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I recently bought a Biostar ta790gx. Was wondering where i can get a bracket so i can use the onboard audio via spdif. Anyone have any ideas.
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You can use ASUS S/PDIF module. Or you can build a coaxial bracket yourself.

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I'll second the suggestion of building a coaxial bracket. That is what I did to access the spdif out on my motherboard. All you need is a blank expansion port cover, a panel mount RCA jack, a header plug, and some wire.
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I actually bought the ASUS adapter on eBay a few years back for one of my mobos. When i switched to another one, the pin out was different It went from a straight 4-pin with a open space to a 3-pin (no open pins). luckily I had somehow had this 4-pin-3pin adapter (looked like a special internal audio header cable), which I think was pulled from a surplus Mac from over 8 years ago.

Long story short, make sure your mobo header for the S/PDIF actually has the proper pinout, first.
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Would i be able to just use the hdmi to go to the tv and then a s/pdif from my sony a3000 tv to the receiver? I just want to be able to use the dolby digital live function of the mb.
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Would i be able to just use the hdmi to go to the tv and then a s/pdif from my sony a3000 tv to the receiver? I just want to be able to use the dolby digital live function of the mb.

Providing you select the correct audio playback device. I plug my HDMI output directly to the TV an send audio to my receiver via s/pdif. The primary reason for doing this is avoid the headaches of trying to get the AMD 780g to work properly through the receiver. The 780g video seems a little sensitive to on/off order of items in the hdmi chain.

Of course you're limited to 2 channel LPCM or compressed 5.1 w/ s/pdif. (that's all the hdmi over the 780g does anyway).
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Yup, you will need a 3-pin connector like this if you use the ASUS S/PDIF module.

"Dolby Digital Audio signal from the HDMI input will be output as PCM (from DIGITAL OUT [OPTICAL])" (meaning stereo PCM). BTW Dolby Digital Live (a real-time DD encoder) is not supported by the BIOSTAR mb (even if it is supported, the onboard HDMI audio can't use it).

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