Recording mode goes to "pause"

Hi. I have an old version of Audacity. Lately when I press “record” the player immediately goes to “pause”. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.

It can do that if the connection to the sound device is ratty enough to stop passing audio, but no so ratty that the connection fails. Bad USB connections can do this.


Perhaps you have inadvertently enabled “Sound Activated Recording” (it should normally be off /disabled)