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#1 13 years ago

I have a quick question in regards to ingame settings. In the Audio section, it asks how I want my sound to run, giving me the options of either Software or Hardware. What exactly is the difference, and most importantly, what would be the best option to use? I have a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you. - Rick




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#2 13 years ago

The hardware option uses features from DirectX that are supported in the hardware of your soundcard, there is a large list of unsupported cards in the readme

The following sound cards do not support the Hardware Audio Renderer option:

Altec Lansing ADA70 USB Speakers AOpen AW-320 AOpen Phantom 3D AW-724 ASound Express II Aureal Vortex Aureal Vortex 2 Aztech A3D Creative Labs SB 16 PCI Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 NX Creative Labs SB Audigy LS - (5.1) Creative Labs SB Extigy Creative Labs SB Live 24-bit Creative Labs SB Live Creative Labs SB Live PLATINUM Creative Labs SB Live Value Creative Labs SB Live X-GAMER Creative Labs SB Live X-GAMER 5.1 Creative Labs SB MP3+ USB Creative Labs SB PCI 128 Creative Labs SB PCI 512 Creative Labs SB PCI 64 Diamond Monster Sound II MX300 Diamond Monster Sound MX400 Diamond Sound Impact S90 Ensoniq Audio PCI PNP ESS Canyon 3D ESS Canyon 3D-2 ESS Maestro-2 3D Audio Hercules DIGIFIRE 7.1 Hercules Game Theater XP 7.1 Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 Hercules Gamesurround Muse Pocket USB Hi-Live PCI Hi-Live PCI SC4000 IOMagic Storm Surge M-Audio Sonica M-Audio Sonica Theater 7.1 M-Audio Transit USB Microsoft Digital Sound System 80 USB Nvidia nForce Audio Nvidia nForce2 Audio Philips Acoustic Edge Realtek ALC861 audio Siig Soundwave Elite 2000 Siig Soundwave Pro PCI SoundMAX 3 SoundMAX SoundMAX Cadenza (Intel 845) SoundMAX Cadenza (Intel 850) SoundMAX ADI AD1980 CODEC Turtle Beach Montego A3D Xstream Turtle Beach Montego II Turtle Beach Montego II Quadzilla Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Yamaha Xwave-192 Yamaha Xwave-512 Zoltrix Nightingale Value

It looks like your Audigy 2 should be ok to use hardware rendering, it will be faster and more efficient and remove some demand from the CPU.

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#3 13 years ago

WTF? that is just about every sound card out there. I got the SB live for christmas expecting it to be good for a few years. Nice job again EA.




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#4 13 years ago

I have on onboard soundcard (I'm planing on fixing that soon), and the main difference I've noticed is that the hardware rendering is really, really noisy. A plane can be on the other side of the map, and you can still hear its engines reving up or slowing down. It was too much, I just use software right now. I'm not sure if its supposed to be like that, so I'll try it again when I get my soundcard.




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#5 13 years ago

Interesting, so basically, despite using an un-supported sound card, setting the sound to Hardware audio and the game accepting it without a problem, you are telling me that it isn't actually doing anything? confusedx.gif

I have a SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 By he way.




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#6 13 years ago

Thank you very much for the speedy response.




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#7 13 years ago

Im using a vaio laptop so i expect i have a good onboard sound card (afterall it was expensive) how can i find out what it is etc




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#8 13 years ago
Aliblista(UK)Im using a vaio laptop so i expect i have a good onboard sound card (afterall it was expensive) how can i find out what it is etc

Have you considered going to Sony's site and checking your laptop specs?

But as far as the quality of laptop sound is concerned in general, it's not considered important to have good sound, after all you are going to be listening to it through those tiny tinny speakers, how good does it have to be?

For the Vaio series, it starts off with the top of the line having, "Crap with dolby digital" - from Sony's site, the tech specs of the onboard sound;

• Audio: Windows® sound system compatible Dolby® Headphone & Dolby® Virtual Speaker Built-in stereo speakers

Down to the bottom of the line, "Crap without Dolby Digital" - again from Sony's site;

Windows® sound system compatible, Built-in stereo speakers

No offense intended you understand, but you simply do NOT get good built in sound sound in laptops, ANY laptops. But then again that's why Creative make these little beauties;

http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=204&product=10769

A Audigy 2 ZS on a PCMCIA card :bows:

If you really want good sound from your laptop get one of those.

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#9 13 years ago

OK thx AK. p.s must ask all peeps on these forums to excuse my ignorance (hence idiot says what?) lol.