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Anonymous
July 18, 2005 6:16:30 AM

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I have been suffering from sound stuttering in HL2 from the beginning,
with little success trying to solve it with the advice of this news
group and Valve's site. The other day, I added 1 Gb of RAM to my
system. I had 512 Mb, so I now have 1,5 Gb of memory. Running with
everything maxed out (resolution, aniso, FSAA, etc), the game runs
smooooooooooothly and sound stuttering has gone away. Load times of
levels are simply incredible (less than 30 seconds, before this I had
time to take a coffee during level load). I was so impressed and happy
that I'm playing again from the beginning (3rd time), and I'm enjoying
very very much the game now.

Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.

Regards.
Anonymous
July 18, 2005 2:24:49 PM

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"Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> I have been suffering from sound stuttering in HL2 from the beginning,
> with little success trying to solve it with the advice of this news
> group and Valve's site. The other day, I added 1 Gb of RAM to my
> system. I had 512 Mb, so I now have 1,5 Gb of memory. Running with
> everything maxed out (resolution, aniso, FSAA, etc), the game runs
> smooooooooooothly and sound stuttering has gone away. Load times of
> levels are simply incredible (less than 30 seconds, before this I had
> time to take a coffee during level load). I was so impressed and happy
> that I'm playing again from the beginning (3rd time), and I'm enjoying
> very very much the game now.
>
> Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
> you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.
>
> Regards.
>

I have 2GByte of RAM in my system. I had quite a lot of sound stuttering.
Some HL2 console-commands got rid of 60% of my stuttering. But only after
the i played the game i found a different set of settings/console-commands
that got rid of 95% of the stuttering (only at loading a level, sound will
now stutter a little. During the game: no stuttering at all). I forgot the
list of commands... i'm not at my home-computer right now; i can't search
for them. I may post these commands later.
July 18, 2005 5:04:59 PM

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"Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>I have been suffering from sound stuttering in HL2 from the beginning,
> with little success trying to solve it with the advice of this news
> group and Valve's site. The other day, I added 1 Gb of RAM to my
> system. I had 512 Mb, so I now have 1,5 Gb of memory. Running with
> everything maxed out (resolution, aniso, FSAA, etc), the game runs
> smooooooooooothly and sound stuttering has gone away. Load times of
> levels are simply incredible (less than 30 seconds, before this I had
> time to take a coffee during level load). I was so impressed and happy
> that I'm playing again from the beginning (3rd time), and I'm enjoying
> very very much the game now.
>
> Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
> you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.
>
> Regards.
>

Excellent news and thanks for the advice. Been considering upping to 1.5GB
for some time. Might just do it now.
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Anonymous
July 19, 2005 3:30:52 AM

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"Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com
> I have been suffering from sound stuttering in HL2 from the beginning,
> with little success trying to solve it with the advice of this news
> group and Valve's site. The other day, I added 1 Gb of RAM to my
> system. I had 512 Mb, so I now have 1,5 Gb of memory. Running with
> everything maxed out (resolution, aniso, FSAA, etc), the game runs
> smooooooooooothly and sound stuttering has gone away. Load times of
> levels are simply incredible (less than 30 seconds, before this I had
> time to take a coffee during level load). I was so impressed and happy
> that I'm playing again from the beginning (3rd time), and I'm enjoying
> very very much the game now.
>
> Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
> you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.
>
> Regards.

Actually, thank you for coming back and filling us in! There is sure
to be a few who will find your information very useful.
McG.
Anonymous
July 19, 2005 3:32:21 AM

