Ventrilo 2.1, Vista, and Surround 5.1

Helene’s new Vista pc seemed to be working fine, except for Ventrilo 2.1 (the free and, well, illegal version).

It managed to connect, but no sound was coming out of it. Not when someone was talking, and not when there was a status message (like a join/connect/…).

I tried every out- and input device in “Setup”. I deleted the config, reinstalled, … Nothing seemed to work. I even checked if Vista wasn’t muting it, and it wasn’t. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yet, when plugging in her (USB) headset, it worked fine… So it had to be a Vista/sound config problem.

My Vista, at home, and the one om my Macbook could run Vent just fine…?!

That’s when I went to her sound settings (config panel -> sound). Selected the speakers, and clicked on Configure.

They were set to 5.1 Surround, which is what she’s using.

I tried to use some other audio option, like stereo (or quadrophonic), and restarted Vent… And guess what! Yep, it worked.

Vista sound settings

So I assume Ventrilo 2.1 does not have surround/5.1 (and greater) support.

Some ugly workaround, to change that each time, but at least it works now.

One comment

  1. Neikius says:

    A friend of mine has this very same problem… but this was not the solution, sadly. Dang. Useful info tho, for remembering since we still extensively use 2.1

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