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No surround sound in F.E.A.R. - advice?
Hey guys, has anybody had any luck playing F.E.A.R. in surround sound?

I have the Platinum Edition from GOG. Downloaded the installers and installed it in my system-wide Wine. I then tried both DSOAL and IndirectSound, but the surround options in the game remain greyed-out.

On the Wine side, everything is set up properly. DSOAL and IndirectSound work well with Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project.

Also, same result when I install the game through Lutris. Tried various Wine builds from there.

I played through the game on Win 10 a few years ago and IndirectSound worked without any further tweaking.
whizse 10 Aug
It might be a problem with the game itself and not Wine specifically.

Some similar problems and discussion (for Windows) here:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/21090/discussions/0/2872668471925965257/
https://github.com/kcat/dsoal/issues/11

Windows XP compatibility mode is mentioned, it might be worth a shot to play around with the Windows version reported by Wine and see if it helps.
Hey, thanks for your reply. It turns out F.E.A.R. will only load dsound.dll from the syswow64 directory. Once I put that file into syswow64 (making a backup of the original Win one), everything worked!

More info: https://github.com/kcat/dsoal/issues/67#issuecomment-1211908958
whizse 12 Aug
Glad you got it working and thank you for sharing the solution!


Last edited by whizse on 12 August 2022 at 7:16 pm UTC
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