No Sound (F.E.A.R and Extraction Point Expansion Pack) - Vista Ultimate Edition

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by kilik3000, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. kilik3000

    kilik3000 Guest

    I have an integrated SoundMax card. Running on a Intel motherboard

    Sound works fine up until the point of actual game play and then it
    goes away. The first level loads up, but there is no music, sound
    effects, etc. Just video.

    Any thoughts on this one? Has anyone else seen this?

    kilik3000, Mar 8, 2007
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  2. kilik3000

    Dale White Guest

    Any reason you don't grab a Soundblaster card ? For as little as $50-75$ you
    can get a better soundcard, that off-loads some of the CPU cycles.

    Outside of that, I'd look around and see if you can fine some updated
    soundmax audio drivers for your mobo. I've done quite a bit of testing in
    FEAR an not had any problems with Sound dropping out. Though I have the
    Creative X-FI, not that it's perfect under vista, as the drivers are still
    in beta mode for it.

    More than likely, it's something you might have to live with the next couple
    of months, until everyone gets their drives cleaned up. I'm still partial to
    suggesting a SoundBlaster card though :)
    Dale White, Mar 8, 2007
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  3. kilik3000

    =SN1P3R= Guest


    I would agree to this! Get A SB Card to give you better sound and thereby
    helping the CPU.
    I have had so many problems with HD drivers on Vista. Different versions
    just will not work.

    I got a version ALC880 that is working now (Version 1.56/9) I think.
    But still have major issues getting all the speakers, headset and Microphone
    working the way I want.

    So I also got the Creative X-FI now, and disabled the onboard stuff as much
    as possible in the bios.

    Sound Is A Huge Improvement! I agree drivers will get better.

    NIKE! Just Do It!


    =SN1P3R=, Mar 8, 2007
  4. kilik3000

    kilik3000 Guest

    Thanks for the responses.

    Sounds like upgrading my card is the way to go.

    Can you guys point me to a specific card in $50-$75 range?

    kilik3000, Mar 8, 2007
  5. You can go hard core and get this card, with the nice $40 mail in rebate

    Or prove your nuts, by grabbing this card

    Or prove you're a dedicated gamer, with this one

    Or just go normal and gab this card

    Dale M. White, Mar 8, 2007
  6. kilik3000

    jp Guest

    I have had the same problems with Battlefield 2142 on Vista Ultimate. I have
    seen some posts that relate the problem in the games to the frame rate (FPS)
    that the video card (mine is an ATI x850) is delivering. I have updated the
    latest Vista video and sound drivers and noticed some improvement. I turned
    the graphics all the way down and the frequency up to 85. This has improved
    things some. But I am intrigued that some of the sound problem may actually
    be coming from synching with the video in the game. That may be why the sound
    problem is so much more pronounced with 3D games rather than regular audio
    playback. The next move I will make is to switch from DVI to VGA or maybe
    even S-VHS out for the monitor.
    jp, Mar 8, 2007
  7. What sound card are you using ? I don't know that I've ever had any real
    sound choppines in video games, unless it was due to a problem in the game.
    Though I'll admit, I've always used Sound Blast cards and I upgrade every 2
    generations, Live ! to Audigy 2 to X-FI. A good sound card off-lonads work
    from the CPU, which is probably where you're getting the choppines. Cutting
    down teh graphics and other things, is probably freeing up CPU cycles that
    can be spent on sound.

    But in Supreme command, you only get 3-50 fps and there's not dropping of
    sound or sound becoming out of sync. My guess is that it's just bad sound
    drivers in vista, followed by an under powered sound card and a over-worked

    X-FI for everyone !
    Dale M. White, Mar 8, 2007
  8. kilik3000

    jp Guest

    I have a Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2. My Vista rating is 4.2 but that is
    from the processor. My gaming and video score was 5.4. I downloaded the
    Creative Vista Driver updates available March 9, 2007. I went to tweakguide
    com and set my sound card, video card all to the settings for weak computers.
    I then went to their recommended Battlefield 2142 settings for weak
    computers. Now what I notice is that game play is fine but that the sound
    drops out every few seconds. This is regardless of the source. The Creative
    support web site is getting flamed for all the problems that people are
    having with the Vista drivers. I went to stores and could find no sound card
    with a vista logo on it. I think that the only solution will be to get a
    sound card that has a vista logo on it and that may not be until April 2007
    or so.
    jp, Mar 10, 2007
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