How to Fix “Audio Renderer” Error?

It’s irritating when you open a youtube video and you see a message “Audio renderer error. Please restart your computer”. This error is not specific to a certain web browser. Audio renderer is a common error and it can occur when you are using Chrome, Opera, Edge, or Firefox. Many users have reported that the audio renderer error has occurred because of an update or after changing the audio device. We have gathered solutions to resolve this issue and are here with 7 methods to fix the audio renderer error.

How to Fix “Audio Renderer” Error on Windows?

Given below are the 7 methods to fix audio renderer error-

Method 1: Unplug and re-plug your audio device

This simple method can resolve the issue. Many users have reported that the issue was resolved after unplugging and plugging back their audio devices such as headphones, speakers, etc. Unplug your audio device and plug them back. Now check if the issue is resolved or not. If you are still facing the issue then try the other fixes mentioned below.

Method 2: Restart your computer

The other effective but temporary method to resolve the audio renderer error is restarting your computer. This method works in many cases. But since its a temporary method, the error can occur again after a few minutes. Try restarting your computer and check if the issue is resolved. If not, then try the next fix.

Method 3: Run the troubleshooter

Sometimes the error is caused by a common issue that Microsoft troubleshooter can fix. There are many troubleshooter for different problems. Troubleshooter will detect and resolve the problem itself. To run the troubleshooter, follow these steps-

  • Press Windows key and R to open the Run dialog box
  • Type “ms-settings:troubleshoot” and press Enter

  • Troubleshoot tab will open. Scroll down and go to “Getup and running”
  • Click on “Playing audio”
  • After that click on “Run the troubleshooter” and wait for a few minutes

  • When asked “Which of these devices do you want to troubleshoot?” select the device in which you are facing this error

  • Click Next

If any issue is found, you’ll be recommended a repair strategy. Follow the recommendations accordingly. When the process is completed, restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

Method 4: Update the audio driver

Updating the audio driver is one of the basic solution to this error. Audio drivers should be compatible with the hardware devices. Outdated drivers might be responsible for the audio renderer error. Update your audio driver and check if the issue is fixed. To do this, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Press Windows key and R to open the Run dialog box
  • Type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open Device Manager

  • Click on “Sound, video and game controllers” on the device manager

  • Right-click on the sound driver and click on Update driver option
  • Then click on “Select automatically for updated driver software”

  • Once you find the pending update, download it.

Open You-tube and play any video to check whether this works or not.

Method 5: Disable and re-enable the audio driver

Disabling the audio driver and then re-enabling it might resolve the issue. Sometimes the operating system may occupy some dynamic system files which might affect your audio device and cause the error. Many users have reported that this method fixed the “audio renderer error”. Try this fix. To do this, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Press Windows key and R to open the Run dialog box
  • Type “devmgmt.msc” and then press Enter to open Device Manager

  • Right-click on the “Sound, video and game controllers” menu on the device manager
  • Click on “Disable device”

  • Now wait for a few minutes and then re-enable them through the same procedure (by right-click on “Sound, video and game controllers”)

Check whether the issue is resolved or not by opening any video on you-tube

Method 6: Rolling back the audio driver

The updated version of the audio driver must be compatible with the system. Sometimes the updated version of audio drivers did not run properly. Rolling back to the previous version of the audio driver might resolve the issue. To do this, follow these steps-

  • Press Windows key and R to open the Run dialog box
  • Type “devmgmt.msc” then click Ok

  • Device Manager will open. Right-click on “Sound, video and game controllers” and go to Properties

  • Click on the “Drivers” tab and click on “Roll back driver”

  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Restart your computer and check whether the issue is resolved or not.

If the roll-back driver option is grayed out then you can download the previous driver from the manufacturer’s website.

Method 7: Setting the same sample rate for both windows

If you have ASIO audio device setting software and error appeared when Cubase is open, then it could be the conflict between ASIO driver and Windows Sound System. Setting the same sample rate for both Windows could help in fixing the error. To do this, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Press Windows key and R to open the Run dialog box
  • Type “mmsys.cpl” and click Ok

  • Click on “Playback” tab and select the audio device in which error occurred (only if you have more than one audio device) and click Properties

  • Now click on the “Advanced” tab and select the sample rate which you want to use. Then click Ok

  • Open ASIO drivers settings and choose the “Audio” tab and select the same sample as selected in the previous step

  • Restart your PC and check if the issue is fixed

Conclusion:

These are the 7 methods to fix the audio renderer error. First, unplug and then re-plug your audio devices. Then try to resolve the error by restarting your PC. If these two fixes did not work then try the other fixes. If you follow the steps wisely, the error will be solved easily. We hope we helped you in resolving audio renderer error. If you have any related queries, please comment below in the comments box.

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