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NO SOUND through HDMI and Issues with Optical out

post #1 of 15
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Hello all,

Today has been a complete disaster with my HTPC. I've been running this machine for almost a year now with no issues at all. I use XBMC to play all my media and loved it. Today I decided to upgrade to the latest version of XBMC, The version is still in Beta, but it is a release candidate and should not have affected my computer the way it has. Here are the events as they unfolded.

- DL'd XBMC
- realized HTPC audio has stopped
- Checked other programs on HTPC to see if the audio works, NO AUDIO AT ALL even when program is close.
- connected optical cable to avr to see if it was an hdmi issue, I get audio back in regular windows programs but not while playing movie files like MKV using VLC.

- used system restore to revert back to a few days ago hoping this could fix my issue and I again can get audio from HDMI.
- Did not work,

I am thinking that my next step will be to do a fresh re-instal of windows, something I definitely dont want to do.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,
post #2 of 15
You did all this,checked in here, but didn't use the xbmc forums? - have a look at the sticky in the windows forum of xbmc about setting-up audio with the new Frodo builds. The audio engine has totally changed with the Frodo builds
post #3 of 15
Did you run (or re-run) the windows audio setup tool in the control panel?
post #4 of 15
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Did you run (or re-run) the windows audio setup tool in the control panel?

Good shout
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by steelman1991 View Post

You did all this,checked in here, but didn't use the xbmc forums? - have a look at the sticky in the windows forum of xbmc about setting-up audio with the new Frodo builds. The audio engine has totally changed with the Frodo builds

Thanks for the reply, but like I stated. The problem started when I noticed XBMC not working properly. Unless I missed it in that thread, it still doesn't explain how the audio stopped for other programs on windows including VLC and WMC. Like I stated, I get no audio at all now... Not just on XBMC
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by balky View Post

Did you run (or re-run) the windows audio setup tool in the control panel?

i'll try this again when I get home.
post #7 of 15
Did you try Balky's suggestion? beat me to it
post #8 of 15
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Did you try Balky's suggestion?

I will when I get home from work...

Just to clarify, to run this I go to:

Control Panel --> "Sound" ?

Thanks again
Edited by jdastas - 1/14/13 at 12:20pm
post #9 of 15
That's the one.
post #10 of 15
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okay, really weird I believe, but this is what I did as still did not get any sound. I uninstalled realtek audio drivers, restarted my computer and everything worked again. I now have sound from every program including xbmc. Only reason why I thought to do this is because in the xbmc forum regarding audio issues, it states to remove this driver and only use WASSAPI??? My issue with this is I don't believe with this set up I can get HD audio at all. Also I can see removing the realtek driver possibly improving audio in xbmc, but why would effect everything else on my computer as well?
Edited by jdastas - 1/16/13 at 9:25am
post #11 of 15
With xbmc, using WASAPI mode is the only way to achieve bit-prefect HD Audio, in passthrough mode. The introduction/inclusion of realtek drivers seem to produce all sorts of issues/conflicts. Better to stick with your cards proprietary drivers.
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Originally Posted by steelman1991 View Post

With xbmc, using WASAPI mode is the only way to achieve bit-prefect HD Audio, in passthrough mode. The introduction/inclusion of realtek drivers seem to produce all sorts of issues/conflicts. Better to stick with your cards proprietary drivers.

Steelman,

Are you referring to a seperate sound card. Perhaps I am confused... Maybe I dont have WASAPI. What I have is an I5-2550K with an intel DH67GDB3 mb. I'm currently using the HDMI out. Is this a WASAPI set up?
post #13 of 15
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Steelman,

Are you referring to a seperate sound card. Perhaps I am confused... Maybe I dont have WASAPI. What I have is an I5-2550K with an intel DH67GDB3 mb. I'm currently using the HDMI out. Is this a WASAPI set up?

I was (sorry I just assumed you were using a seperate card), but the same advice applies to using an integrated chip (use the propietary drivers). Your chip is perfectly capable of using WASAPI. Just make sure you set-up in accordance with the sticky thread at the top of the xbmc windows thread - also have a look here for some additiional advice http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Windows_Settings_for_AudioEngine.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by steelman1991 View Post

I was (sorry I just assumed you were using a seperate card), but the same advice applies to using an integrated chip (use the propietary drivers). Your chip is perfectly capable of using WASAPI. Just make sure you set-up in accordance with the sticky thread at the top of the xbmc windows thread - also have a look here for some additiional advice http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Windows_Settings_for_AudioEngine.

Well I have given up for the time being. Wife and kids were getting frustrated with not being able to watch some of their stuff so I went ahead and hooked up the audio through optical. With that said, I am 95% positive I wont be able to do HD audio, oh well.

Thanks for the help guys
post #15 of 15
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Well I have given up for the time being. Wife and kids were getting frustrated with not being able to watch some of their stuff so I went ahead and hooked up the audio through optical. With that said, I am 95% positive I wont be able to do HD audio, oh well.

Thanks for the help guys

Just to put your mind at rest - I can give you a 100% assurance that you won't get HD Audio through Optical - but it definitely is achieveable with your i5 chip. Appreciate the pressure for a working solution from others though.
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