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.
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.
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?
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:
Take a look in the Application Event Log, there should be an entry from Source “Application Error” for each crash. Hit Windows-X or right-click the start icon, select “Event Viewer” from the menu, then you should find the “Application” log under “Windows Logs”. Post a copy of the contents of the log entry’s text box and we may be able to find some clue there.
https://www.virustotal.com/ displays the SHA-256 right at the top. The MD5 and SHA-1 hashes can be found on the “Details” tab. As a bonus, anti-virus scans from 60+ engines is also provided.
Keep in mind that uploading private information is not always a great idea. 7-Zip provides a context menu in Windows Explorer. Otherwise, one can run PowerShell and use the “Get-FileHash” command (IIRC, the default algorithm is SHA-256.) From a UNIXish shell, “sha256sum” or sometimes “sha256” can be used.
That’s an ancient thread, in which Gale Andrews is recommending updating to a newer version of Audacity.
I would not recommend going back to an older version because (a) I very much doubt it will solve this problem (b) There have been many bug fixes and other improvements in newer versions.