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Windows 7: S/PDIF Optical out - No sound from receiver (onboard and sound card)

16 Feb 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As a final check I reconnected my other computer (Win XP) to the toslink and lo and behold, it would no longer work either.
I manipulated the cable a bit where it enters the port and every so often the receiver would "click" and display the DTS graphic indicating a signal was being received.
I never got any audio produced, but I'm now practically sure that the cable was damaged between the disconnect/reconnects that occurred during my troubleshooting.

I tried cleaning the ends hoping that it was just a debris/dirt issue, but that did not work.

I'm thinking that this was a case of a "perfect storm" issue where I originally had settings issues, but upon resolving them, the cable was damaged somewhere in between, therefore practically driving me crazy and probably wasting my good man Vaseer's time.

I will let you know if a replacement cable does the trick.

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17 Feb 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

No worries. Was not a waste. Funny though how none of us even considered the cable in the first place:)). Could have been damaged all along. If you get the chance, buy also the cheapest Tos cable you can find, and keep it as a back-up for probing. Case this ever happens again. Used to do that with my old 5.1 system. Though it used a coaxial cable, the articulation ath the end of the plug was always the first to go... Hope the replacement will work mate.
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22 Feb 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Replacing the Toslink cable did the trick.

Thanks again!
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29 Jun 2013   #14

Windows 7 Pro x64
Crosshair V Formula with Xonar Essence.

I hope MonkeyMadness sees this 'cause I need his help. I need to know how he managed to get the Xonar sound card to work with the Crosshair V Formula motherboard. The installation process always bombs out with the two error messages: Needs additional power supply and Please plug-in.

There has to be a trick or a remedy. Any help would be appreciated.

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29 Jun 2013   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hi Michael,
I don't know that I can help with your issue. I don't remember having any problems with the install. Are you getting this message trying to install the Audio Center software or does this happen when Windows recognizes the new hardware?
Have you tried opening a support ticket with Asus?
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29 Jun 2013   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Actually look at this thread:

Xonar Essence STX sound card Needs More Power - Overclockers Australia Forums

So if you didn't connect a power line to your card you'll get this error. Check to make sure you connected a cable from your power supply to the card. If you did that and are still experiencing the error message, try reseating the power connector on the card. If that doesn't work you may have a problem with the power cable.
Try another cable if you have one. Good luck and let us know if/how you resolve the issue.
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28 Feb 2015   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Same issue resolved.

I had the same issue today with my ASUS mobo and i thought it must have been due to drivers or software conflict, but it turns out something broke the hell out of the Optical Audio Cable!
Maybe a spike in the stream caused it to have a catastrophic failure?
Either way this is the second optical audio cable that has been damaged in the last 5 or so years.
Pretty weird as is seems these cables just break for no reason after a certain time.

Answer: Replace the cable, win at life!
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28 Feb 2015   #18
society misfit

Windows 7 Professional

Interesting. Just to note, it is impossible for a “spike in the stream” to damage a Toslink cable for Toslink is not electrically conductive. It works in the same way as fibre optics where pulses of light are converted into electrical signals at the receiving end. However, Toslink is susceptible to breaking due to severe bends in the cable. This obviously will depend on the quality and construction of the cable. Toslink also has a limitation on length. The spec states <10m (33ft) but cheaper plastic cables have been known to not work at much shorter lengths. It is good practice to keep your Toslink cable as short as possible without it being tight and stressed at the ends. If long runs are required it may be best to invest in a glass cable oppose to a plastic one. YMMV.
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28 Feb 2015   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Hey Society Misfit,
Interesting note! I do realise it was a bad 'stab in the dark' since i was sitting at my computer playing music while doing stuff when the audio went dead. I had not moved anything. I do know that it is bad to buy cheap optical cables but ive owned long cables, short cables, cheap cables and expensive cables. The one I had on was about 40cm since my receiver is right next to my tower.
There is just literally no explanation that i can think of as to why the cable went from yes-to-no the way it did.

At the end of the day they are a relatively inexpensive part for which i had a replacement cable at home. This was why i came here since there was no reason for me to believe the cable was compromised.

A+ for responses on this thread!
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