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Can't get 5.1 over optical on new mobo


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#1 Johnny Boy

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:37 PM

I just purchased http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...mp;Tpk=p5qpl-vm and was hoping to get full 5.1 surround sound capabilities over the optical audio (spdif) output. However when I use the installed realtek software to test the 3D sound I am only getting sound out of the front left and front right speaker. The output is set to 96khz and all the settings (both in the software and in windows) say it is in 5.1 mode. My home theater receiver (Sony, can get more specific if needed) only shows that signal is being output to the front right and left speakers :thumbsup: . However if I connect an optical cable from my digital cable box I can get all 6 channels to work and have amazing full 5.1 surround sound so I know it is not the system. Can anyone help me, I'm sure its something stupid that I'm missing. Thanks in advance.
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 08:38 AM

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 09:39 AM

Thanks for the help?
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:56 PM

What media (DVD?) are you trying to get the 5.1 from? If your source isn't 5.1 then it won't emulate (I know this is basic, but I had to say it).

If a DVD, then your software player (WINDVD/PowerDVD) might not support 5.1 output.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 05:13 PM

I am using a DVD in VLC Media Player as well as WMP. I am only getting sound in stereo (front right and front left). I contacted Asus and they redirected me to the Klite free codec pack, then said I need a newer operating system (I have XP)... Some help they are...
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