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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 22 May 2020 2:27 pm    
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I have two PCs - a desktop and a laptop - both running Windows 10. They are set to update regularly and both tell me that they have Microsoft Windows 10 Home version 10.0.18362

In the audio recording panel the laptop displays the stereo mixer as a source



but the desktop doesn't



Why? Stereo mix would be mighty useful on the desktop.
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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 22 May 2020 5:48 pm    
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The laptop and desktop motherboards use an integrated circuit (ic chip) to provide their audio features. The motherboards likely have different audio chips that offer different features.

Your desktop may not offer the stereo mix feature because (1) the feature is not enabled by default or (2) because the desktop Windows 10 is missing a piece of software called a codec.

Here is a link that provides a step-by-step guide to enable the stereo mix or install the codec if the codec is missing. https://gearchunk.com/enable-stereo-mix/
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Jack Stoner


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Post  Posted 23 May 2020 2:11 am    
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Some PC vendors disabled Stereo Mix in the hardware and its not available.

Your desktop shows "High Definition Audio Device" which is the Windows generic sound driver that is installed when a Windows 10 hardware driver (such as Realtek) is not available. This suggests the desktop is older hardware. Stereo Mix is not available with the generic High Definition Audio driver.
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 23 May 2020 2:52 pm    
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Thanks for the insights - now I do understand that it's a hardware/driver issue.

Meanwhile I've been using the loopback facility on the Focusrite interface to access onboard audio, and I shall continue with that for the time being (for various reasons to do with how I use the line inputs on my Scarlett 8i6 box)
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