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Rise of Nations: Known sound issues

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Summary
This article describes known sound-related issues that you may experience when you play Microsoft Rise of Nations. The information in this article first describes general issues, and then describes issues that have only been known to occur on specific types of sound hardware.
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General sound issues

The following are general sound-related issues that are not specific to a type of hardware.
  • When you try to play Rise of Nations, the in-game sounds and music may stop playing. To resolve this issue, add the -sws3Dsound parameter. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. On the desktop, right-click Rise of Nations, and then click Properties.
    2. In the Target box, locate the end of the existing text, type -sws3Dsound, and then click OK.

      For example, "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Rise of Nations\rise.exe" -sw3Dsound
  • When you play Microsoft Rise of Nations, you receive no sound after the introduction movie.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    893681 You receive no sound after the introduction movie in Rise of Nations

Specific sound issues

The following issues apply only to specific types of sound hardware.
  • Audigy 2

    When you try to play Rise of Nations with this sound card, you may experience problems during game play. This issue occurs because this sound card interferes with SafeDisc, a utility that is used to help protect Rise of Nations. To resolve this issue, turn off the Audigy 2 splash screen. Also, if you play a DVD, restart your computer before you start Rise of Nations.
  • Aureal Vortex

    When you try to play Rise of Nations with this sound card, Rise of Nations may not start or function in any way. To resolve this issue, turn off the Hardware Acceleration feature. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, click Sounds and Audio Devices, and then click the Audio tab.
    3. In the Sound Playback pane, click Advanced.
    4. Click the Performance tab, and then drag the Hardware Acceleration slider bar to None.
    5. Click OK to close the Advanced Audio Properties window, and then click OK to close the Sounds and Audio Devices window.
    6. Quit Control Panel.
  • SoundBlaster Live!

    When you try to play Rise of Nations with this sound card on a Windows XP-based computer, the game performance may be decreased. To resolve this issue, turn off the Hardware Acceleration feature. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, click Sounds and Audio Devices, and then click the Audio tab.
    3. In the Sound Playback pane, click Advanced.
    4. Click the Performance tab, and then drag the Hardware Acceleration slider bar to None.
    5. Click OK to close the Advanced Audio Properties window, and then click OK to close the Sounds and Audio Devices window.
    6. Quit Control Panel.
  • SoundBlaster Live! Wave

    When you try to play Rise of Nations with this sound card, the in-game sounds may only come from one speaker. To resolve this issue download and install the most recent drivers for this sound card. To do this, visit the following Web site: 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.
For more information about how to troubleshoot sound related issues, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
812394 How to troubleshoot sound-related issues

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.
References
For information about your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Web site:To see if applicable driver updates are available, visit the following Microsoft Windows Update Web site:Click Play to view this streaming media demonstration. The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
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