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Sure win 7 ultimate 32bit
Those are my system specs:
CPU: pentium 4 670|
SDRAM: OCZ platinum ddr400 2x1GB|
GPU: Sapphire HD3850 AGP|
PPU: Ageia PHYSX PCI|
APU: Asus Xonar d2X|
Operating system: XP Sp3|
Browser: Srware Iron.
Next days I will strive to mod driver to enable default 5.1 audio. if it is possible and I am able to apply this modification.
I am on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and recently installed Asus Xonar DG sound card but unfortunately having problem getting 5.1 sound, I have Creative Inspire 5.1 5300 speaker set but only front left and front right speakers are producing sound. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Did it work with original drivers? Do they work in speaker test? You should also read recommended settings from FAQ Q&A 9
No did not work with original drivers, speaker test worked once or twice but not now and yes I read FAQ Q&A 9. Thanks
Solved! Uninstalled the drivers used ccleaner, deleted registry files, restarted and reinstalled again and that worked for me.
Is there a way to enable 5.1 audio speakers by windows control panel? I noted this issue at least on XP. I can enable 5.1 only by xonar control panel.
Thanks man you are the boss. Your driver solved the issue.
Nice to know:)
Hello CarvedInside! Can you please tell me if by using your drivers I will be able to use both my headphones and my 2.1 speakers at the same time (without using a 3.5mm jack splitter) as I used to do with my old Realtek onboard sound card? With Realtek you can set you outputs as heaphones/speakers/mic separately, will I be able to do the same thing with UNI Xonar? Thank you very much for all your work.
I have come up with a method that will allow this regardless of the drivers you use. Especially because of the rear speaker delays in the original drivers its recommended that you install Uni Xonar drivers instead.
Assuming you have Win7/8 and you have 2 or 2.1 speakers (and not 4, 5.1, 7.1) try this:
If you install the UNi Xonar drivers then “Re-enable stereo upmix” option must be selected. Connect headphones to rear speakers jack and speakers to front speakers jack (not front panel!). Set the following settings in Asus (or Cmedia) Panel: audio channels:2 and analog output: 4 speakers. There could be some games/applications that will require to manually set sound speaker config to 2 channels in in-game settings or application options.
It can be done on XP as well but its a different guide for that.
Thank you very much for your reply, I’ll try it. Bafta!
Is that meaning, that the registry-settings for speaker-delays are not working with the original drivers?
No. They work. Speaker-delays work if you have set them in the registry regardless of the drivers.
So I installed the C-media Panel option on my Xonar STX. Sounds a lot crisper and fuller :). Only trouble for me is that i cannot change the headphone gain level. I’m running Sennheiser HD650’s wich are 300 ohm headphones. The +12dB gain that you can set in Output Deivces isn’t quite enough in some songs. I would love if the gain window from the original driver could be integrated to the C-Media Panel? Maybe a future update?
Otherwise cracking job on the driver. Sounds beautiful :).
Thanks for you feedback:)
Sorry it can’t be done by me, and its unlikely that C-media ever will add headphone gain option. If you don’t need to change the gain to often, launch Asus Panel from Start and set the desired headphone gain from there.
I may try to make a standalone app for applying the different headphone gains.
Just a quick Thankyou for the drivers along with one for the Front Panel Switcher. That was something I have been after for a very long time!!
I tried the ASUS drivers as well as the XONARUni 1.64 drivers. I get an error that the power is not connected to the card. Now, I KNOW it is, I’ve tried 10x at least. It is connected to a know working power cable, and the card works with Win 7 and Win XP. The only difference is the new PC. I’m using an HP Envy 1520t and Windows 8 x64.
If it helps/matters .. Its the Essence STX.
You might want to have a look at this page.
Let me know if restoring EEPROM helped or not.
If its not e EEPROM failure issue, you should reading and try the solutions for installation problems in this page.
The card works in Win XP you say!?
I cannot record in HD, so are you saying you can?
That would be good news to me.
If so what dirver and all did you use?
I can’t find DOLBY HEADPHONE, in the Control Panel. Im using Asus Xonar D2X.
What I do in this situation ?
You need to switch output to headphone.
