Fix Soundblaster X-Fi ‘no sound’ issue in Windows 8.1

May 14th, 2014 by Mr.Mouse

After weeks of frustration I seem to have the solution to a X-Fi issue in Windows 8.1. There would be no sound each time after a reboot or after cold start. I’d have to go into Configuration Panel, go to Hardware and deactivate / reactivate the Soundblaster and reboot to get the speakers to play. Bottom line: the SB software / card thinks a headphones is connected. Solution:  go to the SB Configuration Panel, go to Headphones settings and disable “autodetection of headphones” AND disable “mute speakers automatically”. Reboot. Done. 

The Week at the Game Research Forum #17

May 13th, 2014 by Devilot

Happy Mother’s day to all mommies out here. A few, I bet, but still.

3D/2D Models

  • FFX HD: progress update.
  • MGS HD: script released, in embryonal state.
  • Enchanted Arms: Noesis script request.
  • Diablo III: progress continues happily.
  • S4 League: progress is being made with help!
  • Wipeout: the 1995 game has found a useful website!
  • KH1: Giov is still working his magic :)
  • Wild Arms 3:  the bin file is finally being experimented upon!
  • Bots .bsc: seriously good progress.

Audio File Formats

  • XWC: new script and information released.

Graphic Formats

  • Swizzled: author has answered himself. Lucky him!
  • Gladius PS2: tool is a WIP.

Game Archive Research

  • Captain America: the game of the Winter Soldier, obviously!
  • Shadow Warrior: erm, I’m not sure I understand what’s going on here.
  • Darksiders WOW: script released.
  • Farming Simulator: work on .shapes format.
  • Diablo 3: info wanted on how to access levels.
  • TOTEXB: unknown file format, info wanted.

Compressed files and methods

  • J Stars: data provided.
  • Rayman 2: tool provided for this. Amazing!
  • GOD X360 Games: bad news for the author
  • Illusion Softworks SFL: Ekey has shared details on compression methods.
  • Tales of Vesperia TLZC: Ekey has released script.

Game Localization

Noesis

Other Tools

  • Ninja Ripper: development stopped

 

The Week at the Game Research Forum #16

May 4th, 2014 by Devilot

Labor day week. And Star Wars Anniversary! May the 4th be with you :)

3D/2D Models

  • Darksiders WOW: maxscript released.
  • S4 League: fatduck is putting some serious effort in the script.
  • Shenmue 2: textures being worked on. Didn’t know this game existed!
  • Princess and the Frog: more than a kiss will be required to make those models appear, I fear.
  • Survarium: zaramot promises to work on the script and he is known to deliver :D
  • Corpse Party: no joke, that’s the game name. Noesis plugin wanted.
  • Star Wars TOR: alpha plugin for gr2 discussion and release here :)

Audio File Formats

  • Still working on those pesky ME2 files.
  • .AWB: files being worked on!

Graphic Formats

  • Gladius: textures are still being worked on.

Game Archive Research

  • Child of Light: released QuickBMS script for unpacking archives.
  • 2Dk Drive: chipicao has released a script for this game.
  • Android .Obb: and also a script for this format.
  • Black Desert: .paz archives being investigated.
  • KOTOR iOS: Ekey saves the day!
  • 1954 Alcatraz: first time a .myn file is encountered..
  • Darksiders: .oppc archives should not be too different from Warhammer files.
  • BlackGold: 2 scripts and a friend at Snailgames make OP a happy bunny.
  • LB DAT: more info on Hex offset data.

Compressed files and methods

  • Wargame Red Dragon: edat files failed by QuickBMS script..
  • Dawngate: chrrox has released a model script for this game :)

Game Localization

  • Just one thread there was, solved with abundant suggestions of Notepad++. I like that utility!

Noesis

  • A pretty silent period with no updates…

Other Tools

  • Beyond Two Souls: tool close to being updated! Thanks HugoPeters!

The Week at the Game Research Forum #15

April 28th, 2014 by Devilot

This week was refreshing. little work, lots of studying and now 8GB of RAM. I only need a new GPU and I am set :)

3D/2D Models

  • Heroes of the Storm: obscure format models (with an extractor already present somewhere else).
  • Fist of Fu: CE is still working on this game, with chrrox’s help.
  • Diablo III .app: still going strong and more progress is made.
  • Asphalt 8: .pig files are being worked on. No joke, nor pun, intended.
  • Project Blackout: Napoleon needs help for those models.

