Quake 3 Sound Fixes
The first two sections of this page offer some basic help for AC97 sound users and general problems with sound in Quake 3.
"Sound Blaster / Audigy" section and remaining sections will only help
if you need to use TeamSpeak or Ventrilo while you are playing
This page offers possible workarounds for sound problems in Quake 3.
Quake 3 Locks Up WTF!?!
./quake3.x86 +set s_musicvolume -1
If you have problems getting sound in Quake 3 using on-board sound (AC97), try these commands:
Automatically Load Sound Commands
Manually running these sound commands every time you reboot gets a little old, even if you don't reboot linux very often.
I tried a few things and nothing worked, I tried putting the commands in boot.local, then I tried making my own start stop scripts to automatically load with the system, everything failed.
Warning... the solution I am about to mention is probably the worst in the history of linux, but I don't care because I know it works for me. You may not have the exact file that I mention below, but you will have one that ends similarly that can be used equally as well. If you ever update your system, the file you edit here may eventually be updated or renamed, in which case you will need to hack your changes back in later.
looked for a high numbered "S" file in /etc/init.d/rc5.d (init 5 /
rc5.d is the normal runlevel for graphical mode linux) that I could
hack. I found one named S21stopblktrace that ended (the ending inside the file) with these lines:
Edit the file as root with Kate:
And change the ending to this:
echo "quake3.x86 0 0 direct" > /proc/asound/card0/pcm0p/oss
echo "quake3.x86 0 0 disable" > /proc/asound/card0/pcm0c/oss
echo "quake3.x86 0 0 disable" > /proc/asound/card0/pcm1c/oss
This section assumes that TeamSpeak and/or Ventrilo are already setup and working correctly on your computer.
If you do not have these setup, you will not be able to test right now.
If you are ready to test, do these things:
Start TeamSpeak or Ventrilo. You don't need anyone to be on TeamSpeak or Ventrilo to test this.
Start Quake 3.
you can hear sounds in Quake 3, then your "echo" commands (above) are
working and you should now be able to play Quake 3 and use TeamSpeak of
Ventrilo at the same time.