Max Payne Sound on Steam and Vista

#1MercanisPosted 2/1/2009 10:18:16 PM

I recently bought Max Payne via Steam on a Vista PC, and I encountered sound glitches that I managed to fix after looking around for a few minutes. Here's what I did so future users need not figure this out for themselves.

First, I followed the instructions at the 3DRealms forums,

http://forums.3drealms.com/vb/showthread.php?t=27985

but I had to make some slight adjustments:

Whevener the post refers to "C:/Games/Max Payne", instead substitute your "steam/steamapps/common/maxpayne" directory.You don't need to install the 1.05 patch.The installer for Max FX Tools can be found at http://maxpayne.levels4you.com/downloads.l4y?review=16675&cat=284.Follow the MANUAL instructions the 3DRealms poster lists first. His automating batch file at the end of the post did not work for me.After following the above, viola! Working sound.

#2ZokeThe2ndPosted 2/2/2009 4:12:56 PM
I'm in the same boat. I was a big fan of Max Payne on the consoles and Steam just had 30% of their Rockstar games so it was $10 for both games, but the sound was really awful. I went to the site you suggested and found this further down in the posts;

http://www.helderpinto.com/blog/personal/max-payne-1-windows-vista-easy-sound-fix.html

All you have to do is download the files, put them in your Max Payne directory and let it run. Works like a charm and takes about five minutes. Easy.
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#3Mercanis(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2009 11:06:55 PM
Thanks for information. I guess I didn't read far enough down the thread to get the quick fix.
#4sonkatekercsPosted 2/14/2009 1:52:43 AM
Thanks a ton!
#5SongeeXPosted 2/21/2009 6:00:02 AM

I have managed to fix the same problem on Vista with this: http://www.helderpinto.com/files/Max_Payne_Vista_Sound_Fix.rar

Much easyer. You just need to run *.bat file and wait a few minutes while this program does job for you. :D

#6wexer9Posted 2/21/2009 7:40:30 AM
Excellent!
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#7glensterPosted 3/23/2009 12:35:22 PM
If you've installed the game with Vista, a Creative audio card, and Creative
ALchemy (available in the Creative download section for your card), go to All
Programs > Creative > ALchemy and open Creative ALchemy. "Max Payne" will be
listed under "Installed Games." Highlight "Max Payne" and click "Add," which
makes Max Payne appear under "ALchemy-enabled Games," or some of the audio of
the game will be missing or distorted.
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#80678Posted 4/12/2009 8:31:23 PM
i followed the instructions to the letter to get my version to work on steam but i get a error message that says "Exception in engineInit: X_SharedDB: Weapons "empty" and "empty" had same ID". please how can i fix this?. even after deleting the local files from my steam profile and system i cant play the game any more :( please help me.
#90678Posted 4/12/2009 9:08:18 PM
well i managed to get the game working again. but it had no sound (same as before when attempting this fix) no matter how hard i try i cant get this fix to work without coming back to that error in my previous post. because the game is in my steam files i cant skip the progames 86 file in the extraction process and neither can i install the game straight to my C:\ drive like it says in the person who made the programs guide any advice would be great coz i hate having a police siren sound when max reloads his shotgun even more so then the utter silence i get through out cut scenes! :'(
#10KeikogiPosted 4/20/2009 1:07:52 AM
creative alchemy ftw, thats why i love soundblaster cards. they will always give you support for what doesnt work right. i remember gta san andreas was funky and i heard rockstar worked with creative to fix the problems with eax and the game.

vista is mainly at fault....i cant wait for max payne 3 though im gonna replay this one on hard boiled
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