095) followed the directions, jumped through the hoops, but got a message in DOS saying "Can't open this file", or something like that. I don't exactly remember because it's been a few days ago.

I don't know what else to do.

Operating System: Windows XP Home


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It looks like you are missing a driver.
by Kiddpeat / February 18, 2005 11:25 AM PST
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Have you reinstalled Windows since the last time you were able to access these controls? If so, you undoubtedly missed reinstalling some drivers. Look for the original media, or download the latest drivers from the manufacturer.

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Cassette to Computer
by BryanJ / February 19, 2005 7:26 AM PST

No, I haven't reinstalled Windows. My PC is a little over a year old.

Driver? Do you mean the sound card driver?

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Yes, that's the one. Are you seeing signs of a problem
by Kiddpeat / February 19, 2005 3:12 PM PST
In reply to: Cassette to Computer

in the Device Manager? Look for a little yellow triangle which indicates a problem.

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by BryanJ / February 19, 2005 11:03 PM PST
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SndVol32.exe is part of Windows. If it's not on your system
by Kiddpeat / February 20, 2005 10:51 AM PST
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it needs to be installed or reinstalled. You might want to look at this thread for suggestions on how to proceed.

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Here's my solution
by abirnbaum / March 1, 2005 5:37 AM PST

I had this problem after installing the latest Win XP patch. This worked for me:

Find the SndVol32.exe file online - try Google.

Download it to your desktop and then copy it to:
C:/windows/system32 file

Alternatively you can download the file directly to this directory.

Close, reboot, works perfectly.

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Please correct me if I am wrong...
by Art / February 20, 2005 4:25 PM PST
In reply to: Cassette to Computer

but is there such thing as a "TAPE" mp3 player? Normally it is best to capture the audio through some audio capture software rather than just something that is part of an OS. Just my 2 cents.

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