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I bought a Creative Labs sound card about a year ago, and been having issues for a while. The 2.1 channels seem to be working. However, nothing that utilizes 5.1 will work in Windows.

All of my games have it enabled, and it's connected via Toslink to a Samsung 5.1 Theater System. The system test shows all 6 speakers working but Windows refuses to budge. Anyone ever try to get one of these things working?
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Which X-Fi card do you have? They have more than one "X-Fi" card.

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Ok, so it's the Xtreme Audio.

 

I'm trying to find out if there's a way, but it seems to me that you're not alone.

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post #5 of 21
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Ya I've spent a few hours tonight, and roughly 2 weeks a year or so ago trying to figure this out. I eventually gave up and kind of forgot about it until I tried to play Dead Space, and it asked me if I had 5.1 capability. I happily replied yes, only to realize the Surround was just coming out of the front speakers.

I love my HQ audio, but I know just barely more than enough to be dangerous to my audio configuration.
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post #6 of 21
It's xtreme audio, it isn't even x-fi card (it's really a rebrand of the old Audigy SE from ~2006).
So it's missing the most important factor for 5.1 optical sound: DTS and DDL encoding support.

Optical without encoding can only transfer 2.0 sound. Movies are pre-encoded to DTS so they are an exception.

Solution:
Get a new soundcard if the mobo onboard doesn't have DTS support.
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Xonar DS(X) - DTS
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Edited by Tiihokatti - 4/11/14 at 1:11am
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post #7 of 21
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Pretty sure the mobo doesn't. Well if nothing else I can toss it into an HTPC. Either way that is deceptive packaging on CL's part lol. Pretty sure my ASrock doesn't support DTS.
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does your Samsung 5.1 have optical?
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It does. Optical, coax, and composite.

@tiihokatti. So one of those cards enables 5.1 I. All applications that support 5.1? Sorry I dont know all the audio terminology.
Edited by Silvos00 - 4/11/14 at 8:32am
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what is the model of the Samsung 5.1?
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