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Cant get 5.1 audio from sound cardm via optical, configure option is greyed out

BobDeclor
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Running windows 10 and I have a xonar se sound card plugged in. I have it outputting audio via optical to my 5.1 set up.

When I go to properties and supported formats and have it test the DTS audio and Dolby digital, i do get 5.1 surround sound.

But when I go to advanced I only have 2 channel options. Also when I go intro control panel and select the spdif out "configure" is greyed out.

I know the 5.1 works, I just cant select it. And I do have it updated to the latest drivers

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Check to see if asus has a control panel or software specifically for the card or audio cards. I own a Sound Blaster ZXR and they have a special control panel just for the card. From there I'm able to adjust all the settings there. And note some applications in windows will only output 2 channel like windows media player. 

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4 minutes ago, Dub7030 said:

Check to see if asus has a control panel or software specifically for the card or audio cards. I own a Sound Blaster ZXR and they have a special control panel just for the card. From there I'm able to adjust all the settings there. And note some applications in windows will only output 2 channel like windows media player. 

Thanks, I checked that and unfortunately it only shows 2 speakers with no options to select 5.1

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Another thing to check out is the recording in the windows audio panel. The zxr has a device called What U Hear and I've been able to change the setting to six channels which actually controls the channels for my system. Weird huh

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17 minutes ago, Dub7030 said:

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thanks, i checked that out but every mic i have only has either 1 or 2 ouput channel options

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Well crap, ill do some research and see if i can come up with anything. Ill get back to ya if i find anything.

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ill keep looking to see if i cant find anything else

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9 minutes ago, Dub7030 said:

I found this website and it seems to be that the asus drivers for those particular cards are buggy but they have a possible solution https://www.infopackets.com/news/10456/how-fix-asus-xonar-wont-play-51-surround-sound-win10

 

thanks, i checked this out but my sound card is not listed in the drop down box when installing the new drivers.

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Well i found out the xonar se doesn't support DTS connect or DDlive, the only way to get actual surround sound from that card is if the audio itself is a encoded soundtrack, which sadly is most applications are not. You may be able to try some games that are encoded.

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Dumb question, but have you tested an actual DTS or dobly stream of audio like a pre-encoded movie? If the test is working, then that kind of stream should automatically start working as well.

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