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Off-Topic / Re: The Official Babe Thread
« on: 10-12-2018, 21:12:50 »



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[How to guide] X-Fi - Ultra High sound quality on Sound Blaster audio cards anno 2018

Have been playing around with FH2 audio settings to get the best out of Creative X-Fi Audio renderer and Ultra High sound quality in virtuel 7.1 HD headphones.




For some time I have looked for a sollution to get great audio from PC in headphones when gaming. More specific I wanted to hear everything while having the lowest possible audio volume in my ears. I went for a usb card (SoundblasterX G6 ) to remove extra stress on PCIe on overclocked SLI setup and to avoid irq conflicts etc.

How to get it working ┬┤quick and clean` with out lag or stutter on screen or in ears.

1. Optimize Pc for gaming

2. Find & Install audio card drivers and firmware.

3. Fix Creative X-Fi cards surround sound issues replacing files in bf2folder
Replace OpenAL files ( steps modified from https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Battlefield_2#Surround_sound )

a.   Launch the game and set the audio renderer to Hardware.
b.   Go \EA GAMES\Battlefield 2 and create a backup of the file BF2OpenAL.dll.
c.   Install newest OpenAL https://www.openal.org/downloads/
d.   Copy the file OpenAL32.dll from %WINDIR%\SysWOW64\ (when using a 64-bit OS) or %WINDIR%\System32\ (32-bit OS) to \EA GAMES\Battlefield 2 and rename it to BF2OpenAL.dll.
e.   Download & extract Newest soft_oal.dll file https://kcat.strangesoft.net/openal.html#download to a temporary folder and copy the file soft_oal.dll from inside bin\Win32\ to \EA GAMES\Battlefield 2  (ex. needed when recording game incl. audio)

4. Run Creative ALchemy and add/make a Forgotten Hope 2 profile
tick Use Game Path and navigate to EA GAMES\Battlefield 2 folder that holds the forgottenhope2.exe file





Settings - on pic are the best I can set atm. Seems to run a little better than the default values for me.
Creative Alchemy default values for Battlefield 2 engine
Buffers : 4
Duration  25
Maximum Voice Court : 128

5. Open Soundblaster Connect software and tweak settings.
Like all other software these days this is kind of bloated with not needed features. Profiles that add many extra effects and adds more stress to the audio processing which may result in micro stutter and in worst case crash the game with wrong Alchemy settings




EAX5.0 is allready surround and 3D why add extra surround on top with other effects etc. + make the audio chain more muddy and longer ? I dont need extra bass or reverb to hear explosions louder or foot steps 200m away to sound like 50m away.




To skip all the extra processing disable Acoustic Engine and use Direct Mode if possible - setting also gives Lowest audio process respons time and best possible settings in Alchemy software

6. Starting FH2 and use ultra high audio for the first time.
After creative Alchemy FH2 profile enbled I could only change the audio settings in game to creative x-fi and ultra high setting. Not in the FH2 launcher when running the first time. After enabled in game no problem at next launch



Some times when joining a server ex CMP map or by joystickbutton in launcher. I get extra bathroom reverb effect that makes whole map sound like one big room.
 - Fix. Start FH2 with a stock map ex. 1 in list.After entering map -> disconnect and join multiplayer server
Rarely after many hours of FH2 with restarts and alt + tabs etc. Reverb bath room effect can be trippled and will not go away.
- Fix. Disable and enable audio device in windows device manager

7. Different settings and how to test
Playing with audio effects on is sure possible, but can add more micro clicks/stutter from time from time and adds latency to the audio processing
when in 1p mode find spots ingame with lots of action + sound. Moving mouse fast (shaking) from left to right and make 3d sound rotate fast from left to right and back) hear the 3d world and try to stress it :-)

ex. Purple Heart Lane map I have micro clicks in 1p with audio effects enabled
Try test with audio effects enabled and disabled and hear the difference in audio response time
The micro clicks in audio may not nesseary be a problem that can be fixed as some other players can have low quality mic audio or wrong setup. Nothing is perfect :-) 
When audio effects in soundblaster connect is added - game settings in Creative ALchemy may need also to be changed

Buffers : 5 or 6
Duration : 35 or higher like 40
Maximum Voice Court : 120 or maybe lower

If settings in Creative ALchemy are set wrong its possible to experience lower fps, in game experience slows down and can lag/freeze

8. Other EAX soundsettings in FH2 sound.con file
EA GAMES\Battlefield 2\mods\fh2\settings\Sound.con
sound.setProperty "balance2d3d-default" 0.55  (Only setting I changed so far. A little lower 1p gun sound to better hear squad voice chat & orders while intense fighting going on)

http://totalgamingnetwork.com/archive/index.php/t-68725.html
rem ** Balance between 2d and 3d samples.
sound.setProperty "balance2d3d-default" 0.8
sound.setProperty "balance2d3d-eax" 0.8
rem ** Reverb and obstruction
vars.set sound-maxreverb 3
vars.set sound-reverb-steepness 1
vars.set sound-raylength 17


9. Extra tips, tweaks & links
. Use a usb ports that does not share usbbus with other devices if possible and or try different ports. Both usb2 and usb3 type of ports works flawless for me in the motherboard ports on back side of pc
. Disable onboard audio device, bluetooth, webcam etc. in windows and bios if not needed
.Run Windows System Timer Tool in background while gaming. https://vvvv.org/contribution/windows-system-timer-tool
. RightMark Audio Ananlyser to benchmark audio http://audio.rightmark.org/download.shtml
.PCI or onboard audiocards Irq problems can be fixed
Windows: Line-Based vs. Message Signaled-Based Interrupts
https://forums.guru3d.com/threads/windows-line-based-vs-message-signaled-based-interrupts.378044/
MSI utility v2 http://www.mediafire.com/file/2kkkvko7e75opce/MSI_util_v2.zip to see possible irq conflicts.
This is not a tweak for every one. Be carefull with this tweak as it can mess up when done Wrong!



