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Help request: How do I get Civ2 sound working on Virtualbox XP?

Discussion in 'Civ2 - Technical Support' started by Songsengnim, May 29, 2019.

  1. Songsengnim

    Songsengnim Chieftain

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    Am emulating XP 32 bit OS on Win10 host machine. Have installed game but it behaves like no CD is inserted. I assume this is because the game is looking for a physical CD in the associated place. Problem is I have no CD drive and am using an optical drive running an .iso of the game

    How can i get the game to look in the .iso for the sound files instead of the physical CD?
    Have tried looking for answers in the virtualbox helpfiles and their forum and looking through the sticky posts here but no joy so far.

    Ideas?

    p.s. sound files are definately in the .iso I can see them when i open it in file manager.
     
  2. Prof. Garfield

    Prof. Garfield Chieftain Supporter

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    First double check that the actual music is in the ISO. There are movies and sound effects that are kept as data, but the in game music is actually kept as CD audio tracks. You can put your old disk into a cd player and it will play the tunes.

    When I passed through my actual cd drive (currently as usb) into Virtualbox and made Windows XP rename that drive to D from E, I was at least able to get to the "pick music" menu. Unfortunately, I'm having some trouble with Virtualbox at the moment (I changed Linux distributions, and the one I'm running now prefers to provide new versions of software over known to be stable older versions -- I'm now playing CivII in WINE instead anyway, so I haven't gotten around to making a change), so I wasn't able to go beyond that.

    Music trouble has cropped up from time to time. I've never cared about the music, so I haven't looked much into it (a quick search did reveal that it might be necessary to have drive D be the cd drive). A work around is to get copies of the music and play it in a media player instead. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
     
  3. Songsengnim

    Songsengnim Chieftain

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    You're right, the files aren't in the .iso. Presumably this is because the music files were physically written onto the CD so originally there was no need to store the music as files.

    I actually don't have a CD drive on my laptop. I'm surprised nobody has created a version of CIV2 where the music is deposited in the folder tree of the .iso, the program then altered so it looks in this new place for the music instead of at the physical CD.

    Yes, thats what i've been doing, playing the music independently in media player. Its just a pain in the ass to switch to seamless mode, pause the music, go back into civ2 and continue every time a wonder is built or you deal with a herald.

    Constantly coming out of the game and going back in ruins the sensation of immersion for me.
     
  4. Prof. Garfield

    Prof. Garfield Chieftain Supporter

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    The Test Of Time Patch Project allows you to store mp3 files of the music to play in a game folder, but you would need to use Test of Time.
     

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