For the past few months, I have been streaming my video content from my HTPC to my PS3, then PS3 to TV using PS3 Media Server. This set up has been working perfectly by connection of HDMI to my TV (Samsung UN55B6000
) then optical out of the TV to my receiver. All my connections go to the tv via HDMI and i get at least 5.1 digital surround sound to passthrough.
Well now I got the bright idea to use Windows Media Center (Windows 7) and actually use my HTPC for its full intended use and cut out any transcoding
compression. My motherboard has an HDMI built in. (ASRock H67M-itx with sandy bridge i3) When I connect my HDMI to my TV I only get 2.0 sound. I check the settings (Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound) and see it has detected my Samsung and is using Intel Display Audio as a driver. This will ONLY ALLOW 2.0 sound.
How can I override the computer and tell it to pass through what ever I send at it. It doesn't allow me to select anything other than 2.0 audio and states the max number of channels is 2. It also states that no encoded formats are supported. There has to be a work around.
Thanks in Advance!
p.s. any advice on using Media Center to its full potential is greatly appreciated. I plan to play MKV files for HD and heard there are a couple plug-ins/ skins that are really awesome but dont know which ones.