IvanB - OOIEEH, OOIEEH - Total Recorder is the first and only software I know that can even shut down the reset button. I tried it with Windows Media Player. This couldn't work as the Media Player of course only sends MIDI commands to the FM synthesizer on the sound board. But when I specified the sound board to be the source - uhm, don't dare to start the Media Player without clicking Total Recorder's record button first and then realize your mistake and click the Media Player's stop button... It took some CONSIDERABLE time for Scandisk to run afterwards (Do you like scaring secretaries? Remember that trick >;->)
On the other hand I can't figure out any way to record an input sound without mixing it with the output one. If you know how to do this please tell me.
Grab - of course that depends on what you call 'decent'. If I unplug my mike and do a recording I can indeed hear my hard drive working and some other devices too but very softly. I doubt that this will be heard after mixing a real recording with all the other sounds and played on what it is going to be played on. I can well imagine that there are computers behaving much worse, and unfortunately you can never tell in advance how the computer you are just buying will behave (*sigh*) but it MIGHT behave quite well, so don't loose hope completely :-)
Steven - as I suppose that you wrote that after having understood my last message I'm off to try n-track now.