Audio File Formats

Graphic Formats

Game Archive Research

  •  .HVP: don’t worry, it’s not a STD :)
  • Wild Arms 3: SmashFan is doing some nice work on the BIN file.
  • Dark Souls 2: it was only a matter of time, I suppose, before someone would notice this game and its BHD archives ;)
  • LA Noire: even more interest for a longtime lurker of the forums.
  • GTA V: information on PCC files and help wanted.
  • TaoYuan: CriticalError is looking for script help for this game, in order to get everything.
  • The First Templar: necroposting, at least accordingly to the author.
  • Chao Ring: OBB file extraction help for this Android game.

Compressed files and methods

  • Wild Arms 3: additional information is provided on the compression method.

Game Localization

  • Telltale Games: working on the encrypted files.
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist: a small mistake with QuickBMS can lead to a serious disaster.
  • Final Fantasy X PS2: help for a translation in an unknown language is needed.

Noesis

  • No update since the 14th :(

Other Tools

  • No tools were released in the Tools section this week, I fear.

The Week at the Game Research Forum #14

April 22nd, 2014 by Devilot

Disasters permitting, here is another week of research.

Hope everyone’s had a great Easter and a relaxing\stuffy Holy Monday!

Tremendous headache…

3D/2D Models

  • HOTD fan is back in the habit!
  • KH1: GovaniF has released a beta tool, everyone say “thanks” :)
  • FFXHD: Jecht (oh, the irony) is working on the models.
  • Natural Doctrine: Zaramot has released a maxscript.
  • And also one for Lost Planet 2.
  • Luxox18 needs help to understand if meshes have Havok baked in.
  • Released an experimantal tool to convert the Old Republic models to obj.
  • Reaper of souls continues to make interest spark for Diablo 3.

Audio File Formats

  • Yours Truly wants help for both ME2 and RE4 Wii. Wii!
  • Alpha23 still needs some help for an iOS adpcm.
  • .PCK files have to be worked on more
  • Dead Rising 2: the XMA2 format is worked on :D

Graphic Formats

  • LOS HD: only new thread is about Mirror of Fate HD Textures.

Game Archive Research

  • Warthunder: official tools discovered!
  • Titanfall is still a hot topic. Why, it’s beyond me.
  • RE4: UHD file solved.
  • Sleeping Dogs:  bigfiles see still a lot of work on them, especially for textures.
  • Black Desert: .PAZ files are still being worked on.
  • Naruto Ninja Storm: tools effectively under development.
  • World Tour Fishing: tool released by Ekey.

Compressed files and methods

  • Havok: SergeantJoe and Graty did their magic!
  • Wargame Red Dragon: edat files need to be cracked
  • Ishtaria: Ekey has saved the day once again. Wish he helped me too..
  • RaiderZ: still being worked on.

Game Localization

  • ACIV Black Flag: translation tools “badly needed”.
  • GTAV: Haider has made a very nice post with info about the game font.

Noesis

Other Tools

  • Beyond two Souls tool: Major update last Wednesday.
  • DisUnity: more work required, apparently. And more investigations.

The Week at the Game Research Forum #13

April 14th, 2014 by Devilot

Disasters permitting, here is another week. Exam on the 12th, so apologies for any lateness but there is nothing I can do about it.

Happy Easter to everyone :)

3D/2D Models

  • Diablo 3 app: Victory at Last!
  • Star Trek: script released for the movie game :) thanks!
  • Persona 4: rmd files need to be analyzed.
  • Dark Souls: flv templates released!
  • Lords of Shadow 2 demo: some useful insight by Zardalu.

Audio File Formats

  • Soul Calibur 5: first thread about this game’s music.
  • Street Fighter X Tekken: .awb file investigation.
  • .AWB: and speaking of the Devil, another thread about those!
  • Super Robot Taisen: completed, I think?
  • Grim Dawn: from yours truly.

