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Hey there,

I find myself in a predicament, today I wanted to try out to connect my receiver to my computer through a TOSLINK cable and enjoy surround during PC gaming and movie watching.

However, as it stands, I've read that Optical/SPDIF only supports 2 channels, which DTS/Dolby Digital converts into a surround signal.
Alas, my onboard soundcard (SoundMAX HD -- P6T Deluxe) will not allow me to select my speaker setup, I am positive this is cause by the 2 channel output on the Optical connection.

Is there any way to force it to use 5.1 speakers, or do I need to buy a DTS/DD (Live) enable soundcard in order to enjoy PC gaming with surround sound?

Any pointers are greatly appreciated!
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Doesn't look I have a live encoder on mine either and its the same codec, I've not used it 'til now as I had the Xonar. Not sure what's going on with the digital out - it just seems to route the sound to the analogue jacks. Without a live encoder though you will need a soundcard for multi-channel SPDIF.
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Does your receiver not offer any audio presets/DSPs that will upmix to 5.1?
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Does your receiver not offer any audio presets/DSPs that will upmix to 5.1?
Apperently it does not, I can force it into multiple channel mode, but Dolby Digital and DTS are designed to compress audio and distribute it over 2.1 channels into surround.

Basically, I cannot force my computer to utilise 5.1 speakers, this means it will always distribute sound uncompressed over 2 channels.

I tried to do a small test with Splinter Cell conviction, it didn't work, only the center and frontal speakers emit sound, the rear speakers do not produce sound, and any sound "directed to these speakers" is played back through the center speaker
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Topic has been resolved, I've resorted to purchasing a capable soundcard, if you fancy giving an opinion you can follow the thread here: Clicky
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