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Old 29th Sep 2005, 09:20 PM   #1
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~10-second system hangup/sound loop

I've been having a recurring in-game freeze with looping sound which tends to last about ten seconds. I've tested most all audio settings, including low detail, not sys driver, etc; also, minimizing graphics options.

A similar freeze occured while playing Myst V.

Any thoughts?
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Old 29th Sep 2005, 09:55 PM   #2
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Append to one of my friend, the problem was the onboard sound card on an Asus P4P800 mobo. If its the same mobo, buy the essential pci Sound Blaster Live OEM for 25$...
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Old 29th Sep 2005, 11:25 PM   #3
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I have an Audigy LS, noob. I do suspect it's sound-related though.

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Old 30th Sep 2005, 01:38 AM   #4
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Hm. I've started getting 5 second pauses whenever the computer needs to access my C: drive (E: and F: are my main ones).

Anything weird going on with your HD?
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 02:54 AM   #5
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Negative, and HDs are set to never powerdown.

...and again...this seems to happen only in UT2k4.
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 03:20 AM   #6
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I got that with my audigy on my last install. porbably drivers, or an over clock. Have you tried formating your pc out the window?
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 04:25 AM   #7
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 05:51 AM   #8
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heres an idea
try getting some/updating your openal drivers
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 06:45 AM   #9
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It doesn't work like that. :/
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 09:58 AM   #10
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You have a really good sound card Moses. But sometimes, better part of your pc can be the problem... try to unplug the card of the pc, try to play 1 or 2 map online whitout sounds, and if theres lag again, your gonna be fixed.
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 10:56 AM   #11
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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy unified series Beta driver with OpenAL support 2.08.0002
http://us.creative.com/support/downloads/download.asp
Doubt not! Suck it and see!
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 01:20 PM   #12
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I'm getting those same freezes...Just mix up all colours and add artifacts and you've got my problem
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 04:46 PM   #13
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Have you tried reinstalling windows? Updated the bios with the latest? Just use one for a newer motherboard, it'll upgrade your old one.

The sound looping is a result of the PC freezing, as the card isn't sent any data, it loops what it has in it's buffer.

To make sure it isn't some task lagging you (unlikely) you could try minimise ASw, open the task manager, right click ut2004 and boost it's priority to high or realtime.

A more likely candidate for your problem however seems the athlon/agp freezing bug, try this for a fix. I don't think it can hurt much even if it doesn't fix your problem. And if it does, you'll only be reinstalling windows :p

Other things you can try:
  • Run your system without the audigy, as suggested.
  • Double or half the "PCI Latency" in the bios.
  • Change the "AGP Aperture size" in the bios.
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 04:49 PM   #14
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when i had the problem, the loop would continue even after unreal was closed which sucked. Although this does remind me of that time when i overclocked too much, the pc bluescreeneded and the sound card started playing random midi sounds =D
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Old 30th Sep 2005, 07:59 PM   #15
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Thanks for your assistance, gents. I'll be testing these methods now.

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Old 18th Oct 2005, 04:59 PM   #16
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Try these kX drivers: http://kxproject.lugosoft.com/
They're far less buggy than the creative drivers, but also far more complicated, and aimed towards musicians, not gamers. That means no EAX, but 3D sound's still there. I'm using software 3D in ASw though.
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Old 18th Oct 2005, 08:04 PM   #17
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Without EAX, there is no llama-scope.
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Old 18th Oct 2005, 08:05 PM   #18
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none of the as maps are eaxed, apart from phalanx
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Old 18th Oct 2005, 08:30 PM   #19
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In other news ...

Bastards deleted my favorite one, though. It went a little something...like this:

Asker: blah blah thermodynamics
Durandal: I will assuredly outlast the heat death of the universe. The preparations to my processing core are all but complete.
Leela: Uh, Durandal, you just wrapped your core in Saran Wrap.
Durandal: It's heat-death wrap!

*sigh* Guess you had to be there.
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Old 18th Oct 2005, 08:33 PM   #20
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There will still be 3d sound, just not with the fancy reverb effects and such.
But it's always been broken for me to begin with, i think the sounds play from the marine's pov rather than the camera's
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