Common Guitar Tracks Errors

Last updated on 3/18/2016

Guitar Tracks related Error Messages 

If you are receiving error messages while operating Guitar Tracks, please consult the following list to diagnose and resolve the issue:












Audio Driver Error: The following driver(s) either do not support the current audio format, or are in use by another application.

  1. Users may get this error message when setting the Driver Bit Depth or Sampling Rate beyond the capabilities of the currently selected sound card.  Go to Options > Audio > General and reduce the Driver Bit Depth to 16 and the Sampling Rate to 44.1.  This is CD-quality and is the best option for most users.  Please keep in mind that while many consumer cards such as the Creative Labs Audigy advertise 24-bit capabilities, their drivers only support 16-bit recording/playback.
  2. If your soundcard's clock can be controlled via an external connection (ie Word Clock, ADAT, etc) or via a control panel, please make sure that the device's current sampling rate matches the settings in Guitar Tracks.
  3. Your card may also be in use by another program on the computer.  To eliminate this problem, please close all applications running in the background such as Real Player, Winamp, etc and turn off  all Windows Sounds from the Control Panel.  You may then need to restart Guitar Tracks.

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Audio has Unexpectedly Dropped Out (ie Dropouts)

If Guitar Tracks suddenly stops producing audio during recording or playback followed by the appearance of a red dropout indicator light, you've very likely experienced a dropout. Sometimes instead of a dropout, you may experience a stutter during playback (a small section of audio repeats itself once or twice before normal playback resumes). Or, you may occasionally experience a glitch or pop during audio playback (a brief interruption or clicking noise is heard, but audio playback then continues normally from that point). 

Eliminating Dropouts 

  1. Complete all the steps listed in the Guitar Tracks Help file under the category Dropouts and Other Audio Problems. 
  2. There may be a bad setting in the AUD.INI file. Try  the following:

    Close Guitar Tracks and delete the AUD.INI file and the GT2AUDDX.INI file (GP2AUDDX.INI in Guitar Tracks Pro) from the Guitar Tracks folder. After restarting Guitar Tracks you may need to point the app to your WaveData folder. (Options | Audio | Advanced Tab | Data Directory field)
  3. Go to Options | Audio | General and move the Latency slider toward the Safe setting.
  4. Click on the Advanced tab and set the I/O Buffer Size to 256.
  5. Open a file that has this problem and run the Tools | Compact Audio Data command.
  6. Make sure nothing else is running while Guitar Tracks is open. Choose Start | Run and type MSCONFIG. Click OK, then click on the Startup tab at the upper right of the window that opens. Uncheck all items listed, click OK, then restart your computer. You can always recheck those items again at a later time.
  7. If, and only if, you have an UltraDMA hard drive, make sure it's in DMA mode. Go to Control Panel | System | Device Manager and click the plus next to Disk Drives. Double click on your hard drive, click Settings, and make sure the DMA box is checked. If it is not, check it, restart, and make sure it stays checked.

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Invalid Page Fault

If you receive a message that Guitar Tracks has caused an Invalid Page Fault, you should also see a reference to a module.  In some versions of Windows, you may need to hit the 'Details' button to see this.  Please write down the name of the file referenced by the Page Fault.  Often the problem is a corrupted hardware driver or Microsoft core file which can be fixed easily. Please see 'Kernel32.DLL' for related information.

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This file may be referenced in conjunction with an Invalid Page Fault.  Click here to see instructions on resolving this issue.

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MFC42.DLL Error

The problem lies in a corrupted Windows Registry entry whcih controls the display settings of the program. This can occasionally happen through normal use or it may occur after another program has updated Windows System Files.

  1. Choose Start | Run, and type regedit. Click OK.
  2. Backup your registry by choosing File > Export.  Choose an Export Range of 'All' and save the file as 'backup' to a floppy disk.
  3. Clicking the plus signs next to each folder, follow the path below:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERS/Software/Cakewalk Music Software/Guitar Tracks/(Version Number)
  4. Delete all folders labeled Toolbar. DO NOT DELETE ANYTHING ELSE!
  5. Close the Registry Editor, and restart your computer.

    Now launch Cakewalk and the problem should be resolved.

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Why do I get the error message "Not a Cakewalk format file error" when I attempt to load a file?

The file may be corrupted.  Make sure that all Virus Scanning and Disk Protection software is disabled when saving/loading files and avoid using software like DirectCD to create archives of Bundle files.

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Out of Memory Error

  1. Users will typically receive this error when attempting to apply an effect.  This issue is caused when Windows registry information regarding a specific effect gets corrupted.  Reinstalling the effect should resolve the issue.
  2. This issue can sometimes occur when you are low on video resources.  Close any extra views which are open and shut off any programs running in the background.  In the case of a resource leak, you should update your video card drivers, as well. 

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Some External Audio Could Not be Found

This can happen for multiple reasons;

  1. You saved your .wrk  files to a floppy disc or other non-local non-hard drive on the system. You then ran Clean Audio Disk. 
  2. You deleted the folder marked Wave Data.

    Note that all of the audio data for a song is saved in the Wave Data folder in Cakewalk. Therefore, saving a .wrk  file to a disk will not back up the audio. To save the audio and .wrk file, you need to Save As a Bundle File. These files are very large and will only fit on a Zip, Jaz, or CD. The Clean Audio Disk function searches the hard drive for .wrk files and their associated .wav files. If it finds .wav files and no matching .wrk on the system, it will delete them.
  3. You moved your Wave Data directory but did not change your settings under Options > Audio > Advanced > Data Directory.

If you do not believe that you deleted your audio, you can use the Cakewalk Audio Finder to try to locate the missing .wav files.

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Audio Disk Full, Unable to Save Entire Recording

  1. Take a look at the Available Disk Space readout at the bottom of the Cakewalk window. If it says you're low, then you're low, and you'll need to clean up some space. To do this, choose Tools | Clean Audio Disk. Click Find, and once all the files are located, choose Delete All. Make sure you empty your Windows recycle bin afterward, in case the files were sent there.
  2. If the disk space readout looks like you've got plenty of room, go to Tools | Audio Options | Advanced, and make sure the Data Directory is pointing to the proper path. If you've recently reinstalled Cakewalk, this may be incorrect and you'll have to edit it now.

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How do I fix an error in SEQUENCER.DLL when starting Guitar Tracks?

  1. Something interfered with your Guitar Tracks installation. Try reinstalling Guitar Tracks but click NO anytime you're asked to restart the computer during the install process. You WILL need to restart after the installation has been completed.
  2. If that doesn't fix the problem try this: Close all programs running in the background. Install DirectX 8.0a from Microsoft, then restart the PC. Next, reinstall Guitar Tracks. Do not restart the PC until the Guitar Tracks install has completed.

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