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the program can't start because openal32.dll is missing from your computer

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trying to install a game on windows 7
(horde 3D game engine)

dialog box:
the program can't start because openal32.dll is missing from your computer



http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/openal32-dll-not-found-missing-error.htm


does not say where I can download openal32.dll and where to save openal32.dll
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by:John Hurst
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Openal32 does not appear to be part of Windows 7 (I checked a couple), so perhaps the game is not compatible with Windows 7. I cannot find any download site for it but that is just the places I looked.

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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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What game and how old?

The game installer you are using probably isn't 64bit aware and is installing the files into system32 not SysWOW64.  Try installing the latest version of OpenAL
http://kcat.strangesoft.net/openal-soft-1.15.1-bin.zip

if that doesn't work try running the installer from within the SysWOW64 folder.

This may not be the end of the problem though - if you still get audio and video issues post back.
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by:rgb192
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i cant even install openal-soft
tried both (32,64) versions on my windows 7 64 bit  getting same dialog box
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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It needs to be in SysWOW64
What's the game BTW? Or are you installing Horde for game development?
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by:rgb192
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game is moving alfred's face
http://mm-werkstatt.informatik.uni-augsburg.de/projects/GameEngine/doku.php/alfred



It needs to be in SysWOW64
I cant choose where to install
I see 3 .exe files
makehrtf.exe nothing happens

openal-info32.exe
openal-info64.exe  get instant error



should I copy the win64 dll to a file location
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☠ MASQ ☠ earned 500 total points
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Try this version
http://connect.creativelabs.com/openal/Downloads/oalinst.zip
Unpack and run it inside SysWOW64
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by:rgb192
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game works now

I didnt know what you meant by run inside system wow
I just ran the exe file in downloads folder


I do get an cmd.exe file that opens with many lines of output 'error writing to file'

but the game works and that is great

thank you
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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No problem, Creative haven't really got the installer sorted to cleanly deal with either 64bit or Windows 7 file locations where UAC prevents unauthorised programs writing to certain locations.  Of course it's worse with older programs that have an Open Audio installer bundled that is completely unaware of 64bit systems.

Thanks for the feedback, sometime I need to be more explicit - I know in my head what I want you to do but don't always make it clear :)
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