Settings for 5.1 Surround Sound

May 22, 2010 at 20:13:42
Specs: winxp, msi
My motherboard has Realtek AC97 onboard sound built in and I'm trying to set it up for 5.1 Surround to play on my stereo system.. My problem...my stereo (which plays to all speakers from non-computer source, cd, dvd etc) only has two RCA jacks for input (and then splits the signal to each of the six speakers). Is my only choice to buy a set of computer speakers or is it possable with a better sound card to output to front/rear/center/sub/rear center speakers directly from a single line out jack on said card? Would appreciate any help here.

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#1
May 22, 2010 at 23:52:19
stoppage, 'maybe' (never tried it, so dunno). What if you were to input sound from your computer to one of the already hooked up peripheral devices (DVD, CD, etc)? Is the sound output from your computer split into surround sound?
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
May 23, 2010 at 06:45:06
Nope, always just normal stereo L/R

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#3
May 23, 2010 at 08:16:17
Sorry, scrap last entry, I don't have anything else to take sound input from computer

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#4
May 23, 2010 at 12:26:01
Your stereo synthesizes the multi-channel from stereo (L&R). If
you want to use 5.1 (or 7.1) source. you can use stereo amps with
appropriate speakers for each channel. The surround amps can be small 10 watts should be adequate,

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#5
May 26, 2010 at 10:15:52
I'm a little confused here...do you mean 5 seperate amps or are you referring to the typical “multimedia“ speakers with amps built-in?

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#6
May 26, 2010 at 14:37:50
Unless your multimedia amp has multiple inputs. Separate
amps/speakers. If your sound card has SPIDF output and the
multimedia amp has an SPIDF input then the one cable will be
all you need.

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#7
August 4, 2010 at 06:46:14
i've got pretty much the same exact problem, only my speakers are connected to a sound card instead of the motherboard. Put simply, the front L/R speakers work fine, but the 'back' L/R speakers just don't play any sound. If you ramp up the volume you can hear the 'white noise' thing, so they are working, just that the PC isn't sending any sound to them. Any suggestions?

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#8
August 4, 2010 at 15:11:39
If you card does not synthesize the surround channels, your source must have the 5.1 or 7.1 encoding. Regular stereo will give you just left and right.

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