If you have a RealTek audio card (I have an integrated ALC888), you may solve this by turning off hardware acceleration (Control Panel > Sound > Advanced, turn the slider down to disable acceleration)
I documented some of this here in this discussion:
I have a simple game that uses MonoGame; it uses SoundEffect to play sounds. On my Windows 7 dev laptop, the sounds play fine; on my main machine (XP 32-bit, I know, I know), the sounds don't play -- silence. No exceptions, crashes, etc.
- Running 32-bit Windows XP SP3
- Installed MonoGame 3.0 Beta
- Sound files are WAV (for now)
- Also tried WMAs -- they worked in raw XNA (XNA 4.0) but not when I switched over to MonoGame
- I installed OpenAL (twice, at least) from the MonoGame installer kit, as well as separately from the OpenAL site (page on OpenTK, I think)
Someone on IRC suggested I try and debug this myself. I did some digging, and this is what I found -- source revision is 417c8f0:
- AL.GenSources(...) (OpenAL.SoundController.cs, line 52) returns an array of zeros.
- SoundEffectInstance.Play() returns true for the first call to isSourceAvailable (line 198), and subsequentially, returns false; it tries to load the sound buffer with SourceId = 0. I actually do have a buffer ID -- AL.Source(soundBuffer.SourceId, ALSourcei.Buffer,
bufferId) has the values (0, Buffer, 132983168).
controller.PlaySound(soundBuffer) doesn't play anything (silence)
- On subsequent calls, there are no available buffers -- the buffer for the first call never gets recycled.
I don't know anything about OpenAL, but I will help in any way that I can. Please help me to resolve this issue.
Also, if you have an XP machine, please verify if you can play audio via MonoGame 3.0. Attached is a converted version of the XNA Platform Starter Kit, which I converted first to XNA 4.0, then to MonoGame, then linked to the MonoGame source libraries.
Sorry about the paths. I also deleted music.wma and several backgrounds to make it fit under 4MB.