Graphic Formats

  • LOS Mirror of Fate HD: textures are still being investigated, and a repacker is asked for.

Game Archive Research

  • Resident Evil 4: help wanted for unknown archives.
  • Titanfall: work continues on the vpk archives.
  • Tenchu: .vol files need to be investigated, for this old goodie.
  • Tomb Raider: GhostBlade has released a tool. Congrats :)
  • Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe: a format made by MrAdults should be investigated.
  • Hack: UV maps issues after extracting. Odd.
  • Lords of Shadow: continued interest for this game, way better than its sequel.

Compressed files and methods

  • Havok: SergeantJoe would like to know if some progress has been made.
  • Rugby 2004: help wanted, also knowledge wanted.
  • Sonic Secret Rings: an extensionless header needs to be decrypted.
  • Diablo III: yours truly needs a reminder how to get stuff from the game.

Game Localization

Alas, nothing new under the sun. Everything worthy of translation is being worked on.

Noesis

  • Another format in the works?

Other Tools

  • Comparison between Noesis and 3d Object Converter.
  • Released tool for Beyond two souls. Second tool already!

The Week at the Game Research Forum #12

April 7th, 2014 by Devilot

Another Week at the Xentax Forum. Aren’t you happy about it?

EDIT: Major system failure, lost 600+GB of data. Life sucks. Extremely angry. Spent saturday and sunday putting everything in place, that’s why I am late.

3D/2D Models

  • Marlow Briggs: DarkMan wants to understand its obscure format.
  • Webgl: success on both Chrome and Opera!
  • Samurai Showdown: testing is done on these models yay! I still remember Amakusa at the Arcade, the girl with the magic ball weapon.
  • Magic World II: CE needs help for those amazing NIF files.
  • Webgl: figuresculptor has released a massive script! thanks a lot!
  • Diablo III: amazing progress by TaylorMouse!
  • Saint Seiya Online: someone help CE! OMG a game about the Saints! a game with the damn CAPES!
  • Dead or Alive: work continues apparently. Porn galore.
  • LOS2: fix found for UV maps of Lords of Shadows 2.
  • 35$ Offer: Zaramot has given in to the dark side, and made some scripts :)
  • .RES: First post of Darkman
  • SB: bug report and update.
  • Ps3 EMB: lots of work being done here.

Audio File Formats

  • ADPCM: a new version in the new Batman game?

Graphic Formats

  • Mirror of Fate HD: progress is being done on the textures!
  • SW TFU: textures need to be investigated.
  • NTP3 to DDS: apparently there is this possibility.
  • Dark Souls 2: a very small bit of insight about the textures of this game, TPF.

Game Archive Research

  • ZuOnline: CE needs help in understanding this game’s archives.
  • Legend of Wukong: and this.
  • World Zero: and this!
  • Dungeon Striker: and this! Gee, prolific is an understatement.
  • Naruto Ninja storm: archive info posted and help wanted.
  • XPAC Unpacker: released by Ekey. Congrats!
  • DAT Unpacker (Anomaly): another release by Ekey!
  • DAT Unpacker (Hydrophobia): again, prolific is an understatement!
  • Lightning Returns: TRB Extractor worked on for two years. Kudos for persistence.
  • Arkham Origins: ARA files should be investigated.
  • Syphon Filter: resolutive necroposting for this PSP game.
  • NASCAR 2011: more work on the script.
  • CN Punch time: quickbms script made and working.
  • Tomb Raider: interest continues after the 2013 release of the script.

Compressed files and methods

  • Magic World II: compressed NIFs are the issue.
  • .ARA: info on this? Completely unknown the format is.
  • TDKR: cra0 should release a tool soon-ish. I didn’t even know the game existed, and I am a Batman fan!

Game Localization

  • The Wolf Among Us: problem solved. Props!
  • GTAV: test tools by Ekey. Getting better and better Ekey is.
  • Goat Simulator: apparently it’s getting localized!
  • Ground Zeroes: being worked on… lots of work ahead!

Noesis

  • As popular as ever, the interest for this majestic tool never ends.

Other Tools

  • Dissidia 012: I am persistent.
  • Defiance tools uploaded to the tools section.
  • Evolution Engine Cache extractor is still a work in progress.
  • StarFox tools uploaded to the tools section.

The Week at the Game Research Forum #11

March 29th, 2014 by Devilot

Those who do not die, every now and then, return. Sometimes, even those who are dead return.

UPDATE: Lost two sections while writing this, have to restart. No idea why, so entries will be rushed, as I had almost finished… very pissed. Only Game of Thrones main title in flac can soothe me.

3D/2D Models

  • $ offer: lumix continues his quest for the importer-exporter.
  • Another $ offer: for King of Fighters, none the less.
  • Unity: more work continues for this simple and flexible engine.
  • FFXHD: last month’s issues have not been resolved.
  • Dawngate: chrrox has released one of his scripts!
  • Cabal 2: CriticalError is working on this game, and has solved most of his hiccups apparently.
  • XT: he also solved them for this game, thanks to Ekey!
  • Nine Days Myth: not so lucky for this peculiar game here.
  • Diablo III app: what?
  • Scarlet Legacy: cra0 has made some progress.
  • HOTD: HOTDfan tries it again!
  • J Stars: help wanted in getting the models out.
  • Dead or Alive: yay, more development!
  • God Eater 2: help wanted for this PSVita game. The original was quite nice..
  • SW TOR: zaramot updated the scripts. Kudos!
  • Sengoku Basara 4: he also released scripts for this game here.
  • .BIN files: models do exist in those.
  • Sonicomi: I admit I haven’t quite understood this.

Audio File Formats

  • XMA Transform: Alpha23 has only ever worked with towav. Rejoice.
  • ArcheAge: apparently this game has some good audio?
  • FIFA: looking for a NFS Sound Extractor.
  • Project Spark: Linkin Park galore!
  • Dead Rising 2: currently under inspection. will be back for more.

Graphic Formats

  • Castlevania Mirror of Fate: bad textures! Headers should not be missed!
  • SEGA TPL: first investigation of this difficult format.
  • Dark Sould 2: first thread about TPF textures of a maddening game.
  • Hay Day: interest for a relatively unknown game.
  • Eutechnyx: NASCAR textures need to be investigated a bit more, apparently.

Game Archive Research

  • Archive X: development continues!
  • Sine Mora: super update due soon!
  • Dreamy Theater: development stopped.
  • Fox Online: Ekey has released a decrypter.
  • Titanfall: work continues, cra0 confirms it.
  • UE4: some interest on this engine!
  • MGS DAT: little development every now and then..
  • Ninja Gaiden Z: coalesced.bin being investigated.
  • LEGO Game: first post, no new info.
  • LEGO LOTR: again, some small development every now and then.
  • South Park: compression method investigated.
  • Dawngate: extractor being worked on.
  • Audition 2: Ekey is making his magic.
  • Mitsurugi: the unpacker for this game works, apparently.

Compressed files and methods

  • J-Stars: leyme wants help for the archives.
  • LOL: progress is being made by thread creator, but some more support is still needed.
  • TalesWeaver: a rather obscure MMORPG needs to be cracked.
  • .DTA: Ekey needs support in understanding this format of Illusion games.
  • Fist of Fu: another pretty obscure game, which needs to be investigated.
  • .PT: format of those rhytm games needs to be understood. Let’s MaMbO!

Game Localization

  • Blackguards: .lang files being investigated. Never heard of the game tho.
  • Ground Zeroes: once michaelss has the time, he will look in the game files. He still needs help for Thief.
  • Digimon Rumble Arena 2: help wanted for translating a Pokèm- wait..
  • Bioshock Infinite: little progress, perhaps?
  • LEGO Movie: author needs help for every boy’s favourite construction tools video game.

Noesis

  • A quiet past week for Noesis, this was. And yet, more people have donated. Some more would be appreciated (myself included in this invite).

Other Tools

  • 3D Object Converter: backlash of interest.
  • Ninja Ripper: someone needs to better understand the heir of 3d ripper dx.
  • F-Zero GX Viewer: from 2011, a new tool is arising, in c++. Thanks StarkNebula!
  • Defiance Tools: those are being updated somewhat regularly. Nice job!

