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Windows 7: New sound card, can't setup 5.1

16 Feb 2012   #1

 
New sound card, can't setup 5.1

I bought and installed an Asus Xonar DX, and installed the latest software. I have a Roccat Kave Solid 5.1 headset. I've always set the amount of channels to 2 in the Xonar control panel, and it seems to be fine. When I configure 5.1 through Windows, it sets it to 6 channels and doesn't sound right in-game. Is there something I've not done right?


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17 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If it's asus, stay away from the config in windows control panel. Reset to default and leave it so. Use the DX audio center instead. Don't think it's smth wrong with either one, but it will cause conflicts. The DX audio center handles the same settings at both win and driver level. Plus the DX Audio Center gives you the same options and more. After you reset the control panel config, go to the DX audio center and set audio channel 6 and analog out 5.1. Should do it if the headset connects how i think. (never owned one, does it have 3 jacks to connect to the sound card? if not, select sound channel 6 and analog out 2.1 or 2 speakers).
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17 Feb 2012   #3

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vaseer View Post
If it's asus, stay away from the config in windows control panel. Reset to default and leave it so. Use the DX audio center instead. It gives you the same options and more. After you reset the control panel config, go to the DX audio center and set audio channel 6 and analog out 5.1. Should do it if the headset connects how i think. (never owned one, does it have 3 jacks to connect to the sound card?).
Yes, 4 jacks in total if you include the microphone. I don't know if it's just me or maybe the game settings but I've tried 6 channels in Battlefield 3 and Skyrim and it doesn't sound right. Sounds kind of fuzzy. Could sample rates too high effect sound?
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18 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It might. Some games don't run at all if sample rate is higher than 44Khz. Also in the Xonar DX center, enable HI. It's a button in the right hand lower corner. It disables andy possible dsp effects and let's the sound flow untouched. Also, try to make sure GX (next to HI button) is disabled. Battlefield and Skyrim are new titles, adapted to seven's and vista's sound handicap, they don't need EAX or D3D emulation. And, in the mixer tab of the Xonar DX, click 'Reset' to reset the volume. The individual channel controller, if pushed over it's default limit will actually go over the otherwise default volume limit, and cause such issues. Use only the big round volume button on the right side of the mixer. Ingame settings, try alternating between surround option and 5.1. See if that helps. Also, if the game does have OpenAL as output setting, try selecting that. Some games, use OpenAL to support 5.1 output. On speakers it will sound right without but i dunno about headphones.
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18 Feb 2012   #5

 

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enable HI
Don't you man HF for Hi-Fi? I'll enable that and 6 channels. I've also put the sample rate to 48KHz.
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18 Feb 2012   #6

 

I just came from Battlefield 3, tried Hi-Fi, changing effects & changing sample rate, it still doesn't sound right. Started messing around with ports/connections, isn't easy without colour coding. Is this right?
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19 Feb 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yes, the HF is what i ment. Sorry for that. Well to me it seems ok from that coding you posted however there is a better way.
Once the panel shows yopu those speakers like that, click on each one. Should play a test sound thropugh the selected speaker. If they are correctly connected, each speaker will sound accurately when you click it.
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19 Feb 2012   #8

 

Yes, I know about the speaker testing. It sounds right in that, but in pretty much any game I hear buzzing. I played Killing Floor yesterday and that sounded fine in the '3D Audio' setting.
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19 Feb 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

that is pretty weird. Consider perhaps asking advice from the manufacturer, or describe this to the retailer u bought from. May be smth wrong with the card. Or it could just be the game settings it's self. Try using 3D audio(which will expand to your 5.1 setting) and experiment with different settings for the GX button(on or of). Only other thing that comes to mind would be bad driver install. When i exaust all possible options i just reinstall the win system. Always did the trick, unless the hardware piece was actually broken. 'Course, it's up to you if you're willing to go through that or try a safe mode boot... Srry i couldn't do more. Btw, do 5.1 movies sound ok? Play a 5.1 film and play with the mixer. Mute different channels and see what happens with the rest and if they sound clear.
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19 Feb 2012   #10

 

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Only other thing that comes to mind would be bad driver install.
Tried reinstalling the driver. I didn't use the CD, and I clicked the first setup from the .rar so this time I opened the 'Windows 7' folder and installed the setup in there, but didn't solve it.
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do 5.1 movies sound ok? Play a 5.1 film and play with the mixer. Mute different channels and see what happens with the rest and if they sound clear.
I don't know any surround sound films I could watch to test it out, I have a lot of Blu-Ray discs but I don't have a Blu-Ray player. On my 'Tip 'n' Control' (Sound controller that can change from 5.1 to stereo, adjust certain channels like rear, front ect.) I found it's the rear surround that's causing the buzzing. If I mute it, the buzzing disappears. I think what it means by 'rear' is the channels at the back. What they really mean is side.
*EDIT* It's only when sound is emited from the rear speakers that is makes the weird noise.
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