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Mrpenguinb (talkcontribs)

As you have seen by my edits on the Monopoly Tycoon wiki page, I have solved the problem that the game was having when music was enabled. There are some missing .dll's that are present in Windows XP and missing in Windows Vista. There is a reason for this, Microsoft deprecated their old codec for playing back DRM .wma file content called the Windows Media Source Filter. Adding strmdll.dll, drmclien.dll and dxmasf.dll and then registering the dxmasf.dll brings back the old codec. Currently for an unknown reason, there is a stub 6 KB version of the dxmasf.dll in the SysWOW64 directory. The description of the dxmasf.dll is: Microsoft Windows Media Component Removal File.

Ill update your user page's information on Monopoly Tycoon to say that the music has been fixed properly.

Tafferwocky (talkcontribs)

Yes, it works perfectly! How did you find out that that was the issue?

Thanks for all your work on fixing that, as the game really suffers without music.

Mrpenguinb (talkcontribs)

It is a long story! I used Process Explorer to monitor the application's use of .dll's and DirectShow was one of them (I stubbornly ignored it COMPLETELY). Only did I come full circle and realise that the game was using DirectShow at all. I took a stab in the dark and used a filter manager and removed all the codecs in Windows as I could one-by-one. The Windows Media Source Filter was the culprit (dxmasf.dll). It is insane how I found that out, I was ecstatic when I discovered the cause! :D It turns out that other people were fixing Ford Racing 2 and had the other piece of the puzzle I needed in order to use the filter, the other .dll's are required to register dxmasf.dll. Put the pieces together and the game works again!

This discovery fixes Test Drive 6, Ford Racing 2, Monopoly Tycoon and more! There are more games out there that could use this fix, just have to find them. You need to look for games from 1999-2004 or 2005 as they used the filter. I am still SOO happy that this has been resolved, and that other games are benefiting from it!! Ecstatic.

Just as a final note, Monopoly Tycoon's music is bugged (skips around), deleting the qasf.dll (in SysWOW64) and installing DivX 3.11 compressor fixes this issue. The music skipping has been present like since Windows 2000 I think (used rohitlab API monitor to find the cause) I have a blog on how I fixed it completely, just look for it on the download page for the fix I uploaded on the Monopooly Tycoon article/page. There are other posts on my blog detailing more information about the fix, I hope to get an all-comprehensive article written up.


Tafferwocky (talkcontribs)

Well, that's an interesting trail of leads! The problem when googling for DLL issues is that generally it just leads you to various suspicious-looking DLL download sites, rather than any really useful advice.

Mrpenguinb (talkcontribs)

A new discovery has been made that resolves a few issues in Monopoly Tycoon and other games. The default ACM (audio compression manager) was removed in Windows Vista meaning that the old qasf.dll doesn't work in Windows anymore. Restoring the ACM and the qasf.dll fixes the music completely to make it stutter free. The qasf.dll should be version 6 since the music skips around with version 7 and later (this version is found in Windows 95/98, but not in Windows XP). By the way, thank you for all the work you do on PCGamingWiki! I even found one of your old comments on YouTube on Monopoly Tycoon.

Tafferwocky (talkcontribs)

Hey no worries. I've not done much work on the Wiki for a few years now, but like to think I've helped a bit.

Great work on the game again!

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PlayaOfGames (talkcontribs)

just note i somehow edited the page that you already edited idk how i did somehow it didn't update to your edit on my end until after i edited that note i put next to my edit was not referring to you but the guy who put those key points there and all just telling you before you get confused.

Tafferwocky (talkcontribs)

That's a bit weird. I've reverted your edit, because I think it was okay beforehand. Maybe I'll replace the decals keypoint with something about the Multiplayer mod eventually, but for now i think it's fine.

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