HELP WITH SOUND BLASTER XF-i UTILITY _ WINDOWS 8 64 BIT
Just got my build completed (described here
. Everything is great BUT, I can't get 5.1 PCM audio out of my optical connection from my Maximus V Gene.
Dolby Digital audio source will play 5.1 and light up on my AVR just fine - BUT when attempting any PCM multi-channel (like PC games) ONLY 2 Channel stereo sound gets sent to my receiver. My understanding is that this is what the included SoundBlaster X-Fi Utility is for. I don't understand why it's needed (as my other systems output multi-channel just fine without an additional utility
I first installed the included Realtek audio driver from motherboard CD, then the included SoundBlaster X-Fi Utility suite of applications. I confirmed on-line registration. My GTX680 is set to turn off audio (and disable the audio driver) so ONLY the Realtek driver is loaded and outputting audio via the optical output. (BTW - the GTX680 audio via HDMI to my receiver works without issue as it should) . My problem is getting 5.1 multi-channel through optical working. After that didn't work I found this thread
which seems to describe my issue. So, I UN-installed everything - installed the Realtek 2.70 HD audio driver and then SB X-Fi Utility again. SAME THING - NO 5.1 - ONLY 2 channel stereo. So, Uninstalled everything again - (and reverted back to a good clean system restore point) Downloaded the realtek drivers and the latest SB X-Fi from ASUS motherboard downloads site here
. Confirmed that it was the same version on my CD (Realtek_Audio_V51006699_6016699_XPWin7_8 and SB_XFi_V10401_Win7_8 -- dated 09-26-2012). Installed and still the same issue.
I have changed sample rates in the windows sound control panel, set the realtek audio as default, disabled all others (only the GTX680 output via HDMI) BUT no go. I am missing the audio icon in SoundBlasters X-Fi Utility:
I have THX Studio set to surround:
I think the problem is related to the fact that I can NOT configure speakers (grayed out) in the windows sound control panel for the realtek optical. Only gives me options to change bit & sample rates (16bit 48000Hz) This works fine when playing sound from the GTX680 via HDMI (but not the optical port). I had a lengthy chat session with an ASUS tech & he just suggested to install the driver and utility from the ASUS site - BUT could not confirm these were in fact working under Windows 8 64 bit (although the realtek driver says it's supported - SB may not be) I also posted here
and no answer was given.
So... Sorry for long post ... I anyone running this great board under Windows 8 64 bit and having a successful install of the realtek drivers and SB X-Fi Utility outputting optical multi-channel sound?Edited by N3V3R - 2/16/13 at 1:00pm