sound in games

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by SPeedY_B, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    recently I have noticed that when playing games the audio is choppy, for example, I was looking through my old games and came across max payne, so thought I'd give it a play.. but in the intro the sound jerks as do the visuals, once in the actual game though the game seems to run smooth except for audio.. (kind of like if something is maiming the cpu and it can't quite handle it)
    It shouldn't be resources though.. I first played MP on this machine with half the quantity of ram (which was also only PC133 at the time) half the graphics memory and a cheaper sound card and it ran fine.

    Here's my hardware setup :
    1000Mhz AMD Athlon Thunderbird
    ChainTech 7VJDA Main board
    Mercury ATX Switching PSU - 300w
    DDR-SDRAM PC2100 - 512mb [Single Dimm]
    Fujitsi MPG3204AT 20.4GB 5400rpm Hard Disk
    IBM / Hitachi 180GXP 120Gb 7200rpm Hard Disk
    Samsung CD-R/RW SW-408B
    LiteOn DVD-Rom 16x
    [PCI] Hauppauge WinTV GO Card
    [PCI] Creative Sound Blaster Live! Platinum
    SB Live Drive
    [USB] D-Link USB NetQam Pro 350 Plus
    17" Hansol 710P
    [AGP] nVidia GeForce 2 MX 400 64mb
    [Eth0] D-Link DSL-300G+ Ethernet ADSL Modem
    [PS/2] Genius Keyboard
    [PS/2] Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical 1.0A

    Software: Windows XP Pro/SP1, DirectX 9.0b, plus whatever detonators where available about 2 weeks ago


    Any ideas?
     
  2. JJB6486

    JJB6486 Retired Mod Political User

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    I assume you're also running the latest Soundcard drivers, if not load them. Try also moving the sound card to a different PCI slot.

    JJB
     
  3. I have the same problem, if I try turn sharply in gameplay I get a buzz emit during the music. It only happened since I last formatted.
    I have:

    P4 s.oa Ghz Northwood chip
    Abit SA7 motherboard
    512Mb PC2700 (333mhz) DDR
    IBM / Hitachi 180GXP 120Gb 7200rpm Hard Disk
    IBM / Hitachi 180GXP 60Gb 7200rpm Hard Disk (180Gb in total, good choice of drive SpeedY ;))
    Artec 52x32x52 CD-RW
    Artec 48x16x DVD-ROM
    SoundBlaster Live! 5.1
    19" GNR monitor
    GeForce 4 MX440SE 64Mb AGP Graphics
    Built in network linking to my switch (3 other computers, including server before network running Smoothwall)
    Some multimedia keyboard
    Packard Bell USB optical mouse

    Running Windows XP Pro/SP1, DirectX 9.0b with the latest offical dets.
     
  4. whoops, thats a 2.0a Ghz P4 Northwood (512k L2 cache) chip

    I havent got a clue where s.oa came from :/
     
  5. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Yup, latest creative driver pack is installed, I'll try switching the PCI slot tommorow, see if that helps at all.
     
  6. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    hmm.. i just got myself a soundblaster live 5.1 (sounds great) and seems to work fine for me. I did notice when grabbing drivers that there was 2 diff packs ... a patch and then full set. what ones did you use?
     
  7. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Full set. The patch is for people who have a previous full set installed.
     
  8. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I installed the KX drivers ( http://kxproject.lugosoft.com/ ) this morning and everything works fine now, played Max Payne to the end earlier without a single audio glitch at all. :)
     
  9. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    I've heard about the KX drivers being better than the Creative ones, would you say it was worth swapping over?
     
  10. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Definately. There's settings galore to play with, they've obviously helped my audio, they make the 4.0 sound better to with better levels of balancing. You can always make a restore point and go back if you don't like them :)
     
  11. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    Aye, its something worth trying for sure. I'll check them out