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#1 Jul 16 2012 at 1:31 AM Rating: Good
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I have had Windows 8 Consumer Preview installed for nearly 2 months and I have had the itch to come back and see what F2P has done to EQ. Unsure if it would work I just copied my old EQ directory over from a backup, patched it, and it played just great....except for sound. Since other games such as Skyrim have sound I am hoping that there is a little fix or tweak to get sound.

I already know the following:

  • It is beta so yeah, there will be issues.
  • EQ Devs and testing have stated they aren't even looking at Win8 yet.
  • There likely isn't much I can do to fix it.
  • If you select voice chat and click on the sources the option window disappears
  • It is likely a directx9 directsound issue even though no errors are shown


However, if anyone has any proven results to get sound working on EQ on Win8 please let me know.

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#2 Jul 16 2012 at 11:22 AM Rating: Decent
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Chances are they won't be doing anything to get EQ to work with Windows 8 until it is closer to being released. I seem to remember when duel core cpu's first came out eq put you on ludicrous speed until they got it updated.
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#3 Jul 16 2012 at 3:47 PM Rating: Good
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fronglo wrote:
Chances are they won't be doing anything to get EQ to work with Windows 8 until it is closer to being released. I seem to remember when duel core cpu's first came out eq put you on ludicrous speed until they got it updated.


Thanks for the reply but I tried to acknowledge that in my post. With the release date about 100 days away I was hoping to see more of a response from SoE. When Windows 7 beta came out we had SoE input six months before release. You know people are going to be buying new PC's in October with Windows 8 and expecting EQ to run on them.

Just hoping that someone else out there is like me trying to tinker and get it to work properly.

Edited, Jul 16th 2012 5:51pm by reverent
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#4 Jul 16 2012 at 10:08 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't see sound as much of an issue. Most of the time I am listening to music when I'm on EQ anyways. As long as Pandora works, I'm set.

On a side note of things to try:
1. Get a seperate sound card, maybe your motherboard's drivers for the built in sound isn't working.
2. Delete your eqclient.ini and any directx files from your EQ directory and repatch.
3. Reinstall Win8, directx, download a fresh copy of EQ & patch

I wouldn't necessarily try them in this order. I would go 2,1,3. Deleting and repatch is easy as pie thats why I'd do that first. Sound cards are cheap as **** now and easy to install. I hate having to repartition and starting from scratch, thats why that's last. Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes.
#5 Jul 17 2012 at 9:29 AM Rating: Good
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In the past, it's been more driver issues (no drivers for your device or alpha versions) than compatability issues that have been the problem. This is usually fixed within a reasonable amount of time.

I forgot to ask if anyone was running EQ on Windows 8. Sometimes the devs have an updated windows box that they play around with. I'll see what I can find out.
#6 Jul 17 2012 at 8:37 PM Rating: Good
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I rarely use sound and it is a long story why I now want it but of course I can't have it.

Just for anyone else reading who is in the same boat:

I tried a from scratch install completed with directx9 from the everquest.exe on a fresh windows 8, no change.

I have tried a built in Realtek sound card,add on Soundblaster x-fi, and a HP branded USB speaker with its on built in sound card. Sound works on Skyrim, LOTRO, and STO with all three of these yet not EQ. Installing EQ2 now just to see what happens.
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