Pause activated unduly [SOLVED]

Windows 10
Audacity ver. 2.1.1
Installed with audacity-win-2.1.1.exe


When I click the record button the pause button is activated simultaneously and it wont be released no matter what I do. And the status line continues showing “Recording paused”.

I happened to see an advice from Gale in this forum to inactivate Transport/Sound activation to cure this. OK, then it doesn’t happen, but no sound is recorded either (recording axis blank).

How can I solve this?

Best Wishes from Lund, Sweden,

What are you trying to record, using what equipment? You have to choose the recording source you want to record from in Device Toolbar.

See for more help.

If you are recording computer playback see Tutorial - Recording Computer Playback on Windows.


I did everything advised in the manual (adjusted bitrate, set as defaulst device etc. etc) but now I get the following message when I start Audacity:

“Couldnt find any sound units. You won’t be able to playback och record sound- Error: PortAudio error.” And the Audacity Toolbar is completely empty.

It happens no matter which unit ( Realtek HD Audio or Stero Mix) I choose as default device.

Once I did even delete the Audacity.cfg before restarting the program, but it didn’t help either.

So I have gone from bad to much worse.

Here follows the text of …\Local\Temp.…\log.txt:
21:46:55: Audacity 2.1.1
21:46:55: Trying to load FFmpeg libraries…
21:46:55: Trying to load FFmpeg libraries from default path, ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity\avformat-55.dll’.
21:46:55: Looking up PATH environment variable…
21:46:55: PATH = 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Cuminas\Document Express DjVu Plug-in;C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common;c:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\iCLS Client;c:\Program Files\Intel\iCLS Client;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem;C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0;C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\DAL;C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\IPT;C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\DAL;C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\IPT;C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer;C:\FDK\Tools\win;C:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime\QTSystem'
21:46:55: Checking that ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity’ is in PATH…
21:46:55: Varning: FFmpeg directory ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity’ is not in PATH.
21:46:55: Temporarily prepending ‘;C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity’ to PATH…
21:46:55: Checking for monolithic avformat from ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity\avformat-55.dll’.
21:46:55: Fel:Kunde inte hitta symbolen “avutil_version” i ett dynamiskt bibliotek (fel 127: det går inte att hitta den angivna proceduren.)
21:46:55: Fel:Kunde inte hitta symbolen “avcodec_version” i ett dynamiskt bibliotek (fel 127: det går inte att hitta den angivna proceduren.)
21:46:55: avformat not monolithic
21:46:55: Loading avutil from ‘avutil-52.dll’.
21:46:55: Loading avcodec from ‘avcodec-55.dll’.
21:46:55: Loading avformat from ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity\avformat-55.dll’.
21:46:55: Returning PATH to previous setting…
21:46:55: Actual avutil path C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity\avutil-52.dll
21:46:55: Actual avcodec path C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity\avcodec-55.dll
21:46:55: Actual avformat path C:\Program Files (x86)\FFmpeg for Audacity\avformat-55.dll
21:46:55: Importing symbols…
21:46:55: All symbols loaded successfully. Initializing the library.
21:46:55: Retrieving FFmpeg library version numbers:
21:46:55: AVCodec version 0x373466 - 55.52.102 (built against 0x373466 - 55.52.102)
21:46:55: AVFormat version 0x372164 - 55.33.100 (built against 0x372164 - 55.33.100)
21:46:55: AVUtil version 0x344264 - 52.66.100 (built against 0x344264 - 52.66.100)
21:46:55: FFmpeg libraries loaded successfully.

If you have audio devices listed in Windows Sound but no devices in Audacity’s Device Toolbar, I would suggest you go to the web site of the computer manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer and see if you can install audio drivers for Windows 10 meant for your specific computer.

Please see here for more information Windows 10 Audacity Internal PortAudio error or no devices.

Thanks for the log - there are no problems there.


Mine is a DELL XPS computer. DELL has a program called DellSystemDetect, said to detect driver problems. I downloaded it. It won’t run. I give up.

Driver detection programs often don’t run. Security implemented in your browser or by installed security apps may cause errors.

So, look manually. :wink:

Go to, click the link for your particular computer model, then on the page you come to, click “Drivers & Downloads” on the left.


The last straw which appeared to be a strong one: I uninstalled ver. 2.1.1 and installed ver. 2.0.1 AND now everything seems to work OK. Conclusion: Something the matter with ver.2.1.1 (or ver2.1.1/Windows10)?