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Windows 7: cannot get the real 5.1 sound

17 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
cannot get the real 5.1 sound

Hi everybody, I have a question. I'm using Altec Lansing 5.1 speakers on Realtek ALC888 (on board sound GA-M56S S3 is the motherboard) and I have read and tried I suppose everything found here, still I cannot get the real 5.1 sound. I've installed the latest Realtek drivers still the only option for me is remapping the connectors so that I use rear speakers as front and then I get the same sound on all of them, but is there a way of making them work really as rear speakers so that I have the real 5.1 sound like I used to have on Win XP Sp2 that I used till recently? Thanks in advance!

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17 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits

Hi ludipera. Follow this steps and maybe you find a solution. Clic on the pics to enlarge. (My Windows is in Spanish, but you won't have problem to understand).
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Any doubt just post back. Good luck.

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17 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Hey man thanks for the quick answer. I have it set up just like in your picture, still I get the same problem. I wrote an e-mail to Realtek and I keep my fingers crossed for the answer, but it seems to me that they don't have the solution either...:/ I will have to buy some cheap 5.1 card so if you know which one works on Win 7 without problems please tell me..muchos gracias..
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17 Dec 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

What real 5.1? Unless the source was encoded in 5.1/surround all you're going to get is stereo. If the source isn't encoded in 5.1 then you need to look for the "speaker fill" option and enable it.
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18 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

The source was encoded in 5.1 still I'm forced to use speaker fill. So now I replaced back speakers as front and front as back, turned on the speaker fill, turned up the volume on the central speaker so that it covers the lack of sound coming from front speakers (that are receiving that emulated software rubbish sound from speaker fill function) and I guess I will have to live with it or someone else has the other idea? Thanks all for helping, I really appreciate it!
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