"Assassin's Creed II" is an exciting game, but it loses something if the characters aren't talking. Sound issues are a well-known problem for the PC version of the game. Whether the in-game audio is low or even nonexistent, working through a few troubleshooting steps can help you enjoy the game as it was meant to be played.
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Minimum System Requirements
All software programs, games included, have a few basic hardware requirements that a computer must meet for the game to be functional. To play "Assassin's Creed II" on a PC, it must have 8 gigabytes of free hard drive space, 1.5GB of RAM, and video card memory of 256 megabytes or higher. It also needs either a Intel Core 2 DUO processor at 1.8 gigahertz or higher, or an AMD Athlon X2 64 at 2.4 GHz or higher.
Finding Your Hardware Specs
If you didn't build your computer yourself, you might not have any idea what its specs are. If you're not sure whether your computer meets the minimum system requirements, open up the Windows 7 Start menu and click "Computer." Beneath the address bar, you'll see a button that reads "System Properties." Clicking this button will display a list of your currently installed hardware. To see more detailed hardware descriptions, click the "Device Manager" link.
DirectX is a Windows system application that supports multimedia playback. All games and movies on your computer have to work with DirectX to function properly. "Assassin's Creed II" requires you to have DirectX 9 or higher. To check your version of DirectX, open the Windows 7 Start menu and type "dxdiag" into the search field to launch the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. Your current version of DirectX will be listed within the "System Information" section.
Hardware Acceleraton and Windows 7
The original recommended fix for compatible systems experiencing sound issues with "Assassin's Creed II" was to turn down the hardware acceleration setting on the sound card. However, the ability to customise the hardware acceleration setting was discontinued with Windows 7. Fortunately, there is a similar fix for Windows 7 users. Within the "Sound" menu accessed via the Control Panel, you can open the Properties menu for your speakers. Clicking the "Advanced" tab and selecting the lowest playback quality setting should clear up your sound problems.
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