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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Thomas » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:37 am

This has to do with navigating windows explorer. You need to know how to navigate your system. Yes, where it says user name you need to substitute whatever name your computer account is called, Bob, Tom, Joe whatever. Also I forgot to mention that appdata is a hidden folder. When you're in windows explorer you would go to the top of the screen, make sure the "view" tab is selected and check the box next to "hidden items". The name of the file is Mixcraft-Log.
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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Acoustica Greg » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:42 am

Hi,

What he said, and if you're having trouble finding the appdata folder, you should fall back to the original instructions and copy and paste this entire line into the Windows Run box:

%appdata%\Acoustica\Mixcraft\

Bring up the Windows run box by pressing the Windows key and R

Look for Mixcraft-log or Mixcraft-log.txt and attach that to your support request.

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Mark Bliss » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:34 am

Caution!

I am always hesitant/concerned about guiding a user into hidden/system folders when they are (for example) struggling with cut and paste instructions.

COPY the indicated file per the previous instructions and paste it as an attachment in your support request via the support button/path at the top of this page.
If you do not understand this, you probably need more help.
DO NOT change anything in those folders, being unfamiliar with the purpose/function. You could do far more damage than good wandering around there...….
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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Acoustica Greg » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:41 am

Hi,

You don't really want to copy and paste the mixcraft-log.txt file, you just want to attach it. It can be hard to read if it's copied and pasted into an email, especially if there are no line breaks (which happens sometimes).

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby TheHound » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:57 pm

Thomas wrote:This has to do with navigating windows explorer. You need to know how to navigate your system. Yes, where it says user name you need to substitute whatever name your computer account is called, Bob, Tom, Joe whatever. Also I forgot to mention that appdata is a hidden folder. When you're in windows explorer you would go to the top of the screen, make sure the "view" tab is selected and check the box next to "hidden items". The name of the file is Mixcraft-Log.


I put in my user name and I get the same error message, I searched for Mixcraft-Log. I tried it in the search box and found nothing. I tried it in Run and found nothing.

A search for appdata turned up nothing. I'm about to go out and throttle a software geek. :lol: Call me dumb but I would think that if one searches for a file on ones computer one would be able to find it.

Obviously, this isn't working. Windows being Windows is only complicating what should be a straight forward issue and Windows 10 being better than 8 and worse than 7 I'm thinking about picking up a Mac and running Boot Camp although I prefer a PC from a hardware perspective and for the fact that Apple is a global corporate gangster that abuses its foreign workers/slaves. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-30532463

I'm lost. I can't say if this is a Windows issue, a Mixcraft issue, a hardware issue or a driver issue. One minute I think it's Mixcraft now I am getting sound on my other programs but only through my headphones. My laptop speakers cut out during a Youtube video. Mixcraft was closed. They have not worked since. VIRUS???

I GREATLY APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP. YOU GUYS ARE GREAT!!

I think it's geek time because I can't diagnose this. It should not be this hard for normal people.

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Acoustica Greg » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:03 pm

Hi,

What happens if you try this?

1. Highlight the following line and press Ctrl+C to copy it:

%appdata%\Acoustica\Mixcraft\


2. Press the Windows Key+R to pop up the Run box in Windows.
3. Click in the Run box and press Ctrl+V to paste in the line from above.

Does that pop up a folder where you can see the mixcraft-log file?

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby comedians » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:27 pm

You should be searching for Mixcraft.log - not Mixcraft-log as earlier stated.

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Acoustica Greg » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:29 pm

comedians wrote:You should be searching for Mixcraft.log - not Mixcraft-log as earlier stated.


Hi,

No, it's mixcraft-log.txt, but we've been writing mixcraft-log, since we're assuming that file extensions are hidden.

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Mark Bliss » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:10 pm

Acoustica Greg wrote:You don't really want to copy and paste the mixcraft-log.txt file, you just want to attach it. It can be hard to read if it's copied and pasted into an email, especially if there are no line breaks (which happens sometimes).
Greg


Yep, that's what I meant. The difficulty I was speaking of was really with TheHound's problems getting the instructions to work. I have just seen it too many times- lead people into the hidden file zone and mistakes made that make matters worse. As frustrating as it can be, they are hidden for a reason. 8)

Beyond that, dont have much to offer. Sorry to say. The files pop right up for me. Always have.
But FWIW, As far as I am concerned, Win10 reaks of a malodious odor of a very special magnatude. And Microsofts approach of forcing updates down our throat without notice much less a description, earns them a very special place in my heart.

Just sayin'
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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Acoustica Greg » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:18 pm

Hi,

I'm going to post those instructions again:

What happens if you try this?

1. Highlight the following line and press Ctrl+C to copy it:

%appdata%\Acoustica\Mixcraft\


2. Press the Windows Key+R to pop up the Run box in Windows.
3. Click in the Run box and press Ctrl+V to paste in the line from above.

Does that pop up a folder where you can see the mixcraft-log file?

Greg
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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby outteh » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:50 pm

Another option (don't want to muddy the waters too much)

If you go to the directory C:/Program Files/Acoustica Mixcraft 8/

You will see a shortcut to the Log Files directory (see the picture)
If you click on this it will take you to the log file directory ….

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Thomas » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:05 pm

TheHound wrote:I put in my user name and I get the same error message, I searched for Mixcraft-Log. I tried it in the search box and found nothing. I tried it in Run and found nothing.