My IRQ settings in win 7 after turning the most devices into MSI mode

10. Is it worth it to upgrade to better audio in FH2 and other games ?
Satisfied by audio upgrade with SoundblasterX G6. Audio respons is as quick as the feeling of retro gaming in win Xp :-) Couple of bugs like hardware volume knob not working in win7 driver but do in win10 not a big deal for me. I have not tried testing the mic input much as I use a seperate usb mic
Dunno if its worth it. We all have different Ears. Im an audiophile and happy

TestVideo of different multiplayer action in ultra high sound quality https://youtu.be/Kv1TeLXrplQ

Video with sound of 255 bots in ultra high sound quality
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBP1NEMhg1Q

Soundblaster X-Fi History https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_Blaster_X-Fi
What to get from Ultra High Sound quality in Battlefield 2 https://web.archive.org/web/20051211080841/http://www.soundblaster.com/products/x-fi/technology/battlefield2/

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FH2 Help / Support / Re: How to Fix FH2 Ram issues
« on: 17-11-2018, 20:11:19 »
Made a video showing a simple way to clean the memory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-jO2IfwPas

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FH2 Help / Support / How to Fix FH2 Ram issues
« on: 16-11-2018, 02:11:24 »
While using windows, surfing or playing FH2. Standby memory will grow over time with not needed stuff that can be cleaned before and while gaming to prevent some crashing and other memory related issues

Clean with "EmptyStandbyList.exe" file from
https://wj32.org/wp/software/empty-standby-list/

try to run EmptyStandbyList.exe before starting FH2. Any difference ?

EmptyStandbyList - Tutorial set as a Task schdeuled to run each 5 min in background
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P8SPRkNmcg

Or
Autoclean standby mem when reaches .ex 65%-75% with MemPlus utility from
https://codedead.com/?page_id=1736

Monitor and see ram utilization in windows
On desktop: winkey + s -> type "Resource Monitor" click and open and hit Memory
 





Have tried both metods on win 10 64bit lowered to 4GB ram. Have not found the auto sweet spots yet.
I think manually clean just after map loaded in (before spawn) and in end when stats are showed just before next mapload seems to be the best clean timing.
Cleaning while ingame can make a stutter. Try other timer settings or alt+tab to clean manual from desktop
Maploading seems faster after cleaned mem.


Maybe feature needs to be disabled when not gaming if recording,rendering or other tasks

Happy gaming

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General Discussion / Re: Post your FH2 Screenshots
« on: 23-10-2018, 20:10:34 »





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Any One knows how to remove the middle top box incl. "TIME TO JOIN BATTLE: 11" txt from game ?
I dont need the same info x2 on screen
I've searched for that string in FH2 HUD configuration files, but haven't found any occurence, However there is one mention in vanilla files (HUD\HudSetup\Basic\HudElementsKilled.con in menu_server.zip).
I suppose that deleting or renaming this file should do the trick.

Thx for suggestion. Rename or remove, did not make any difference for me. Middle top box with txt still showing when dead.

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Nice



Any One knows how to remove the middle top box incl. "TIME TO JOIN BATTLE: 11" txt from game ?
I dont need the same info x2 on screen

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Suggestions / Re: fh2 fov
« on: 25-08-2018, 12:08:21 »
Post video or pics :-)
I am thinking about getting a 21:9 monitor in the future

16:9                      1.77~    39 8E E3 3F
21:9 (2560x1080)    2.37~    26 B4 17 40
21:9 (3440x1440)    2.38~    8E E3 18 40
21:9 (3840x1600)    2.4       9A 99 19 40

http://www.wsgf.org/article/common-hex-values

https://www.moddb.com/tutorials/bf2bf2142-field-of-view-modding-tutorial



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General Discussion / Re: The future of FH2
« on: 17-08-2018, 18:08:21 »
As hardware still getting better and better.
Server hardware upgrade +
Internet upgrade +
Client hardware upgrade +

No matter what this game will get better each year :-)


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General Discussion / Re: Conspiracies Thread Mk II
« on: 31-07-2018, 21:07:02 »



Looks nice





Any more info on this ? :-)

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request for individual player mute button  ;D

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Suggestions / Re: The Minor Suggestions Thread
« on: 12-06-2018, 16:06:21 »
When attacking an objective only the last player with a hit on target get points.
I think all players with a hit on an objective should gain assist damage points

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General Discussion / Re: Post your FH2 Screenshots
« on: 02-06-2018, 23:06:23 »


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Ihantala 32p layout
Ihantala 16p layout

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General Discussion / Re: Forgotten Hope Youtube
« on: 30-05-2018, 17:05:36 »
Forgotten Hope 2.53 - New Maps - 8700K test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY-qAhl61Xw

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