From: Oslo, Norway
Well TBH, I have no idea what Zak means here, as your (Larry's) report clearly says:
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
"Speakers" is just what Windows calls the device.
I see nothing wrong with the drivers, they say:
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.8536 (English)
Date and Size: 9/11/2018 12:00:00 AM, 6380600 bytes
These are newer drivers than I have (6.00.0001.7535) so I just assume you have a newer version of the chipset on your machine. There's probably zillions of different Realtek chipsets out there, and practically impossible for users to figure out what drivers they need.
Realtek audio devices are included on the motherboard, and I wouldn't try to download any drivers from anywhere out there - lots of shady sites, use only the Windows supplied drivers. Realtek's official site doesn't even offer the drivers anymore, I looked.
In your "tray" area you should have a (Brown?) speaker icon with the name "Realtek HD Audio Manager". Double-click this and check if it shows any issues.
Set Environment Effects and Equalizer to "None" (because they suck...), and check the "Default format" tab. It should be 16bits, 44100Hz.
One thing to test first: Are you able to play back the .ogg audio files from "The Operational Art of War IV\Sound" directory? Probably WMP will open, and if you can hear audio it would be strange if something is wrong with your drivers at all.
But a good test anyway would be to try to update the drivers manually, or uninstall/reinstall.
- Open Device Manager (search it in Start)
- Find "Realtek High Definition Audio" under "Sound, video and game controllers".
- Right-click the device, first try "Update driver", then "search automatically".
- Let it work and restart your computer.
If this doesn't work, go back into Device manager.
- Uninstall the device
- Reboot computer
- Open device manager
- Windows should have automatically found the device on boot and installed the drivers, if not right-click and scan for hardware changes.
Also, in device manager look for yellow alerts on devices, this means missing/wrong drivers, always a good idea to make sure all are clear of warnings.
TOAW uses the (ancient) Audiere DLL libraries for audio playback I think, so there might be an some issue there between the game and your system somehow - DLL Hell maybe?
< Message edited by Shadrach -- 2/19/2019 10:32:21 PM >