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I got my Zotac 8800GT AMP! and it features audio over HDMI, and i was wondering if i can plug the audio cable into my motherboards audio output, the reason i ask is there is two square plugs on the cable

My motherboard (DFI P35 DK) has S/PDIF outputs, optical and coaxial but i was wondering where i plug the audio cable into? The outputs dont seem to be the same shape as the cable

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post #2 of 8
Well the outputs on your motherboard are for Optical Cable and Digital Coaxial cable.

Some devices have them combines like on the X-Fi Prelude. These look like normal S/PDIF coaxial jacks but come with Optical Toslink adapters which allow them to use optical cable.

If your card cable witha cable that fits, then try plugging it in and see what happens.
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post #3 of 8
If you have a device that can handle optical, use it. Optical is 100% noise free over the cable run. While both spdif outputs will sound equal, you will never have to worry about any type of noise if you use the optical. I am amaized that the card sends audio via hdmi, it looks like the adapter converts dvi to hdim? in that case dvi cables do not have audio in them. I spent some time looking for a hdmi cable that had a extra pig-tale for the spdif out, but never found one, and just ran the optical instead.
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I think you are looking for the digital audio pins "headers" on the board, the owners manual for the mobo should tell you where to find them. it looks from the picture that they are to the right of the rear usb. You will need the owners manual to pin out the digital headers only, you will have multiple pins for audio in and out.
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I got my Zotac 8800GT AMP! and it features audio over HDMI, and i was wondering if i can plug the audio cable into my motherboards audio output, the reason i ask is there is two square plugs on the cable

My motherboard (DFI P35 DK) has S/PDIF outputs, optical and coaxial but i was wondering where i plug the audio cable into? The outputs dont seem to be the same shape as the cable
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Once I get my sexy z5500's I'm usin optical.
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Once I get my sexy z5500's I'm usin optical.
Same as... I just ordered an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude and a nice Optical cable to use instead of the included one.
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post #7 of 8
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Sorry my title is not really what im asking, but im asking how or Where to plug the audio cable from my video card into my motherboard.
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post #8 of 8
Look in your motherboard manual or even the graphics card manual and it will tell you.

My guess is onto some of the sound headers but you need to find out which ones.
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