What is HAL?

Mr HQ

Registered
I started getting a lot of errors like this:
Error: 0, AHS_UserSettings::CanBeDefaultDevice: got an error from the HAL when getting kAudioStreamPropertyVirtualFormat

I suspect Keynote.
Do I care about this error, and if so, how do I fix it?
thanks
Mr HQ
 

Cheryl

Rosie Moderator
Staff member
Mod
It helps to know what OS version you are running and on what model Mac. What are you doing when this error pops up? Have you tried restarting the computer?
Apple support had something similar to your error and suggests resetting the System Management Controller (which I understand is in Sierra)
https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT201295
 

DeltaMac

Tech
That error is a Dictation problem, and there's multiple reports when you search for that error. Could be an old plugin that you may have installed before upgrading your system, and is not quite compatible with your system - more info here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8088067

Or, you might try toggling Dictation in your system (If you have it turned on, turn Dictation off, restart your Mac, then turn Dictation on again (or Off, if Dictation was not previously On.)
 
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