[audacity4blind] Re: Combination earphone/microphone jack on laptop?

  • From: "Linda Adams" <ladams@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:56:16 -0600

Hi, Gary.  I have very little technical knowledge, but after some frustrating 
switching to Windows 7 with a desktop computer, I have decided, and 
successfully, too, that my XP machine will be my forever media-only machine for 
recording from cassette, burning CDs, ripping CDs, converting multiple-movie 
DVDs to computer files, and scanning with DEC-talk Access 32.  The XP will 
never go on the Internet or deal with e-mail again, so it will be safe.  I do 
have Dropbox on it because I also use the XP as a transcription machine, using 
Express Scribe to transcribe sound files because I like Word 2003.  On my 
desktop Windows 7 Lenovo, I have DEC-talk Express hooked up successfully, and 
it does the Internet and Windows Live Mail.    

If media is easier on your XP, don’t give up on it; just be careful never to go 
online with it again. 

Linda Adams

From: Gary Campbell 
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:53 PM
To: audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [audacity4blind] Combination earphone/microphone jack on laptop?

Hi All,


Well XP support ends today, so I have to do something about my system soon!  
I’m thinking of buying a laptop as my main computer so it’s not chained to this 
desk and I might be able to use it when my wife is sleeping, and maybe she 
would do more organizing of the pictures we take so they don’t get deleted when 
a card fills up or “lost forever” when I copy the card to my computer and she 
doesn’t want to sit here and work on them.  The 1.7GHZ clock speed of many of 
the ones I’m looking at worries me a bit since this machine (              

Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz with 1.49GB memory) is slow.  Also they have a 
“combination earphone/microphone jack” which concerns me a bit.  Does that mean 
there is a special plug with connections for both, or that I can’t use 
earphones when I’m using an external mic?  They have internal mics—are they 
usually any good?  (I’m looking at a HP Pavilion 15” screen with 12GB memory 
that is supposed to go on sale at Costco Friday for about $650 (US) and a Dell 
Inspiron 15” with 8GB memory for a bit more, but the keyboard has a numpad.)  
Of course, I have to upgrade JAWS too…


If you can tell me about this mic/earphone jack I’d appreciate it very much.  
Also, it doesn’t mention a line in jack, and I’m pretty sure that means there 
isn’t one.  Maybe I’ll have to keep the XP machine (off the net) for things 
like copying cassettes if I could ever get to mine in the room full of junk 
that most people put their car in!






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