Uninstalling USB Audio Codec Demo

Or it might also be found more easily under the title “uninstalling usb-driver.com demo driver,” but either way I hope someone else who has this issue avoids wasting as much time as I did on it.

25 minutes of me trying to figure out what that beeping noise on #ds106radio!
As I started my #ds106radio x-cast to #ds106tv this morning I ran into a little issue. Turns out the demo USB audio codec I installed from usb-driver.com was beeping every 30 seconds. That is one way to get me to buy the codec or try and uninstall it.

I chose to uninstall, which is what this post is about, but some quick background first. The reason I installed the demo in the first place was to see if I could get a driver fro my USB turntable that would prevent the above message from showing when I try to mute my mic with a keyboard shortcut (more on that in this post). Well, not only did the demo audio codec not solve that issue, but now it was beeping every 30 seconds when I plugged in my turntable, not good.

So, if you are having this issue on a Mac open Finder –>Go–>Go to Folder and  /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL (not  ~/Library as this guide suggests thanks to this forum post for the heads up) and delete the usb-audio.driver directory.

That will get rid of the driver, and after that restart the computer and the USB Audio Codec should be back (rather than USB Audio Codec Demo) when you plugin in your USB device.

If you are having this issue on a Windows PC this guide may work for you.

That’s it, not thrilled at how much time I spent on this at all, but glad it is behind me and if I am dumb enough to do it again I’ll find my own blog post 🙂

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