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Topic Subject:No Sound in Pharaoh (Win XP)
Hypopotamuse
Pleb
posted 01-04-09 17:36 ET (US)         
I just ran a new installation (Minimum) on a laptop with XP on it. The installation music was there, but the game and videos do not have any music or city sounds - no sounds at all.

I have played other games on this laptop, including Half Life, Thief 1 and 2 etc, with full game sound.

Has there been a patch over the years? Any ideas?

I have played other games but Pharaoh is my favourite and always come back to it, but I would like to enjoy the complete experience and city noises and music helps to set the scene like no other game.
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Kindy
Pleb
posted 01-04-09 18:01 ET (US)     1 / 6       
I recently had a similar issue with sound, although with a full install and not on a laptop.

The solution that worked for me was to install the Pharaoh patch, which happened to conveniently be included on the CD I was installing from. (Pharaoh Gold, sold by Sold Out Software).

If your CD does not include any patches, they are usually available for download. I found a URL (http://www.gamexperts.com/index.php?patch_id=462 claiming to be the patch, but I have not verified that this download is what it claims to be.

Hope that helps,

Kindy
Brugle
HG Alumnus
posted 01-04-09 18:08 ET (US)     2 / 6       
There is a patch. Check your Pharaoh version--if you have version 1.0, then it isn't patched. (Or, if you have Cleopatra, if it is version 2.0 then it isn't patched.) It's a good idea to patch either game.

The patch did enable sound for people running on Windows 2000. If you're running Pharaoh using Windows 2000 compatibility mode (or perhaps another compatibility mode) then that might be the problem.
Hypopotamuse
Pleb
posted 01-06-09 16:15 ET (US)     3 / 6       
Strangely it was the other way round for me. I was in compatibility mode for W2K, I changed it to W95/8 and the sound is full on.

I'm back in Egypt after a long exile!
Brugle
HG Alumnus
posted 01-06-09 16:23 ET (US)     4 / 6       
it was the other way round for me. I was in compatibility mode for W2K, I changed it to W95/8 and the sound is full on.
No, your experience confirms what I said. Pharaoh lacked sound under W2K (but not earlier operating systems), and the "patch" was supposed to fix that.
RobMcG
Pleb
posted 03-23-14 13:27 ET (US)     5 / 6       
I hope this forum is still active, as the last post was from 2009.
I also am having an issue with no sound during gameplay. I am using Pharaoh version 1.0, without the Cleopatra expansion on a Win7 64-bit laptop. I tried installing the patch to 1.2 and that resolves the sound issue, allowing the sound to work normally, but then I am back to the issue where the game freezes up after about 5 minutes of game play.
I read through all the posts about the freezing but nothing seemed to resolve the issue for me. I tried running it in various comatability modes from 95 (wouldn't load) to NT. I tried setting it to run on only one processor and the lockups continued.
So is there any other way to get the game sounds to work without the 1.2 patch or am I just going to have to imagine the sounds of the game? I haven't played it for a while until now but I played it for so long in the past I can hear all the sounds in my head but it's not the same.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 03-23-14 14:57 ET (US)     6 / 6       
Hi RobMcG

Yes, the forums are still alive. Don't know why you are not able to see posts newer then from 2009 as the newest post is from 2014.

I've never heard about the sound bug being present on Win7, I myself has the original release of the game (including Cleopatra) installed and running on Win7 Ultimate 64-bit.

I suppose you have checked the Sound settings in the in-game menu at the top-left while playing?

If you have access to a computer running WinXP you could try the following trick:

Install and patch the game on the WinXP computer, then copy the games main folder including all contents to your computer. Create a shortcut on the desktop for the game. Load the CD in the drive, close eventual windows that pops up, then start the game using the shortcut on the desktop.

The last suggestion is buying the game on gog.com. I can naturally not guarantee it will work on your computer but they have tested their release on WinXP, Vista, Win7 and Win8 and also removed the DRM so no need to be afraid of having scratched the CD. It's a fully legal version.

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