Originally Posted by BigWorm2005GT
For the EAH4550, it's supposed to have its own audio processor that can encode the high definition audio tracks itself, and send them out the HDMI. I have not tried this, since I cannot get the drivers to install. I think there is some conflict with drivers for the motherboard devices, and I have not been able to clear them yet. Once I get it to install, I will carry it down to the local BB and connect it there for testing before I shell out $400 for an amp I may or may not get the benefit of.
First, I just wanted to say thank you to Bigworm and others who have made this a great thread. I has been very helpful.
Based on recomendations I went with the ASUS 4550 and really like the picture quality. I have been trying to get the HDMI audio woorking with no luck. I think I am having the same problem as BigWorm above. I think I know what the problem is, but have no idea how to fix it. I should say that I am running Windows 7 beta.
When I try and install the RealTek HDMI audio driver (after the video card driver and Realtek drivers and several reboots....) I get a message that says "No Driver that supports the driver package was found" or something very similar. The installation just stops.
I went to Device Manager and found what I think is the cause. I see a yellow sign on the "High Definition Audio Controller" properties of PCI Bus 1, device 0, function 1. I assume this is the ATI's audio controller? Not sure what resources I could free up or disable to make this work. Here is a screen shot:
Below this entry is another High Defintion Audio Controller that appeares to be working normally. I assume this is the onboard audio - here is a screen shot:
I have tried disableing the onboard audio and rebooted serveral times. I have tried the auto and enabled options with no luck. Does anyone have any ideas? I am not sure how to free up enough resources to make this work. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. It is important to me to get this working to get audio to my TV. I am not interested in 5.1 just 2 channel over HDMI.
Also - It seems that based on may posts about temperature, that my box is running very warm. Anywhere between 55-57C under normal conditions - no heavy load like transcoding or the like. I have re applied the Arctric Silver to make sure I have a secure fit, but I get similar results. The side fan is pulling in and the top fan is blow out as many have recommended. Mine was like this when I got it. Anyone think this is too warm? Speedfan Shot:
Thanks again for everyones hard work. Let me know if you have any ideas on these problems. Thanks