What operating system are you using?
Could you post a screenshot of the Window>Actions panel?
Is photoshop cs6 up to date?
(Help>Updates from within photoshop cs6)
I found out what was happening. I kinda thought it would be something simple yet slippery. If you click on the Actions pane's drop down menu you see something call "Button Mode." Click on this and the problem is solved - the recording features at the bottom of the pane return. Button mode? Thanks for offering though!