Collected Audio Fixes
Posted 22 June 2005 - 02:19 AM Edited by Overture, 22 June 2005 - 02:28 AM.
The usual suspects I guess, check for stuff running in background, drivers etc.
btw, Sent this a few moments ago, let's see the response I get eh?
To let you know, I solved my problems except for one:
There is a bug where rain noise overtakes any other sound effects. They come back when the rain is gone, and I can get the occasional sound out of it while it's happening, but mostly rain kills sound effects.
I have done absolutely everything (testing at each step). I used a fresh XP install, latest drivers, dx9.0b, and c, downgraded the eax.dll that came in the game to 126.96.36.199 (solved my sync problem), nothing else running in the background, no network connection.
I am now convinced this is a software issue, whether or not it was an intended software feature that went awry (I can't remember any rain loud enough to drown out a cap-gun, let alone a micro-SMG), and I have communicated with other players who have the same issue with completely different hardware. At any rate, just to bring it to your attention.
what will they say, I wonder?
Posted 22 June 2005 - 03:28 AM
I could be driving, and a character in the car with me will be talking normal volume. Then it slowly switches to a whisper, and sometimes even disspapears. It's quite random, and I eventually get my full volumed sound back. It only seems to effect the voices. (Not the Radio stations, though).
Posted 22 June 2005 - 03:44 AM
Posted 22 June 2005 - 06:06 AM Edited by venoms, 22 June 2005 - 09:24 AM.
what should I do ?
I fixed it by using the drivers from c-media and setting directX accelaration to basic
Posted 22 June 2005 - 09:27 AM
|QUOTE (z00t @ Jun 13 2005, 06:12)|
| running a SBLive|
SoundBlaster Live! (and others) rain sound bug:
I can confirm the SoundBlaster Live! rain bug but it also occurs with an
onboard Realtek ALC-650:
As soon as it starts raining all other sound effects except for the rain itself
vanish (even the menu sounds, "the click"). If you use a vehicle, e.g.
a motorcycle, the sounds somehow (but falsely) reappear. If you use a gun
the sound is distorted (on foot). If the rain ends everything is fine again.
If you drive through weak rain the problem might not be observed. I assume
you do not here the rain then but your vehicle's engine.
The bug is independent from the speaker settings.
It is further independent from the driver version. For example, you can use
more recent Audigy drivers (yes, they are compatible) for the Live! but
the bug remains.
By decreasing the dxdiag sound hardware accelaration to minimum or switching
it off completely the problem does not occur. However, the general sound quality
is then much worse.
Replacing the eax.dll does not help.
Changing the streams.ini does not help.
The problem is independent from the rest of the machine
(no matter if AMD/Intel, ATI/NVidia, Via...).
Under Windows 98 SE the problem does not occur. However, there the sound has
other problems (vanishing motorcycle engine sounds at top speed).
It also occurs with an onboard sound card Realtek ALC-650.
I contacted Rockstar support. They have just suggested to decrease the sound hardware
accelaration but did not confirm that they are working on a patch,
!!! Please, all of you, contact Rockstar support as often as possible with all of your bugs. !!!
!!! This will hopefully convince them to fix the numerous bugs in a patch ASAP. !!![B]
Posted 22 June 2005 - 03:52 PM
Posted 22 June 2005 - 09:46 PM
I just bought a 7.1 sound card using the Via Envy 24 sound chip and tried to play San Andreas after installing it and the most recent drivers.
I ran into the same problem as you: no sound except rain and/or radio station. I played around with the card's setting and pinpointed the error to be because of one setting called "Stereo XPander". This setting makes all stereo sounds into surround ones (I used this setting so I can hear mp3 in winamp on all the satelites of my 5.1 sound system).
After disabling "Stereo XPander" it all worked like a charm.
I never had a soundblaster or audigy card and don't know if they have a setting similar to the one on my card, but this might help though...
Posted 23 June 2005 - 10:04 AM
I have a sneaking suspicion that the rain drowning sound stuff out was an intended feature that went horribly wrong. No rain could drown out a tek-9 let alone an m4.
Posted 23 June 2005 - 11:49 AM
Posted 23 June 2005 - 04:07 PM
Posted 23 June 2005 - 07:48 PM
I have a laptop with an integrated Intel ICH5 AC'97 chip, which uses "Conexant AC-Link" drivers normally. Here is an analysis of the fixes posted in this thread:
Not possible; latest "correct" drivers are from april 2004 (I'll explain "correct" later)
Not possible; laptop came with 9.0c, as did the OS CDs. With a bit more fooling around I could probably do it, but I don't want to risk the stability of the system.
Disabling hardware acceleration:
This half-fixes it - it rarely stutters but the whole thing skips now (radio stations, cutscenes, etc).
This is what solved my severe stuttering problems:
When I said correct drivers, I meant the drivers intended to work with that specific chip.
I installed the Realtek AC'97 A3.73a drivers, and strangely enough, they actually work even though it's not at all a Realtek chip. The only thing is that it replaces the default windows "volume" icon/application in the system tray, not really that big of a deal I guess. In addition, I downgraded the eax.dll. So, for people with integrated laptop sound, try installing the latest realtek drivers and downgrading eax.dll. Worked for me, more or less.
