Exporting audio files with Windows 98


I may be the last one on this planet still using WINDOWS 98 (besides WIN XP). So far, I downloaded some 10 different LAME encoders and duly tried them in any which way I could imagine - with or without the required "Widgets"regular, zipped or regular etc. … And I did folow the Audacity Team’s careful online explanation to the letter. And yes, the last one I used, "lame3.99.5(2).zip does specify that it works with WIN 98.

However, I had no luck. This is what happened everysingle time out of about 35 or 40.

  1. After clicking “save” in MP3 final saving dialog, I get "Audacity needs the file “lame_end.dll” and
  2. when I fill in the search window the path to it C:\Programs\Lame for Audacity\lame_enc.dll I get “Could not open MP3 encoding library” and
  3. in preferences → library I get the error message “MP3 export library not found” and when I “locate it”, i. e. input it in the window there, it does not work either.

So, the final Question is: is any of the available Lame folder (or, for that matter, lame_enc.dll) stil available to work with WIN 98 ? And how can it be effected?

Note, I did try al these things also with previous Audacity 1.3.x and then 1.9.x (I think) and 2.1.x … and no luck either. I spent on it by now some 3o hours over about 2 weeks.

Thank you … Denis

The instructions are here http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#lame. Most lame_enc.dll files on the web will be rejected by Audacity, so either of the two offered in that FAQ.

You can always export as WAV from Audacity and use some other tool to convert to MP3.

Note the the last official version of Audacity for Windows 98 is 2.0.0: http://www.audacityteam.org/download/legacy-windows/. You’re on your own if use anything later.