1. That's impossible to say. You will have to try it and see.
2. Most computers today use a 1/8 inch miniplug adaptor. Every one I've ever seem is stereo. It's probably miniplug (earphone) to miniplug (line in).
3. I don't know about free programs. Someone else may have that answer. You do want one that will write to disk during the capture process. Windows has a capture program, but it keeps the data in memory until the capture is complete.
I'm helping a coworker convert his collection of tapes to digital. I'm assuming that I should be able to connect a tape player to the line in on his computer's motherboard, use a program to encode it to wav or mp3...right?
What I'd like to know is (besides whether or not you can do it that way)
1- will the regular integrated sound on a motherboard do a decent job of encoding?
2- what type of cable should I use to connect the two devices? Something to plug into the tape player's headphone jack and then the input?
3- whats the best program for encoding... is there a free program that is close or better than the best retail program?
Thanks for your time on any responses.