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Well, i got a logitech z-506 setup for the holidays, but im trying everything i can to get 5.1 to work, but i can never get sound out of the back 2 speakers or the center speaker. Ive tried all the settings i can think of, but nothing seems to work. Im using my UD5's onboard, is that a problem for 5.1? I am a complete noob when it comes to audio, so any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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You sure you have all 3 3.5mm jacks plugged in? Black, orange, green.

Then go into sound settings, configure to 5.1. Then test it in a game with 5.1 enabled

Personally i don't use onboard for 5.1, but there should be no issue
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You sure you have all 3 3.5mm jacks plugged in? Black, orange, green.

Then go into sound settings, configure to 5.1. Then test it in a game with 5.1 enabled

Personally i don't use onboard for 5.1, but there should be no issue

Yes, all 3 are plugged in, and when i test, the ones that dont work work and the two that work dont. The sub works in both situations. I have 5.1 configured, but when i test the back 2, the center, and the sub make sound, while in real situations only the front 2 and the sub work.
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Playing games? Listening to music? Watching movies/videos?

Most games will output 5.1 because it channels certain sounds through each speaker, music on the other hand only comes through 2 speakers. Most movies output 5.1 if supported by all means, any video player, even Windows Media Player.

I'm pretty sure you're trying to get 5.1 on music.
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Playing games? Listening to music? Watching movies/videos?

Most games will output 5.1 because it channels certain sounds through each speaker, music on the other hand only comes through 2 speakers. Most movies output 5.1 if supported by all means, any video player, even Windows Media Player.

I'm pretty sure you're trying to get 5.1 on music.

No, in Witcher 2 if i walk past someone talking, i hear them when theyre in front of me, but as soon as they are behind me the sound cuts out.
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What is it doing when you test with the realtek software? If still cutting out, have you tried switching the front and rear channel plugs to rule out faulty speakers?
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No, in Witcher 2 if i walk past someone talking, i hear them when theyre in front of me, but as soon as they are behind me the sound cuts out.

Check with a DVD, and configure your software player for surround.

Game support of 5.1 can be hit or miss. Some big name titles don't support it like Mass Effect 1. Also, IIRC Witcher 2 needs config'd in the launcher to use 5.1 IIRC. I've also read reports of 5.1 randomly breaking in W2.
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