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Windows 7: Windows 7 5.1 surround problems (realtek)

28 Dec 2009   #151
Melee54

Windows 7
 
 

This is ridiculous. What the heck are they even updating in these useless driver updates? I really miss my surround sound. Some smart guys need to develop 3rd party drivers or something :/


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31 Dec 2009   #152
chocho

windows 7
 
 

i found a patch solution until comes out the fix of this problem (windows 7).. go to the volume icon on the start bar> open volume mixer. Then you have to select your sound sistem and will open a menu. Select improvements and there must be an option speakers fill or something. that will simulate a sorround sound using the rear speakers.
i apologize if the options arent right.. im chilean and i have mmy windows 7 in spanish.
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01 Jan 2010   #153
mutha88

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Dear chocho,

Thanks for the help, but this trick doesn't work on my Realtek .

Guys, there is a NEW Realtek 2.40 driver! I'll test it, hope it works!
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02 Jan 2010   #154
JigSawMan

Win7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mutha88 View Post
Dear chocho,

Thanks for the help, but this trick doesn't work on my Realtek .

Guys, there is a NEW Realtek 2.40 driver! I'll test it, hope it works!
No, 2.40 doesn't fix the problem. Like everyone else here I have been waiting for Realtek to put out a driver to fix this, but I doubt they are going to. I also shot a couple emails abouth this issue to the Realtek U.S.A. support, but never got any replies.

It is a bit weird that the Win7 Control Panel\Sound\Playback tab will let me "configure" the Speakers (which I don't use), yet the configure option will not work for the Digital Output (which I do use, SPDIF optical). It almost seems like Win7 just needs to be told, "Hey look here, this is a 5.1/7.1 playback device too!"

After trying the last 12 driver updates from Realtek, I'm giving up and buying a soundcard. I hate to, because the onboard sound hardware is capable of handling what I want from it, but Realtek is obviously not going to help us software-wise.
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02 Jan 2010   #155
venat0r

W7 RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chocho View Post
i found a patch solution until comes out the fix of this problem (windows 7).. go to the volume icon on the start bar> open volume mixer. Then you have to select your sound sistem and will open a menu. Select improvements and there must be an option speakers fill or something. that will simulate a sorround sound using the rear speakers.
i apologize if the options arent right.. im chilean and i have mmy windows 7 in spanish.
it works very nice its e.g cuting voices form movies in rear but lefts special effect etc. only if movie is coded in 2chanell MPEG. for x264 or mp3 playing it isnt work to well

and... form R2.37 to R2.40 it was much improved in this feature

bottomline r2.40 ,profile room , small modifications in equalizer and it isnt so bad in 5.1 and for mpeg movies turn off profile room and trun feature speakers fill
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02 Jan 2010   #156
tyler2569

win 7
 
 
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I had this same problem, no 5.1 surround.. so this is what i had to do to "work around" the problem...and its does not involve that stupid speaker fill option which is not true surround. (took me 10min to solve, also im a pc tech) and im using microsoft provided drivers for realtek

Control panel -> sound -> click realtek sound speakers (wording will be different 4 ur sound card mine says AC97 audio) -> properties -> Enhancements -> click the "environment tab" -> look down and you will see "setting" -> select the "room" setting (and only that if u want normal sounding sound) -> Next scroll down the list of available enhancements and click the "room correction" tab -> now look down and you should see a setting tab, click that and a window opens -> now in here your settings will vary but i had to bump up both rear speakers by +9DB and my center by +3DB and now i have full surround.

Hope this helps
Tyler2569
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02 Jan 2010   #157
quakeguy

Windows 7, Vista, XP2 and WHS (2003R2)
 
 

I believe the problem is "shared mode". When the audio output device is in shared mode, it can ONLY output 2 channel (stereo). There are options (Control Panel/Sound/Playback/<device>/Properties) that will tell you about this; see the "Supported Formats" and "Advanced" tabs. Supported Formats can test "Dolby Digital" mode and it will prove that the card can output 5.1 sound in Windows 7. "Advanced" tab will show you some limited options about "shared mode"; I think I heard that shared mode is new with Windows 7; if so, the problem is probably that the boneheads from Realtek have not yet figured it out.

Of course, troubleshooting software from HP (my brand) shows me a chair surrounded by speakers, and only the two front speakers are selectable. I am using S/PIDF cable, not speakers, so much of the discussion here does not apply to me. Presumably the HP troubleshooter is intimately tied to the Realtek drivers, and therefore subject to the same defects.
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03 Jan 2010   #158
holfire

Windows Seven 64 bits
 
 

When I look the informations about my last drivers (R2.40), I see it dates to 25/12/09

Is it normal it's not more recent ?
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03 Jan 2010   #159
quantum112

What do you think?
 
 

Hah, y'all are lucky, even if the new drivers don't fix anything, at least you can install them - I have a GA X48 DQ6 with that abhorrent ALC889A chipset and I can't even install official Realtek Drivers for the device instead only those on my motherboard website which are special Gigabyte ones that are 1 month old - and of course the 5.1 doesn't work.
If I had money to buy a Creative X-Fi I would tear the Realtek off the motherboard and mail it to those incompetent smuts in Taiwan or wherever they are located telling them to shove it where you can't see it.
It is unbelievable.
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03 Jan 2010   #160
Docnoq

Windows 7
 
 

Hey guys,

I just registered here to share my experience.

I have a Creative Audigy 4 in my system as well as the Realtek ALC888 onboard. I used to use my audigy before Windows 7, but Creative has still not released properly working drivers so I switched to my ALC888. Initially I was using the drivers from MSI's website for the Realtek, and all was fine. When I tested the speakers in the control panel and Realtek's control panel, every speaker output sound properly. While listening to music today, however, I noticed my rear/center speakers were not outputting sound. I updated my drivers to the 2.40 from Realtek's site, but no dice. I can still get sound from every speaker when I test it in the control panel, but not when playing music. I spent the last 2 hours fiddling with settings, but nothing worked. After reading the post on here about sound playing properly in games, I started up CS:S just to test everything, and voila: all the speakers are working. However, I still only have stereo sound when using WMP and foobar2000.

Hopefully my experience will help someone pinpoint exactly what the cause is.

On a side note, I am able to get sound from the rear/center if I use speaker fill, but we all know how crappy that sound quality is.

*Edit: Ok, so I decided to update my audigy drivers with the latest beta from Daniel K to see if I would have any luck, but I have the same issue that I have with the Realtek (in addition to other problems the audigy has that are unrelated). I'm thinking this problem has got to be related to a Windows 7 setting instead of caused strictly by the drivers.
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