new sound card and spkrs only 3of 5 play / 5.1 pci sound card
September 19, 2009 at 19:18:32
Specs: Windows XP, ATHLON X2 4GIG
I bought a new 5.1 channel pci sound card.(star tech)I also bought a Creative-Inspire T6100 surround sound set of speakers.All are installed properly,but,I get no sound out of the two rear speakers.Is there more I need to do besides follow the simple directions?

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September 19, 2009 at 20:05:56
If you installed the sound card's software correctly by using it's installation progam, and NOT by loading sound drivers while booting BEFORE that was loaded, which is the wrong way...

- this is probably in the manual for your sound card - have you read it? That's probably on the CD that came with it, if it wasn't automatically installed in Windows - there is a settings program somewhere that you can use when you connect more than a single pair of speakers - it's usually in Control Panel somewhere, and/or if might be in your Programs list somewhere. You set that up to assign the non default uses for the ports you plugged the speakers into

- the volume for the two speakers you're not hearing may have their volume set too low. RIGHT click on the speaker icon in your taskbar lower right, choose Open Volume Control.
If not all the speakers are listed, click on Options upper left, Properties, click on the blank boxes to insert a checkmark on everything you want the volumes to appear for.

(the mic volume is muted by default - that's normal)

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September 19, 2009 at 22:44:34
Are you actually playing surround sound content? CDs, MP3s, YouTube, and most other PC audio are stereo sources. Unless your card supports Dolby ProLogic II upmixing (I doubt Star Tech does), you won't get surround sound from standard stereo sources.

But if you fire up a DVD/Blu-Ray or game with Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 (and you have the correct decoders installed), you'll hear all of the speakers.

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September 19, 2009 at 23:47:08
My guess is your motherboard's integrated sound is at least 5.1

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