Audio output and Speaker setup (Vista)
For DVD settings and audio such as AC3 Dolby Digital 5.1
Open the AC3filter configuration shortcut, in the upper left you will see, Output format -
the default setting is : AS IS (no change) ..... you may set it as you wish.
All other audio playback
Open the Audio decoder configuration shortcut, scroll the left window down to 'Mixer',
place a check in the 'Mixer' box, and in the right-hand window select you speaker setup in the drop down list
Then check the box for LFE if you have a subwoofer attached.
To use SPDIF output
Go into Vista's Control Panel and navigate Sound/SPDIF/Properties/Advanced/Exclusive Mode
(depending on your sound device, the above path may be a bit different but similar)
Then CHECK the box [x] for the following 2 items
'allow applications to take exclusive control of this device'
'give exclusive mode applications priority'
If you are experiencing choppy or stuttering sound
Go into Vista's Control Panel and open the Sound applet
Select your output device in the list that appears
NOTE: the default output device is commonly labeled Speakers
Right click on the device and from the context menu click Properties.
Click on the Enhancements TAB.
Then CHECK the box [x] for Disable all enhancements.
NOTES on certain types of playback
If Windows fails to playback DVD's install Media Player Classic.
Some AVI files will require you to use the shortcuts provided in the settings folder.
Some MOV, MPG, MPEG, MKV, TS, or M2TS files will require you to use the shortcuts.Look in the settings folder.
To playback ASF files in Media Player or Media Center change the file extension to ASX.
To playback VOB files in Media Player or Media Center change the file extension to MPG.
When using the above shortcuts, the installation default is always marked for easy return.
Thanks to Shark007 for making the Vista Codec Pack available for everyone.Vista Codec Package Homepage