Monday, October 24, 2005


F.E.A.R. Black Screen on Start or No Sound

When I tried to launch the game straight after the install, the monitor would loose its signal, and then the game would crash back to the desktop (with an error message telling me that a chunk of memory couldn't be read).

The only help I could find was the official FEAR site, which said this problem was caused by one of three things:

1) Background Application
2) Incorrect Audio Codecs
3) Emulation software

I followed their instructions for disabling the auto-launch applications, I uninstalled (using Add/Remove Programs) the only codec pack I could find, and I uninstalled Daemon Tools, which was the only emulation software I had. Still no success.

Using the "Options" button on the CD menu, I eventually worked out that the game would run if I disabled the sound. Which lead me to believe that it was an audio codec problem. Using the Sound and Audio Devices control panel, I went through each of the codecs (found on the Properties tab of the Audio Codecs Properties dialog, which you get to from the Hardware tab of the main dialog). It turns out that if I disable the Microsoft PCM Converter codecs, the game will launch.

Unfortunately, there is no sound in the game. Which, for a game like this, is kind of essential.

My current plans are:
EDIT: I spent some time digging around the forums, and turned this up. I'll try it when I get home. There also seems to be a fair chance that it's an outdated audio codec. Also, it turns out that the problem I was having when I actually tried to play without sound is related - for some reason I get thrown into an area I shouldn't be.

Serves you right, you should be playing World of Warcraft. There are pages to be found!
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I tried it and it didn't work for me. Do I have to do anything with my video codecs?
I have the same problem and it is now fixed thanks a bunch

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