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I have a sound card Asus Xonar DX. The cables are properly installed in the audio card, green,orange,black. And the speakers cables are also proper installed in the subwoofer.

But i don't have a 5.1 sound coming from my speakers both in windows and games.

This is my driver settings



I notice that only when i select 2 Channels i get 5.1 sound (all speakers making sound), and when i select 6 Channels(because a 5.1 is made from 6 channels, i suppose) only the left/right speakers work.

So anyone whi knows this one, please help me configure proper 5.1 sound !!!
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post #2 of 12
Sound is a tricky beast. You have everything set up correctly, now its time to configure your software.

Windows is stereo, no way around that.

Not all games support surround sound (I hate this)

So here are some bypasses:

1. Leave your audio channel at 2, the sound card will recreate surround sound for everything

2. Set audio channel to 6.

- (Set in game) select Dolby Digital or 5.1, its usually buried in the audio settings
- Movies will also have to have a setting change, in vlc, right click on video, hover over audio, select playback, click 5.1 and do the same for source
- Windows will still be stereo (sorry)

Try that and let me know if it works.
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So, basically that analog out and audio channel to 6 is the same 5.1 thing ?
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So, basically that analog out and audio channel to 6 is the same 5.1 thing ?
Yep, leave it on 6-Channel, also go to Control Panel>Sound and "Configure" the Asus Xonar Speakers device and make sure that's 5.1 also.

Edit - you can also reduce the sample rate to 44.1, there really isn't any need to go as high as 192.
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Ok, leave it on 6 channel, but what should i do with that analog out, in the driver ?
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Ok, leave it on 6 channel, but what should i do with that analog out, in the driver ?
Set everything to 5.1 or 6 speaker - they're the same thing. If you go to Control Panel>Sound, highlight the Speakers and configure you can test them, you should get sound from each. If you do then Windows is properly configured and it's just a case of the game/ect supporting 5.1 (usually you'd select it in the applications audio settings).
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So, basically that analog out and audio channel to 6 is the same 5.1 thing ?

Yes, What that basically is, is the sound card telling windows that there are 6 channels of audio being put out. 5.1= 5 satellites and a subwoofer, 6 channels.

What Darren9 is saying is, you can lower your sampling rate, you mostly wont notice a difference unless you are the kind of person who will notice the difference between a high quality mp3 and a FLAC file. I have a hard time sometimes and I pride myself on my lossless library.
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Right now i have installed some driver mod for my xonar dx. But i cannot understand why now i have two driver windows, the C-Media and the stock asus driver window.



And basically the red lines i took, it's 5.1 sound, and if i want to switch to 2.0 (stereo) sound i will to put those two to 2 channels and 2 speakers, right ?
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post #9 of 12
Yes, but I am confused as to what you are getting at and why you have two separate drivers for one device.

If you want surround sound then leave it in 6 channel for 5.1, if you want stereo put it in 2 channel.

The issues you were having were not with the driver but with the programs interfacing with the card. It was simple configuration issues that are resolved in program, there is not a simple one click fix for surround sound, it doesn't work like that at all.

What games are you not getting surround sound from?
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Also, if i want to play music in 5.1 or stereo, i just need to put this setting in AIMP 3 ?

That ASIO setting basically select what sound setup i use from the actual sound driver ? Or i need to put DirectSound: Speakers ?

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