"Windows Vista does not allow to set Total Recorder driver as a system default playback and recording device, therefore under Windows Vista it is impossible to record an Internet transmission in Software mode if it is reproduced by a browser or by a program that uses (and cannot work without using) Direct Sound or/and does not allow to select an audio device independently of the system settings (e.g. Windows Media Player, Real Player). To record such Internet transmission under Windows Vista your soundcard should have a loop-back line. A typical name for this line is “Stereo Mix”. Other names are “What you hear”, “Wave out”, “Loop back”, and possibly others. Thus you need to switch to SoundBoard mode and select this recording line. It is possible that although your sound card has a line needed, it is not enabled. "
Jim Coates -- senior forum member
Tech Support will refuse warranty service for speaker problems if the VLC media player is installed on laptops with Windows 7. This exclusion is NOT disclosed in the laptop warranty! Remove all players before contacting Tech Support, leaving only Windows Media Player.
"Total Recorder did not find any real sound device.The possible causes are:• Real sound device is not installed properly.• Some programs (e.g. firewall) blocked Total Recorder's access to real sound devices.• Other rare causes.For additional information, press the "Help" button."
For additional information, press the "Help" button."
If I press help, I get a 'failed to launch help' message. I believe that Total Recorder help does not operate in Vista.
In device manager the Sigma Tel High Definition Sound CODEC is shown as working properly.
Are these problems linked to the way I enabled the Stereo mixer but could not set it as a default (the option was 'greyed out')? I feel that I am very close but something is missing. Grateful for your help in solving this one if you can.