Sound problems

May 29, 2010 at 21:30:09
Specs: Windows XP
I am running Virtual PC 2007 on XP Home SP3 with Win98SE as the client.
The objective is to run the game Realms of the HAunting which starts and plays OK, except...after about 2 mins of play, I get a buzzing, crackling, static type noise over the speakers. The game sound and music can still be heard but this noise overpowers them.
The sound is "regular" like a machine.
I've tried shutting down all other (XP) programs before running VPC but it doesn't make any difference.
The emulated sound card is a soundblaster 16 and the host machine has a built in Realtek AC'97 card.
Does anyone have any advice to resolve this issue?

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May 30, 2010 at 01:44:33
How is your mic settings? Even if you dont have a mic (Or if you do) you will get some kind of weird staticy feedback.

Do this:
On the bottom right you should see your sound icon. Click it to open "Master Volume"
On the top right of that window click Options then go to Properties.
Click Mixer Device, and click whatever input you see.
Click OK. Now the menu should have changed, make sure "Recording" is all the way down (IE: muted)
Did the problem go away?

Also make note your mic wont work unless you unmute it again later on.

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May 30, 2010 at 05:20:02
Thanks for the suggestion; I have tried it and it makes no difference. I'm beginning to think that it has something to do with the video files in the game, but I'm not sure. Any other suggestions? Contacting the video game manufacturer is a non- starter btw as the game is quite old. (1994)

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May 30, 2010 at 12:19:12
I did a bit of googling, and it seems like the game used to have all kinda of sound problems. to begin with.
I dont think I can find any fixes though, and because of how old the game is I doubt much could be done.
Sorry to say but im fresh out of idea on how to help if its a game issue.

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May 30, 2010 at 14:58:31
Hey,np, thanks for your advice anyhow. :)

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