Error while opening sound device.

So, Audacity is all of the sudden telling me it can’t find any audio devices. Im operating on Windows 10, Audacity 2.1.2
The device toolbar is empty, I can’t play or record anything.
I was reading this old post from 2013 and some guy had the same problem and it turned out it was a problem with his driver. Now my problem here is, I have no idea where or how to download new drivers. But first, before that problem, I don’t even know how to figure out which drivers I need. I read that I have to go to the manufacturer’s website (because the “check for updates” button isn’t the proper way apparently), so I went to, typed in my SNIN and it didn’t show me anything about audio drivers o. So if someone could please just point me in the right direction, or teach me how to do this, so I can get it back rolling again, I would really appreciate it, I really need to use Audacity.

Thank you.

Im operating on Windows 10, Audacity 2.1.2

That’s the first two chunks of information, the third is your job. What are you doing and which microphones or devices are you using to get there?

You should know that Audacity checks for devices or connections when it starts. If you, for example, plug in a USB microphone after Audacity starts, it will not automatically appear. Restart Audacity or Transport > Rescan…

Do you use Skype or other chat or conferencing program?


Did you cross the Windows 10 boundary between working and not? Driver and other software has to be designed for Windows 10. Win10 is not a fluffy update. It’s a new operating system.

More than this depends on your answers.


I’m just trying to put an mp3 file on there and loop it. I’m not using any devices, it just simply does not detect any audio devices. Right when I start it up it says

"Could not find any audio devices.
You will not be able to play or record audio.

Error: Internal PortAudio error"

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This page (keep on reading into the “Solutions” section) should help. For example you “might” be able to solve the problem without new drivers by using 2.1.3-alpha or 2.0.3.

You “should” be able to see audio drivers for your computer model on the Acer site. But if your model does not support Windows 10, there won’t be Windows 10 audio drivers for it. If you need help with that, tell us the exact serial number or exact model number of the Acer.