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Soundcard & Speakers tweak guide

Universal settings (continued)

Digital CD Playback

By default when Audio CDs are played they are converted from Digital to Analog by the respective CD/DVD drives DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) before being sent to the Soundcard. By enabling digital CD audio playback this process occurs on the Soundcards DAC instead, most new Soundcards have a better quality DAC than an optical drive will & as a result CD Audio playback quality can be improved. To enable this feature on your CD\DVD drive, take the following steps depending on your Operating System:

Windows 9x

Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel. Open the Multimedia applet. Select the CD Music tab.

Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device. Tick this setting to enable the Soundcards DAC to convert CD Audio rather than the drives DAC. Untick this setting should you experience problems with Audio CD playback as a result. NOTE This process can reduce system performance slightly, although this should not be a concern to you unless you are a very old system, or very slow CD\DVD drive. More than likely you wont even notice difference. Also, should you find this option greyed out then check out this Microsoft article, which should help you to enable it (Thanks to Roger Sinnott for the link).

Windows 2000/XP

Right click on My Computer, select Properties then select the Hardware tab followed by the Device Manager button. Expand the DVD/CD-ROM drives tree & Right click on the respective drive & select Properties, then the Properties tab.

Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device. Tick this setting to enable the Soundcards DAC to convert CD Audio rather than the drives DAC. Untick this setting should you experience problems with Audio CD playback as a result. NOTE This process can reduce system resources slightly, although this should not be a concern to you unless you are a very old system, or very slow CD\DVD drive. On new systems you wont even notice the slightest difference.

 

Disabling Sensaura logo

Those of you with Sensaura based Soundcards may have noticed that when loading certain EAX, DirectSound3D or A3D Games/Applications that a short Sensaura splash screen is displayed as 3D Sound support is queried for, e.g. Aureal Minerva or Unreal Tournament. This is no doubt a minor annoyance to most of you but can easily be disabled. Click on Start, Run, type in regedit & hit Enter. Now open to the following registry key [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Sensaura\Audio3D\Settings].

Right click on the SplashScreen entry & select Modify. Changing the value (Hexadecimal or Decimal) to 0 will disable the splash screen from being launched.

 



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