Only recording very loud distorted noise - please help!

I’m a new user to audacity, and I’m running into a problem. Whenever I press record, the only thing that gets picked up is this insanely loud static noise that completely maxes out the timeline (solid blue from top to bottom). It does this no matter what recording device I select, and even if the recording device is muted. I have a wave xlr with an xlr mix plugged into it. It’s almost like some strange computer noise or interference is coming through.

Everything works fine on any other program that either records or streams voice (zoom, game chat, windows recorder, etc). All of the settings seem to be set correctly, but nothing changes. I’ve tried everything I can think of. Any ideas?

Then I would start by doing Tools > Reset Configuration. If that doesn’t fix it then reboot .

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