Smaart won't open/crashes at startup

Created by Casey Guli, Modified on Fri, 9 Jun, 2023 at 1:11 PM by Casey Guli

Smaart won't open/crashes at startup

There are a couple reasons why Smaart would fail to open.

The main reason we have seen Smaart crash immediately after installation is that the device does not meet the minimum system requirements. This can occur both with the Demo and the fully-licensed version, and it can occur either before or activation depending on the device.

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It could be an audio driver problem. While Smaart is launching, it checks the operating system for available audio devices. All available devices are individually polled to determine their configuration (input/output channels, sampling rate, etc). If the device's driver crashes during startup, it can prevent Smaart from launching successfully.

Smaart creates a log file every time it starts up, named "Smaart [EDITION].log". If Smaart won't get part, both in Windows and on macOS, any sort of rendering or audio device issue will be recorded in this log. If you are having issues, you can send this log via email attachment to the support team and we can help diagnose and resolve the issue for you.

The log file will be located in:
macOS - (MachintoshHD)/<your_username>/Documents/Smaart [EDITION]
Windows - C:\Users\<your_username>\My Documents\Smaart [EDITION]
Note: replace [EDITION] with your edition of Smaart (Suite, RT, LE, or SPL)

If you can start Smaart, but cannot find your device or get it to work, please refer to this article to see specific details on device troubleshooting.

If you still cannot find the source of the problem, try uninstalling any old unused audio device drivers that are installed on your computer. Additionally, certain security and antivirus programs can prevent Smaart from accessing its own directory, which will also cause it to crash on startup.

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