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Audacity error while opening sound device when recording

AudacityThis issue is caused when there are no recording devices available. For example, if you click Edit, Preferences, and then click the Audio I/O tab under Recording, there would be no available devices to click. To fix this error, follow the steps below.

Note: These steps are for the Microsoft Windows operating system only.

  1. Access the Control Panel.
  2. Open the Sound option.
  3. Click on the Recording tab.
  4. Right-click anywhere in the box where the devices are listed and select the Show Disabled Devices option, so that there is a check mark next to it.
  5. This displays any device that has been disabled on the computer. If no new devices are found, it's likely you do not have this issue and we'd suggest reinstalling your sound card drivers or downloading and installing the latest drivers for your sound card.
  6. Right-click the new icon(s) found and click Properties.
  7. In the 'Device usage' drop-down menu, select the Use this device (enable) option.
  8. Click OK until all other windows are closed and re-start Audacity if it was open.
  9. You should now be able to record without any issues.

If the above steps do not resolve the issue, the sound card in your computer is likely not functioning properly and is defective. You can try removing the sound card and installing it again in the computer, then test with Audacity to see if the error is resolved or if it persists.

If the error still persists, you may need to replace the sound card with a new one. If the sound card is integrated into the motherboard (onboard sound card), you need to install a new sound card and disable the onboard sound card by accessing the BIOS.

Additional information

  • See our sound and sound card definition for further information and related links on this term.