Was there anyone who was aware of this "defect" prior to purchasing their ThinkPad? Is anyone aware of a disclosure of this defect by Lenovo in any of the sales literature? By reading the ordering material on the Lenovo website, can anyone point out a place where the inability to record is cited, disclosed, warned about, etc.
I, for one, feel hoodwinked by this and believe an explanation by Lenovo should be forthcoming and some form of remedy supplied. Does anyone agree with me?
Well I bought my Thinkpad expecting the stereo mix feature to still be around. I complained to Lenovo several times about this issue, and they told me to contact SoundMAX since they are the one responsible for built-in sound devices in motherboards these days. Worse yet, none of the Lenovo tech guys know what stereo mix is all about. Some of them told me to contact Lenovo experts, which is a paid support service. I certainly wasn't going to pay additional for support services when I paid premium for my machine already with warranty included.
I think the stereo mix disable implementation is in the sound driver provided by SoundMAX, which is a software cripple. Obviously tweaking the INF file didn't do the trick, so I believe the real deal is in one of the sys files. It will definitely take a real skilled hacker to crack that one. Also mentioned earlier in my posts, VAC is a better but more complicated workaround for the stereo mix feature and it works on any machine that supports WDM drivers. If you use Windows XP, you're good to go. Vista users might encounter some minor problems, but try it for yourself and see what happens. If you're looking to just record music from outside sources, try Total Recorder.
The bottom line is, if VAC works, then that probably means it's a software not a hardware cripple. I agree that Lenovo should inform us about this feature cut, but as someone wrote above, this issue seems to be widespread with recently manufactured machines. The RIAA and the MPAA are definitely behind this act.