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No DTS/5.1 with Vista x64/Xfi Prelude

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Im trying to figure this out. This is going to be a wall of text.

First things first. Im running Vista x64 Ultimate and have a Auzentech X-Fi Prelude.

Im connecting the sound card to my receiver (Yamaha RX-V663) through digital optical and the sound cards spdif out. When everything is connected and turned on, the receiver receives 2ch audio (without any encoding) as the following picture specifies.



I can test all the audio signals (Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect) as well as all the frequencies just fine (Windows sends test tones to the receiver and it plays them just fine. Additionally the Dolby Digital and DTS signal shows up as being received on the receiver (the indicator lights come on and the receiver shows that it is receiving 5 channel sound)). Also, when playing a DVD, the receiver receives a Dolby Digital signal. However, I cannot specify to change the output to more than 2/2.1 channels, as seen in the audio console (there is no pulldown menu).

If I tick on either Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect, the receiver automatically picks up the signal and can decode it, but I dont get any sound from Windows. Music wont play in Foobar, I get no sound from flash videos on the web, I cannot get sound from games, and Windows fails to send test tones to the receiver.

Even without encoding enabled in the software console, I cannot find a way to output 5.1 to the receiver through spdif (I have not tested anything through the regular speakers because I no longer have any 5.1 speakers, just my headphones, but the option still does not show up in the console to change it). I have tried firing up a game and specifying 5.1 channel output, but I still only get 2 channel audio.

I'll say that I had a Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro previously installed, but I uninstalled all the drivers and used Driver Cleaner.NET to clean up everything before installing the new drivers for the prelude. Additionally, I had to move the card to a different PCI slot, which may be the reason this is happening, but Im not sure. Any ideas??
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Ok I'm going on the basis that Dolby Digital Live is implemented in the same way on all X-Fi cards. I have DDL for my card as I purchased it for £2 or something of Creative's website as I got fed up of trying to get a work around so I could have it for free. What's £2 anyway?...

Anyhoo, first of all have you selected 5.1 audio from in Windows itself? To do this :
Right-click on the little speaker icon at the bottom right *points* -> Playback Devices -> select Speakers, then click configuration and just run through the wizard. You also, for whatever reason under my X-Fi card need to have Speakers selected as the default output device when outputting via DDL or DTS Connect. This is convenient as it allows you more control over the audio anyway such as EQ.

Note: Having S/PDIF as your default output connection will allow you to fire the audio to your reciever from a piece of software such as PowerDVD as the sound is literally by-passing the soundcard, but in Windows you won't hear anything for the reason stated previously. I have the same problem, to put it simply, thank Microsoft for that. Vista isn't quite as easy to work with as XP was.

So set your default output device to speakers, change it to 5.1 in the config panel, then try again.

If that doesn't work reset the soundcard to defaults using the defaults tab on the audio control panel.

If that doesn't work give your drivers a reinstall.

If none of the above works, give me a shout.

If DDL and DTS Connect are implemented completely differently under the Auzentech cards and I've just got all this wrong, somebody can give me a poke in the eye or something.

Edit : See attached pictures!
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Edited by msremmert - 12/18/08 at 3:28am
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
128GB Crucial M4 mSATA 2x 500GB Western Digital Black TSSTcorp SN-208BB Stock 
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Clevo 1080p Dell 2407-HC Stock Glowing Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Stock Laptop PSU Clevo MP170EM Logitech G700 Fellowes Gel Pad 
Audio
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T7700 @ 2.4GHz GTX 8800m 4GB 667Mhz 320GB Internal, 1TB, 2x500GB & 320GB External U... 
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Samsung SN-S082H Windows 7 Ultimate x64 17" Glossy WUXGA, Dell 2407WFP-HC Logitech G15 (blue one) 
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Thanks, figured it out ^^
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