Steam is doing some great sales on games at the moment, and as I am on the road a lot and like to unwind with games, I decided to grab Batman Arkham City game of the year edition from Steam for 7 Euro. I have not played some of the additional content on my Xbox, so this price was a steal. Take note Xbox live Games on “Demand”. 70 Euro for Need for Speed electronic download, I think not.
Anyway, I digress.
I started playing on my laptop and the most annoying thing happened.
The sound fades in and out. Some background sounds only become audible when you move through the menus, or you are listening to dialog.
I thought it was the drivers, so I updated the Conexant driver, check this out for an installer, remind you of anything 🙂
The 1990’s called, they want their installer software back.
This however did not solve the problem. So I decided to do the following.
In the system tray, right click the little speaker, and Select Playback devices.
On your playback setup of choice, in my case select the Simple to recognise “Speakers”. Click “Configure Speakers”.
Now, the next part might be different for people, depending on whether you have a 2 speaker and Subwoofer setup, or just twin speakers like me, you might have to fiddle a bit. I just selected front and left. Again, your mileage may vary. If you have 2 speakers, or 2 speakers and a subwoofer, make sure you have Surround sound not selected.
Click Next, and finish.
I fired up Batman: Arkham City and immediately the problem had vanished.
Back to business.