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Digital and Analog sounds

By king21092
Jan 28, 2010
  1. Such a simple question, but Google just isn't doing the trick.

    Is there anyway for me to use Analog and Digital(optical) sound outputs at once.

    For instance, a while ago I could plug in 3 different audio devices through the 1/8" audio cable in the back. Ofcourse, it was all analog then. Now I'm wondering if I could have the Digital(optical) going to my HDTV(HDCP) while having the Analog going to my computer speakers and my stereo.

    Note: I'm trying to do this on Windows 7 Ult dispite what the computer specs say.
     
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    the GA-P35-DS3L uses the Realtek ALC888 Audio controller, it should work just fine but i cant test this to make sure
     
  3. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    Well, I've tried (what seems like hundreds of) different combination of settings and I just can't seem to get both to act like the "Default playback device" at the same time. I can get sound from each one, but only if I set it to the default. I wonder if there is a way to set it for two default outputs.
     
  4. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    which drive do you have installed for the on-board sound, if its from windows update try this instead

    Realtek Driver
     
  5. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    Dustin, the link you gave me is a bit suspicious if you was me.
    It's realtek.com.TW

    A bit odd if you asked me, so I removed the .tw and it turns out to be the same page. Looks too risky, but anyway.

    I went to Gigabytes website and found the latest sound drivers as well as new chipset drivers. I also used @bios to update my bios. Everything runs fine, but I'm still stuck only able to use one type of output.
     
  6. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    realtek is the company who makes the on-board sounds for most motherboards. the driver on Gigabytes website are not always up to date i just use the ones at realtek.com. im not sure if i can help you now
     
  7. king21092

    king21092 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 156

    After some more investigation, it seems that realtek.com.tw is actually their real website. Why it's com.tw is beyond me.

    Proceeding to download the drivers now and check those out.
     
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