DING DING DING - You found the problem!
I pressed F1 and it just said "Trainer Activated". Although it said Activated a few more times, so I will have to test and see if this is *really* fixed. But as it stands, it appears the on-board audio was the problem.
As soon as ASUS fixes their
I'll play around for a while, and let you all know how things go - or if it was just a fluke or something.
So, some good news and some bad news.
Good news is that routing all audio through HDMI (AMD (ATI) HDMI Output) has allowed for all the trained gameplay I want; the trainer runs perfectly, and I have progressed through the game with great ease and enjoyment.
The bad news is the RealTek drivers didn't do anything for me. Before upgrading, I checked, and my drivers were Microsoft issued from October-2010 - thanks, Windows Update
Maybe a future investment should be an independent sound card. But, so long as the HDMI output works, I'll count this as a victory. I have to thank you sincerely, as I would never have thought to look at audio devices or drivers to solve this problem - and I am fairly thorough when it comes to computers!
Now that ASUS' website is up, I see they have a BIOS update, which I intend to apply. This board wasn't terribly stable when I get it, but the subsequent BIOS updates have made it a dream. Each one makes the board just a little bit better.
Thanks again for the help, and to anyone with HD-Audio chipsets who ever experience this problem, it may just be your hardware.
P.S. I could always run the HDMI to an AVR, and do a full scale surround setup with Dolby/DTS 7.1 support...Someday!
Very true - it could, very well, just be a quirk with my setup. I may go ahead and do a format/reinstall and start fresh; not just for Crysis 2, but because, every now and then, Windows can benefit from a format.
I also wanted to just say kudos on your setup - I am really happy to see I am not alone in the components I chose! People said I was crazy when I was ordering the parts, but they ate their words once the system was up and running.
How do the 6990's perform? When I built mine, the 5970's were the top-of-the-line, and now that I am back in school, upgrades have to be carefully decided if they are worth it. As someone using them in a dual Crossfire setup, is upgrading from 5970's worth it?
I was also curious what power supply and case you used, if you don't mind me asking. I know this is off-topic for this forum, but I am just curious.
I went with a Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250 watt supply, and a Cooler Master HAF 932 case.
I am thinking about liquid cooling as my next major upgrade, but I am kinda curious if I should consider the graphics cards instead...But these are questions for a hardware forum, not a cheat forum.
Sorry for going off-topic, and thanks for your insight. If you happen to have the same case and power supply as me, I might just break out into a few lines from "It's a small world, after all"...
Your suggestion to turn options off during map loads or level switches is becoming mandatory in my case. I've found the latest patch & trainer will crash my system back to desktop if the trainer is activated at the main menu as suggested in the instructions. Activating the trainer and options after the map begins goes fine but the game crashes again at level switch. The problem is the level switch happens so abruptly there isn't time to de-activate the trainer or options.