All TTS services crash on my Windows 10 laptop

I encounter this error every time I click on TTS play button or when TTS is trying to play automatically. I’ve used Anki on various PCs over many years, but this time I cannot use any TTS service, not default Windows 10 one, nor Awesome TTS or others, they all crash once play some audio. Tools > Check Database does not work for me, nor Anki reinstallation or plugins reinstallation or disabling. When I disable all plugins, and use a standard tts formatting, it still crashes. Please, help me fix that.


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Anki 2.1.65 (aa9a734f) Python 3.9.15 Qt 6.4.3 PyQt 6.4.0
Platform: Windows-10-10.0.19045
Flags: frz=True ao=False sv=2
Add-ons, last update check: 2023-06-11 12:49:27

Caught exception:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “aqt.webview”, line 46, in cmd
File “aqt.webview”, line 153, in _onCmd
File “aqt.webview”, line 662, in _onBridgeCmd
File “aqt.overview”, line 92, in _linkHandler
File “aqt.main”, line 712, in moveToState
File “aqt.main”, line 733, in _reviewState
File “aqt.reviewer”, line 161, in show
File “aqt.reviewer”, line 181, in refresh_if_needed
File “aqt.reviewer”, line 243, in nextCard
File “aqt.reviewer”, line 372, in _showQuestion
File “aqt.sound”, line 150, in play_tags
File “aqt.sound”, line 209, in _play_next_if_idle
File “aqt.sound”, line 212, in _play
File “aqt.sound”, line 223, in _best_player_for_tag
File “aqt.tts”, line 120, in rank_for_tag
File “aqt.tts”, line 85, in voice_for_tag
File “aqt.tts”, line 81, in voices
File “aqt.tts”, line 580, in get_available_voices
File “aqt.tts”, line 585, in _get_available_voices
File “anki._backend_generated”, line 1291, in all_tts_voices
File “anki._backend”, line 156, in _run_command
anki.errors.BackendError: WindowsError { details: Other, source: Error { code: HRESULT(0x80070002), message: “The system cannot find the file specified.” } }

What happens when you use TTS in other apps that use the SpeechSynthesis API? There’s an old legacy API that some apps use that is a separate thing, so you’d need to confirm what they’re using.

Hello Damien,

Thank you for your prompt response and for creating Anki, an app that has transformed my life. I appreciate your work and dedication to this amazing software.

I have some good news. After I received your reply, I tried to reproduce the error I reported earlier, but something changed and I got a different error message instead:

I reinstalled Awesome TTS and the problem seems to have disappeared. I’m not sure what caused it, but I’m glad it’s gone. I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused you. It must have been a glitch on my laptop that resolved itself somehow.

Thank you for your time and assistance, I hope to use Anki as usual now, without any issues whatsoever.

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