Hi, I am hoping someone can help shed some light on my current situation.
I just recently bought an LG 50PA6500 Plasma TV and I am using it on occasion as a screen for my laptop. I am trying to find a way to get the sound from my laptop (mostly games and such) to play via my Samsung HT-TQ72 Home Theater system. Here is my current setup:
Acer Laptop ----> HDMI ----> LG Plasma ----> Fiber Optic Digital Audio ----> Samsung Surround Sound
I am not having any issues getting the sound to work in general, but it comes only out of the front two speakers. The setting for the device when the laptop is hooked up to the TV (Realtek HDMI Output) shows only 2 available channels and no options to pick 5.1 as the output type.
Now I have done a lot of research and have come into many different views on why this is the case. From my perspective, it seems as though there is a lack of communication between the TV and the laptop. The laptop seems to think that because the TV only has two speakers (event though they are disabled) and cannot seem to tell that it is hooked up to the surround sound system. Is there a way to force the laptop to realize there are actually more speakers involved?
I read somewhere else on these forums about EDID hacking and whatnot, but I was only able to follow that lead so far as I couldn't seem to locate my Samsung EDID raw data that was required. Either way, I know my computer has the ability to play surround sound as the speakers show options for Dolby Digital.
If anyone has any insights into my issue, or has more questions needed to clarify my position, just let me know and I will try to answer them.
P.S. My surround sound system only has HDMI out (as it is also a DVD player) or else I would just hook the computer into that.