Titanfall 2 audio crackling on Windows PC [FIX]
Titanfall 2 is an amazing first-person shooter with multiplayer-oriented, adrenaline pumped gameplay. The game is highly regarded for its large variety of mechanics and in-game abilities. And in the end, is there someone who doesn’t like mecha battles?
Additionally, the game is known for its vivid graphics and a high level of detail. However, it seems that, for many users, sound has been the problem from the start. Namely, a lot of players report strange sound crackling and popping.
Moreover, sound issues were related to specific in-game sequences, making it more confusing. We thoroughly inspected this problem and prepared a list of probable solutions.
In case you are experiencing similar issues, follow the steps below.
How to fix sound crackling in Titanfall 2 for PC
- Meet the system requirements
- Update sound drivers
- Check System sound options
- Reinstall C++ redistributable
- Check the game’s file integrity via the Origin Client
- Reinstall the game
1. Meet the system requirements
Let’s start with the elementary steps: If you don’t meet the requirements — especially with CPU — you may encounter a vast number of issues. Sound stuttering can be one of them.
Here are the system requirements for Titanfall 2:
- MINIMUM OS: Windows Vista SP2 64-bit / Windows 7 SP1 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit.
- CPU: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz / Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz.
- RAM: At least 4 GB.
- DISC DRIVE: DVD-ROM drive required for installation only.
- HARD DRIVE: At least 50 GB of free space.
- VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 4770 with 512MB RAM or better / Nvidia GeForce 8800GTwith 512MB RAM or better.
- DirectX: DirectX 11.
- INPUT: Keyboard and mouse, Microsoft Gamepad.
- ONLINE CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS: 512kbps down and 384kbps up or faster Internet connection.
Moreover, make sure your CPU isn’t overheating and that its sound card is connected properly to the motherboard. If you find any irregularities, you should probably clean or replace your CPU cooler and thermal paste.
On the other hand, if everything is correct, try alternative speakers or a headset to check for hardware malfunctions.
2. Update sound drivers
Once we eliminate hardware issues from the equation, let’s turn our attention to software. Generic sound drivers will serve its purpose most of the time.
However, if you have a specific sound system, you’ll need proper drivers from the official support site. Because of that, we strongly recommend you download appropriate drivers.
If you’re not sure how to do it, follow these steps:
- Right-click Start and run Device Manager.
- Find Sound, video, and game controllers.
- Right-click on sound device and open Properties.
- In the Details tab, open HardwareId and copy the first line to your clipboard.
- Now, move on to Drivers tab and Uninstall driver.
- Paste the first line and search. You should see the exact name and details about the sound device you’re using.
- Navigate to an official drivers provider site and download proper drivers.
- Install drivers and restart PC.
We fully advise you to install the drivers from trusted sources.
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3. Check System sound options
If the driver isn’t a culprit for sound issues, you may as well check your sound settings.
First, you’ll need to set your default playback device and check game and Master volume. Additionally, try out the sound in other games to look for irregularities. Here’s what you should do:
- Right-click sound icon in the notification tray.
- Open Playback devices.
- Right-click on the preferred device and set as Default.
- Right-click again and open Properties.
- In the Levels tab, make sure that sound is not muted.
- In the Advanced tab, check both boxes of Exclusive mode to enable them.
- Additionally, try lowering the sound quality to 16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality).
- Confirm the selection and try out the game.
If the problem is persistent, move to the next steps.
4. Reinstall C++ redistributable
Some users reportedly fixed all sound issues with tweaks to C++ redistributables. There’s a chance you have a bunch of those installed yourself, so uninstall them all and then install them again.
While this is a bit dubious since not every redistributable is needed for the game to function seamlessly, but it just might work.
- Open Control panel.
- Go to Add or remove programs.
- Find every Visual C++ installed and write them down so you won’t forget.
- Now, uninstall them all.
- You can find download location here.
- Make sure you download and install both 64-bit and 32-bit versions.
- Restart your PC and start the game.
5. Check the game’s file integrity via the Origin Client
On some unfortunate occasions, your game installation files can be corrupt or even deleted. This can be because of antivirus programs or misuse. Luckily, you can fix every issue with the Origin client repair tool.
This tool scans for possible errors and repairs installation by adding proper files.
- Open Origin Desktop Client.
- Right-click on Titanfall 2 in the My Games menu.
- Choose ”Repair Game”.
- After the process is done, restart PC and try Titanfall 2.
Some users first deleted VPK file (sound related) and then performed the repair. While we don’t advise you to do so, it may help in some cases.
6 Reinstall the game
If the previous steps were insufficient, you are left with two solutions: either you reinstall the game or wait for the patch to address this issue.
Since you can’t speed up the creation of a patch, perform a clean reinstall of the game and hope for the best.
The only problem is that the game is huge, so the download process may last hours.
In order to perform a clean instalation, we kindly advise you to follow the exact steps below, as these might increase your chance of avoiding any future issues.
- Start the Origin Desktop Client.
- Right-click Titanfall and choose Uninstall. You can choose to keep your save games or dump them.
- Delete game installation folder to remove any remaining files.
- Use CCleaner (or another similar tool) to clean registry remainings.
- Open Origin again and navigate to My Games.
- Choose to install Titanfall 2 and the download process will start.
If you manage to solve the crackling sound issue using our guide, please let us know in the comments below. Also, if we missed any method to get rid of this annoying problem that many of you encountered, please give us a heads up!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy
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