Recording does not start immediatly

I am using Audacity 2.4.1.
When I press record the recording level indicator shows up immediately but only starts recording after about 10 seconds.
I have not used Audacity for a while and downloaded the latest version. I cannot remember having this problem before.
I have tried turning off wifi an all other apps.
I am using the built-in mic. Laptop specs below.
Any help will be much appreciated.

OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Version 10.0.18362 Build 18362
System Name LAPTOP-93HRJR81
System Manufacturer Acer
System Model Aspire A715-71G
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core™ i5-7300HQ CPU @ 2.50GHz, 2496 Mhz, 4 Core(s),
BIOS Version/Date Insyde Corp. V1.11, 09/11/2017
SMBIOS Version 3.0
Embedded Controller Version 1.11
BaseBoard Manufacturer KBL
BaseBoard Product Charmeleon_KLS
BaseBoard Version V1.11
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 7.89 GB
Available Physical Memory 3.09 GB
Total Virtual Memory 17.6 GB
Available Virtual Memory 9.98 GB

the recording level indicator shows up immediately but only starts recording after about 10 seconds.

Are you sure? If you time it, does the actual recording start ten seconds late? Or is the screen display late and the recording is OK?

Solid State Drive? How much room? Do you have a Drive Activity Light? Does it go nuts when you press record but before the show actually starts?

Under some conditions, virus protection software can protect you from all of those “Evil Audacity Sound Files.” Take the machine off-line, defeat the real-time protection activity and try it again.

There’s side issues with not having a lot of drive room.

I have tried turning off wifi

That’s a darn good start. Do you use any on-line storage? Google Drive, etc? Audacity doesn’t like those very much.

While it’s off-line, do a deep shutdown. Shift+Shutdown > Wait > Start.

Those are all the easy, top level possibilities. Post back if nothing worked, or if there was any change either way. It’s insanely good to know, for example, if something you did made it a lot worse.


Missed a spell. Before you start recording, Save an Audacity Project. That presets all the caches and file structures and saves a lot of fuss and management.

If you can’t easily do that nearly instantly, then that’s a very serious problem.