Torchlight 2 audio crackling

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    so … decided to fire up TL2 today and .. no audio. Just crackling. turns out someone else has had this happen except then it shat into any other steam game’s audio. Anyone else getting this?

    Pedro Mateus

    Are you saying an OGRE game relying on Alsa for sound, being run through PulseAudio on a crappy plugin, causes buffer underruns and possibly fucks up the rest of the audio until the sink is reset? Nah! </sarcasm>

    I know why it happens but short of getting a dedicated sound card (or a motherboard with REALLY GOOD audio) which will handle the underruns on the hardware instead of letting pulse/alsa deal with it, I have no idea how to fix it.


    Trying to steal Plagemarizos’ thunder, eh? … 7759109871


    Didn’t notice any issue with a 2009 Intel HDA 82801JI integrated chipset running on Ubuntu 14.10.


    Whenever in doubt, kill Pulseaudio.
    killall -9 pulseaudio
    be advised, depending on OS settings, it may start again and you need to set up steam as well, if you are using steam to start the game.
    Mother fucker was giving me so much grief, but i can’t get rid of it, skype needs it.(and apulse did give some head ache with some software too, though, not apulse fault most likely)
    Once web skype works as expected = bye bye pulse.


    killall -9 pulseaudio
    try it.


    I’ve noticed this with more than a few games, to the point I have a dedicated category in Steam for them. Below is my (thus far) universal fix.

    PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 %command%
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