I'm reposting my mail, can be useful if somebody encounter a sound problem:
It can comes from your old sound driver, from 2001, which can have problem running sounds
played with DirectMusic (many games only use DirectSound even for music in fact...).
You can first try to check in DxDiag the DirectMusic setting, and run all the tests: you have a
box listing the ports that allow music, each line must be tested separately. If one has a
problem, try to force your card using another one, in its settings (settings can vary between
You can also try to reduce in the Sound tab the hardware acceleration used by your sound
I would advise you though to update your driver, its 95% sure it
Hofstadter's Law: "It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's law."