Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. January 29, 2003
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Enabling Sound Recording
Whether you're using sophisticated sound software or Windows' built-in Sound Recorder program, you need to take a couple of steps to make sure you can record using a microphone.

If you're having trouble making sound recordings, the first thing to check is your Volume Control settings. Open Volume Control by double-clicking on the Volume icon in your System Tray. Under the Mic column, make sure that the Volume is set to a level that's high enough for the sounds to register in your sound program. Also, make sure that the Mute box is not checked in the Mic column. When you've done these things, click X to close the Volume Control window.