View Full Version : Can't enable EAX w/Audigy 2
06-15-2004, 06:18 AM
The EAX options are "greyed out" but I have an Audigy 2 with latest drivers. It seems as if T3 isn't detecting that I have an EAX-capable sound device.
07-09-2004, 09:24 PM
just to let you know, i just bought the game and that is the reason i am on the forums, if i find a solution for us ill post it here.
07-10-2004, 01:24 PM
dinger, i had the latest eax drivers installed. so i uninstalled them and went back to the originals that came with the soundcard and it seems to have fixed the problem. if you havent had any success by now you may want to give it a go.
08-06-2004, 04:38 PM
Hey Dinger, what kind of problem are you having? I have an audigy 2 and Im not getting any sound on the menu or in the game whatsoever. I have latest drivers and all that. Its really weird.
08-16-2004, 02:14 PM
The reason you have no sound is probably due to EAX effects you have activated in the console outside the game basically disable these first and sound should play for you Solace.
08-16-2004, 03:15 PM
Thats what I thought but I do have them disabled and I still am not getting sound. Real annoying.
08-17-2004, 07:45 PM
OK, I am a Newbie with Thief 3, and I do not understand part of the question. Please help me out.
I have an Audigy (1) sound card. EAX works when I enable it in the Audigy's EAX control panel, and it does not work when I disable effects in the control panel. In either case, enabled or disabled in the control panel, I can find no in-game options for EAX, greyed out or otherwise. The manual does not mention them. The A/V control under options shows only video options, as shown in the manual.
So, what am I missing? Where are the in-game EAX options? Could it be something that is noticed and turned on only during the install process? I had EAX turned off at install time.
I note that the readme file accessible through the CD mentions some "Manual Additions" that include options for EAX 3 and EAX 4. It does not say how to do them.
08-17-2004, 09:47 PM
The in game EAX options are listed in the A/V section within options:
Thief EAX (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v139/Clumsyorchid/ThiefEAX.jpg)
You'll need to first turn on "Audio Hardware Mixing" then you can select the EAX options below:
Thief EAX2 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v139/Clumsyorchid/ThiefEAX2.jpg)
As you can see from the pic, my Audigy 1 only supports one of the two EAX effects available. I'm not sure about enabling EAX within a console before launching the game. I just intalled the card and software, launched the game, clicked the mixing option, and enabled EAX. Hope this helps :).
08-18-2004, 08:40 PM
In the old Thief games you had to be exited to the TITLE menu and then you could turn Hardware on/off and eax if your card supports it. I'm not sure if its the same though, for Thief 3, as I don't have an Audigy, only a Live!
Its still a suggestion that might work. Exit the game you're playing and try the options in just the title.
08-18-2004, 10:14 PM
Boy do I feel stupid. I simply did not scroll down to see the sound options.:o
OK, now that that is settled, here is the way my system works. Neither hardware mixing nor any of the EAX options are enabled if you do not have a sound effect turned on in the Creative Audio HQ EAX control panel. If you have any sound effect turned on in the control panel, then the Hardware mixing option becomes enabled. As Clumsy said, once you check that, then the first EAX option becomes enabled, and you can then check that. No matter what I did, I could never get the second EAX option, multiple environments, to become enabled. That may be because I have only an Audigy 1.
Anyway, my experience is the opposite of that described above. You must have a sound effect on in the control to make it work, not turn them all off. I could not tell the difference, in-game, with selecting different sound effects in the contriol panel. Apparently the game sets the card to EAX through software. There are some effects under FXin the control panel that are EAX specific. You may as well check one of those.
Let us know if your experience is similar to mine.
08-21-2004, 10:48 AM
I have a similar problem but can't find any information on it. Here goes:
I just purchased an Audigy 2 zs and some 7.1 speakers - Sounds great! Problem is, when I enable Hardware mixing and all EAX options in the Thief options-screen all sound dies. When playing the game EAX is running and everything sounds great, environment fx are on and all is well - except for the fact that Garrets sounds are gone.
No footsteps, no swishing sounds from the blackjack, no lockpicking sounds. Everything else works though! I can hear all the NPCs, objects falling and so on.... but the menu-sounds and Garrets sounds are just gone.
I have the very latest drivers straight from the creative website. What's going on???
All sounds come back when shutting off EAX.
08-21-2004, 11:39 AM
Im not sure, Nanoflux. It is not quite the same problem. If we can't settle it here, you may get more responses if you were to post another thread with a descriptive title.
For a start, I would turn EAX off in the game. How does that work? Then I would turn EAX off in the Audigy control panel by setting it to no effects. Does the no EAX case work? If yes, then you have a problem with EAX. If no, you have some other problem with your sound card or its drivers. Etc. Narrow it down that way.
I'm not sure about this, but selective volume could also indicate that your sound volume controls are not set right. In the Thief options A/V settings there are two volume controls, sound effects and music. I have both of mine all the way up, by default.
08-21-2004, 02:27 PM
Thanks for your response Peter, I actually got it working now. I thought I had all EAX stuff turned off in Windows, as it was said that could cause conflicts, but I failed to notice an equalizer setting running. Turned this off and all works great.
Beware any EAX presets running in Windows prior to Thief:ing! ;)
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