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GillH
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Post by GillH » July 18th, 2018, 1:29 pm

Can anyone help? My Audacity was working perfectly well until about 8 hours ago. When I came back to continue editing, I can open the files but when i try to play them I get an error message: "Error opening sound device. Try changing the audio host, recording device and the project sample rate." While that looks like it's giving me the solution to the problem, it isn't actually allowing me to do any of those things.
Should I update the version of Audacity? If I do so, will I lose any current projects?

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Post by TriciaG » July 18th, 2018, 1:33 pm

Moved from the Languages Other than English forum to this one. :)

It means that your microphone isn't plugged in, or the speakers Audacity expects aren't plugged in. Try going to Transport/Reset Audio Devices. If that doesn't work, close Audacity, plug in everything you normally have plugged in, and restart Audacity.

No need to update, and you won't lose anything.
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Post by GillH » July 18th, 2018, 2:31 pm

Thanks, but I use neither speakers nor microphone normally. I have done Transport/Rescan Audio Devices, closed and re-opened Audacity, and even re-started my laptop, all to no avail. :-( Any other suggestions?

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Post by TriciaG » July 18th, 2018, 2:47 pm

You don't use a microphone?

I assume that means you use an internal mic. :)

Suggestion set #2 - work through the Audacity suggestions for this error message. Here is a link: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/error_opening_sound_device.html

I hope you figure this out!
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Post by GillH » July 18th, 2018, 6:02 pm

Thanks. All the drop down menus were blank, so I couldn't change the settings. After some fiddling, everything seems to have sorted itself. Thanks!

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