On all of my previous computers, when I plug a microphone into the mic jack, the sound from the mic comes out of my speakers automatically. But now on my new laptop this is not the case. I have a Toshiba Satellite A300 running Vista Home Premium, the sound card is Realtek (although I can't find anywhere that says the model etc, device manager just says the driver is Microsoft...?)
I'm running an electric guitar into the laptop, and I get good levels and can record in Cool Edit fine, but I'd like to hear the sound come out the speakers as I play. I've looked all through the settings, reinstalled drivers and nothing has helped. It's as if there should be a "Microphone Input" slider in the Windows Mixer to control it but there is nothing of the sort.
Also, there has occasionally been a "Stereo Mix" device (to record whatever is going out of my speakers) listed in the Recording Devices window, but it's not always there, I'd like to get that back as well There is just two "Microphone - High Definition Audio Device" listed, one is the internal mic and the other for the jack at the front of the laptop.
Any help is greatly appreciated