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Old 04-01-2008, 06:08 PM - Thread Starter
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I would like to hook-up the video and audio from my Dell computer to my Onkyo Receiver TX-SR605 receiver and thus a 7.1 surround sound system hooked up to a Samsung LN-T5781F 57" LCD Flat Screen. The purpose is to play video games, saved on my PC, I have onto the LCD Flat Screen with possible surround sound. I would like to plug both video and audio into the receiver then have one HDMI output to TV.

Sound Card: Creative SB Live
Video Card: Radeon X1300/X1550 Series


1- What is the best audio/video cable connection configuration to do the job. Attachment shows a picture of the back of my computer (sound card on top and video card on bottom)?

2- Do I have to change the sound card to transfer 7.1 surround sound to receiver?

3- Do the PC games have to be in surround sound? How do I know if they are?

The Onkyo receiver has the following inputs:

component video in
S-Video in
Optical Digital in
Coaxial Digital in
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:21 PM
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Hi affiatati7 - welcome to the forums

Video: PC HDMI-->Receiver-->TV HDMI

Audio: PC pass-thru Optical/Coax (via rca connectors)-->Receiver-->speakers. Check soundcard config and then see what receiver display says it is getting from PC to ensure DD/DTS/etc. is coming through correctly.

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Originally Posted by affiatati7 View Post

Video Card: Radeon X1300/X1550 Series

Everything for the video connection-wise is pointless, since you need a better video card before you even consider anything more intense than Minesweeper HD.
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If you can afford a new GPU (graphics card), then consider the ATI Radeon HD 3850 512MB for $154.99. It will devour any game from 2006 and before, and does very well with 2007/2008 games. Also, it carries audio over HDMI, which a lot of GPU cards do not do (my 8800GTX for example).

I hope to get an HDMI equipped card next.
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