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Topic Subject: Zeus sound problems
posted 02-05-01 02:03 ET (US)   
Hi all, I have a Compaq Presario laptop at 475mHz and with 60MB of RAM (the other 4 are set aside for video mem). I did a full install of Zeus, but the opening movie stutters and skips, as do the voiceovers during the adventure intros. Also, the in-game music will sometimes stop abrubtly in the middle of a song, then pick up again later (it seems to resume once another sound effect is played). These things I could live with, but what really bugs me is that the ambient sounds do not work at all (although the walker voices and building right-click sounds all play properly). The only exception is that sometimes I will hear a half-second or so of the empty-terrain sounds ("Layer 1"?), but they are almost immediately cut off. Soooo... does anyone have any suggestions or advice for me?


p.s.-I've already read the official Zeus tech FAQ, but none of the suggestions therein helped.

posted 02-05-01 06:11 ET (US)     1 / 18  
Ozymandias , most of the time sound problems occur when you have 3D sound enabled.
Disable ingame 3D sound and see what happens.
Also make sure you have the latest version of you sound card drivers installed.

Good luck

posted 02-05-01 07:38 ET (US)     2 / 18  
Springer, I've already updated my drivers, and toggling 3D sound has no effect. Thanks for the luck though
posted 02-05-01 10:30 ET (US)     3 / 18  
hmmm seems my post didn't make the trip or this is a second post Anyway think I've said this before you need to check Compaq's site for updates to your computer Zeus is ram intensive so if the action is taking all the ram there is none available for sound. Thus crackling and break-up of the sound. Some on board sound cards can't be updated beyond a certain point in a case like that you will just have to live with the sound problem. My sound card even with updated drivers just doesn't give perfect sound in Zeus.
posted 02-05-01 14:07 ET (US)     4 / 18  
Hi Ozymandias

What type of sound is being use on your laptop? Is it combined with a PCI modem? The suggestions already mentioned are the ones that have minimized Zeus sound problems. I hope we can help some way.


posted 02-05-01 16:32 ET (US)     5 / 18  
Have you gone to Start-->Settings-->Control Panel-->Multimedia and made sure that your sound card is selected as the preferred playback device?
posted 02-05-01 21:21 ET (US)     6 / 18  
mouse, yes you told me that in your reply to my post on the Zeus Game Help forum, sorry for not responding. Anyway, I've already been to Compaq's site and d/l'ed new drivers for my sound card. Should I change my settings to give me more ordinary RAM (but less video RAM)?

Eugrabades, "VIA Audio (WAVE)" (my sound card) is set as my preferred device for playback, and the ingame sounds seem to be controlled by the "SW Synth" slider in the Windows volume control panel. Are either of these what you meant by 'type of sound' ET? Yes, I also have a PCI modem, though I'm not sure if it's combined with the sound card (is that how laptops are set up?). Could the modem be the problem? Thanks for your help!

[This message has been edited by Ozymandias (edited 02-05-2001).]

posted 02-06-01 00:38 ET (US)     7 / 18  
You could be short on RAM. How much do you have? And what other programs are running at the same time? Is it running on Virtual PC or a real one?

Ookay, that first was a dumb question. 60 MB is really not very much. I have a laptop with 64 MB, and I've had lots of stuttery multimedia problems with C3. You would have to find out from Eugrabades if Zeus makes a significantly greater demand on you comp's multimedia than C3 does.
Agan, try closing off as many other programs as possible. Also try decreasing the game's screen resolution. Some computers use regular system RAM for multimedia purposes, so lightening up the video card's workload could alleviate your sound problems. I run it at 640x480, and the videos are still a tad bit jerky.

[This message has been edited by Smack (edited 02-06-2001).]

posted 02-06-01 10:33 ET (US)     8 / 18  
Zeus makes more demands on your entire system than C3 or Pharaoh as I said before This information comes directly from Impressions web site Posting a game problem two or three different places will only get you the same answers phrased differently but the same none the less.
posted 02-06-01 17:17 ET (US)     9 / 18  
The Compaq BIOS checks the sound off as a SoundBlaster compatible card, and could give only 8 bit range. If the drivers aren't correct to configure the sound card for 16 bit dual DMA channel support. I don't think your current problem is as drastic as this..but if you do have another choice of preferred devices, (for example FM wave synthesis, SoundBlaster compatible) as alternative choices to try.

May basis is on a Compaq Presario 1200XL110 I just refurbished, which seems to have pretty good sound capabilities.

Do you have other devices available for playback?


posted 02-06-01 17:50 ET (US)     10 / 18  
Ozy, this is really annoying.
Could someone delete this thread?
posted 02-06-01 19:30 ET (US)     11 / 18  
Too late for that Smack since the VIP's have posted in both threads, and their comments need to be preserved.

If we can all limit our posts to one tread, then the other one will slide down naturally, but at least available to be referenced by everyone. Deleting it now might be premature.


posted 02-07-01 03:56 ET (US)     12 / 18  
Sorry for the double post. At first I thought this was still the C3-only tech forum so I posted originally on the Zeus game help board, then got impatient waiting for a passing angel to move it here, and re-posted myself. The other thread could be deleted now. Sorry once again
posted 02-07-01 10:46 ET (US)     13 / 18  
No problem we understand even if Smack doesn't All we want to do is help you get to play Zeus and be happy playing
posted 02-07-01 13:49 ET (US)     14 / 18  
Same here Ozymandias , I don't have a problem with your trying to find a solution, one only needs to ask, then we can deal with forum correctness

mouse and I have been doing this for several years now, and most of our efforts are successful.

If you have an opportunity to check the Zeus disc out on another system, just to rule out the possibility it's the disk. Every report I can find on you laptop says they handle sound just fine, so long as the drivers are current.

It did note in some of the tech notes that the video card could cause a crackling or popping sounds (affecting the speakers), something that I have experienced in other systems..not just laptops.

Glad you are patient and we will keep digging , until something turns up.


posted 02-09-01 18:59 ET (US)     15 / 18  
Okay, I understand. Sorry 'bout that.

Actually, this sounds like it should go in the tech forum in Zeus Heaven...

[This message has been edited by Smack (edited 02-09-2001).]

posted 02-09-01 23:36 ET (US)     16 / 18  
Smack this is the tech forum for Zeus as well as C3
posted 08-16-04 15:42 ET (US)     17 / 18  
So there is no solution ? I happen to have the exact same problem even if my configuration is different (amd 1600 mhz, 128 ram, C-media sound card) . But maybe 128 megs is still not enough ?
posted 08-16-04 16:07 ET (US)     18 / 18  
The usual solution is to turn off 3D sound within the game Have you tried that? What operating system? Zeus is not a memory hungry game but is a resource hungry game
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