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5.1 sound not working - only 2 speakers at a time

By audioproblems
Feb 25, 2006
  1. Hey everyone

    Recently i had my motherboard fixed and my speaker ports are in a diff place. Vertical instead of horizontal down the bottom (no i don't know much about hardware). There are still the same three holes, pink blue and green, not sure if they were different colours don't think it matters. I've got creative inspire 5.1 5200 speakers
    http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=25&product=55
    and only the speakers which are plugged into the top speaker port (green) work.
    The subwoofer seems to work no matter which speakers are plugged in but I
    can only have the back two, the front two or the centre speaker working at once.
    The bottom port is used for the microphone and that works all the time, the middle port doesn't do anything really.
    I've tried downloading a bunch of realtek AC97 drivers to get it to work because I used to have one which had a speaker setup tab, and i could change from microphone to surround sound from there:
    http://www.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk/rl...ds/Soundcards/Avance ac97 (ms6547)/audio4.JPG
    I don't have the speaker config tab on mine anymore, but i do have HRTF demo.


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  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Rookie Posts: 2,800

    activate the surround sound 5.1 function on your sound card drivers
     
  3. audioproblems

    audioproblems TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did just then, i think, and it did nothing.
    How do i do that?
     
  4. Ruben

    Ruben TS Rookie Posts: 105

    color markings may suggest that onboard sound is not configured properly. Pink and Blue normally mark mic and line INputs. Possibly you can switch between 2 functions for each "hole" so that pink "hole is ether input or output. I guess they are assigned to inputs now.

    -Check what sound card it is
    -Look for its manual (google is our friend)
    -Configure sound card to 5.1
     
  5. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 278

    for 5.1 speakers u need 5.1 sound card bacuse a 5.1 sound card has front speakers, rear speaker, center, and subwoofer....u only have front speakers input so only the front speakers work
     
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