No Luck with Sharper Image Electro Brand Cassette Recorder

I have Windows 10 Home 64 bit [came with HP Envy 750qe], Audacity 2.1.1., Lame_v3.99.3 for Windows, and ffmpeg-win-2.2.2. freshly installed. I downloaded all files, as the disc that came with the USB Electro Brand Cassette Recorder was for 2.0. Following instructions I got an error [I think it was caused by not plugging directly into the computer, so I did that. Windows let me know it was plugged in with a little song] [Can you tell I am new to Windows 10 yet???] when I try to record I: 1- pushed the play button on the recorder 2- pushed the “record” button in Audacity and it appears it immediately pushes in the “Pause” button at the same time. The Recorder is running just fine, but nothing shows up on the Audacity screen. Any suggestions? I am more familiar with Windows 7.1 which is on my other computer. Be patient, as I am an old lady using computers since CPM [still have my KayPro 10]! Thanks for any help!

You gave us good information, so thanks for that.

Turn off Transport > Sound Activated Recording. That will cause the Pause button to engage when there is not a loud enough signal to record.

You missed a step, which is to select the USB Audio CODEC for the converter as recording device in Audacity’s Device Toolbar. If you don’t see the converter in Device Toolbar, do Transport > Rescan Audio Devices. Audacity does not see a new USB device automatically if you plug it in after launching Audacity.

If you have not seen it yet, have a look at Recording with USB turntables or USB cassette decks.