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how do I get 5.1 w/ALC850 in w2k?

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The motherboard is an Asus A8N5X and the ALC850 is an on board chip claiming "8 channel codec."

My goal is highest possible quality audio via the S/PDIF port to a Denon 5800 receiver driving ESL speakers. My sources are DTS and DD DVD's, and a TV card.

For now, I seem to only be able to get 2 channel sound. The ALC volume contoller has all but the left and right fronts grayed out.

I tried loading the nvidia drivers that nvidia says is compatible with this mobo, but I get zero output on the s/pdif port with them. So, back to Realteks. I loaded drivers from Asus and from Realtek site but met the same results.

Anyone know how to get DTS/DD out the S/PDIF port? Please?

Thanks,
HDTV Lover
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The motherboard is an Asus A8N5X and the ALC850 is an on board chip claiming "8 channel codec."

My goal is highest possible quality audio via the S/PDIF port to a Denon 5800 receiver driving ESL speakers. My sources are DTS and DD DVD's, and a TV card.

For now, I seem to only be able to get 2 channel sound. The ALC volume contoller has all but the left and right fronts grayed out.

I tried loading the nvidia drivers that nvidia says is compatible with this mobo, but I get zero output on the s/pdif port with them. So, back to Realteks. I loaded drivers from Asus and from Realtek site but met the same results.

Anyone know how to get DTS/DD out the S/PDIF port? Please?

Thanks,
HDTV Lover

Wondering if and how you solved the problem as I just run into it. I am using the same mobo and can get stereo only out of S/PDIF. I am contemplating whether it's worth to try 5.1 analog out or just forget in-board audio and get a sound card.
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I've had no success at all. I even bought the "extra" audio codecs from Cyberlink to see if that would do the trick. Microsoft.

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