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"Anton Spaans" <aspaans at(noSPAM) smarttime dot(noSPAM) com> wrote in
message news:j66dnfh4xJcsJkbfRVn-1Q@speakeasy.net
> "Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>> I have been suffering from sound stuttering in HL2 from the
>> beginning, with little success trying to solve it with the advice of
>> this news group and Valve's site. The other day, I added 1 Gb of RAM
>> to my system. I had 512 Mb, so I now have 1,5 Gb of memory. Running
>> with everything maxed out (resolution, aniso, FSAA, etc), the game
>> runs smooooooooooothly and sound stuttering has gone away. Load
>> times of levels are simply incredible (less than 30 seconds, before
>> this I had time to take a coffee during level load). I was so
>> impressed and happy that I'm playing again from the beginning (3rd
>> time), and I'm enjoying very very much the game now.
>>
>> Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
>> you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.
>>
>> Regards.
>>
>
> I have 2GByte of RAM in my system. I had quite a lot of sound
> stuttering. Some HL2 console-commands got rid of 60% of my
> stuttering. But only after the i played the game i found a different
> set of settings/console-commands that got rid of 95% of the
> stuttering (only at loading a level, sound will now stutter a little.
> During the game: no stuttering at all). I forgot the list of
> commands... i'm not at my home-computer right now; i can't search for
> them. I may post these commands later.

Honestly, anyone who is just starting out playing HL2 will likely find
all the information useful. I'd also keep it handy.
McG.
Anonymous
July 19, 2005 6:20:39 AM

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In article <1121688002.53443.0@doris.uk.clara.net>, Shawk
<shawk@clara.co.uk.3guesses> wrote:

> "Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>
> >
> > Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
> > you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.
> >
> > Regards.
> >
>
> Excellent news and thanks for the advice. Been considering upping to 1.5GB
> for some time. Might just do it now.
>
Hmmm. I've had sound problems which got worse as the game went on
(enough to make me give up), and I've got 1gb of ram to start with.
Can't imagine another 500Mb will make a difference....

___
Neil
aka HighVis
July 19, 2005 10:45:48 AM

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"Neil Jones" <neil@designumbrella.com> wrote in message
news:190720050220394978%neil@designumbrella.com...
> In article <1121688002.53443.0@doris.uk.clara.net>, Shawk
> <shawk@clara.co.uk.3guesses> wrote:
>
>> "Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>>
>> >
>> > Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
>> > you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.
>> >
>> > Regards.
>> >
>>
>> Excellent news and thanks for the advice. Been considering upping to
>> 1.5GB
>> for some time. Might just do it now.
>>
> Hmmm. I've had sound problems which got worse as the game went on
> (enough to make me give up), and I've got 1gb of ram to start with.
> Can't imagine another 500Mb will make a difference....
>

Got a gig here too and was considering the extra for BF2 (lot of HD
thrashing). Probably pick up another stick of 512 next month - I'll let you
know. For £22 from Aria it cant hurt.
Anonymous
July 20, 2005 1:10:57 AM

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I have these settings in my autoexec.cfg
=====================================
cl_smooth 0
mat_forcemanagedtextureintohardware 1
snd_mixahead "0.1"
sv_autosave "0"
sv_forcepreload "1"
cl_forcepreload "1"
r_lod "-2"
default_fov 90
fov 90
cl_ragdoll_collide 1
=====================================

Notes:
- The two fov settings are just for aestethic reasons... a bit larger FOV
suited me better.
- The snd_mixahead should be larger for less stuttering. The lowest i could
get was "0.1", because of popping and crackling noises coming from my
Creative Audigy2 ZS soundcard.
- I don't remember why i put the cl_ragdoll_collide in there.

This is my system:
Pentium IV 2.4GHz
2GByte RAM
ATI Radeon 800XL AGP (at 4x, however, my motherboard does not support more)
Creative Audigy2 ZS Plat. Pro
My system is 'ACPI Uniprocessor PC'. I put the sound- and video-card in such
slots that they do not share IRQs.

Question: I still have some crackling/popping noises so now and then in my
soundcard. I don't share any IRQs among devices that put large loads on the
system (my motherboard did not put them all on the dreaded IRQ-9, luckily.)
Would changing my PC config to 'Standard PC' get rid of these popping
noises? Everything else is working fine. Haven't had a crash in litterally
years...