Posted 24 June 2005 - 10:39 AM
replace the eax.dll with the 188.8.131.52 ones
also i had a bug with splinter cell chaos theory (the repeatiting sound that got more and more loud when you get close to a tank and other stutterings and bugs like that..) and i had to update my drivers with the right ones witch are here:
i used to have the latest sound blaster live driver from creative labs website but it didnt contained audio HQ, this one does.
so maybe the combination of thoses makes it work
(that's for windows XP )
Posted 24 June 2005 - 08:45 PM
SB Audigy 2zs
I'm getting the sporadic crackling sound whenever I'm in GTA:SA or BF2 (except in software mode w/o EAX). The sound happens ONLY if I'm holding down a key;however, it doesn't occur every time I press a key. If I don't press any keys then the crackling doesn't occur. My USB mouse doesn't seem to elicit the crackling for whatever reason. So, I guess I could just stand in one place and hope people walk in my line of fire
I never get the crackling sound in Unreal 2k4 w/ HW 3d + EAX enabled, so I guess it's like someone mentioned earlier about the EAX dlls being underdeveloped or something. All the people I've chatted w/ who don't have the crackling are using (AC97 or whatever) onboard sound, so go figure.
BTW turning down acceleration or any of the other mentioned solutions do not work. And, no, I'm not downgrading DX just to play one stinkin' game.
Good luck to you all
Posted 26 June 2005 - 01:59 PM
Posted 26 June 2005 - 02:27 PM
Posted 26 June 2005 - 02:57 PM
Posted 26 June 2005 - 06:31 PM Edited by guniu, 26 June 2005 - 06:35 PM.
with 16 colors and i couldnt changed that, in hardware menager it shows that its all ok with graphic card, only what i could do was reinstall graphic drivers - arter required reset it was all good, but when i reset my comp once again it start all over again. It was my first spotted problem and how i said it is 1000 more... Firstly i thought that it was virus but nope... Ok then after that graphics problems( i dunno how but it disappeared) i had some registry error that pop up when windows start and it was stopping whole comp and only hard reset helped. Next...let me think..oh it was that usb port just wasnt working where i have internet modem connected...next was that when starting windows some bluescreen shows and then it fast reset and it could even do that 5-8 times and then turn on normally. There was many more, but to that day i have sometimes bluescreen when windows booting and it turns on after second time, or sometimes third normally. I dont know what to do, all this wired thinks are doing since i touched that sound acceleration. And setting it back what it was befor is not helping. But what is more wired that all those problems are so different - can all it be from one directx ? Does anyone have some problem with his system after changing that acceleration ? or is it only me ? it messed up whole my system, i dont know how am i still here. BUT gta works well
And forgive me for my english...
Posted 27 June 2005 - 03:11 AM
Posted 27 June 2005 - 03:34 AM Edited by Dubius Maximus, 27 June 2005 - 03:36 AM.
For a day, I uninstalled and reinstalled my drivers. I tried two different versions eax.dlls. No matter what I had tried... it just wouldn't fix a thing.
I own the Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers and have them connected using the out-of-the box 6 CH analog cables AND also with a single coaxial cable for the digital connection. Most of the times, I use digital coax whenever I play games.
So I decided to press a button and switch from Coax to 6 Ch Direct and what do you know... all the "missing" sounds are there. And all that through a simple hit of a button!
So, for the rest of you using digital connections to your speaker systems... try running this in 6 CH analog and see if it works for you!
It seems that digital sound works fine until it gets to 2.1 . Go any higher than that and some audio gets lost. On my system, at least.
Hope this helps someone!
HP Pavilion 763n Desktop PC
Win XP Home Edition SP 2
1 GB RAM
GeForce 6800 (ForceWare 71.89)
SB Audigy 2 (SB 1.84.55 driver)
Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speakers
PS. I don't have any on-board sound hardware so I'm not in the same boat as the Nvidia on-board users and their problems.
Posted 27 June 2005 - 11:11 AM
|QUOTE (Gubru @ Jun 27 2005, 03:11)|
|Guys, I need the old eax.dll file back - this new one doesn't fix anything, and it just makes all my sounds way quieter.|
You should have learned to always back up the original files before replacing them.
Posted 29 June 2005 - 02:55 AM
Take care all
P.S. I don't wanna be preachy, but if you guys are gonna try something drastic like downgrading DirectX(very low level), imaging your system beforehand, at least the boot partition, is a very good idea. I use Norton Ghost 2003(I've used it hundreds of times on many people's systems -- including mine-- and it works flawlessly). Acronis Trueimage(?) is another great option.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 12:09 AM
Posted 30 June 2005 - 07:16 AM
I went to the Creative Auto-update site and downloaded the new drivers and i haven't had any sound problems since. Even if you think or know that you have the newest ones. They also have "patched" drivers that are newer.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 12:44 PM
Anyhoo the best thing I've found so far for fixing EAX realted glitches is by disabling it in your soundcards control panel. On my Terratec DMX Xfire this is done quite simply here:
Posted 30 June 2005 - 09:08 PM
Just thought you all ought to know. Latest reference drivers are not always the best.
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