Error on open/import audio file

Windows 10 Home, Audacity 2.1.3 from exe installer.

I had to update Audacity this morning and now cannot select any new files to open or import. System opens files previously worked on with no problems. I have attached a screenshot of the error. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling everything, selected ‘reset preferences’, but still cannot get the open file window to remain open. Need help please, as I have a lot of work to do for the play that I am currently designing sound for!
Audacity error.JPG

What file type are you trying to import? MP3?

What drive is the “Swastika Party” folder on? Is there a connectivity problem with that drive?


I tried with an MP3 file, as well as a WAV file - same issue. The files were on my main C drive, so no, there should not have been any connectivity problems. I don’t know exactly what I did to fix it so tried changing various settings, and it is now working. I have a feeling that it may have been the interface host - I changed it from MME to Windows DirectSound and that seems to have done the trick!

Thanks for responding to my plea for help :slight_smile:


The audio host should not be relevant.

If it is an older spinning hard drive you could do a S.M.A.R.T. check on it.

If it happens again and you can see some pattern to what triggers the problem and what solves it, please let us know.