Thanks
-- Anton.
Anonymous
July 20, 2005 2:20:58 AM

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"Anton Spaans" <aspaans at(noSPAM) smarttime dot(noSPAM) com> wrote in
message news:j66dnfh4xJcsJkbfRVn-1Q@speakeasy.net...
>
> "Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>> I have been suffering from sound stuttering in HL2 from the beginning,
>> with little success trying to solve it with the advice of this news
>> group and Valve's site. The other day, I added 1 Gb of RAM to my
>> system. I had 512 Mb, so I now have 1,5 Gb of memory. Running with
>> everything maxed out (resolution, aniso, FSAA, etc), the game runs
>> smooooooooooothly and sound stuttering has gone away. Load times of
>> levels are simply incredible (less than 30 seconds, before this I had
>> time to take a coffee during level load). I was so impressed and happy
>> that I'm playing again from the beginning (3rd time), and I'm enjoying
>> very very much the game now.
>>
>> Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
>> you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.
>>
>> Regards.
>>
>
> I have 2GByte of RAM in my system. I had quite a lot of sound stuttering.
> Some HL2 console-commands got rid of 60% of my stuttering. But only after
> the i played the game i found a different set of settings/console-commands
> that got rid of 95% of the stuttering (only at loading a level, sound will
> now stutter a little. During the game: no stuttering at all). I forgot the
> list of commands... i'm not at my home-computer right now; i can't search
> for them. I may post these commands later.
>
>
I thought my onboard sound was draining too much cpu time. I don't have all
the settings maxed out. I use the '*' recommended for your system. It
looks like hard drive activity is the cause if extra ram is the cure. I
wonder if scsi, raid or sata users fair any better?

p.s mcgrandpa posts following anton's have been removed from the server. So
have several others. Were they very rude?
Anonymous
July 20, 2005 3:24:19 AM

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ian lincoln wrote:

> I thought my onboard sound was draining too much cpu time. I don't have all
> the settings maxed out. I use the '*' recommended for your system. It
> looks like hard drive activity is the cause if extra ram is the cure. I
> wonder if scsi, raid or sata users fair any better?
>
> p.s mcgrandpa posts following anton's have been removed from the server. So
> have several others. Were they very rude?

Nope! And they're still visible on news.individual.net - perhaps your
newsserver is having a bad day?



--
Ben Cottrell AKA Bench
Anonymous
July 20, 2005 3:36:36 AM

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"Ben Cottrell" <bench@bench333.screaming.net> wrote
> Nope! And they're still visible on news.individual.net - perhaps your
> newsserver is having a bad day?

That's the final nail, I'm missing loads of posts. Time to put my hand in my
wallet and go back to Individual.
--
David
davidfirewater(a)hotmail.com
Anonymous
July 20, 2005 4:04:26 AM

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"ian lincoln" <jessops@sux.com> wrote in message
news:e1fDe.2102$Pf3.498@fe2.news.blueyonder.co.uk
> "Anton Spaans" <aspaans at(noSPAM) smarttime dot(noSPAM) com> wrote in
> message news:j66dnfh4xJcsJkbfRVn-1Q@speakeasy.net...
>>
>> "Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>>> I have been suffering from sound stuttering in HL2 from the
>>> beginning, with little success trying to solve it with the advice
>>> of this news group and Valve's site. The other day, I added 1 Gb of
>>> RAM to my system. I had 512 Mb, so I now have 1,5 Gb of memory.
>>> Running with everything maxed out (resolution, aniso, FSAA, etc),
>>> the game runs smooooooooooothly and sound stuttering has gone away.
>>> Load times of levels are simply incredible (less than 30 seconds,
>>> before this I had time to take a coffee during level load). I was
>>> so impressed and happy that I'm playing again from the beginning
>>> (3rd time), and I'm enjoying very very much the game now.
>>>
>>> Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
>>> you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of
>>> RAM. Regards.
>>>
>>
>> I have 2GByte of RAM in my system. I had quite a lot of sound
>> stuttering. Some HL2 console-commands got rid of 60% of my
>> stuttering. But only after the i played the game i found a different
>> set of settings/console-commands that got rid of 95% of the
>> stuttering (only at loading a level, sound will now stutter a
>> little. During the game: no stuttering at all). I forgot the list of
>> commands... i'm not at my home-computer right now; i can't search
>> for them. I may post these commands later.
> I thought my onboard sound was draining too much cpu time. I don't
> have all the settings maxed out. I use the '*' recommended for your
> system. It looks like hard drive activity is the cause if extra ram
> is the cure. I wonder if scsi, raid or sata users fair any better?
>
> p.s mcgrandpa posts following anton's have been removed from the
> server. So have several others. Were they very rude?

