Audacity freezes with any operation


I’m using Audacity 3.0.0 on a Dell Inspiron with Windows 10 Home. I recently downloaded the Punch/Copy/Paste (which I LOVE!!! :smiley: ) and all was well until today. Now Audacity freezes when I try to edit an audiobook file. It’s 28 minutes long. I first noticed the Punch/Paste was freezing at about minute 16, but it’s not only PP but anything I try: “save,” “edit,” “delete,” any command, whether via the keyboard or the toolbar. The fan is roaring, which it never did before. After 4-6 minutes, the command finally executes and it plays normally, but the next command makes it freeze all over again.

I’ve tried rebooting, clearing cookies, and have no other tabs open. Saving and reopening the project didn’t help. I saw a recent similar topic which contained the suggestion to find a hidden folder with the AppData Roaming, and was able to find a similarly-named file, but it doesn’t allow renaming, perhaps because it’s segmented into folders like “macros” and other things.

The only thing I can think of that’s different is that I’ve made a few macros. I can delete them, but only 2 chapters into a 55-chapter book, I’d hoped to keep them.

I’m afraid I’m a TechnoNoob, so please don’t hesitate to use simple, remedial language for any ideas you have. :stuck_out_tongue:

Many thanks for your help!

Update: I deleted the macros but it didn’t help. I finally made it through all the edits, but now ACX Check will run, but then disappears without giving results after saying it is complete.

I’d suggest that you go back to Audacity 2.4.2 until the next Audacity release - it sounds like you may be running into a couple of bugs which are fixed in the current development code and will soon be available in the next release version.

Note that projects saved by Audacity 3.0.0 cannot be opened in older versions of Audacity. If you need to transfer current work to an older version of Audacity, export as a WAV file, then import the WAV file into the older version of Audacity.

Audacity 2.4.2 is available from FossHub:

I’ll try that. Thanks SO MUCH for your help! :smiley: