Originally Posted by rainmaker002
Wait, so this motherboard can feed 5.1 audio over hdmi but not to a receiver? How many tv's have 5.1? I am about to RMA my motherboard as it seems to be DOA (picked it up yesterday, assembled last night, almost broke up with my gf halfway through).
Whats the point of audio over hdmi if it and the video won't go through a receiver?
Sigh, I will file the trouble ticket when I get my new mobo. Hopefully this one will POST..
It's a major annoyance that I hope will be fixed quickly as more users complain to Asus and/or Intel. I doubt it will be fixed if they only get a few trouble reports - so please log your report to Asus.
Work arrounds include living with 2-ch audio through the TV (yuck), using AnyDVD (an $80 software addition that strips out HDCP), or if you have an alternate means to output audio such as discrete output or possibly using an optical or coax SPDIF audio out to the receiver.
I've been trying the coax approach but it hasn't worked for me yet. I need to muck around with it a bit more - it may be I just haven't found the option that needs to be set to make it work. More likely I'll have to spring for AnyDVD, as it might be a few months before a fix is available, with some risk that it may never be fixed.
My opinion is that HDMI/HDCP is so complicated many manufactures attempt to fix it with many firmware and driver updates over multiple model years. I think 2007 is the first year most of it has come together and you have a good chance with 2007 consumer gear playing well together.
The surprising part is Intel created HDCP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDCP
), so that the fact their own drivers don't correctly support HDCP repeaters is quite frustrating. On the other hand, it may be they are sticking to the letter of the spec, while other manufacturers (i.e. receiver designs) have drifted from the specifications a bit making interaction problems the norm. Perhaps it's a good reason to just bypass with something like AnyDVD.
Let's hope there's a better solution soon.