Troubleshoot sound-related problems with Microsoft games or mapping programs

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Summary

This article describes how to troubleshoot these sound-related issues in the Microsoft games that are listed in the "Applies to" section:
  • No sound plays.
  • Sounds are too quiet.
  • Sounds are distorted or scratchy.
  • The computer stops responding ("hangs") when sounds are played.

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Troubleshoot the problem by using the following methods in the order that they are presented.

Method 1: Check whether you can hear the sound in Windows

Test the sound in Windows by playing your favorite music or video file. If there is no sound, contact the manufacturer of the computer or of the sound card for more troubleshooting help. If you can hear the sound, go to Method 2.

Method 2: Check whether sound is enabled in the program

Each program has a unique setting to turn on and turn off the sound. Refer to the product documentation (manual) for certain keys or game settings to "toggle" the sound on or off.

If the issue continues to occur, go to Method 3.

Method 3: Restart the computer by using a clean startup procedure

When you start Microsoft Windows, other software may start automatically together with the operating system. These programs can include antivirus and system utilities that may interfere with the game. When you perform a clean startup, you prevent these programs from starting automatically.

You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to complete this procedure. If the computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

To view detailed steps about how to do a clean startup, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
331796 Perform a clean startup to determine whether background programs are interfering with your game or program
If the issue continues to occur, go to Method 4.

Method 4: Install the latest version of Microsoft DirectX

To download and install the latest version of DirectX, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/default.mspx
If the issue continues to occur, go to Method 5.

Method 5: Update your sound card driver

Contact the manufacturer of your sound card to obtain and install the latest version of the driver. For information about how to contact the manufacturer of your video adapter or sound card, see the "References" section of this article.

To determine whether applicable driver updates are available, visit the following Microsoft Windows Update Web site:
http://update.microsoft.com
To view a video that shows how to use Microsoft Windows Update, click Play to view this streaming media presentation:



To identify the name and the provider of your sound driver, follow these steps:
  1. Open the Direct X Diagnostic Tool. To do this, click Start
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    the Start button
    , type dxdiag in the Start Search box, and then click dxdiag.exe in the Programs list.
  2. Click the Sound tab.
  3. Under Device, look for Name.
  4. Under Drivers, look for Provider.
  5. Click Exit.
To view a video that shows how to use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, click Play to view this streaming media presentation:


References

For information about how to contact the manufacturer of your sound card, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendors
Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

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Article ID: 812394 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 31.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft MapPoint 2009 North America
  • Microsoft MapPoint 2009 North America with GPS Locator
  • Microsoft Streets & Trips 2009
  • Microsoft Streets & Trips 2009 with GPS Locator
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe Edition
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Acceleration Expansion Pack
  • Microsoft Age of Empires III
  • Microsoft Age of Empires III : The WarChiefs
  • Microsoft Dungeon Siege II
  • Fable: The Lost Chapters PC
  • Microsoft Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
  • Microsoft Gears of War (PC)
  • Microsoft Viva Pinata (PC)
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Dino Danger
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection
  • Microsoft Rise of Nations
  • Microsoft Rise of Nations: Gold Edition
  • Microsoft Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
  • Microsoft Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots
  • Microsoft Fable III for PC
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