How to Fix Audio Renderer Error (Please Restart Your Computer)

How to Fix Audio Renderer Error (Please Restart Your Computer)

/ Shayne Sherman

Are you having problems playing videos on your browser and presented with an Audio Renderer error message? Well, this error is often encountered when you try to play videos on YouTube and occurs on any browser installed on your computer.

Note: This error is similar to the issue where you can’t hear anyone on discord.

This error can be caused by several different issues such as faulty audio drivers, glitches in your BIOS, or even Windows driver conflicts. Due to the number of reasons for this error, it is a little confusing on how you can fix this issue especially if you don’t know where to start.

Let’s get started.

Method 1: Re-Insert Your Audio Jack

This method might sound silly but, there are a number of users who have reported that the error message was fixed after they try to unplug and plugin their audio jack.

It is possible that your computer did not recognize your audio device the first time you plug it in which causes the error message since your computer cannot find a device to send the sound output through.

Now, to re-insert your audio jack, go to the back of your CPU and located the audio jack which is usually green and unplug it from your motherboard. After that, wait for 3-5 seconds then plug it back in to your computer.

Refresh your browser and try to play a video on YouTube once again to see if the issue is already fixed.

Method 2: Restart Your Computer

The next thing that you can do to try and fix this error on Windows is to reboot your operating system. It is possible that your device drivers did not load correctly or encountered a temporary glitch which causes the audio message.

To fix this, you can try restarting your computer to allow it to reload all of its system resources. Check out the steps below to guide you through the process.

Step 1. On your computer click on the Windows icon located at the lower left portion of your screen.

Step 2. Next, click on the Power Button to open the selection menu.

Step 3. Lastly, click on Restart to begin rebooting your operating system.

Restart

Now, wait for your computer to finish rebooting, then open your browser once again and try playing another YouTube video to see if the issue still occurs on your computer.

Method 3: Run Windows Audio Troubleshooter

If you are having problems with your audio on Windows, there’s a built-in tool that can help you in fixing various problems relating to Windows audio. Now, to run the Windows Audio Troubleshooter, you can check out the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1. First, press on Windows Key + R on your keyboard to open the Run Command.

Step 2. After that, type ms-settings:troubleshoot and hit Enter on your keyboard.

ms-settings:troubleshoot

Step 3. Next, inside the Troubleshoot tab, scroll down and click on Playing Audio.

Step 4. Lastly, click on Run the Troubleshooter and follow the on-screen prompts to guide you in using the troubleshooter.

Run the troubleshooter

Once the scan is done, click on Apply this Fix if the troubleshooter finds any errors and suggested a fix for the problem.

However, if the Audio Troubleshooter did not find any errors on your computer but you are still having problems playing videos on your browser, you can proceed to the next method below to try and fix the issue.

Method 4: Restart Your Audio Driver

The next thing that you can do if you are seeing the audio renderer error on your computer is to restart your audio drivers. It is possible that your drivers encountered an error which causes your audio renderer to not function properly.

To fix this, you can try disabling and re-enabling your audio drivers. Follow the steps below to guide you on how to do it.

Step 1. On your keyboard, press on the Windows Key + S and search for Device Manager.

Step 2. After that, click on Open to launch the Device Manager on your computer.

Device Manager

Step 3. Once inside the Device Manager, click on Audio Inputs and Outputs to expand it.

Step 4. Lastly, right-click on your audio driver and click on Disable Device.

Disable device

Now, after disabling your audio device, right-click on your audio driver once again and click on Enable Device. Next, launch your browser once again and go back to YouTube to see if the audio renderer error message would still show up on your computer.

Method 5: Reinstall Your Audio Driver

If your audio drivers were not installed properly or badly corrupted, then a simple restart would not be able to fix the issue. However, what you can do is to try and reinstall your audio driver to ensure that it is installed properly and 100% working.

In reinstalling your audio drivers, check out the steps below.

Step 1. On your computer, press on the Windows Key + S and search for Device Manager.

Step 2. After that, click on Open to launch the Device Manager on your computer.

Device Manager

Step 3. Next, click on Audio Inputs and Outputs to expand it.

Step 4. Lastly, right-click on your audio drives and select Uninstall Device. Follow the on-screen prompts to remove the driver completely from your computer.

Uninstall device

Now, restart your computer and Windows will automatically install the proper drivers for your audio device. Once done, open your browser once again and try to play a few videos to see if the audio renderer error message would still occur on your computer.

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