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Author Topic: Crash on start if sound enabled.  (Read 2346 times)


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Crash on start if sound enabled.
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:06:47 PM »

Get a error message at startup:

Error in sound initialization proceeding with sound disabled


Once I hit ok another error message appears


Fatal: org.lwjgl.openal.AL10.nalDistanceModel(i)V
Check Starsector log for more info.

ok on this ends the application.
I do not see a starsector log anywhere and it will startup if I disable sound on the load menu. even on successful startup I do not see a log.

Note this is Windows 10 not Linux
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version: 10.0.16299 build 16299

I did try updating openal with no success same error.


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Re: Crash on start if sound enabled.
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 10:09:45 PM »

Hi - sorry about the trouble!

Per this thread:

If updating OpenAL didn't help, then running the game as administrator might - at least, it appears to have resolved this issue for several people.


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Re: Crash on start if sound enabled.
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 04:27:01 PM »

Relevant info:

Running the game with the sounds enabled, but with no device to play it on (i.e. you have no connected speakers, headphones or whatnot) will crash the game on startup 100% of the time.
Make sure you have your headphones, speakers, or whatever connected before you start the game with sound enabled. Otherwise, tick that sound option to off.
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Re: Crash on start if sound enabled.
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2020, 08:16:49 PM »

Okay, so I did two things before resetting my computer. My game launches without this crash message now, so ONE of them must have worked. I don't know which, hopefully someone can narrow it down in the near future. For now, here's the two things I did.
1: Install 64 / 32 bit Java (the highest your computer can handle) Manually
2: Install the Realtek audio driver
(Be warned the download length for this will take 3 hours. God know's why since it's less than a gigabyte, but oh well.)

3: Uninstall the game (and all installer files associated with it just to be safe), restart your computer, then re install. Your issue should be solved. Be sure to keep your mods saved in a separate folder unless you're okay with manually downloading them again.