Hi. New user of this version of Audacity (I did use an older version successfully some years ago). Here is my sequence of events, if you can help please let me know!
Installed 2.0.5 a couple of months ago, used it successfully, including output of .wav files.
Went to use it again today. Imported and processed one .mp3 file and exported it as .wav. This worked.
Tried to export as .mp3 file. Got error message telling me a .dll library was required. Cancelled my request.
Tried to import another .mp3 file. Audacity fell over completely. Opened it again, tried again, same result. Rebooted. Tried again. Same result. Uninstalled Audacity 2.0.5. Downloaded 2.0.6 and used Installer. Rebooted. 2.0.6 opens OK. Tried to import .mp3 file, same result (i.e. Audacity 2.0.6 just falls over).
When I say “falls over” what I mean is that I get a quick pop-up window which I believe is where the file to be imported resides (last used location) but that disappears in a split second and Audacity disappears from the screen. I’ve checked in Task Manager and it’s gone. If I try the procedure again, the same happens. Feels like something has become corrupted, but I assumed the re-installation would cure this.
Hi. Thanks for the replies. This is where I have got to.
I discovered that the directory containing the successfully-exported .wav file was corrupted, because it could no longer be accessed successfully by either Windows Media Player or iTunes. (iTunes behaves same as previously reported by Audacity, i.e. shuts down when import is attempted from that directory. WMP shuts down when file in that directory is double-clicked).
So having de-installed Audacity and all its components, which made no difference to iTunes or WMP, I deleted the suspect directory. iTunes is now functioning fine, i.e. able to import files from other directories, so is WMP.
As to the files themselves, yes they were .mp3 files and yes, prior to processing by Audacity they were played successfully in WMP.
What I propose to do is to repeat the procedure, in case I missed something. But as I said previously, the only error message I got was when I attempted to export as .mp3 and although I’m a new user to this version of Audacity I have used an earlier version extensively (albeit not recently). It certainly feels to me that Audacity caused the corruption in the directory, but I could be wrong.
Sorry I don’t recall the exact error message when exporting as .mp3 but it related to me not having a .dll library installed (as implied I believe by an earlier reply). I just cancelled, decided to deal with .mp3 at a future time and moved on. I will document this more fully if/when I go through the procedure again if I get the same error.
I don’t see why that error would have had any impact on the rest of the problem, but it was the only anomaly I experienced, so that’s why I’ve mentioned it.
Good idea to run chkdsk in case there is a disk problem, so I’ll do that.