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Hey, So I have been playing Shogun 2 since it came out on my laptop (I've logged over 350+ hours according to steam) but just yesterday the game started to not load. When you first start the game the splash screen doesnt show and it just sits there untill I ctrl+alt+del to the desktop. I tracked the problem to the realtek audio driver which is wierd because it has never had a problem before. Anyway, the only way to get it loaded is to go into device manager and uninstall all audio drivers and play with no sound. This has never happened in the 2 years I have been playing this game can someone help?
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You may have to uninstall the game, then uninstall the drivers and reinstall them, and reinstall the game in that order. Realtek uninstallers don't do a great job, and if something changed the permissions on any of it's files it'd probably just give up trying to remove them. It could be any program, but if the problem is with Shogun 2 all you can do is try getting it out of the way and see if that makes for a clean reinstallation of your realtek drivers. Beyond that is anyone's guess. Realtek is pretty terrible about software compatibility.
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You may have to uninstall the game, then uninstall the drivers and reinstall them, and reinstall the game in that order. Realtek uninstallers don't do a great job, and if something changed the permissions on any of it's files it'd probably just give up trying to remove them. It could be any program, but if the problem is with Shogun 2 all you can do is try getting it out of the way and see if that makes for a clean reinstallation of your realtek drivers. Beyond that is anyone's guess. Realtek is pretty terrible about software compatibility.

Well said. Sorry man frown.gif.

Could something (software?) have changed on the PC before it started being wonky? Maybe if you installed something, or could check in your system restore logs?
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Unfortunately I have restore points disabled, I have an SSD and needed more space. Ill give ganf's suggestion a try.
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Tried Ganf's suggestion in the order he reccomended and nothing. mad.gif Ugh, I just want to play Shogun 2 again can anyone help?
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Tried Ganf's suggestion in the order he reccomended and nothing. mad.gif Ugh, I just want to play Shogun 2 again can anyone help?

I had problems with Catalyst messing with the sound in Shogun 2 once upon a time. It is possible that CCC keeps trying to hijack the sound from the Realtek chipset and causes it to crash. Try disabling anything you find labled AMD High Definition Audio in CCC, Anywhere in the control panel you can find it, in the device manager, etc... And see if that helps.
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I had problems with Catalyst messing with the sound in Shogun 2 once upon a time. It is possible that CCC keeps trying to hijack the sound from the Realtek chipset and causes it to crash. Try disabling anything you find labled AMD High Definition Audio in CCC, Anywhere in the control panel you can find it, in the device manager, etc... And see if that helps.

It's on my laptop and it's and Nvidia. I have reinstalled twice already so the only step at this point is to do a complete restore of Windows which I REALLY dont want to do. Maybe I'll just learn to deal with no sound....
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It's on my laptop and it's and Nvidia. I have reinstalled twice already so the only step at this point is to do a complete restore of Windows which I REALLY dont want to do. Maybe I'll just learn to deal with no sound....

Have you tried headphones? Disabling the speakers while using a set of headphones might still work. It's Realtek, nothing makes sense.
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