48 months ago
Recently, there was a 2K sale on Steam, and I was able to pick up all 3 Bioshock games for $10.49 USD. When I excitedly clicked on the first Bioshock, I got a loading screen for a second or two, then the Windows error message saying "bioshock.exe has stopped working". Google has pages of possible fixes for this. Problem is, no two fixes are exactly alike. For me, I had to first type in "-nosound" when I clicked on "set launch options" in Steam. This allowed the game to run, but gameplay had no sound (the cutscenes did, though). So, it's a sound issue. Google said the next step was to go to control panel > hardware and sound > manage audio devices > recording, then right-click on the list of devices, click show disabled devices, then enable stereo mix. Then I had to find bioshock.exe in my hard drive, right-click on it, go to properties, then run it in Windows Vista SP1 compatibility mode. Then, I had to go back to Steam, go back to "set launch options", delete "-nosound", and replace it with "-dx9". This worked for me, but may not be the answer for everyone. For example, people have said that all they did was enable stereo mix. Also, this kind of problem with this game has been around since Windows 7 came out, so don't expect a fix from 2K. What has worked for you guys?