I know this may seem like a run of the mill , i don't know what to do, you do it for me question ! but I assure you , its not . I've tried out almost everything else that i can think of. I recently purchased an Electric guitar (Pluto, cheap thing basically just to learn a bit) and i thought ill be a smartass and not buy the amp. Use my computer and a software amp to amplify the signal and yay .. saved 5 grand. But now it seems that the wretched thing just does not wish to work. I am using Amplitube 2 to amplify my guitar signal. I have tried using almost all kinds of cords , from both ends mono (connected to pink mic port) to both ends stereo (connected to blue line in port) , used passive adapters, but i dont get any sound in all but one case, wherein i use stereo cables and adapters and use the Line in port on my computer. Now here's the first question, i thought that the guitar provides mono output , so why am i only getting a working system going for a stereo cord. Secondly , even though i do get sound, it is heavily distorted, there is a crackling noise and the whole thing seems to be plagued by latency. I am getting desperate here , but i seriously don't want to buy a crappy amp as i don't have a lot of money to spare now are there any alternatives that anyone is aware of? EDIT : Ok , i read around and can see that the only real alternative that i have is getting an amp or an audio interface. Another reason i wanted to avoid an amp is because i wanted to be able to use the effect processing tools available with amplitube, so, new idea , what if i buy an ok amp and then run the ouput fro the amp through my computers mic or line in , then run that output through amplitube and use whatever effects i need. I am getting Kustom Sound 20 for like 1800 Rs here (I know nobody is a fan of Kustom sound neither am I , but i gotta buy something , my shiny new guitar is just sitting there!) Or if my previous idea is any good , i can go for the vox pocket amps and then run that output through my Computer. What say guys ?