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Bandicam error message: Failed to start audio capture

When the sound card driver is not installed properly, you may see the 'Failed to start audio capture' error message.

Error message - Failed to start audio capture



1. Uncheck the "Record sound" option or disable "your microphone"

uncheck - Record sound

To remove this error message, click Settings button under the Video tab, and then uncheck the "Record sound" option or disable your secondary sound device (Microphone).

2. Disable voice chat programs, audio tuning programs or other recording programs.

If your audio device (microphone, webcam, etc.) is used by another program, you may not able to record your microphone. Please disable voice chat, audio tuning or other recording programs, and try it again.
- Voice chat software: Mumble, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo...
- Other recording software: ShadowPlay (NVIDIA), AMD Gaming Evolved Client (Plays.tv)...
- Audio tuning software: Sonic Studio (ASUS), Nahimic (MSI)...

disable sonic studio, nahimic

Solution: Disable "Sonic Studio" or "Nahimic" and restart the recording target.

3. Install the sound card driver

When the sound card drivers are not installed properly, you may see the 'Failed to start audio capture' error message.
Solution: Install the proper sound card driver from your sound card (or motherboard) manufacturer.

4. Check the sound settings of Windows

- Go to the Playback tab of Windows, and enable Speakers/Headphones.
- Go to the Recording tab of Windows, and enable Microphone.

Error message - Failed to start audio capture



5. Change the sound device of Bandicam

Click Settings button under the Video tab of Bandicam, and change the sound device of Bandicam.
If you use Windows 7/8/10, choose "(Default Sound Device)" as the primary sound device, and disable the secondary sound device.

6. Plug your speakers into the computer

When you connect speakers to the computer, some computers may recognize your sound card driver automatically.

7. Uncheck Compatibility mode in Windows Vista/7/8/10

If you can't see the "(Default Sound Device)" option in Windows Vista/7/8/10, it may be a compatibility problem.
Right-click on the Bandicam icon > Properties > Compatibility > and then uncheck "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" If you uncheck it, you can see the "(Default Sound Device)" option.

Failed to start audio capture in windows 7/8/vista



8. Upgrade your Windows XP to Windows Vista/7/8/10

To record computer sounds, you have to set "Stereo Mix" properly in Windows XP.
However, if you use Windows Vista/7/8/10, you don't have to set the "Stereo Mix."
If you choose "(Default Sound Device)" in Bandicam, you may not see the error message.


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