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Windows 7: Having trouble switching from Stereo to 5.1 in Win7x32

13 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x32
Having trouble switching from Stereo to 5.1 in Win7x32

I tried to do some digging in the previous posts, but I couldn't find much.

I'm running Windows 7 Pro, 32bit. My Soundcard is a Creative SoundBlaster Live! Series WDM.

I have all my speakers plugged in, and I can decent quality audio from them, however the middle one doesn't function at all. The sub doesn't really sound like its supposed to either.

When I go into the

Control panel > Sound > I get two devices "Creative SB Live! Series (WDM)" and "Soundmax Integrated Digital Audio" are the two devices listed, when I press the configure button the only two options I have are Mono, and Stereo. On Windows XP, I had the option to pick 5.1 and I do not anymore.

When I went to the Creative website to download the driver for Win7Prox32, they only had the driver for 7Prox64.

So my question is this, what can I do to make this work? Under the control panel, I have no other sound related options to pick.

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13 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x32

I tried installing the drivers listed on the Sticky, the automatic setup just gave me the error that no supported device was found.

So I tried to apply it manually as the instructions described, and now Windows keeps telling me there is no need to update, its up to date.

But I still have the same problem. .
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14 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

First thing you need to do is disable the Integrated audio (the Soundmax) in the BIOS. With two sound devices enabled there can be conflicts. I don't know if this will solve the problem, but this has fixed similar problems for users in the past.
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15 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x32

Done, however no change. Am I pretty much S.O.L. here? Anyone want to suggest to me a particularly nice external sound card in the $100 range? I really need something that will support 5.1, and I would like something that can process live electric instruments (guitar and bass) well. In the past I've had trouble with sound cards and latency/delay when playing with live instruments.
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