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Windows 7: 4.1 Rear Speaker Sound Problem

17 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
4.1 Rear Speaker Sound Problem

I use a 4.1 surround sound setup with onboard sound, and I can't seem to get sound from my rear speakers. I only get sound from the front. I didn't update any new sound drivers, and used the Microsoft and ATI ones.

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When I do the sound test, it shows that the 4 speakers show some sound activity from the green status bar.


But no sound is coming from the rear speakers. I switched my speakers around to test if the speakers themselves are faulty (and they aren't). I went to the RealTek website and downloaded the latest driver. After installation it prompted me to restart. After restart, all my files in my desktop disappeared! My rear speakers are still not making any sounds after the new driver. I did a system restore to get my desktop files back.

I had nearly the exact same problem when I used Windows XP x86 (the difference being my desktop files weren't deleted when I installed the latest RealTek driver in Windows XP).

These speakers used to be connected to a Sound Blaster card from an old computer, and the surround sound worked on that.

Can anyone help me?

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18 Jun 2009   #2

Win 7 (7100)

I have the same problem on my laptop, just enables the rear set of speakers no other options. I have the realtek drivers
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09 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 64-bit

Nearly identical problem here, rear speakers produce no output. I have a 4.0 system with 4 surround speakers and 1 subwoofer. Worked fine for the first five years or so I had the system and a SB Live! sound card. I've had to use stereo non-surround sound for the past four years, however, after the Live! sound card was replaced, and I'm trying to find a solution that will allow me to have surround sound again without shelling out money for an entirely new speaker set. Haven't had any luck locating a solution.
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