Keep backups while you work by regularly exporting individual tracks as WAV files.
If you find the error starts to occur regularly, let us know and we’ll have a look at it. Chances are that it was just a one off. Reinstalling Audacity rarely solves anything.
Opportunity to be part of the bug busting team
Audacity 1.3.x is the beta version (in preparation for the release of 1.4 stable) - All users of 1.3 have the opportunity to help as beta testers.
See if you are able to find a step-by-step method that will allow others to reproduce the problem. This will provide the developers with vital clues to fixing the problem, and in the mean time will probably allow us to come up with a workaround.
I’m sure you can appreciate just how difficult it is going to be for anyone to track down a problem like that.
There have been a lot of bug fixes in 1.3.8 alpha, which will probably be released soon, so keep an eye open for that (I think there is a place on the main Audacity website where you can sign up and get notified of new releases).
In the mean time, keep regular backups as you work, and if it does happen again, go back and try to reproduce the exact same steps and see if you can make it happen again.
This is the version that the developers are currently working on.
No it’s not a stable release, and it changes regularly as the developers add, remove and change bits of it. The most current version is available by downloading the source code and compiling it yourself (not particularly easy on Windows), or an easier way to try it out is by downloading it from here http://www.gaclrecords.org.uk/audacity-win-unicode-1.3.8-alpha.zip
My experience of 1.3.8 alpha is that it works well, but it has some undocumented changes and is not officially supported. It will however do no harm if you want to try it out,
The next “stable” version will be Audacity 1.4
The way it works is that the developers release a 1.3 beta version, which is reasonably stable, and work on the next alpha (pre-beta) version. In the alpha version they will be looking to fix bugs that have been observed in the beta version, and also developing new features. Currently they are getting close to releasing the 1.4 stable version, so there has been a “feature freeze” and virtually all of the current work is aimed at bug fixing and smoothing out rough edges in the current beta version.
That may well be worth a go if it is practical to do so. Working on a fresh Windows install will certainly rule out a lot of possible causes of the problem.
BTW, I mentioned previously that reinstalling Audacity rarely solves any problems. This is because installation faults are almost always due to problems with the Audacity configuration file (audacity.cfg). This file is not removed or replaced when Audacity is uninstalled/re-installed. To reset the configuration file (which is where the Audacity Preferences are stored) you must manually edit the audacity.cfg file.
If Audacity 1.2 has not been previously installed, the easy way to reset the configuration file is to simply delete audacity.cfg, however if audacity 1.2 has been previously installed then the file needs to be edited with a text editor (such as Notepad).
The location of the audacity.cfg file is as follows:
Windows (except Vista) : Documents and SettingsApplication DataAudacity
Windows Vista: UsersAppDataRoamingAudacity
Note that this is a hidden file, so you need to include hidden files if you are using “Search” to locate it.
To reset the configuration file - close Audacity and open audacity.cfg in Notepad and remove all the content except the line “NewPrefsInitialized=1” . Save the file (make sure that Notepad does not add “.txt” to the file name) and restart Audacity.
When Audacity is restarted you should be prompted to select your language.
yea i going to buy the xp cd…i wasnt sure before but now im going to get it.this reminds me so much of nero 6 and 7 and the issues i had with that.you can buy these softwares from stores take it home have problems with it and get stuck beca-
use they arent refundable…THEN when i find nero 6 works for me thoes idiots at nero deciede to discontinue nero 6.they
want u to buy a cd 4 12.00 but i bought it originally.gawd…audacity works ok if only 4 this saving the songs thing…with
nero the support is very limited too…either fix it yourself or there is a forum and u ask about it there.nero is in germany and im in new jersey so caling on the phone isnt an option.anyway thanks 4 letting me rave…lol
All previous versions of Audacity are available (free of course) from the Sourceforge website.
Have you thought about trying Linux? I didn’t want to go onto Vista (partly because it meant buying a new computer and all new software) and I was aware that XP would not be around for much longer, so I installed Ubuntu on my computer so that half the hard disk was XP and the other half Ubuntu Linux. During boot up I had the choice of Linux or Windows XP. This arrangement is known as “dual boot”, and with Ubuntu it is quite easy to set up.
Ubuntu Linux is free to download and once it has been burned to CD it is possible to boot directly from the CD and run Linux without installing it - this is a great way to try out Linux without making any changes to your computer. Of course, running from a CD is somewhat slower than running from a hard drive.
Personally, now that I am getting to know my way around Linux, I much prefer it to Windows and hardly ever use Windows these days (apart from at work). Linux also includes a huge array of free software - pretty well everything you will ever need.
from what u describe linux sounds pretty good but “im from missoui” and am skeptical about it…what if u like it do u have to buy it?im still having trouble with audicity.i may go back to the last one and 86 this beta version.
There are a lot of completely free versions of Linux available, in fact there’s only a few versions that cost money. Of course most of them do accept donations
Ubuntu is one of the completely free versions and is a good version to get started with.
I like Linux a lot - it’s not yet “perfect” (but in my opinion it is massively superior to Windows).
A couple of unfortunate shortcomings of Linux:
Support by hardware manufacturers is still patchy as it still only represents a small portion of the desktop PC market. Hardware support is however pretty good these days, but it is a good idea to test out a “Live CD” version on your hardware to check that the base hardware is supported.
Most Linux distributions (versions) do not support MP3, WMA and other propitiatory formats “out of the box” (due to licensing issues), however support for these is quite easy to add and for Ubuntu it is well documented how to do this.
Setting up the sound card can be a real pain - this is the biggest issue for Audacity users, but is not insurmountable, and once set up correctly it works very well with most sound cards. If you are lucky it will work straight away - if you are not lucky it could take some fiddling around to get it working (Oh if only sound card manufacturers supported their hardware for Linux - this situation is gradually improving). Linux users that are serious about music will often use the “Jack audio system”, which, if you can get it to work properly is superb and out-performs ASIO or any other sound system.
Good things about Linux:
It’s open source
It’s secure (virtually immune to viruses and other nasties and a built in firewall that works)
There is a huge amount of free software (virtually everything you will ever need)
Installation is easy (particularly Ubuntu)
There are regular updates (not only for the core operating system, but for the complete system including all of your installed software)
Rebooting is rarely necessary
lots of other stuff.
Oh, and did I say - it’s free
I doubt it - there’s no shortage of CD burners so I think the developers would be more interested in concentrating on the editing / processing features. I do see why many users would like such a feature - also a ripper.