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#1 TheFabz

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 10:41 PM

I recently acquired a PC custom build.

 

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                                                Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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                                                AMD Phenom II X4 840  16 °C

                                                Propus 45nm Technology

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                                                8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz (9-9-9-24)

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                                                ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4N68T-M-V2 (AM3) 30 °C

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                                                HP w1858 (1366x768@60Hz)

                                                512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS (EVGA)                41 °C

                                Storage

                                                931GB Western Digital WDC WD10 EZEX-75ZF5A0 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)                                             32 °C

                                Optical Drives

                                                TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223C SCSI CdRom Device

                                Audio

                                                High Definition Audio Device

 

On my old PC, I enjoyed listening to music with the environment option in Playback devices >> Speakers/Headphones >> Enhancements.

 

On my new PC, I have what you see in the attachment.

 

Is there any way to get the environment option on my new PC?

 

PS: I had to attach the image instead of imbedding it because for some damn reason this board truncates the URL from google photos.

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 10:58 PM

I'm not clear what specific enhancements you want, but the driver shows as supplied by Microsoft - i.e. Windows default driver. Have you tried installing the sound driver from ASUS?

 

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M4N68TM_V2/HelpDesk_Download/

 

Your mainboard has VIA VT1708S onboard sound:

 

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M4N68TM_V2/specifications/

 

which claims: "The VIA Vinyl VT1708S is embedded with software utilities such as environment emulation, EQ, extender, and optional sound effects, including support for QSound, DTS Connect, DTS Surround Sensation, Dolby PCEE program, Creative Audio Program and Third Party Microphone Array Technology."

 

http://www.viatech.com/en/silicon/legacy/audio/vt1708s/


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 11:57 PM

I tracked down a pic of what I want and attached it.

 

When environment is highlighted and enabled, the setting drop-down has options to simulate the accoustics of different rooms: bathroom, auditorium, etc. It seems as if this is a feature of Realtek Audio Driver, and I remember a source saying such in the past, but can't remember who it was.

 

But I installed Realtek Audio Driver, and can see it on Control Panel. But for lack of a better description or understanding, the Microsoft audio driver seems to be overruling it.

 

EDIT: I've already tried uninstalling Microsoft's audio driver through Windows Search to see if RealTek would take over. Microsoft audio driver simply reinstalls itself whenever I do this.

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 01:14 AM

You can only have features the audio chipset provides, why are you trying to install a Realtek Audio Driver onto VIA Vinyl audio - are you using the onboard sound or a sound card? If it is the onboard, did you go to the ASUS support site I linked to and download the VIA Audio Driver V6.0.1.9500 for Windows XP 32bit/XP 64bit/Windows Vista 32bit/Vista 64bit/7 32bit/7 64bit?


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 12:30 PM

I realize now I should have said a lot more in the OP, more so even than in my reply. I installed Realtek before I came here based on that memory.

 

I uninstalled RealTek and installed VIA. I now have the environment feature. The menu's a bit different, but it works.

 

Thank you.


Edited by TheFabz, 26 September 2015 - 12:31 PM.


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 10:08 PM

I have a new problem. The environment option works, but sounds terrible. Unless I choose an option with a very subtle change, it sounds --on headphones--like putting the speaker behind a fan.

 

Please don't respond immediately. I'm a bit too tipsy right now.

 

Tomorrow, I'll open the case and see if the headphone jack comes from the mobo or a sound card. The USB port to the right of the headphone jack is damaged, and I wonder if that's related to the sound quality--if the damage goes beyond the USB port, that is.



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 03:35 AM

Different sound card's (or onboards) enhancements are going to sound different or have different options. Probably this computer's onboard sound is just lousy (at least when it comes to trying to run fancy enhancements). If you have no luck with it, imo, consider buying a Creative sound card.



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:24 AM

There are complaints about VIA onboard sound being disappointing, but it probably shouldn't be as bad as the behind a fan comment suggests...


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:37 AM

Tomorrow, I'll open the case and see if the headphone jack comes from the mobo or a sound card. The USB port to the right of the headphone jack is damaged, and I wonder if that's related to the sound quality--if the damage goes beyond the USB port, that is.


You probably don't have to open the case to see where it is connected.

All you have to do is look on the back of the case.

If you have a soundcard it will be at the bottom of the case in one of the expansion slots. If no sound card is installed then you are using onboard sound.

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 11:36 AM

Derp realizations. Sound card wouldn't be attached to the headphone jack. And the headphone jack is not damaged. Easily confirmed by using the environment option with the speakers, and I get the same effect.

 

The mobo has integrated sound--no sound card. I'm thinking of getting an external sound-card. If yes, this topic should probably be silent until I get it.






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