ASUS - VIA - Win 7
I too am having a very similar problem. I can't get the optical SPDIF to initialize and work at all. mikesc380, you seem to have gotten further than I have however. I can't even get the VIA deck (control panel) or drivers to install. The install bombs out with a "missing component" error if I load the ver. 6.50 from the VIA driver d/l page. If I use the ASUS mobo disc, I get an "unsupported OS" error using the ASUS package installer. I tried using compatibility mode but no good.
Please let me know if you get any where with this and I'll do the same.