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Recording from a Digital Source (computer)

I am trying to record from Computer Audio Jack via Coax cable into Digital In on CDR2. I press Record, then Play. Record light continues to flash with no recording taking place. Connecting to headphones confirms signal is coming in. Ideas on why no recording? It is digital, correct?
Also, manual says press Auto/Manual button for Auto. That is the Speed button, and does not offer Auto choice.
Appreciate any help.

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Re: Recording from a Digital Source (computer)

Your computer audio output is definatley digital, yes? If so, make sure it is set to 2-channel PCM digital output, not 5,1 Dolby digital surround sound output. Auto / manual on the unit is for track marks to be inserted during recording. If you google the manual is out there or I can email it.

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5. Select the desired mode of track division (track number
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6. Press the RECORD button.
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7. Press the PLAY (ENTER) [ ] button of TRAY II to start recording.
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• If the unit detects copy-prohibit signals during recording,
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To temporarily pause recording: Press the PAUSE [ ] button.
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