Kind of unique sound problem
Okay... I've read a great many threads here dealing with sound problems in Bioshock, but I've yet to read one that came close to my problem.
I load up Bioshock no problems, got through the opening videos, have made it to the surgery wing, all with zero crash issues.
The ONLY problem is after about 3-10 minutes of playing the sound in the game "pops" once (only way I can describe it) and I lose [U]some[U] sounds... I lose the voices in the diaries, the plasma effect sounds, the hacking mini game sounds, and the picking up objects sounds. Also, sounds I can hear sound muted... I can still hear them... they just sound a little different.
I've reinstalled drivers, downloaded both FMOD and OpenAl, and reinstalled the patch. If I can solve this problem, then Bioshock should run perfectly.
I've got a Creative X-FI Xtreme Gamer card and am using Windows Vista (SP1)
Any help is greatly appreciated. If you need any more info, please let me know. Thanks!
Oh... and this is just a quick question before I make it into a full blown new thread, but for whatever reason, I cannot complete Dr. Steinman's mission because his body disappears on me... I can kill him, disappears, I can knock him over, disappears, he can jump in water (due to fire) and he disappears. Anybody know anything about this little issue as well?
Last edited by mrboots; 07-14-2008 at 08:46 AM.
Reason: Another Problem
I have this EXACT same issue. After a few minutes of gameplay, I lose certain sounds, and the sounds I do have sound like they're underwater.
System is Vista HP 64-bit SP1, q6700, Asus P5Q, DDR2 1066, Creative X-Fi, and 8800GTS (G92).
Does anyone have any idea what's going on with this?
You need to tell us your specs first, we can't help you if not. And do you use Realtek Audio?
Brand new x-fi drivers just came out, you can find xp and vista downloads through this: Link!
I'm using the Creative X-Fi sound. It's the Xtreme Music.
Here's what I've tried so far:
1. Installing Brand new Creative Drivers
2. Re-installing OpenAL
3. Running Bioshock in XP-SP2 Compatibility Mode
Nothing seems to work. The sound is wonderful at first, then something happens, I hear the sound "pop" or "crackle", then bam... I'm missing some sounds and the sounds I do have are not right. Exact problem as the OP.
Similar problem here, running an HT Omega Striker 7.1 card however. Vista Home Premium, SP1 installed & latest sound card drivers too. I don't hear this "pop" though, my sound is just never right from the start. I thought it was something to do with the sound card setup, perhaps it is. I can post exact sound settings from the game, if it helps at all.
You guys have probably tried this, but try installing the OpenAL 2.0.3 off of Creative's site. There's also a version 2.0.6 from some game, although I'm not sure if it helps any.
If that's not enough, try editing this line in Bioshock.ini, under [ALAudio.ALAudioSubsystem]:
Third option is to try reducing the number of sound channels from 32 to 16 (it's in the same section).
I suspect that on X-Fi cards, X-RAM is being used to offload sound samples, but it's running out of memory.
I ended up re-installing the HT Omega drivers from the CD (accidentally, didn't even remove the first install. Oops.) and my sound seems to be fine now! Not related at all to the X-Fi users but there ya go.