I scanned through the forum and most of the internet and haven't found anyone with an answer to this situation
I have an HP pavilion m9357c which came with Vista x64 and 6 gigs ram plus an on-board Realtek ALC888 HD audio chip. Also an HDMI port on the video card, that has a connection to an SPDIF header on the motherboard for passing audio.
I need to add a Creative Audigy2 Platinum EX card for the added SPDIF input and analog outputs.
HOwever, once I do this, all the front and real panel Realtek ports go dead, the HD Audio Manager is gone, and won't display even when run manually, and the only audio playback options I have are the Creative analog out, and SPDIF out, plus the realtek HDMI audio on the video card, and that's it. No Realtek real panel, etc.
I checked the BIOS, and the audio is set to ON (was auto, so I made it on), yet still the chip seems to be neutered to just HDMI output.
Anyone else experience this and find a way around? Is it a Vista thing (doubt it, I had a similar setup with my other machine which was built up with Vista 32bit and an Asus motherboard), or is this a Realtek issue?
I do have latest drivers (2.10)