If you get the Audio renderer error. Please restart your computer message while playing a YouTube video in your browser, then we might have the solution for you.
It seems like more and more Windows 10 users are reporting this error, and the odd thing is that it’s not specific to a certain web browser or a certain Windows version.
Many of them said that this issue occurred because of an update, a BIOS bug or after changing the audio device. If you’re in the same boat, then let’s try to solve the problem with these handy suggestions.
What can I do if I get the Audio Renderer Error on Windows 10? The fastest fix is to disconnect and reconnect your audio device. The issue is usually triggered by a faulty connection or a corrupted driver. If this doesn’t work, run the Audio troubleshooter and then restart/rollback/update the audio driver.
How to fix the Audio Renderer error on Windows 10
- Disconnect and reconnect your audio device
- Run the Audio troubleshooter
- Reset/Rollback/Update your audio device
- Specific fix for ASIO driver
- Specific fix for Dell computers
Solution 1 – Disconnect and reconnect your audio device
As simple as it sounds, disconnecting and reconnecting your device, whatever it may be, can solve the problem short term.
If you are using a pair of wired headphones, jack or USB, then unplug them and plug them back in when you see the Audio renderer error. Please restart your computer message.
This solution is confirmed by many users, but remember that it’s only a temporary one. This also applies to restarting your PC. For a more long-lasting fix, check the other solutions below.
Additionally, two or more audio playback devices connected to your Windows 10 PC can also trigger the error.
In that case, disconnect the second device and keep only the main one connected as this should solve the problem.
Solution 2 – Run the Audio troubleshooter
- Open Start > Settings > Update & Security.
- In the left side panel, choose Troubleshoot.
- Click on Playing Audio and then on Run the troubleshooter.
- Wait for the process to finish and then restart your PC.
Solution 3 – Reset/Rollback/Update your audio device
Because each of these options worked for some users and not for others, you can try them one by one and see which works for you:
- In the Windows search box, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
- In Device Manager, expand Audio inputs and outputs.
- Right-click your audio device.
4. For resetting/restarting the driver:
- Click on Disable device.
- Wait a few seconds and then right-click it again, this time selecting Enable device.
4. To rollback your driver:
- Click on Proprieties.
- Go to the Driver tab.
- You should see a Roll Back Driver button. Click it and follow the on-screen instructions.
4. For updating the driver:
- Click on Update driver.
- In the new window that appears click on Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Wait for the process to finish.
One of these options should certainly work for you. We recommend that you try them in this specific order, just to make things easier.
- READ ALSO: How to update outdated drivers in Windows 10
Solution 4 – Specific fix for ASIO driver
If the error only appears while Cubase is open, then the most likely problem is the difference between sample rates. To synchronise them, do the following:
- Right-click on the Speakers icon in the bottom-right of your screen, and then click on Sounds.
- Go to Playback tab, click on the desired audio device and then on Proprieties.
- In Speakers Proprieties go to Advanced tab, and under Default Format choose your preferred sample rate.
- Now, open your ASIO driver settings and go to Audio tab.
- Under Sample rate, set the exact same sample rate that you choose in Speakers Proprieties at step 3.
- Restart your PC.
Solution 5 – Specific fix for Dell computers
The majority of Dell users confirmed that this solution works like a charm. It seems like there’s a bug in the BIOS, and the only fix is to update the BIOS. To do that, you’ll have to thoroughly read the Dell support page and follow the steps there.
Disclaimer: be aware that the process of updating BIOS is very precise and should be done exactly as described on Dell’s support page. Otherwise, you may render your system unusable.
That’s it. Hope that one of our solutions helped you get pass the Audio Renderer Error. Please Restart Your Computer issue. If you have any more questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below.