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Hey everyone whats up, I'm using a Home Entertainment system for my computer audio hooked up through SPDIF (Optical) straight to my motherboard and I can only get 2 speakers and the subwoofer to work and my reciever is 5.1.. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Should I buy a sound card?


Edit- heres a link to my Entertainment System http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882676121
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what sort of a mobo are you using? im sure any modern mobo has integrated surround.

Also update your sound drivers and set your computer to use 5.1 surround.

You can also do this by going to control panel > sound > select your audio device > configure.
   
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Hello, I'm using this motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131882

When I try to config my Realtek Digital Output(Optical) configure is grayed out.
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Are you playing a movie or listening to music or what?
Maybe a setting in your Home theater is screwed up somehow?

Sound mode buttons in your remote controller?
Friend of mine setup had 3D-button that changed mode from 2.1 -> 5.1.
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I'm trying to use it for music and gaming on my PC, It works in dvd mode and on the surround sound test menu but when I switch to Digital Audio in i only get the 2 front speakers and sub.
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Originally Posted by Smoket View Post

Hello, I'm using this motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131882

When I try to config my Realtek Digital Output(Optical) configure is grayed out.

mobo should be fine, but since the Realtek option is greyed out, i suggest you update the drivers.
ideally, in order for the computer to recognize that you've got front, center and rear or side speakers you'll need the appropriate connections.

here's a screenshot of my realtek manager, im using a Logitech Z506
See how on the right it's showing 3 jacks occupied:


One controls the front left and right (stereo) using the green jack, another for the sub/center speaker and one more for the rear or side speakers.

If you're plugging the whole set in though only one jack then only stereo will be played through the front L/R and Sub or spread the stereo playback throughout all the speaker if the set allows it to do so.

edit: are you using the 3.5mm jacks or the digital connector? should have asked before i posted everything above tongue.gif
Edited by PoisonousRakija - 2/19/13 at 4:08am
   
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I'm using the Digital Connector.
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mobo should be fine, but since the Realtek option is greyed out, i suggest you update the drivers.
ideally, in order for the computer to recognize that you've got front, center and rear or side speakers you'll need the appropriate connections.

here's a screenshot of my realtek manager, im using a Logitech Z506
See how on the right it's showing 3 jacks occupied:

Indeed you should check updates for your drivers.
Btw, PoisonousRakija, is that folder icon in your Realtek options up right, is it automatic jack detection what i've read?

Some people been writing about some folder icon and spdif problems..
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I'm using the Digital Connector.

I still suggest you should update to latest drivers from your mobos website, don't use the disc that came with the board.
See in the screenshot too, there's a tab that says Digital Output, you wanna make sure that is set as your default device too and configure everything in that tab.
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Indeed you should check updates for your drivers.
Btw, PoisonousRakija, is that folder icon in your Realtek options up right, is it automatic jack detection what i've read?

Some people been writing about some folder icon and spdif problems..

I remember an issue with it from a few years back
When you click the folder you get another window with 2 check boxes, one says "Disable front panel detection" and the other one is to enable notifications when you plug something in.

I believe the issue some time ago that people were complaining about was that they had to check the box to Disable Front Panel Detection to get everything working right, but dont quote me on that.
OP could try it anyway and see if it makes a difference.
   
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AFAIK digital optical audio on most motherboards with integrated sound only do PCM 2.0 (stereo sound). You would need something like Dolby Digital Live (DDL) to upconvert stereo to 5.1. A previous post mentioned a 3D effect on their receiver, which does pretty much the same thing as DDL (except for media that has analog 5.1, which is mostly games). You would probably need a new sound card that has this feature to use this.

If you were to play a DVD on your PC, the audio from the DVD would passthrough to your receiver. If it's 5.1, you'll hear 5.1. This applies to any file you have that has Dolby or DTS audio (or any format your receiver can decode, it is not dependent on your PC).

You can visit this site to test out my last paragraph (use something like VLC to play these, also make sure in the audio menu you have it set to 5.1)

http://www.lynnemusic.com/surround.html

As far as gaming is concerned, a few games have a Dolby output option which will give you 5.1 hassle free (BioShock 1 for example). But most games don't have this feature, so you'll be stuck with stereo sound unless you were to use a 3D effect on your receiver or DDL. With DDL you'll get the proper positioning with surround, but the audio will be downsampled due to bandwidth restrictions over digital optical audio. FYI downsampling would depend on the source, older games may not need downsampling due to lower bitrates.

Hope this helps!
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