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I just received my Xonar ST in the mail today from Amazon. Since it was cheaper used I decided to go ahead and get the used one direct from Amazon.
Now, I've managed to get the SPDIF Out to work very well with my Pioneer receiver but the main reason I wanted this card was for analog output. How I have it plugged in as of right now is as follows



But I've also tried going through the RCA jacks and don't get any output from those nor do I get any output from the front panel connectors. (Keep in mind that I'm switching the Analog Out settings in the Xonar control panel. Right now I'm using the Xonar Unified drivers since I've heard that they seem to work better than the default Asus ones provided as suggested by the thread here http://www.overclock.net/t/1294785/solved-asus-xonar-essence-st-driver-problem/0_100


The following things I have tried:
  • Removing Realtek drivers
  • Disabling onboard audio in UEFI
  • Multiple Driver versions
  • Disabling all other audio playback devices
  • Different headphones
  • Different audio sources: games, movies etc.


Below is how I have the control panel configured at the moment but I'm honestly completely stumped as to what I could possibly be doing wrong. I hesitate to blame the card itself since I really don't want it to be a DOA.


Thanks for any help in getting this sorted out ^_^
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When my used Essence STX arrived it had audio problems, turns out one of the op-amps was not fully seated.
So had to take the shield off the card and press down on the op-amps to get them well seated, card worked fine from then on.
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When my used Essence STX arrived it had audio problems, turns out one of the op-amps was not fully seated.
So had to take the shield off the card and press down on the op-amps to get them well seated, card worked fine from then on.

Just pulled it apart and tried reseating all of the opamps but still no dice on analog out :/ At the same time I went ahead and checked all of the capacitors for tolerance and all of them seemed to be within 5% although i'm not sure if that's enough or if the tolerance should be even lower redface.gif
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did you make sure that windows was switching between analog and digital? The xonar panel doesn't quite cut it for switching signals.
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Yeah I double checked that the output signal and everything was going to the speakers device in WIndows. If it helps add any info to this I can't seem to get the microphone to work either at the moment, however I have read that I would have to plug in the headphones through the RCA jack if I want to use the Line In for the microphone.
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Yeah I double checked that the output signal and everything was going to the speakers device in WIndows. If it helps add any info to this I can't seem to get the microphone to work either at the moment, however I have read that I would have to plug in the headphones through the RCA jack if I want to use the Line In for the microphone.

........ It looks like you have already tried the unified drivers.

The one last uber ditch method to get this thing to work would be to disconnect everything. Reinstall windows. And ONLY plug in analog audio.

If nothing else, there seems to be a bunch of local head-fi meets coming up. You might want to check and see if someone going to one of these events might help you trouble shoot this in person, because it is really starting to sound like a sound card issue rather than software bug.
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........ It looks like you have already tried the unified drivers.

The one last uber ditch method to get this thing to work would be to disconnect everything. Reinstall windows. And ONLY plug in analog audio.

If nothing else, there seems to be a bunch of local head-fi meets coming up. You might want to check and see if someone going to one of these events might help you trouble shoot this in person, because it is really starting to sound like a sound card issue rather than software bug.

Hmm yeah I'm going to try installing windows 7 onto another hard drive I have laying around with only analog plugged in and no front panel connectors etc. If that fails to work then I think I'll go ahead and conclude that the sound card is dead and get a different one asap..I was so excited too :'(
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Hmm yeah I'm going to try installing windows 7 onto another hard drive I have laying around with only analog plugged in and no front panel connectors etc. If that fails to work then I think I'll go ahead and conclude that the sound card is dead and get a different one asap..I was so excited too :'(

If it makes you feel better asus sound cards are some of the most temperamental pieces of hardware you can put into a PC. That fact that it isn't working for you is not a rarity, nor does it mean that it is dead. So finger crossed.
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Yeah I double checked that the output signal and everything was going to the speakers device in WIndows. If it helps add any info to this I can't seem to get the microphone to work either at the moment, however I have read that I would have to plug in the headphones through the RCA jack if I want to use the Line In for the microphone.

Something might not have installed correct when you first installed the Essence ST.
Try turning off the computer, remove the Essence ST, turn on the computer and let it full boot up,
then turn computer back off, reinstall the Essence ST, turn computer back on, test.
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Something might not have installed correct when you first installed the Essence ST.
Try turning off the computer, remove the Essence ST, turn on the computer and let it full boot up,
then turn computer back off, reinstall the Essence ST, turn computer back on, test.

Yeah no results :/ I just ordered another one online and when that comes in I'll start the return process for this one. Thanks for all the help everyone!
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