no line-in on my laptop soundcard - what can I do?

  powertool 07:46 29 May 2003

My laptop for some reason hasn't got an audio line in. I would like to use it to record dj mixes from my mixer.

It is a HP Pavilion z4200.

Does anyone know if I could build a little circuit which would allow me to reduce the input so I could use the mic-in instead? I am quite handy with a soldering iron, but not sure what to put together - or even if it is feasible without the quality being lost.

Thanks in advance.


  expertec 09:10 29 May 2003

have a look on click here or click here

  graham√ 09:59 29 May 2003

In all probability you could use the mic-in to record from the mixer, without 'reducing' the signal. Try at a low volume from the mixer at first. Anything in the user guide or 'help & support' section?

  powertool 18:25 29 May 2003

Thanks for the link re. soundcard. I am pretty sure that the laptop soundcard has line-in capability - the volume control shows it as a recording option; is it possible to use one of the USB ports to access the 'line in' on the soundcard? I think installing another soundcard is beyond me though on a laptop because the sockets, volume buttons, etc are built into the case.

The mic-in option isn't going to work though - because the mic control shows the balance grayed out so it must be mono - cheapskates Hewlett Packard!

  graham√ 20:32 29 May 2003

Sounds like the sound card is mono. I think what expertec is proposing is you buy another sound card and connect it via USB. Whether that will give you what you want I will leave to others.

  powertool 21:29 29 May 2003

Ah - ok I understand - yes that sounds like a good solution


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