Kernel32.DLL Error

Last updated on 3/31/2016

The information in this article applies to:

  • SONAR 4
  • SONAR 3
  • SONAR 2
  • SONAR 1
  • SONAR Home Studio Version 4 

Kernel32.DLL may be referenced in conjunction with an Invalid Page Fault (more info here). If you are receiving an error message referring to KERNEL32, please perform the following steps:

  1.  Run ScanDisk on all the hard drives used in your computer. Allow ScanDisk to complete a thorough scan.
  2. Next, you should completely uninstall Cakewalk from your computer. This is normally done from Start| Programs | Cakewalk. If Uninstall Cakewalk is not available to you hear, check Start > Settings > Control Panel> Add Remove Programs. If Cakewalk appears in this list,uninstall it from hear. Restart your computer.
  3. Click the Windows start Button and select Run. At the prompt type REGEDIT and click OK . Backup your Registry before making edits-you do this by clicking the Registry menu, Export Registry Menu, Export Registry File. Now delete the following Registry keys; HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Cakewalk Music Software   
  4. Choose Start | Find |Files or Folders, and Change the Look In to My Computer. Next type in the names of the files below, one at time and hit Find Now. AUD.INI, TTSSEQ.INI 
  5. Left Click on the file's icon once to select it and press delete on your Keyboard.
  6. Restart your computer. then reinstall Cakewalk.
  7. Go to Start | Settings | Control Panel| Multimedia | Devices (or Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Hardware >Audio Codecs > Properties > Properties in windows XP), and click the plus sign next to Audio Compression Codecs. Select the VivoActive Audio Decompressor, click the Properties button, select the 'Do not use this audio codec' radio button, and click OK. Close Control panel and restart your computer. 
  8. Locate the files SFMAN32.DLL in your windows directory and rename it SFMAN32.OLD. Restart the computer and try Cakewalk again.
  9. Locate the file AVICAP32.DLL in the windows\System folder, and rename it AVICAP31.OLD.
  10. Go to start > Run and type MSCONFIG. Then choose 'Selective Startup' and UNcheck the box labeled 'load Startup Group'. (You can also manually configure the Starup items by going to the Startup tab in MSCONFIG and unchecking extraneous programs.) Once done, click Ok and reboot the computer. 

There also could possibly be a hardware conflict. Go to Start > Setting > Control Panel >System > Device Manager, highlight 'computer' and hit properties (or Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager > View Resource by Connection in windows XP). You will now see a list of Interrupt Request (IRQs). Ideally, your sound card an IRQ is to physically move the card but you can also configure settings in the the BIOS. For further information, contact the hardware manufacturer. 

If none of the above options resolves the problem, you should reinstall the newest drivers for all of your MIDI and Audio Devices. To further troubleshoot the problem, you may wish to disable these devices (one at a time) in window to see if you can narrow it down to a particular piece of hardware. 

This should eliminate any software irregularities that are causing your problem, but let us know if it does not.

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