All games experience sound hickups in Vista Ultimate X32?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Patrick, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. Patrick

    Patrick Guest

    Hi All,

    I've got a DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D board, an AMD FX60 cpu, 4GB of RAM and
    the onboard sound module (realtek) and an XFX 7900GT Extreme.

    Whatever games I play, Halflife-2, Halflife-2 Episode One, Fear, Fear
    Extraction point, NFS Carbon, etc etc.
    I experience sound hickups.

    I've tried the NForce4 Vista beta drivers, the NForce4 XP drivers (6.86) and
    the remix driver kits. Finally I;ve tried the Realtek audio drivers which do
    seem to have a better audio quality but the hichups remain. The hickups only
    occue in games.

    I have no real complaint about the speed of the video handling of games in
    Vista. I run at 1280x1024 and all games I run do this resolution very smooth
    on my system with Vista.

    I've tried several builds of videodrivers to see it that influences the
    sound hickups but it doesn't. Right now I'm using 100.54.

    Lack of RAM and/or CPU power can't be the problem:)

    Can anyone help?

    Patrick
     
    Patrick, Jan 31, 2007
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  2. I don't have any sound hiccups, but I'm using an X-FI card versus the
    onboard. which would beg to question, with your rig, why would you use
    on-board sound over a sound blaster card ?
     
    Dale \Mad_Murdock\ White, Jan 31, 2007
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  3. Patrick

    czrsink (UK) Guest

    I guess your best bet would be to try an add-on soundcard (borrow from a
    friend) and see if you have the same issues. Although that may be
    frustrating, you will at least know if it's a specific issue with your
    on-board sound.

    I have a few odd issues on my version of Vista Ultimate, the biggest ones
    being related to my 8800 GTS and Nvidia's ropey drivers for Vista launch. I
    have an X-Fi card and no issues with sound at present, although I have only
    played media files and Counter-Strike: Source. I'm tempted to try my onboard
    sound, so that I can make use of the new sound API in Vista (seeing as the
    old HAL thing which helped Soundblaster products has been removed in
    DX10...which means I can now only get best sound when OpenAL is implemented
    into a game) - but then I'm planning a motherboard upgrade soon, so I may
    just wait.
     
    czrsink (UK), Feb 1, 2007
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  4. Patrick

    Mike Rossi Guest

    The problem most likely lies with the fact taht you are using a non-open al
    realtek onboard soundcard. Microsoft ditched Directsound support in Vista
    and now requires cards to conform to Open AL in some way. Your card is
    basically emulating Open AL, to emulate Directsound. You will most likely
    only be able to solve the problem by buying a card that has native Open AL
    support.
     
    Mike Rossi, Feb 2, 2007
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  5. Patrick

    Patrick Guest

    Anyway,

    it appears not to be related to the onboard sound.
    Downloading new raid drivers for my nforce4 board fixed the sound stutter in
    all games,
    ftp://ftp.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/Driver/RAID/nVIDIA/RAIDnVDIA116_Vista.zip
    did the trick (version 9.30)

    Patrick
     
    Patrick, Feb 4, 2007
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