A search for appdata turned up nothing. I'm about to go out and throttle a software geek. :lol: Call me dumb but I would think that if one searches for a file on ones computer one would be able to find it.

Obviously, this isn't working. Windows being Windows is only complicating what should be a straight forward issue and Windows 10 being better than 8 and worse than 7 I'm thinking about picking up a Mac and running Boot Camp although I prefer a PC from a hardware perspective and for the fact that Apple is a global corporate gangster that abuses its foreign workers/slaves. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-30532463

I'm lost. I can't say if this is a Windows issue, a Mixcraft issue, a hardware issue or a driver issue. One minute I think it's Mixcraft now I am getting sound on my other programs but only through my headphones. My laptop speakers cut out during a Youtube video. Mixcraft was closed. They have not worked since. VIRUS???

I GREATLY APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP. YOU GUYS ARE GREAT!!

I think it's geek time because I can't diagnose this. It should not be this hard for normal people.


It's quite possible you have malware or a corrupt OS. I recommend you find a Windows savvy friend or if not, hire a PC tech. We don't know your experience level and as Mark said, it is possible to muck things up if you are not sure what you are doing. Hang in there.
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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Acoustica Greg » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:13 pm

outteh wrote:Another option (don't want to muddy the waters too much)

If you go to the directory C:/Program Files/Acoustica Mixcraft 8/

You will see a shortcut to the Log Files directory (see the picture)
If you click on this it will take you to the log file directory ….

Screenshot (2)_LI.jpg


Hi,

This is also a good suggestion for finding the log file.

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby TheHound » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:40 pm

Thomas wrote:
TheHound wrote:I put in my user name and I get the same error message, I searched for Mixcraft-Log. I tried it in the search box and found nothing. I tried it in Run and found nothing.

A search for appdata turned up nothing. I'm about to go out and throttle a software geek. :lol: Call me dumb but I would think that if one searches for a file on ones computer one would be able to find it.

Obviously, this isn't working. Windows being Windows is only complicating what should be a straight forward issue and Windows 10 being better than 8 and worse than 7 I'm thinking about picking up a Mac and running Boot Camp although I prefer a PC from a hardware perspective and for the fact that Apple is a global corporate gangster that abuses its foreign workers/slaves. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-30532463

I'm lost. I can't say if this is a Windows issue, a Mixcraft issue, a hardware issue or a driver issue. One minute I think it's Mixcraft now I am getting sound on my other programs but only through my headphones. My laptop speakers cut out during a Youtube video. Mixcraft was closed. They have not worked since. VIRUS???

I GREATLY APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP. YOU GUYS ARE GREAT!!

I think it's geek time because I can't diagnose this. It should not be this hard for normal people.


It's quite possible you have malware or a corrupt OS. I recommend you find a Windows savvy friend or if not, hire a PC tech. We don't know your experience level and as Mark said, it is possible to muck things up if you are not sure what you are doing. Hang in there.


A tech is the next step.

I have run malware programs. I'll try another one.

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Re: Sound Card Recomendations

Postby Mark Bliss » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:07 pm

This has gotten difficult to follow and as much as I would like to help I keep just feeling a bit lost.
Your problem description is now scatter gunned over some 7 or more threads you have either started or piggy backed onto and to be blunt, the topic lacks focus and you haven't exactly been forthcoming when asked questions by people who are trying to help with the detective work to assist you. I think I asked about specifics such as sound device settings at some long ago point and there was no reply, just new threads and more tangents.

The analysis of the requested log file would provide clues, even given the problem is almost certainly not Mixcraft.
I have previously mentioned and still maintain your primary issues are sound card/driver oriented.

If I am following correctly (big leap of faith) you have been using a laptop's built in sound card in WaveRT mode.
Or did you say you also have/use a Behringer interface? Or was that someone else?

And if I am adding the clues together properly it is one of those laptop soundcards that shares one jack that reconfigures itself depending on what is plugged in? If so, I can tell you one of my laptops has one of those and the driver is a strange and quirky beast. While it doesn't do the same things you have described, it does trigger pop up windows when you plug in headphones, etc. and I can see where these changes could possibly trigger some "change of hardware" configuration confusion with Mixcraft. Like I said, mine doesn't do exactly what you describe, but it does cause some strange behavior in general, using Mixcraft or not.

The changes you have described could be caused by a corrupt or damaged driver program or the soundcard itself. And as I previously pointed out, self diagnostics may report that all is well. These are not very reliable in my experience.
I would also add I have seen on multiple occasions where "repair utility" programs cause more problems than they solve, and this set of issues fits in well with the results I have seen in the past. On several occasions I have in fact seen "system mechanic" or similar utilities render a computer useless as a result. The results can be worse than the problems they are intended to fix. Just mentioning this as I seem to recall you mentioning the use of such things at various points.

If you are the user who had the USB interface, or have access to someone's to plug in and test, this would provide confirmation, as it "bypasses" the on board sound card.

Wait, back way up...... Aren't you the user who some time ago mentioned using your guitar amps headphone output into the soundcard input as a "preamp" to boost gain? Don't know what just jogged my memory, but if so, yikes. If I am correct about this, and the previous "self interpreting" jack configuration scenario......
May be a clue there somewhere I reckon. 8)
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