The Week at the Game Research Forum #6

February 18th, 2014 by Devilot

Final Blog entry by yours truly. My “engagement” ends. It’s been a nice ride :) whether it will continue or not depends on you, users.

Listening to “The King of Pride Rock” and “I Just can’t wait to be King” while writing. yeah, I’m still a child at heart.

Closing considerations:

  1. the 3D/2D section of the forum is the most prolific by FAR.
  2. Second one is Game Archive.
  3. What really few people care about is music. Pity :(

3D/2D Models

  • Dekaron 2: lol2k has released a script for this game.
  • Real Racing 3: barti has updated his script.
  • Lumis’ Max script offer is still valid.
  • Jack and Daxter HD: chrrox is making some nice progress!
  • AION: Pesmontis has made a couple nice discoveries.
  • Ryusui has released a couple updates for AMD.
  • S4 Model League: barti has released his progress.
  • CVM files are being investigated.

Audio File Formats

  • Deep Black Reloaded: reznov needs a hand for this game.
  • XMA Transform: updated. Thanks Alpha23!
  • Cars Race-o-Rama: help for ARC files wanted.

Graphic Formats

  • Unswizzle: someone has already grabbed the 100$ reward, apparently. Or at least the promise of it.
  • Dead Rising 2: michalss wants help for the textures.

Game Archive Research

  • Agarest: Ekey has released a script for this game!
  • Touhou: and also for this game.
  • Reznov is investigating .cache files!
  • Star Wars the Old Republic: work continues.
  • Gundam Extreme: tool released.
  • MGS saga: let’s hope the tool continues to be developed.
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2: script updated for the demo.
  • One Piece Romance of Dawn: chrrox, MrAdults and Zerox all together. Awesomeness ensues.
  • Dead Island: .pak file investigation continues.
  • Super Marsia Land: script requested and obtained. thanks Ekey.
Compressed files and methods
  • Cosmic Break: Sadiosys wants help in understanding .kar format.
  • Touhou Card Monsters: finale00 wants to crack this engine.
  • Naughty Dog: Silentpavel provides a solution.
Game Localization
  • Nothing relevant here. This section has always been one of the less visited.
Noesis
  • A new Noesis update. Yay. Come all ye who have faith in MrAdults.

The Week at the Game Research Forum #5

February 10th, 2014 by Devilot

Phew, what a weekend. Thank god I took the day off.

 

 

3D/2D Models

  • Odd oddity continues. Hilarity ensues thanks to people who don’t know when the joke is on them. Or when it’s not.
  • Janglesworthy shares some useful websites. thanks!
  • Dekaron: lol2k12 wants help for this game.
  • Gran Turismo 3 & 4: MateSMC’s thread is still going strong.
  • Killzone 3: luxox is making progress.
  • Disney INFINITY; a surprising interest for Ralph & co.
  • Cadabra 3d: a “catfight” game which is now abandonware. Fascinating.
  • Ryusui’s thread got an answer from MrAdults himself.
  • And he himself is working on his other project,

Audio File Formats

  • Mass Effect 2: yours truly continues his crusade for fruitless SFX search. Lack of cooperation does not help, but oh well.
  • Tonic Trouble: Doolie wants to really get the resources of this old, but fun, game.

Graphic Formats

  • Rocky Balboa: apparently this game has interesting textures.

Game Archive Research

  • Metal Gear Series: DAT Files information wanted.
  • War Thunder: Rafael09ED needs to get the audio off the fsb files.
  • Outlast: that crap” needs a bit of investigating.
  • Awakening 5: cacarama needs some help in getting stuff out of the archive.
  • Sine Mora: Ekey is currently working on updating the unpacker.
  • Stalja needs help in understanding DAT archives.
  • MGS Collection: some more info on this would be required.
  • Orneon Limited: Ekey is looking for an extractor. I wonder if someone can help him.
Compressed files and methods
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5: SDATA extractor help wanted!
  • Boukyaku Princess: question on SWF files here.
  • Neverwinter: a few curious guys and an appearane of MrAdults concerning the archives of this game.
Game Localization
  • Dark Souls: a new wave of interest for localizing this terrible game (in a good way).
Noesis
  • Since MrAdults asked so nicely <3 here is your latest Noesis upgrade: new fixed version up.