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Everything posted by RICHARD HUTCHINS

  1. Hi, Okay, some progress; I tried changing the USB connection to a different one. Up came the drivers correctly found and assigned by Cakewalk! Now then, this is a new PC so I doubt its a duff connection on the tower, perhaps plug and play just woke up? ( Thats my technical description) So if its not broken lets not fix it, seems like this worked. I closed it all down and opened it all up and this time the drivers were still there. I do get one error message saying that a silent bus is detected ( see screenshot) but I dont know what that means!Nor how to correct it. But I think my days of crossing fingers are numbered and I need to get these things things fixed, or they'll come back to bite me...
  2. I'll try both of these. Without wanting to be defeatist, I've used Windows for years and have never seen any Troubleshooter sort anything out! But you never know...if either works I'll post. I also e mailed Focusrite so lets see..
  3. Hi, First, thanks for a comprehensive reply. I only just got this PC so I havent loaded anything else, I want to keep it dedicated to recording. So no malware programs. ( Unless Windows Defender counts?) I just reinstalled the drivers and tried again. Same result, nowhere to be seen. I find it easier to attach screenshots rather than explain, they show the status of my administrator privileges, I cant see anything going on here?
  4. Okay, So I reinstalled the Focusrite usb drivers, the wizard worked and it restarted the PC. But this time, still nothing, no drivers to be seen in Cakewalk preferences so nothing to select. Last time I did this the drivers were there...and Cakewalk found them.I dont think I've done anything different to install drivers but for the life of me I cannot see where they are or how to get CW to "find" them...
  5. Hi I open Cakewalk...no drivers. I then close it and reboot the PC, no drivers. I have the drivers on my download folder, as exe files which I run. First time I do this they can be seen under preferences in Cakewalk. I set them up and all is fine. Next time I open the PC...all are gone.... back to square one. Cakewalk sees no devices or drivers, I cant even select anything. see screenshot. This is a custom built PC just for cakewalk. The sound seems to come from the monitor for example if I play tunes on youtube etc. I dont think realtec is available as it is normally on a laptop? The" intel display audio" is the default device under playback...is this the monitor speaker? Hope this is clearer , I am not being deliberately obtuse I'm just struggling with stuff I dont understand.
  6. OK did that. However the problem is that each time I reboot, Cakewalk loses the focusrite drivers, and I have to reinstall them and then they appear again. How do I get Cakewalk to remember the drivers each time it opens?
  7. OK, tea has arrived biscuits eaten. Here we go; I cant remember the error message when the system crashed, I tried looking at the error logs ( screenshot attached) but its way over my head and means nothing. Next time I will write it down instead of cursing. The screenshot shows the first error message saying no audio in Cakewalk. Preferences show no drivers so the focusrite drivers which I downloaded have simply disappeared. No input drivers, output says 2470W Intel R display audio. No playback timing master anymore. Playback and recording shows WASAPI shared.. means nothing to me. In control panel under sounds/playback it shows "speakers realtek not plugged in" See screenshots. Headphones are connected to the Focusrite box. I have no external speakers I used headphones. My next step is to try to reinstall the focusrite drivers again and see what happens. If they go missing once more I will post better details.
  8. Okay, mea culpa. Basically computers drive me nuts, all I want to do is write songs. But, as you rightly point out, I cant have it both ways, to use a powerful program like Cakewalk I need to take my time and get it sorted instead of going off on a rant every time something goes awry. Also its not fair to ask help from forum users who take time out to reply, and then lazily expect to avoid giving the full config info. In my defence I assumed it would stay fixed once it was sorted but obviously its not that simple. So...deep breath, apologies again for my sloppy attitude, and I am now going to get another cup of tea and slowly read through the replies, and then give a proper breakdown of the problem. Hopefully. Guess you cant have your Cake(walk) and eat it...😉
  9. Ok first thanksall for the help. Now... people often ask me why Cakewalk drives me mad..here's why; All was well last night, after the forum kindly showed me how to put things right. new focusrite drivers installed,preferences all showed up the drivers, everything worked.Hooray. Today however its a different matter...fired up the PC, ( at first it crashed not sure why which was annoying as it is brand new but we'll leave that for the moment.) Reboot; Up comes a message saying that there are no outputs... look in preferences and everything has gone, no mention of focusrite no drivers no sound NO NOTHING!! Am I missing something, what on earth has gone wrong..((honest guv I didn't touch anything...))help please? Meanwhile I am off for a cup of tea and then counting to 10 slowly.
