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post #1 of 12
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I upgraded my HTPC and for some reason windows won't let me configure the optical out as 5.1. It's assuming it's 2 channel and only playing content on front left and right, even thought content is dts or dolby 5.1. Asrock customer support has so far been useless and tried to tell me the fact the driver/hardware combo isn't working on this board is really down to the problem i'm not playing my content with cyberlink power dvd (lol i have xbmc). Thus far the only online fixes i've seen are to use unsigned and basically hacked drivers. The only way to do that is to tell windows 8 to ignore driver signing on all drivers, and I dont' want that security hole unless i can't find any other solution. If anyone else has figured out how to actually un-grey the configure button, please let me know.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157462



NOTE: screenshot is from my gaming desktop, only for demonstrative purposes, who needs a g35 on a computer when you have 5.1 surround? Same issue on the HTPC though.
post #2 of 12
I don't have access to Win8 right now... and not familiar with that board... but:

What do you see when you go into properties for that device on the SOUND panel ? Anything like this? Can you configure anything there?




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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
I can get the first screen, no problem, on the 2nd screen it only asks for 2 channel stuff, like cd and DVD quality. When I do test DTS or Dolby content it only plays through front left and right on that first screenshot you show.
post #4 of 12
I would go with the unsigned drivers... that really isn't that much of an issue as long as you do all driver updates manually... and don't allow any automated updates.

Sorry to hear AsRock is not helping like they should.

I looked into drivers for that device... and found this... don't know if it will help: http://www.techspot.com/drivers/driver/file/information/17056/


http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false
Edited by cgipson1 - 3/23/14 at 6:13pm
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post #5 of 12
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I've tried like 3 different versions and releases of drivers from realtek and asrock, nothing works. Just annoyed, and the support folks haven't responded to my last email stating that buying a piece of software is unacceptable.
post #6 of 12
yea... I understand! Good luck with it... I don't have anything for you... wish I did!
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post #7 of 12
try XBMCBuntu (http://mirrors.xbmc.org/releases/XBMCbuntu/)

it's linux so may be a little unfamiliar to you but once installed it will just load up XBMC assuming your hardware isn't on the bleeding edge. This will let you know at least if it's a hardware or driver issue. Did you upgrade the hardware AND windows or were you running win 8 before too?

What are you plugging into (audio and video), can you go through HDMI for audio for example?
 
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post #8 of 12
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I have a xbmcbuntu cd somewhere, so I'll give it a shot. I am a linux server admin, so I'm no stranger to ubunutu.

I did upgrade hardware/software, however I did install win 7 to a hard drive and it wouldn't work either.

I am plugging the optical cable into my sound bar. I can do HDMI, but my TV only passes dolby digital, not DTS, so half my content down mixes to 2 channel. I learned that with my last media device.
post #9 of 12
You need a Xonar, Certain Creative cards, or realtek audio to encode DTS audio on a PC. Sadly I don't think VIA chipsets support it frown.gif

You could get a used soundcard off ebay/craigslist.
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post #10 of 12
are u talking about for gaming or for media playback?

if for media playback see below.


ac3filter?

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ac3filter/

i used to use that before i moved to shark codecs.

in the event you decide to use shark codecs be very careful about how u install it. read everything very carefully before you choose an install option.
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