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New/Old Surround Sound system

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    New/Old Surround Sound system


    I just got a whole Kenwood VR-209 Surround System with the 15" Woofers, Center Speaker and Rear Sperakers, the 200-Disk CD Changer, Dual Cassette deck and everything that came with it, for a very good low price.

    So, I plugged my HDTV into the "Video 2" Dolby Digital/PCM using an RCA Coax Cable - Which sends the PCM Output into the receiver, ok, got that done.

    But one of my computers connects via the stereo audio Line Cable from the back of the PC, and that system uses the RGB Video for the HD Video. So I am not expecting any Surround Sound from that (this) system.

    But my Media system, uses a GEForce 210 which has the Digital Output on the HDMI cable. When I set it up in Media Center, it sends the 5.1 to my TV, but from the main Audio Output, there is no Surround Sound available. There is also a Falcon Tuner Card in there, but I never use it because I can't use it- I'm missing the Remote so it can't be set up. I was using it to Capture my TV from my Cable Box, but it's not so good.

    It used to be when I set up the Audio Output for the HDMI in Windows 7, I had the choice of setting up 5.1 - But in Windows 8, it's gone, I can only choose Stereo.

    Any ideas where my 5.1 output went to? When I use the forced/fake Surround Headset mode in VLC, it sends to all speakers, but it's not real 5.1. Is there some setting somewhere I'm forgetting to check?

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    install latest audio drivers supporting your woofers.
    now goto run command
    type compmgmt.msc
    goto device manager and right click sound,audio manager
    click on scan for hardware changes
    and reboot.
    Your device would be setup and will show your audio options
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ok, but I thought I had the latest Driver for my nVidia card - Is the 3.20 driver out of Beta?

    Ok, Updated but still no Surround Sound available on the Hardware Configuration. I don't understand, as it works well from within Media Centre.

    You think the Falcon card may be interfering?
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I found a way around this - My system IS sending out Surround signals, but only when VLC Media Player is playing 5.1 content. I told it to use S/PDIF automatically when detected and I changed the 5.1 setting to "ON" instead of "Automatic"- BOOM there's my surround signal. I was surprised what content had it and what did not. So my system defaults to stereo when it is not present, this saves me from having to switch the sound on the power amp.
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