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Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by Fyve_by_Fyve » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:17 am

Since getting a new PC and installing the most recent version of Audacity I am unable to open any .mp3 files for editing. Every time I try to do this the program crashes.

I have Lame_v3.99.3_for_Windows installed.

I'm running Windows 10.

I don't get an error number or anything. All I get is a box which says "Audacity Cross-Platform Sound Editor has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Blah, blah, blah."

No error number or anything.

Very frustrating as I need to edit sound files for my podcast.

Any ideas?
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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:13 am

Do you have Audacity 2.2.0 from here?

http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/

Can you open this one?

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/Pr ... ceClip.mp3

That's a Molly Wood tech segment on the Marketplace Radio show.

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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:16 am

Did the new computer start "clean?" There's a way to install Audacity with a check mark that says "[X] Reset Audacity Preferences and Settings." Did you do that?

It's not unusual for people to install drivers, interface software, add-ons and plugins that causes a new install to go into the mud. Install Audacity plain and only put additional software later, after the basic program is running.

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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:22 am

Software on a Windows 10 machine has to say Windows 10 compliant. Just pushing all your older software forward onto a new Win10 machine is not the best idea.

Lots of software out there stops at Win7 or Win8. A forum post slightly earlier has a new announcer with a Win10 machine and a microphone design that will not work reliably on Win10.

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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by Fyve_by_Fyve » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:08 pm

I did not use an old install. I downloaded the most current version of Audacity and installed it fresh. Then did the same with LAME.

My version is 2.2.0. I haven't added anything other than the LAME codec.

I tried to import the Molly Wood file but it will not work. Same error.

I guess I'll try to uninstall / reinstall.

Again.
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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:54 pm

There are possible magic problems. If you have a very aggressive virus protection program, it could be "helping" protect you against all those evil sound programs.

You keep saying "Open," but Audacity "Imports" MP3s and other sound files. Are you doing File > Import > Audio? Fuzzy memory has it 2.2.0 doesn't use all the conventional methods such as drag and drop.

There are other possible magic problems. Are you using Network Connected Drives, Google Drive, DropBox or other internet service? They work fine, but Audacity doesn't always know how to deal with them.

Does your Audacity open anything? If you Generate ten seconds of noise, Export it as MP3, close Audacity and then try to open it?

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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by Fyve_by_Fyve » Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:04 am

Does your Audacity open anything? If you Generate ten seconds of noise, Export it as MP3, close Audacity and then try to open it?

Nope, won't open or import any .mp3. I just attempted your suggestion. No dice.

It records and exports just fine. Won't import.

Weird.

Not sure why or how my Antivirus might be interfering with opening / importing. Any suggestions on that?
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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:50 pm

Your problem doesn't fit in any "normal" scenario.

Does the MP3 you made open and play in Windows Media?

Instead of making and opening an MP3, Export a WAV (Microsoft) and try to open that.

You can get into trouble by including punctuation marks in filenames, but that usually gives you Windows errors.

If still no joy, we get to wait for a senior elf to help.

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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:10 am

Fyve_by_Fyve wrote:I downloaded the most current version of Audacity

Did you download it via the Audacity website: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/
This is important because there are some sites offering versions of Audacity that have been modified in suspicious or dangerous ways.

Did you use the .EXE installer? If so, do you still have the installer file? If you do, you can check its validity by testing it with this on-line checker: https://md5file.com/calculator
The "SHA-256" result should be:
Code: Select all
adb0907d3be543f789bfa1dee10429d761ba858e320acf1b98ca5b4ef50b327a


If you used the ZIP package, the SHA-256 should be:
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fb62c69914d9c082f8e5624b1c8ac7fdff766c212a46cf9488b2856242186df4


If it does not match (exactly) with either of those 'magic numbers', then it is not a genuine Audacity 2.2.0.
(The correct SHA-256 checksums can also be found on the Audacity website: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/o ... wnloading/)
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Re: Audacity crashes during .Mp3 import.

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:14 am

Fyve_by_Fyve wrote:Nope, won't open or import any .mp3. I just attempted your suggestion. No dice.

Please try this:
1) Launch Audacity
2) Generate a 30 second "Chirp" (from the Generate menu)
3) "File menu > Save Other > Export as WAV" and export with a unique file name to a location that you can easily find it (perhaps your Desktop)
4) "File menu > Import > Audio", and select the file that you exported in step 3.

What happens?

If that imports correctly, please try other file formats and let us know which work and which don't, and for those that don't, please describe as clearly as possible exactly what happens.
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