I found my old PCI-E Creative Soundblaster card and it turned out that while yes i gave it to my friend he installed it in his backup PC which he has at my place so he has something to do while he is here
I might try installing that sound card in my own PC and see if i can get 5,1 to work using that
Would be nice to get 5,1 via toslink without having to spend money buying a brand new sound card.
Edit: installed my old Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium soundcard and while i can configure the speakers to 5,1 they refuse to make any sound
Only way to get sound is to move SPDIF out and you cant configure SPDIF just like you cant configure the onboard Realtek so i am back to square one
The Soundblaster card dont sound any better or worse then the Realtek either so that was a waste of time
I got the option to either have two channel stereo or all channels stereo
Why cant you configure SPDIF to be 5,1???
HDMI works but was so irritating that i went back to SPDIF aka optical toslink or whatever you want to call it
It was so much easier back in the anlog PC speakers days!