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My machine has 2 audio devices that I switch between by changing the default audio device (via control panel -> sound -> playback on Win7) & I've noticed that while most running applications & 'modern' games pick up on the change without having to restart them, Pico-8 does not.

I know this is a pretty niche request & it's not a big deal to be honest, but redetecting them on a focus change or what have you would be a nice quality of life improvement for that one guy who does this ever (i.e me).


P#55667 2018-08-25 14:39 ( Edited 2018-08-25 21:50)

CF, you might be interested in a Freeware program I use occasionally to route audio per Windows task as I have two audio myself.

  • External for the house
  • Personal headphones

It's called AudioRouter. It's Freeware and source is available. You can find it HERE:


P#55671 2018-08-25 15:11 ( Edited 2018-08-25 19:11)

Thanks dw, I didn't know about that tool, it looks interesting.
I considered using Virtual Audio Cable (a similar sort of utility), but as most software I use plays nice already - no pun intended - and there aren't that many times where restarting Pico-8 will lose some important state I needed, I decided installing more drivers or software that might make my system unstable wasn't worth it for an edge case like this.

P#55677 2018-08-25 15:48 ( Edited 2018-08-25 19:48)

You're very welcome.

Yep, always backup your computer if you're gonna tweak with the hardware settings or "upgrade" them. Bad things can happen.

Software is a much nicer solution.

P#55685 2018-08-25 16:17 ( Edited 2018-08-25 20:17)

Chiming in here, I have to restart PICO-8 every time I connect my Bluetooth headphones to my laptop.

P#55686 2018-08-25 17:50 ( Edited 2018-08-25 21:50)

I just noticed this feature has been implemented now - thank you!

P#64952 2019-06-02 15:37

Greetings Catatafish and all, I come across this issue before and let me tell you, it's quite frustrating. Whenever there's a malfunction, the go-to solution from the developers and the subprogram is to reboot Pico-8. Sure, it may be a quick fix, but it's still a nuisance. Is there truly no way to resolve the problem without resorting to a restart? Andersen

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