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So I've done a ton of reading on this issue. The rig is in my sig.

My mobo has an HDMI output which I want to use with my receiver to power my speakers. I also have a video card which I want to output my video. Initially I had SPDIF and everything worked PERFECTLY (except that HDMI has higher quality). When I attempted to use HDMI I ran into a million problems.

First apparently the mobo can't use the HDMI port without Intel's graphics on, so I enabled that, installed drivers etc.

Next when that is all said and done, the mobo seems to think that the receiver is a TV and outputs my desktop there. No matter what I do, I can fix this by dragging my monitors over to my receiver and use a tiny hdmi cable to reset the desktop properly.

But whenever I turn off my receiver the display resets itself!!! and forces my desktop to the imaginary TV.

Clearly this is not a good solution, and there must be a better way than this ghetto approach to using HDMI. Please tell me someone has a better solution.
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post #2 of 10
Does your video card not have HDMI?
 
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post #3 of 10
I can't imagine how the GTX 680 wouldn't have an HDMI port unless some "DIYing" has been in effect.
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post #4 of 10
Don't use the HDMI on the mobo

HDMI out from video card to receiver, a second hdmi out from receiver to monitor

That is the proper way to set it up.

Disable other sound devices
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post #5 of 10
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Thanks for the responses so far.

Yeah my 680 has a HDMI, and the HDMI on it works fine. 2 reasons why I'd rather not use this solution:

1: I can't use the Realtek HD audio stuff, I have no idea how to configure sound options with the Nvidia solution (if it is even possible). (NOTE: the intel mobo solution had this problem too. Therefore I conclude that there is literally NO WAY to use the Realtek HDMI audio on this motherboard!!!! How dumb is that?)

2: My 2560x1440 monitor doesn't support HDMI, and my dvi-hdmi cable doesn't work with it (even though it does work with my 1920x1200 monitor). I want my 2560x1440 to be my main display, and I don't want to use my 1920x1200.
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1. Ok the HDMI out on the mobo has nothing to do with Realtek, that is the Intel HD output. The Realtek is only the analogue and optical outs on the board. This is why you are running into issues as the computer sees your receiver as a display that the intel graphics is running. When you turn the receiver off it sees the display as being off so tries to place the desktop space somewhere else.

2. Ok...I see your issue then. Yeah you aren't going to be able to setup as I suggested with a high resolution monitor like that.

My suggestion?

Use the optical out from the mobo as you were before, or setup your receiver as an extended desktop. The problem with HDMI is you can't just use it as an audio out as it has the video information passed along as well.

For my htpc setup due to my HDMI out on my reciever being busted I had to clone displays out with one to the tv and one to the receiver to get it working. That won't work with your setup though due to your ultra high resolution
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Are there any settings on the receiver to make it show up as an audio device or to show up as a display device? This sounds like it's 100% the receiver's fault. HDMI was not made in mind with constraining the signal to needing a video feed, it was made for audio or video, or both. It's a shame your monitor doesn't support HDMI. It's not like HDMI can't handle 2560x1440@60 Hz.
 
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yeah, but receivers are usually made to handle both at the same time and I know at least mine doesn't have the option to just accept audio.

Add to that the fact, I know that with amd cards at least if you disable the video output of an hdmi port it disables the audio as well.

And yes there is certainly HDMI capable of that resolution.
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post #9 of 10
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Ok the HDMI out on the mobo has nothing to do with Realtek, that is the Intel HD output. The Realtek is only the analogue and optical outs on the board.

Hmm something isn't right here, in my list of playback devices I see Realtek HDMI output. Even when I was getting sound from the motherboard HDMI it came from a playback device called Intel HDMI, not the Realtek HDMI though.

Well I suppose the technology isn't available yet to do this correctly....

I can live with a second monitor turned off under my desk to get sound (it seems just having a HDMI cable on video out doesn't work). But the fact is that there should be a cable that allows high quality audio (equal to HDMI) from my computer to my receiver without all of this display shenanigans.
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post #10 of 10
yes there should, although realistically the difference is like imperceptible to most people between HDMI and toslink

Only reason I would even worry about the upgrade is for HD audio formats, which it doesn't sound like you are using it for
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