Ok I searched high and low for a fix to where the game freezes up at the menu screen and the sound loops. Here is how I fixed mine hope this helps anyone else.
I currently run an FX60 with a XFX-7800GTX 4gigs of Corsair Extreme Memory.
Sound blaster Audigy 2 and Windows XP Pro (32) with PAE added to the boot.ini so it can see and use 3gig of the memory. (Latest drivers on all hardware devices video,sound etc..)
I went to amd.com and download the-
AMD Athlon™ 64/FX Processor Driver for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Version (x86 and x64 exe) 188.8.131.52 - Allows the system to automatically adjust the CPU speed, voltage and power combination that match the instantaneous user performance need. Download this Setup Installation program (EXE) to automatically update all the files necessary for installation. This package is recommended for users whom desire a graphical user interface for installation. This .EXE driver is a user friendly localized software installation of the driver designed for end-users. This driver supports AMD Athlon 64/FX processors on Windows XP SP2, Windows 2003 SP1 x84 and x64 Editions.
Then I went ahead and retrieved the -
AMD Dual-Core Optimizer - The AMD Dual-Core Optimizer can help improve some PC gaming video performance by compensating for those applications that bypass the Windows API for timing by directly using the RDTSC (Read Time Stamp Counter) instruction. Applications that rely on RDTSC do not benefit from the logic in the operating system to properly account for the affect of power management mechanisms on the rate at which a processor core's Time Stamp Counter (TSC) is incremented. The AMD Dual-Core Optimizer helps to correct the resulting video performance effects or other incorrect timing effects that these applications may experience on dual-core processor systems, by periodically adjusting the core time-stamp-counters, so that they are synchronized.
In add and remove programs uninstall Microsofts AMD Dual core processor driver. **reboot**
Install the AMD driver. **reboot**
Install the Dual Core Optimizer. **reboot**
You should be able to run the game now. I run mine @ 1600x1200 full graphics and no problems.