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5.1 issues w/ Creative board

#1
Hi,

I'm currently using 32 bit Vista Home Premium and an Audigy 2 ZS Platinum sound card. The OS is not recognizing my rear speakers at all. I've tried letting Vista install the drivers itself and I've also used beta and current release drivers from Creative's site.

5.1 sound is enabled in the sound properties tab in Vista along with Creative Audio Console. I've toyed around with different settings and these are the results. If audio console is set to 2.1 and Vista 5.1, all channels play correctly but rear channels play through Front Left and right speakers. If both are set to 5.1, sound is distorted, center and sub don't play, and there is no sound from rear.

Sound plays through rear speakers if I use Dolby Pro Logic II settings on my speakers (Logitech Z-5500). That said, the OS still does not play through the rear channels. This only works on movies and music, but not games or other software.

At one point in the past, my rear-right channel would work. I don't know what I did, but no nothing works.

Halp
 

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#3

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Scratch Built
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core 6600
    Motherboard
    Asus P5B
    Memory
    4096 MB Xtreme-Dark 800mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac Amp Edition 8800GT - 512MB DDR3, O/C 700mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 206BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 X 1024
    Hard Drives
    4 X Samsung 500GB 7200rpm Serial ATA-II HDD w. 16MB Cache .
    PSU
    550 w
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    3 x octua NF-S12-1200 - 120mm 1200RPM Sound Optimised Fans
    Mouse
    Targus
    Keyboard
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1500kbs
    Other Info
    Self built.
#4
Heed the basic tech support question of "is it plugged in?"

Sounds embarrassingly simple, but my black cable for the rear speakers was only half plugged in to the control center. I believe it's unique to the Z-5500 speakers; you connect audio cables (direct, optical, coax) into the station, which then routes another cable to the sub. All speaker wiring connects to the sub.

What confuses me is how audio could still play from the back speakers with the jack only half inserted. Windows obviously didn't recognize it, but some sound played.
 

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#5
Heed the basic tech support question of "is it plugged in?"

Sounds embarrassingly simple, but my black cable for the rear speakers was only half plugged in to the control center. I believe it's unique to the Z-5500 speakers; you connect audio cables (direct, optical, coax) into the station, which then routes another cable to the sub. All speaker wiring connects to the sub.

What confuses me is how audio could still play from the back speakers with the jack only half inserted. Windows obviously didn't recognize it, but some sound played.
Thanks for the info. Handy to know if (when) I hook up my HDMI.

Norm
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Scratch Built
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core 6600
    Motherboard
    Asus P5B
    Memory
    4096 MB Xtreme-Dark 800mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac Amp Edition 8800GT - 512MB DDR3, O/C 700mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 206BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 X 1024
    Hard Drives
    4 X Samsung 500GB 7200rpm Serial ATA-II HDD w. 16MB Cache .
    PSU
    550 w
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    3 x octua NF-S12-1200 - 120mm 1200RPM Sound Optimised Fans
    Mouse
    Targus
    Keyboard
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1500kbs
    Other Info
    Self built.