Ventrilo Client

New version of ventrilo client

Application Details:

Version: 3.0.x
License: Retail
Votes: 6
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.4-rc5

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Test Results

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What works

Voice (GSM codec) and text chat.

What does not

I assume still push to talk (haven't tested in many WINE versions)


What was not tested

Push to talk (never worked in previous versions I've tried).

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Wine versions 1.1.15 to 1.1.17 would not work with GSM codec (without patching). 1.1.19 works fine with Ventrilo, but I am testing with a patched version of 1.1.16 to work around Wine regressions in other apps I use. I long ago edited "windows/system.ini" and added the msgsm32.acm file from a Windows partition. ; this in windows/system.ini and copy windows system32/msgsm32.acm MSACM.msgsm610=C:\windows\system32\msgsm32.acm

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowFedora 14 x86_64Apr 15 20121.4-rc5Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowFedora 15 x86Sep 23 20111.3.24Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 29 20101.3.10Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 04 20111.3.9Yes Yes PlatinumDieuwe de Boer 
ShowFedora 13 x86_64Sep 21 20101.3.1Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
1348 RegisterHotKey and UnregisterHotKey are not implemented. (Affects e.g. Adobe Photoshop.) CLOSED FIXED View
3875 ACM format codecs shutdown sound in WINE CLOSED FIXED View
5178 Ventrilo loses talk ability while using Push-To-Talk option CLOSED ABANDONED View
5623 GetAsyncKeyState wrong if querying process doesn't have focus CLOSED FIXED View
5924 Ventrilo error when multiple people talk CLOSED ABANDONED View
8103 Ventrilo list does not draw correctly at times CLOSED FIXED View
10495 Wine should support PulseAudio CLOSED FIXED View
13288 Ventrilo requires the GSM 6.10 codec CLOSED FIXED View
13500 ventrilo only supports half duplex CLOSED ABANDONED View
14803 Ventrilo takes 100% of CPU and input ceases to function after some time using Audigy soundcards CLOSED DUPLICATE View
15559 winealsa sound regression: scratchiness/stutter in multiple games CLOSED FIXED View
16600 Ventrilo starts having a long delay after some time CLOSED INVALID View
17397 Ventrilo 3.0.4 won't initialize GSM 6.10 codec stream CLOSED FIXED View
18688 Ventrilo crashes on startup CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes




You must place a copy of msgsm32.acm in ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system for Ventrilo to work. This file can either be obtained from an existing Windows installation (C:\WINDOWS\System32), or it can be downloaded from Filefront (recommended) or Driverguide(free registration required).

Edit ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system.ini and add the following under the drivers32 section: MSACM.msgsm610=msgsm32.acm

Set winecfg audio settings to use ALSA, choose emulation for the acceleration, and tick the driver emulation box.�


Start Ventrilo.exe from where it was installed, create your user profile and enter setup. Disable all DirectInput and enable all DirectSound options. You may test your configuration in the test area and adjust any mixer settings as needed.


If you desire TTS, download and install �SpeechSDK51.exe.

If you are having problems with PTT outside of Wine, an experimental program has been hacked together. You can download ventriloctrl-0.5 or ventriloctrl-0.4 or ventriloctrl-0.3.

If you are having problems with multiple soundcards, you may find this WoW forums thread helpful.

Make sure your microphone is working elsewhere on your system before troubleshooting Ventrilo specific issues. You should be able to use alsamixer to enable/boost/test your mic if it doesn't work already. Audacity may also be helpful for advanced mic troubleshooting.

WARNING: Pulseaudio

Pulseaudio is installed by default on recent versions of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Fedora Core. It is known to conflict with Wine (among other applications) on a hardware-dependant basis. Some people have reported success with using padsp and setting winecfg to use OSS, but this is not a guaranteed solution.

You may have to remove Pulseaudio via your package manager to get working sound. You may also have to remove a Pulseaudio-related file in /etc/X11/Xsession.d, set winecfg (and possibly other applications) to use ALSA, and possibly remove an asoundrc or asound.conf file in your home directory or in /etc.


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