"Your problem is onboard sound. rust me on this one. Get a sound card and it will go away."
I had crackling in BF2 with the onboard sound on my MSI 865PE mobo, then i slipped in my Creative SB Live 5.1! soundcard and the crackling disappereared. So his statement has some truth. As i know from my personal experience.
I would also suggest that its a little hasty to blame the onboard sound guys. Lets get one thing straight here. BF2 is a bitch of a game to get right. A real nasty boy when it comes to conflicts etc. Have you done the usual and got the latest drivers. Have you installed new drivers or sfotware recently. And did it ever sound okay with hte game or just go that way. If its only BF2 then why buy a sound card just for this game. Make sure you have the EAX disabled and all the mic settings for the game if you dont use it.
However for the price of an Audigy 2 card off OVERCLOCKERS>CO>UK, you are mad to still use the onboard sound. Its the best card around for the price!
I have seen them offering huge rebates on Audigy 2ZS, Platnium models i have seen going for under $100 now. Making it "dumb" to use onboard sound. Once you get a card you ll never go back to the onboard.
For the price off the audigy 2 cards now its a great buy. But I would not buy one just for BF2. If he is happy with the onboard sound run with it. However I would not use onboard sound. Since I have the Audigy 2 ZS and the Creative S750's.
Dude, I had the exact same problem and I'm also running the A8N premium. Can't say if it's a driver issue as i'd already updated all of mine before trying the game, but what solved it for me was actualy turning hardware audio ON in the game. By default it was set on software. Just check how it's set on yours. Hope this helps.
I have a SB Extreme Gamer Sound Card and my audio pops with BF2 and it's Mods like AIX, Project Reality, etc.. It drives me nuts! Sometimes is gets so bad that it eventually crackles itself mute. I've had this issue with other cards as well so I'm not sure what the root cause is. I've been told it's from drivers, to too many USB ports being used, to the Bit Sampling, to the stuff I've read here, but nothing has solved my issues. I wish I could get it fixed..anyone have any other tips?
Never mind earlier post. Got sucked into the incredibly old post and my FTR ("failure to read") everything. So I've rewritten it to this:
There are a number of additional ways to approach this given you say you've explored the other tips. Here are two.
Make a system backup before making ANY changes...software or hardware.
1) Hardware interaction:
Massively simplify your hardware to get rid of possible interference. Basically strip system down to mobo, drives, soundcard, keyboard, mouse, ONE display, and any game-specific add-on hardware (which by the way could be one of the factors affecting the soundcard performance). Then observe sound. Note: you may also have to examine what software is installed and running using the Windows tools 'Process Explorer' and 'Autoruns' or equivalent...and disabling unnecessary processes and drivers.
2) Hardware and software/firmware interaction:
If you have a spare drive around, you might even try simplifying your hardware then doing a virgin install of Windows (using original motherboard drivers) and BF2 ONLY...NO "MODS" or other software* and see what happens with the sound. If the sound is still a problem, then try updating all the drivers and codecs to all current levels and see what happens.
If things have improved, then try adding your other gaming-specific hardware (and related drivers) one at a time and see which one (if any) is interfering.
If there is still no problem, then try installing the BF2 "MODS" one at a time as the last remaining major element and observe results.
If there is still no problem at this point, then I think you're looking at an post-install software update or application installation (e.g. a multi-media program or even another gaming program...I've even seen mouse applications/drivers cause a major system video and audio playback problem) as the cause of your final problem.
added to strip down to ONE display
clarified installing the BF2 software "MODS" are the last major variable to test in my virgin installation scenario.
I do apologize for all the edits. As usual, the medications I'm taking leave me less than absolutely sharp and I see the need for edits only after I've seen my post up there and realize it may need clarification.
edit to add: (Left out the footnote) * Remember, this is a "throwaway" test installation just to find a possible cause of the problem, so you are NOT installing any AV or "internet protection" programs here. Even if playing the game requires an internet connection I assume it is to a "trusted" site and any infection risks are exceedingly low. Also, all your non-test involved drives are disconnected if you follow my instructions. I don't play BF2 so don't know if it requires an online connection to play it. Otherwise, I assume you're in "offline" mode and any need for AV protection is again moot.
I too suffered from this back in the day when I played BF. Though it only happened in BF2142 (the futuristic one) and it only happened when I set my sound options to Ultra since I had an X-Fi extreme Music I wanted only the best audio but the damn game kept making the crackling sound, I never could figure out what the hell caused it and I did almost every possible thing mentioned in the forums since many people also suffered from this, the only thing that I didn't try was to tape a heatsink on top of the X-fi chip with some thermal tape, supposedly it worked. I'm curious to see if it would still make the crackling sounds with windows 7.
Anywho, anyone else miss the EAX option in games? I swear I haven't seen that option in years, new games just don't care about good audio quality.
Everything I write is Sarcasm.