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Trying to record from cassette to my laptop computer.

I admit I'm new to this and I only know enough to be slightly dangerous and annoying. LOL
That being said, I have several audiobooks on cassette that are not available any longer or in any other format. I've been trying to use a line running between my "boombox" headphone jack and into my microphone jack on the laptop. I do NOT have a Line-In Jack. My only choices are Headphone or Microphone.
My laptop is a Toshiba L305-S5933 running Windows Vista as the operating system. The sound driver is Realtek HD Audio Manager v.6.0.1.5599.
Can you tell me what I need to do and what I need for equipment/software?

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Your 3/4 of the way there. You need to do a little bit more. First you need to download software for recording and editing sounds. I use and recommened Audacity, Why? It's free! when you have your boombox plugged in and Audacity open it should work on it's own but you might need to open your control panel and set your sound input/recording to line in/microphone (same thing). You already have the hardware you need, the rest is free.

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    Not sure why the download link I provided didn't show. I download from www.download.com just search for Audacity there.

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You should be able to use your microphone jack if I am not mistaken. You can try this with a simple .wav recorder that should be in your start>>all programs>>accessories>>entertainment folder. I have done something like this in the past, although I cannot remember if i recorded from cassette to computer or computer to casette. Let me know how you make out. I hope this helps.

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Google "audio recording shareware"
You will need to open your recording program when you download one, windows has one but it only records in 1 minute increments, last time I used it which was about 2001. There are demo versions of Sony programs on Sony website, SoundForge is one of the best, as is Cakewalk, or a multitude of others.

For your purposes you could probably use a sound port capture program like Messer, it is free and records in either wav or mp3 formats. It is a little tricky to setup but shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to figure out.

Oh your running Vista, sorry that has built in DRM software, I don't even know if it will work for what you want to do. I'd make it a dual boot Ubuntu/Vista machine and have a go in Linux it doesn't have the retarded DRM "features" that Microsoft has.

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Ljackson3200 could you please tell us what worked?

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    ljackson3200 Could you tell us what worked?

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