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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:05 pm    Post subject: Audigy 2 ZS distorted sound in OpenAL games [WORKAROUND] Reply with quote

In OpenAL games - Serious Sam 3 form Steam and UT2004 (directly form DVD), and some games run under Wine (or maybe CrossoverGames, I don't remember exactly), sound coming from my Audigy2 ZS gets distorted - it is skips about 3 times per second.

I use PulseAudio. If I switch to integrated Intel soundard, the problem is gone (but I'd rather use Audigy for gaming)

Code:

strazce@thor ~ $ uname -a
Linux thor 3.6.11-gentoo-sh #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Dec 22 22:59:34 CET 2012 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9450 @ 2.66GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
strazce@thor ~ $ sudo lspci
....
08:02.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev 04)
   Subsystem: Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 ZS (SB0350)
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 248, IRQ 18
   I/O ports at ec00 [size=64]
   Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 2
   Kernel driver in use: snd_emu10k1
   Kernel modules: snd-emu10k1


I have this problem for at least two years (I remember trying to play Lineage under CrossOver Games, then pure Wine - one of those had this problem, the other didn't), but I'm sure some years ago this must have worked fine, because I used to play UT2004 on this machine a lot (maybe I din't use PulseAudio that time).
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found someone with a very similar problem on the Steam forums. The audio file linked there sounds pretty much the same as when I try to use my Audigy card, but he has this porblem with Intel card, while on my machine, Intel card works fine, but Audigy produces strange sounds.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK. I was able to workaround this bug by disabling the Pulse driver in OpenAL config - i.e. creating a ~/.alsoftrc file:
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drivers = alsa

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