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5.1 center not working

By cuppycake
Sep 5, 2007
  1. hey again,

    i have another problem, i have 5.1 system - Logitech X-540, and my center is not working... i checked cables, if connected well, checked if volume is on... everything is ok... but there's no sound from it... well there's a little sound.. if i put it very close to my ears i only shhhhhhh.... i hope u know what i mean... is it dead? well center never worked since i bought it btw...

    thanks for your help :)
     
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    try plugging it into something like an mp3 player and see if anything comes out, if it does then it's probably a pc problem and if it doesn't the speakers don't work :)
     
  3. cuppycake

    cuppycake TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hey again, i tried many things, in the end i realised my center works... but never plays music or anything.... last time i played a game called Vietcong and my center works there... i tried the application i got with drivers too, center works there fine too.. but it dont work in winamp, bsplayer etc. etc. etc. anyone got any clue what could it be?
     
  4. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    This is just a guess. Sounds like the programs you are using are playing stereo tracks, or if not that then you need to add a 5.1 decoder to those programs. The center will only come into play with surround sound tracks unless you use "Matrix Mode" on your speakers.
     
  5. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    If you have a "speaker test" mode on your video card program...try that. That will let you know.
     
  6. cuppycake

    cuppycake TS Rookie Topic Starter


    i used the matrix mode and 5.1 works well now... well i have latest winamp and it doesnt wanna play 5.1... i guess i'll keep the matrix mode turned on all the time... it makes any difference?
     
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    go into control panel, sound and audio options, etc, a window will pop up with all your different sound options. Sometimes if your software for surround sound isnt syncronized with windows it wont work properly. From this point go into the advanced options, you might have to play around a bit. That's what I had to do to fix this same problem.
     
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