Time bar won't move to record

I suddenly can’t record audio. Whether I just click the record button or use the timer record function, the time bar cursor just sits there at zero. This is on a fresh installation of Ubuntu Mate 22.04.1
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Linux version Ubuntu Mate 22.04.1
Audacity versions tried: 2.4.2 (distribution’s release) and 3.2.0 (downloaded from https://www.audacityteam.org/download/linux/)

Try 3.2.1 (download from the same location). If that doesn’t work, perhaps our resident Linux guru will step up to help.