Audacity Suddenly Stopped Recording [SOLVED]

  • Version of Windows: XP Pro
  • Exact three-section version of Audacity from Help > About Audacity: 2.1.0
  • Obtained the .exe installer.

I’m an old guy with chronic health issues that have me struggling these days with worsening cognitive impairment, so I have trouble troubleshooting computer problems.

For many months now I’ve been using Audacity to record the audio that streams on the web, expecially to record samples of unidentified songs so that I try to find out the names of the songs and who the performers are.

But today whan I ran Audacity I got a message I’d never seen before: [quote]“Register Effects: Select Plugins to Install”
[See the screenshot below]
I didn’t have a clue what that meant, so I skipped it.

Then when I tried to record a snippet of an unidentified song that was streaming, nothing happened, just a flat line in the window that usually shows the jaggedy line that tells me that Audacity is recording. [See the second attachment below]

Will in Seattle
a.k.a. “Clueless”

P.S. To the right of the little window where I’m typing this message it says “[img] is OFF” Is there a way that I can turn it on?
P.P.S. I’ve also attached JPGs of my screen shots
Audacity Doesn't Record, Display.jpg
Audacity Select Plugins to Install Message.jpg

You have conflicting symptoms. Audacity didn’t start registering Generators and Effects until 2.1.1 or 2.1.2. Audacity 2.1.0 doesn’t do that. At least the version from us doesn’t do that. I’m not sure where to go with this.


Thanks for the speedy reply and the heads up, Koz,

I’ve got Audacity installed on three old hand-me-down computers on a cabled network, and two of them are connected via Windows Remote Desktop. So I may have a different version of Audacity on each computer. I’ll check the version number on each computer and report back.

Will in Seattle
a.k.a. "Clueless

Yes it does. Will is showing you the effect registration dialogue that appears before Audacity launches. In 2.1.1 and later you get to a similar dialogue after you launch Audacity, from the top of the Effect Menu.


Thanks for all the detail and the screenshots. From your second image it looks like in Device Toolbar, you have chosen the CD player as the Audacity recording device.

Try choosing the recording device you normally use for recording from the web, such as stereo mix, what U hear or wave out.


Thanks, Gale, for checking my screen shots and noticing that I had the wrong recording device selected.

I think that gives me a clue as to why I was unable to make a recording

It turns out that I have three different versions of Audacity installed on three different computers: 2.0.4, 2.05 & 2.1.0.

I recall that a long while back I set up Audacity for recording from the web to my computer. And that recently I noticed that one of my computers didn’t have Audacity installed yet, so I downloaded and installed the current version.

So I’m guessing that when I tried to record a song recently I was using the computer with the 2.1.0 version of Audacity, instead of the computer with the older version that I had been in the habit of using.

To test out my hypothesis, this morning I tried using the computer with Audacity 2.0.5 on it and it recorded a streaming song just fine. So now all I have to do is try to remember how I set up that old version and then change the settings in version 2.1.0. to match the settings in version 2.0.5.

I’ll let you know how I make out.

Thanks again for the help,

Will in Seattle
a.k.a. “Clueless”

Yup! That was it!

I just jiggered the settings in Audacity 2.1.0, and now it works just like the versions on the other computers.

Thanks for heading me in the right direction, Gale!

Will in Seattle
a.k.a. “Clueless”