I've just 'upgraded' from XP Pro which worked fine for my HTPC for years, to W7. Went to 64 bit to be able to use more RAM. May have to go back to 32bit since the new Dvico drivers won't support 62bit for my old Fusion card (only the newer ones). But, I'd really like to stay with 64. Anyway, my question is about getting audio working reliably.
My setup is:
Asus P5Q-EM w/E8200 CPU & 4GB RAM
Asus 23" monitor @ 1920x1080x60hz - currently using VGA (HDMI an option)
Sony SXRD 50" TV @ 1920x1080x60hz - on DVI (50')
Yamaha Receiver in family room w/TV - on SPDIF (50' TOSLINK Optical)
The video side is all working fine. I tried using HDMI to my monitor, but, then during boot up the system thinks the TV is my primary monitor so I can't see anything until windows fires up - at which point it makes the Asus monitor my primary monitor. If I could get sound thru the HDMI, I'd probably live with this but without - why bother - the VGA is giving excellent image quailty.
At first, I couldn't get any audio working. I tried getting all the latest drivers from ASUS and Intel, fooled around a long time with no joy, then taking a break from working on the audio, wanted to check the video to the TV was working ok, brought it up, dragged an IE window there, went to ABC.com and went to play a TV episode - SURPRISE - the soundtrack started playing through my TV! I thought this was impossible - it is connected via a DVI-D to HDMI cable and has never had sound in the past. Verified this was the TV playing sound by using the TV control to change the volume and verified my receiver was off.
This got me pumped and I went back to fooling around with the sound and got output through the receiver via SPDIF. But, ever since doing that, no sound comes from the TV. No biggie, that's how it always worked in the past and it is fine with me.
Then I selected the HDMI as the default audio device (using the Intel HD audio drivers) and got sound from my monitor! Happy day - all is well.
I shut down and went for a walk with my wife on this beautiful day, and, on coming back, booted up and can't get sound thru HDMI to work again.
Unfortuately, some time back, the right channel of my analog audio died. So, if I make "speakers" my default audio device, I only get one channel, and, it is extremely faint thru the monitor.
I see several potential options.
1) Figure out how to get HDMI audio working.
2) Find an alternate way to get analog audio that will give me both channels
a) Is there a way to switch the front speakers to a different jack (and might that help)?
b) Is there a header for connecting headphones? (the audio control panel in W7 shows headphones as not connected which makes me think it thinks the board has a way to support headphones)
3) Pull another SPDIF output and run it to the monitor (which has a SPDIF input jack) There is a four pin header on the motherboard for a second SPDIF and the ASUS manual shows a cable.
4) Add an audio card
Also, any idea how to enable multiple audio output devices rather than having to switch one for the other?
And what is this about not being able to output multi-channel to the receiver?
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Follow-up. I 'solved' the dead channel on the analog audio front speakers jack with an $11 USB audio adapter from newegg. It works great (but I can still only play one audio out at a time, either my SPDIF or the USB audio - used to be able to output both digital and analog simultaniously under XP).
Also purchased a really cheap ($29) USB HDTV tuner and it is working well too.
It doesn't appear that I can get more than stereo out of the SPDIF now though - should be able to send 5.1. Would still like to resolve that.