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Every time I quit a game such as Braid, Fallout3, AVP all sound on the PC dies (Control Panel > No Audio Devices) I installed a new sound card (SB Audigy) and updated to the latest drivers, and it still happens.

It happens with Steam games and without.

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As per the FAQ - questions on gaming are out of scope of SU. Please consider posting in one of the sites listed at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4 –  Sathya Feb 18 '10 at 0:49
this seems a little more gray-area than most gaming questions. the game may not be central to the problem. @LoopyWolf - does the problem happen with any other sound applications? Audacity, media players, etc? –  quack quixote Feb 18 '10 at 0:54
@~quack "gray-area" alright but gaming related nonetheless. –  Molly7244 Feb 18 '10 at 0:57
Then someone edit it instead of discussion it endlessly in comments. Come on guys. You have the rep. Do you expect the diamond moderators to edit every question with the already busy time we have? –  BinaryMisfit Feb 18 '10 at 1:09
This should absolutely be reopened. The problem is with his audio and is not about gaming specifically. If the problem was every time he launched photoshop his audio died it would be allowed. Games (perhaps something in DX?) just happen to be the trigger. –  MDMarra Mar 9 '10 at 20:26

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The problem is somehow strange, you may be using some beta DX. Check your DX version and status, run dxdiag.exe and check the version and sound tab. Check if any problem about files reported and test both sounds and music tab, if there is some problem with dx sound it may show there.

If its not DX sound then try updating XP by installing SP3.

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Ok I am shooting in the dark here as I encountered a similar issue with a creative soundcard on vista.

For me the drivers were buggy which caused a memory leak in the sound processing app. So what you need to do is when the sound is out press Ctr+alt+del( or Ctrl+alt+esc ) to bring the task manager and see if any application is using an unreal amount of memory (also see if the exe is related to sound/creative by googling it). In my case the issue was fixed by disabling the eax effects(or something like that).

Hope it helps :)

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