I doubt that! LOL! Probably not enough relevant information....too
much quoted text or something to do with Roadrunner? I just saw my own
post, so it isn't from all servers.
McG.
Anonymous
July 20, 2005 11:06:13 PM

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"ian lincoln" <jessops@sux.com> wrote in message >>> everything
I thought my onboard sound was draining too much cpu time. I don't have
all
the settings maxed out. I use the '*' recommended for your system. It
looks like hard drive activity is the cause if extra ram is the cure. I
wonder if scsi, raid or sata users fair any better?
July 28, 2005 4:14:37 AM

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"Neil Jones" <neil@designumbrella.com> wrote in message
news:190720050220394978%neil@designumbrella.com...
> In article <1121688002.53443.0@doris.uk.clara.net>, Shawk
> <shawk@clara.co.uk.3guesses> wrote:
>
>> "Quinti" <joanquro@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1121678190.851454.190550@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>>
>> >
>> > Sorry for the size of the post, but I'm very happy to share it with
>> > you. So, a good advice for the sound stuttering is: add a lot of RAM.
>> >
>> > Regards.
>> >
>>
>> Excellent news and thanks for the advice. Been considering upping to
>> 1.5GB
>> for some time. Might just do it now.
>>
> Hmmm. I've had sound problems which got worse as the game went on
> (enough to make me give up), and I've got 1gb of ram to start with.
> Can't imagine another 500Mb will make a difference....
>

Finally got that extra RAM. Extra stick of 512MB PC3200. That's 1.5GB
total. Only played an hour or so of HL2 and an hour or so of CS:S (with
bots) but I have definitely noticed a difference - lot less
hitching/stuttering. Now playing both of those with 2xAA and they're
running better than before on 0xAA. I'll try a few other games tomorrow
night but so far I'm a happy chappy.

NF7-S(2), Barton XP2800, Sapphire 9800Pro, 1.5GB PC3200, Audigy ZS, couple
of 160GB disks and XP Pro.
Anonymous
August 23, 2005 2:48:32 PM

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"Anton Spaans" <aspaans at(nospam) speakeasy dot(nospam) net> wrote in
message news:SJidnWy5Qa8AOUDfRVn-hw@speakeasy.net...
> I have these settings in my autoexec.cfg
> =====================================
> cl_smooth 0
> mat_forcemanagedtextureintohardware 1
> snd_mixahead "0.1"
> sv_autosave "0"
> sv_forcepreload "1"
> cl_forcepreload "1"
> r_lod "-2"
> default_fov 90
> fov 90
> cl_ragdoll_collide 1
> =====================================
>
> Notes:
> - The two fov settings are just for aestethic reasons... a bit larger FOV
> suited me better.
> - The snd_mixahead should be larger for less stuttering. The lowest i
could
> get was "0.1", because of popping and crackling noises coming from my
> Creative Audigy2 ZS soundcard.
> - I don't remember why i put the cl_ragdoll_collide in there.
>
> This is my system:
> Pentium IV 2.4GHz
> 2GByte RAM
> ATI Radeon 800XL AGP (at 4x, however, my motherboard does not support
more)
> Creative Audigy2 ZS Plat. Pro
> My system is 'ACPI Uniprocessor PC'. I put the sound- and video-card in
such
> slots that they do not share IRQs.
>
> Question: I still have some crackling/popping noises so now and then in my
> soundcard. I don't share any IRQs among devices that put large loads on
the
> system (my motherboard did not put them all on the dreaded IRQ-9,
luckily.)
> Would changing my PC config to 'Standard PC' get rid of these popping
> noises? Everything else is working fine. Haven't had a crash in litterally
> years...
>
> Thanks
> -- Anton.
>
>

I added the setting

snd_digital_surround 1

to my autoexec.cfg. This allowed me to change snd_mixahead to a larger
value, to reduce stuttering even more!
!