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Windows 7: 5.1 system in-built soundcard Speaker-fill not working


10 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 
5.1 system in-built soundcard Speaker-fill not working

Good day kind sirs. So the problem is as it's said in the title. Just bought new and shiny Edifier C6 5.1 sound system. I used RCA to 3,5 leads to connect to my PC via amplifier. I have an in-built soundcard which had 3 multimedia ports: line-in, -out and mic-in. Everything's connected right and works fine during the default Realtek HD audio manager sound test (clicking on each speaker). The games and DVD-quality movies give the promised surround while the stereo-coded sound sources, such as youtube videos, music don't. I've been trying to use the Speaker-fill function but it won't help. For some reason it just doesn't copy the main front speakers to the rest.
I've spent quite a few days searching forums and the web but couldn't come up with a reasonable solution. In this forum there is a suggestion to use the register files to re-route the rest speakers to the front ones. I could use 2 register files to hop between the re-routed reg.file and the normal setup. Yet I don't feel like it should work this way. Would apreciate any help.

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10 Jan 2014   #2

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

Sound systems (cards) that have more than 2.1 capability have 3 output jacks for the 5.1 connections, plus the microphone and line In. According to your description, "I have an in-built soundcard which had 3 multimedia ports: line-in, -out and mic-in." that is not sufficient to run 5.1. With just the "Line Out/Speaker Out" you can only run 2 channel stereo (or a 2.1) system.

Please confirm this is what you have.
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10 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

And I thought so as well but then I've searched the web and people suggested that it is quite an option to use "3-ported" sound card for a 5.1 systems. The problem isn't about the card not supporting it. As I've also mentioned in my post, it does support the surround sound in games and DVD-movies while not in stereo. The speaker-fill function won't work.
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10 Jan 2014   #4

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

You can use a "3-ported" sound card IF the Line IN and the MIC can be reconfigured as outputs.
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10 Jan 2014   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

Exactly. They can be configured as outputs. Which I did. Still the problem with speaker-fill function persists.
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10 Jan 2014   #6

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

Stereo audio in most systems does not generate 5.1 surround, only 2 channel stereo. I have seen posts about this on the Dell forum and the response has always been with audio is only 2 channel stereo.
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10 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

So is there a solution to this? For example would buying a better soundcard solve the given problem? I mean what is the point of the 5.1 systems if the 98% of the music is recorded in stereo format? This big part of entertainment industry can't be just left out.
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10 Jan 2014   #8

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

I don't know if there is a solution that will give you 5.1. Its not a function of the sound card, its a function of the audio players and Windows.
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10 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

So about the windows function.. Are you talking about sound devices> speaker's settings> enchanments> speaker fill? Because I've been reading different posts regarding this problem and most of them say that this is the only way to make stereo work as surround. By this they mean, that this "speaker fill" copies the stereo sound from the frontal speakers to whole 5.1 set itself, creating a pseudo-surround. Because this is the function that won't work. Nothing happens when I check/uncheck it.
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10 Jan 2014   #10

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

I don't know.
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