Every time record something and then close audacity (2.1.2) and re-open it, it does not record from my built-in mic on my windows 7 laptop, once I restart my laptop, and open audacity it records again just fine. Once in a while, if I record a single track, and then go to record a 2nd on what I’m currently working on, the same thing happens, (doesn’t record) and I have to restart my laptop to make it work. It’s not the built in mic, because it works perfectly with everything else (skype etc.) The mic settings are always the same when it works and stops working (MME & Stereo Recording etc.) This is extremely annoying and makes me want to delete the program and find something that works. Anyone else had this issue? I never had any such issues with an older laptop, and older version of audacity.
If Skype is running (even if only loaded in the background), that can cause problems for Audacity because Skype is very aggressive in the way that it takes control of the audio input and likes to take exclusive access.
if that’s not it, then check which input Audacity is using in the device toolbar.
Sorry, neither one of those suggestions is the issue. I don’t run skype or any other programs simultaneously, and I already tested the device and that’s not it either. Thanks. It’s got to be something glitchy with the program itself.
Pretty unlikely given that millions of other users do not see this problem.
Let’s take it from the top:
“Every time record something and then close audacity (2.1.2) and re-open it, it does not record from my built-in mic on my windows 7 laptop”
So, if you open Audacity, set the recording input to the microphone (not “Sound Mapper”) in the device toolbar and press record, then Audacity records from the built-in microphone. Is that correct?
If you then close Audacity and relaunch it, then repeat the process, Audacity does not record the built-in microphone. Is that correct?
If both of the above are correct, then I know what is “not happening”, but you have not said what “does happen” in the second instance. Is there an error message? Does it record a flat line? Does it record something other than the built-in mic? Does something else happen?