Thank you for your reply.The information you provided was useful and I now have Audacity working well.
Message Received: Jun 24 2006, 02:57 PM
Subject: Re: [Audacity-help] can you advise me please
| From keith campbell
| Sat, 24 Jun 2006 12:13:16 +0200 (CEST)
| I have an HP Pavilion 6650 with Windows 98(SE) OS.I can only record for
| about 5 seconds,then it freezes/crashes.I can play back the short recording
| after I have turned the computer off then back on at the mains plug
Is Audacity freezing or the whole system i.e. do you get the blue screen?
If you get the blue screen, use the computer's restart button if it has one.
If only Audacity is freezing, use ALT + CTRL + DEL to quit just Audacity.
You should never pull the plug on a computer except as a last resort.
As regards the freezing, it could be an issue of system resources being
insufficient - what is the speed of your computer (Hz) and the memory
(MB of RAM)? You may also have bad soundcard drivers. It's important
you update the soundcard drivers to the latest ones from the manufacturer
of the soundcard or motherboard, and you should try enabling DMA.
Remember this is a very old operating system now and the sound drivers
may never have been updated. Please read the tips on avoiding recording
problems which I have pasted in below.
* Close all other programs while recording. Be aware of background virus
scanners and other system tray programs. Norton, Sophos and other anti-virus
products scan each file as it is opened and closed by default. On a slow computer
this scanning can affect recording as it takes too long.
* Reduce the recording bit depth to 16 bit from 32 bit (the default). This is
set under File > Preferences on the Quality tab. Reducing the bit depth halves
the amount of data stored and the time taken to write it to the disk.
* Don't record stereo unless you have to. Stereo requires your machine to
handle twice as much data. A single instrument or solo vocal track should usually
be recorded mono. You can position it in the stereo mix later.
* Turn off "Auto-scroll while playing". This stops the display re-drawing as the
recording is made. Stopping this reduces the amount of processing the display uses,
freeing power for recording. This is set under File > Preferences on the Interface
* Zoom out to the whole length you will be recording
* Disable the recording level meter in Audacity Preferences > Interface as this
will conserve resources on a slower computer
* Defragment your hard drive (only affects Windows users). This increases the
speed your computer can read and write information at by ensuring that files are
kept close together in a logical manner.
*Windows 2000/XP users can try increasing the priority of Audacity in
Task Manager. On GNU/Linux you can run as root (back up everything
first and not recommended unless you are on a standalone machine)
* Make sure (Windows/Linux) that DMA mode is enabled for your
hard drive - see
*Try to avoid interrupt sharing for your soundcard
* Update your hardware drivers to avoid conflicts and get better hardware
performance. Key targets are:
o Sound Card. This is also a common cause of crashes, especially during
o Video (Display) Card
o Hard Drive controller - This is especially important for RAID and other
high performance controllers.
* If you are making a long recording and you will be away from the computer,
it is advisable to disable any screensaver you have. Simply switch the monitor
* If you have audio equipment such as microphones or amplifier close to the
computer, consider moving them apart, altering the grounding so that the
PC is not grounded together with the audio equipment, and using high quality
shielded audio cable, to prevent extraneous noises from the equipment or
the computer seeping into the recording.
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Tested on: 24/06/2006 14:57:33