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Emulating EAX on any onboard sound hardware?

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Reply 360 of 372, by lowenz

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That's only for DirectSound interface (Thief DS and Deus Ex Invisible War use a very particular configuration where the OpenAL interface is already internally wrapped to DirectSound).
Unreal 2 only offers EAX through OpenAL, it's why is a good benchmark for OpenAL+EAX (UT 2004 can do EAX through OpenAL AND DirectSound)

Audigy 2 ZS drivers work but in Unreal 2 (Severnaya level, the one I use as audio capabilities/performance test) there's a crash caused by a DPC Violation EDIT: it was due to savegame data, solved 😀

So for now the only real solution for Unreal 2 is EAXEFX (on Windows 10 systems): https://github.com/bibendovsky/eaxefx

No crashes in UT 2004 (or Unreal 2 in other levels so far), always for the combination OpenAL+EAX 😉

Reply 362 of 372, by mirh

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lowenz wrote on 2021-08-24, 23:30:

As expected not working (audio dropping with incendiary shotgun ammos) in Unreal 2 where EFXEAX is working (no audio dropping)

X-Fi Titanium with Unreal 2 forced in "native" OpenAL mode (bypassing the "System Driver" aka DirectSound wrapping -> UseDefaultDriver=False).

https://web.archive.org/web/20170720035149/ht … ad.php?t=726283
https://old.reddit.com/r/SoundBlasterOfficial … titanium_cards/
That's because hardware OAL on original soundblasters is bugged on newer >2.17 drivers, it's not an alchemy problem (but I already mentioned that I guess, hopefully everyone understands)

With this said..
Could y'all people with those cards working (when they do, they still are the golden standard right?) report back to EFXEAX and DSOAL for appraisal?
So that once they get polished and rounded off once and for good, we can all forget about this long-drawn-out nightmare of hardware acceleration and locking?

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Reply 363 of 372, by squeeb

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Looking through https://github.com/bibendovsky/eaxefx I'm curious about this line:

"The project enables EAX OpenAL Extension for systems without appropriate hardware."

What is considered appropriate hardware? Do modern creative cards (external or otherwise) fall under this category?

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Reply 365 of 372, by rolloLG

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rolloLG wrote on 2021-08-25, 13:04:
rolloLG wrote on 2020-11-19, 12:10:

This worked for me with Thief 3 Deadly Shadows:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filede … /?id=2291848228

Try this simple solution for EAX on any sound HW. Tested and working in some games (Dragon's Lair 3D, Thief 3, Prince of Persia 2008, Baldur's Gate II). It's the easiest and working solution I've found in all these years.

New update: 422 available (no changelog included though...)

Reply 366 of 372, by MrEWhite

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I bought X-Fi MB3 about 7 years back, and I went to install it on my machine after a clean install of Windows, and it seems that the activation servers are down for it, telling me to connect to the internet. Does anyone else have this problem?

Reply 367 of 372, by RetroGamer4Ever

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X-FI MB is a dead product, so there are no functioning registration servers up for it. I think the last version they were on was 5 and it was only something shipped with mobos at that point, which was some years ago. The only way to use it at this point is to crack it with a reg-key generator or download the already busted open versions.

Reply 368 of 372, by MrEWhite

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RetroGamer4Ever wrote on 2022-02-12, 19:32:

X-FI MB is a dead product, so there are no functioning registration servers up for it. I think the last version they were on was 5 and it was only something shipped with mobos at that point, which was some years ago. The only way to use it at this point is to crack it with a reg-key generator or download the already busted open versions.

Thing is I installed it at some point last year fine, so this must've recently happened.

Reply 369 of 372, by MrEWhite

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MrEWhite wrote on 2022-02-12, 20:12:
RetroGamer4Ever wrote on 2022-02-12, 19:32:

X-FI MB is a dead product, so there are no functioning registration servers up for it. I think the last version they were on was 5 and it was only something shipped with mobos at that point, which was some years ago. The only way to use it at this point is to crack it with a reg-key generator or download the already busted open versions.

Thing is I installed it at some point last year fine, so this must've recently happened.

"Sorry to inform you but support for X-Fi MB3 software is ceased.
Our software activation servers have been officially shut down on 13 Sep 2021."

Darn.

Reply 370 of 372, by cubanraul

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MrEWhite wrote on 2022-02-15, 02:53:

"Sorry to inform you but support for X-Fi MB3 software is ceased.
Our software activation servers have been officially shut down on 13 Sep 2021."

Darn.

Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine Lite is still available, free, and should activate. You can find it here: https://support.creative.com/Products/Product … %20BlasterX%20H.

Sound Blaster Control Panel (Sound Blaster Recon3D, Audigy Fx, Omni, R3/A6U, & Play! 2/3 versions) can work with the driver. Play! 3 was the last version of the control panel to be updated. I believe THX TruStudioPro works out of the box while Sound Blaster Cinema needs a little more effort to setup. MB3 isn't compatible, but MB5 is oddly enough.

Reply 371 of 372, by Jugate

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MrEWhite wrote on 2022-02-12, 18:37:

I bought X-Fi MB3 about 7 years back, and I went to install it on my machine after a clean install of Windows, and it seems that the activation servers are down for it, telling me to connect to the internet. Does anyone else have this problem?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqydVNaLR1w

try this, works fine for me on win 10 pro. With alchemy i be able to activate eax 3.0 on fear 1