  10. Another question from a non techie newbie. My new Cakewalk is now working on my nice new PC, (thanks in no small part to this forums advice, greatly appreciated.) So now I need to transfer all my projects over, presumably via a USB stick or similar. What does the new cakewalk version need? What file extensions do I look for? Do I use the export option with the tracks open for each song or do I navigate to various folders and do it from there. I did google this but most replies were a bit above my head sorry! Rich
  11. Hi Guys Thanks for taking the trouble to reply. I tried these suggestions one by one and also downloaded the latest drivers. Now it works as before; trouble is I'm not sure what I did right, probably a few things!! Each time I do one of these things I learn a bit more so its all good stuff for a newbie like me. This is the level of competence I command! But anyhow the end result is what counts so thanks again. Rich
  12. Sorry chaps, I simply Don't understand All I want is to go back to getting my headphones to work....and then, one day in the future maybe actually write some music! I honestly dont know much about this, except every time I do ANYTHING different I have to start again and ask foe help. So... how do I get the track to play back through headphones like I used to do in the old days i.e. last week??
  13. Hi Finally got Cakewalk onto my new PC. Hooray! However....I am using a focusrite scarlet 214 as output. I can record through this fine but when I play back the track it comes through the PC speakers not my headphones which are as usual plugged in to the Focusrite socket. This was how I always did it and had no problems using the headphones, but of course, moving everything to a new PC means starting again with settings. Clues or hints anyone?
  14. Hi all, I am trying to download Cakewalk onto my new PC, using the bandlab assistant. When I enter my e mail into the dialogue box ( before I get to my password) as soon as I hit the ampersand @ key, up pops a box of code and it all freezes. Same in Google or IE browsers...I asked Cakewalk support, to be fair they replied quickly the first time round and they sent me a new link maybe a beta version but same thing happened. I await their reply but time marches on and I thought perhaps someone else had experienced this issue recently?
  15. Thanks for that, I agree, third party plugins will be a nightmare!
  16. Hi all, After very helpful discussions and advice from you guys ( thanks all) I am ordering a new well specced PC for my Cakewalk stuff. When it arrives how easy is it to transfer this from my slow laptop to my all singing all dancing new PC? Bearing in mind I am a novice.
  17. I have no axe to grind; I despise all Big Business Conglomerates, there are no good guys at all. They just want your money... period. But as I cant use Cakewalk on a Mac I will have a rethink.
  18. Hi all, As a rank novice I'd like some advice. I use a Samsung Laptop running Windows 10. I've finally had it up to here with Windows, years of endless endless problems and one pattern; a system that on every laptop just runs more slowly each month and then inevitably becomes almost unusable. I am going to move to an Apple, my kids have their Apple Macs for 10 years, not once has there been an issue. Not once!! So my question is obviously; what do you all think about changing and if so would a reconditioned Apple Macbook Air 7.2 do the trick with Cakewalk? 8gb ram 256gbssd 15-5350u processor,( means zilch to me) I could buy new but ouch they are pricey.
  19. Got it! Right click and choose large...why didnt I think of that...cheers
  20. Cheers, here is my screenshot, can you see what is missing? The main one is there but there used to be a "mini" one underneath which was very useful. Dunno why it disappeared I didnt ask it to!
  21. Hi, basic question here, cakewalk has a habit of losing buttons I use, if it's in a bad mood that day. Or maybe its me. Anyway there was a handy small tool below the main one where I could quickly rewind to the start etc ( not the main bigger one which is still there) and today its gone! I don't even know what its title is so I cant look it up on the help documentation... sorry for the complex technical terms hope someone knows what I mean!!
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