Originally Posted by cybrsage
So you already fixed the problem. You reverted to an older bios which does not have the problem the new bios has. I have reverted to older bioses before, and older drivers before, when the newer versions made my problems worse instead of better.
It could be a purposeful issue by the motherboard maker to free up resources for other uses, could be purposeful to remove support for something that almost no one uses anymore, or could be an accidental bug. They probably did not bother to test something that almost no one uses any more.
I am still not sure it was done purposefully to prevent the small number of users from doing the types of things you are doing. I see it more like the floppy drive. Sure, there are a few users out there who still use one, but more people no longer care about it.
The primary purpose of the CD_IN connector was to allow the first generations of CD-ROM drives to play music. They could not output digital sound, so they sent analog sound out to the CD_IN connector on your sound card (and later on the motherboard) so it could be heard through the PC. Eventually, CD-ROM drives started appearing with a digital out connector, then both connectors went away in favor of passing the sound over the data bus. The primary use for the CD_IN connector was no longer needed.
During the time it was widely used, some manufacturers started to use it for other purposes. It was easy and convienent. The problem is that when it was no longer needed for its primary purpose, support for it started to vanish.
That is the thing, is it really a problem? Sure, it is a problem for you, which makes it very important to you. I would feel the same if I was in your position. But the issue is that it is an ancient connection which no longer serves the reason it was created. Since CD players no longer need the CD_IN connector, it is being slowly phased out.
I think you need to find another way to do what you want to do. I truely think you are on the losing end of an obsolecense issue.
View it as a challenge, basically say f-you to those who are removing something you want to keep using and create a work around. Post it on the web for everyone to use as a way of circumventing them.
Reinstalling the old BIOS version is not a solution to the problem.
There needs to be a federal prosecutor driven investigation into this theft of functionality out from under the user who has already paid for this functionality. That is a crime.
And the Microsoft manager of multimedia responsible must be Fired immediately.
The sequence of events makes clear that future motherboards will not allow the CD-IN signal or the Composite Audio signal to be used by the user.
There is no reason to obsolete these signals and I do not see anything that Microsoft is positing to replace them.
There is no new functionality in this motherboard available after the upgrade.
In fact, when one looks at the page on the motherboard web site where the upgrades are listed, there is no detailed description of what has changed in each upgrade.
This is a scam. A Microsoft/AMI driven scam.
And a high proportion of Microsoft's customers simply cannot afford to be ripped off.
They buy their house PC as a 5 year or more investment and cannot afford to add anything else to it or purchase and install a new Operating System (OS).
The purchased computer system must work and continue to work. Anything that Microsoft is doing that inflicts a type of forced obsolescence must be treated as a serious crime and those managers responsible must be punished.
Federal prosecutors should put the development managers of these 2 companies under oath before a Grand Jury to ascertain the truth and find where the fault should lay.
There are 100,000's of users using the CD-IN signal to decouple the TV Tuner audio and allow it to be volume controlled individually.
The rest are not aware that this can be done.
Claiming that no one is using the CD-IN signal, when the main audio card manufacturer, time-honored Creative Labs/Soundblaster, still reserves its most prominent top-edge position for this CD-IN connector, is nonsensical, and indicates a determination to defend Microsoft and AMI which must indicate that this is determined paid public relations work on your part.
I am well aware of the origins of the CD-IN signal, but its presence on the motherboard has evolved into much more critically important usage. And that is why Creative/Soundblaster reserves its prime connector position for this CD-IN connector and describes its purpose as being for TV Tuner cards, Not CD Audio players. (e.g. Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio)http://support.creative.com/manuals/
"5. Aux In connector Connect an analog CD cable (available separately) from the analog output on an audio device like a TV tuner to this connector. "
Again, attempts to marginalize the core functionality of CD-IN and Composite Audio simply bring into stark relief the absurdity of discussion in forums like this where discussion is dominated by public relations workers.
Do you see anything that Microsoft has done so far, even in the newer operating system Vista, to solve the problem of loss of Composite Audio in and allow the user to receive the Composite Video/Audio signal from the Cable Set Top Box ?