TITLE: F.E.A.R. XP--No Sub Channel, Missing Radio Sounds (Maybe other sounds...how does one know they are missing if there is no visual cue, lol)
I never finished Extraction Point before I built my new PC, so I just started over with the new system. Originally, I was playing on an XP Pro, P4 1GB, X1650 Pro, with no soundcard. My new system consists of:
Vista HP x64
Asus P5N-D, 2GB Mushkin
X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
Playing F.E.A.R. and XP on the old P4 system, I used headphones (no surround) and had no sound problems at all. Before starting FXP, I added it to ALchemy by using the registry path on Creative's site. The first thing I noticed with the X-Fi was no sub channel. The FL/R, RL/R, and Center were functioning correctly as near as I could tell. The sub channel tested OK in the Creative Console.
Soon, I also realized that some, but not all radio messages were missing the audio. To see if it was a fluke, I saved right before the missing radio message and tried 3 or 4 times, with the same result, but when I turned HW Mixing off, the radio message came through. Additionally, I believe that the music MAY be stopping prematurely now and then, but I'm not certain about that at all.
As an aside, after enabling the 'HW Mixing' and both EAX options, the first poster mentioned "beautiful sounds" and "full 3d". I, however, could not ascertain any significant difference between software and hardware. I am a musician and my ears function quite well, but I admit that I only compared the two settings for a minute or so in the first room of the game...