Audacity makes sound disappear

So, i didn’t know how to explain that in the title but the sometimes and it’s really really random
audacity makes my laptop sound off. I mean that i can’t listen to anything like music, youtube videos etc.
I have to restart my laptop and it’s really annyoing expecially while i am working on something there.
Any ideas what causes this?

Which numbered Audacity is it? Did you get it from here?

You know Audacity is doing this because…?

What do you use Audacity for? If you like to self-record, that is record YouTube videos or something like that, you can get scrambled playback devices and the priorities can shift depending on what you’re doing.


Are you recording from a USB device? Connecting such a device may cause the computer to lose sound. See Why have I lost sound after connecting a USB device on Windows?.