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Old 12-06-2004, 06:55 AM   #1
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Doom3 ALSA

Hey Im using the latest Doom 3 patch for the officical binary version.
It's 1.1.286 (has support for ALSA)
Im running Doom3 fine. I have a high end machine and have turned my settings up to ultimate. Im using 66.29 linux drivers on Slackware 10.0 with kernel 2.4.26. I have an up to date version of ALSA and my VIA onboard sound works just fine for other games.

Doom 3 sound is really poor for me. I don't know what the problem is.
I thought maybe KDE was too top-heavy so I tried using fluxbox also - no joy.
Also, I have tried playing with lower video settings etc.

Do I need to switch off 5.1 sound or something?
Is it the kernel?
the VIA sound card? - I dont know..??

Help : / (Ive been very patient. I decided not to play it at all until it came out for Linux. I even waited for ALSA support.)
Old 12-06-2004, 07:33 AM   #2
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Linux sound

Last call. Are there any sound people here that can help me?
Old 12-07-2004, 06:09 AM   #3
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Captains log, stardate 071204:

After failing in my attempt to understand why sound would not work properly with the new doom3 binary I decided to pursue making the ALSA patch use OSS.

Sound will be fine (albeit non-multichannel) if you run this in terminal for doom3 game folder:

doom3 +set s_driver OSS +set s_numberOfSpeakers 2
(change 2 for however many speakers you use. Actually you could probably just run: ~#doom3 +set s_driver OSS (to launch the game)
or you can edit the doom3 shell file itself (so you dont have to bother thinking about it again..)

look for this line in the Doom3 shell script:
exec ./doom3 "$@"
comment that line out and replace it with this or something equivalent.
exec ./doom3 +set s_driver OSS +set s_numberOfSpeakers 2
I MIGHT bother to try and get the 11286 doom3 build working with alsa...
By the way its an amazing game on ultra high detail. and thats comming from someone who has played HL2 through...


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