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VirtualDub's "Windows Mixer" menu option is broken in Windows Vista/7

I've been kind of avoiding blogging because lately it seems to end up being a multi-hour process whenever I do it, but this time I've got something quick.

In VirtualDub's capture mode, the Capture | Windows Mixer menu option doesn't work if you're running under Windows Vista or Windows 7. The reason is that this command tries to launch sndvol32.exe, and that program no longer exists under newer versions of Windows. The new mixer app is sndvol.exe, but it doesn't accept the same command-line arguments and doesn't seem to have any recording routing functionality at all.

If you're hitting this problem, go to Control Panel | Sound | Recording in Windows and change the recording settings there. In the future, VirtualDub will launch this tab instead on Vista or newer versions of Windows.


This blog was originally open for comments when this entry was first posted, but was later closed and then removed due to spam and after a migration away from the original blog software. Unfortunately, it would have been a lot of work to reformat the comments to republish them. The author thanks everyone who posted comments and added to the discussion.