Hello CarvedInside and thank you for all your work.I have a Xonar D1 and I’m using your drivers. Can you please tell me if there is any way to change the Microphone boost from just a ON/OFF switch to maybe a 3 levels Boost (+ 10-20-30 dB) ? It would help me a lot because I get a humming sound/noise when going in full screen games, I guess it’s related to VGA high load or something like that..but the fact is the noise goes away when I switch off the boost option. Thank you for your time.
There is no way to have different microphone boost settings. Maybe you should try to activate boost and lower the mic volume.
Probably you card pics some interferences from other components. Anyway check your microphone with the onboard card, and if you’ve connected the microphone to front panel then connect it to the card instead.
Hi Carved. First of all, thank you for your great work !
I have actually one question, i would like to know if a workaround exists for a 3.0 analog output configuration (two fronts and one center).
Indeed, the closest config available in the audio center is 5.1 but i don’t know if it is possible to downmix rear and sub channels.
Thank you for your help.
Tricky stuff. Supposing that you want for Center speaker to be recognized as it would be in a 5.1 speaker which plays 5.1 content. I guess the only way to do this would be to set 5.1 speakers and 6 channels and change “custom mapping channels” options in specific applications that support them and from there restrict the setup to 2 channels and center, I think you may have to redirect rear channels to front ones. For example in Media Player Classic Home Cinema you can do this (Preferences->Audio Switcher-> Enable Custom channel mappings).
On the other hand if you wish to play through Center a mix of left and right channels then you can set 5.1 speakers and 2 channels with stereo upmix enabled in the UNi Xonar installer.
Of course you could change between these to depending on the type of audio applications you use.
Hope this is of some help to you and please let me know if it is.:)
Hello Carved. First, a huge thanks for all your hard work; I did not know about upmixing stereo to 5.1 until I came across your website. I have removed my previous driver, and now gladly using yours.
I know you must be a busy person, but I would like to ask for your help, since I cannot seem to output true 5.1 sound to my speakers.
I have a Xonar DGX 5.1, and I could use two output methods. 1) A 3.5mm jack, and 2) an optical cable through the S/PDIF. Both methods go to a Samsung HTIB (home theater in a box), which have been performing 5.1/Dolby/DTS nicely for my Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. The upmixing for the 3.5mm jack/stereo seems to work well. It’s with the optical and 5.1 output that I am having trouble. When I open my playback devices, right click on S/PDIF, and test the “DTS Audio” and “Dolby Digital” under the Supported Formats tab, the sound plays correctly for the all 5 speakers (FL, FR, center, RL, RR).
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However, if I play the Dolby Digital sound test file found here: http://www.lynnepublishing.com/surround/www_lynnemusic_com_surround_test.ac3 …the sound for RL and RR comes out of FL and FR respectively. Nothing comes out of the rear speakers. What gives?
I have also noticed in my PC games that dialogue doesn’t come out of the rear speakers. For example, in Borderlands 2. When I talk to an NPC, and turn my left or right to the NPC, the corresponding side (left or right) sounds correctly in the FL and FR speakers. However, when I turn my back on the NPC, the sound should come out of the rear speakers, right? But there isn’t any sound. All I can hear from the rear speakers are ambient noise (music and general environment sounds). Again, what gives?
In case you’re wondering, here are the Xonar Audio Center settings I’m using:
What can I do to output 5.1/surround sound correctly to my speakers using optical through S/PDIF?
Many thanks in advance. I look forward to hearing from you!
In the Xonar Audio Center, click “PCM” and change it to Dolby Digital Live or whatever.
– Audio Channel sets the number of input channels that will be processed.
– Analog Out sets the number of analog outputs that will be used. Any difference between this setting and the Audio Channel setting will generally be rectified with upmixing/downmixing of some kind.
– SPDIF Out sets the encoding used for digital output, with PCM being stereo and others being 5.1 (I think). If anything other than PCM is selected, Analog Out may be disabled. Any difference between this setting and the Audio Channel setting will generally be rectified with upmixing/downmixing of some kind.
– The Windows audio stack in Vista and newer does not notify sound drivers of how many channels applications intend to output. The Audio Channel setting is therefore critically important for enabling upmixing/decoding options on >2.0 speaker systems if you desire them (unless your speaker system is capable of doing this for you).
– Xonar cards are capable of performing 2.0->5.1 Dolby Pro-Logic IIx surround decoding of stereo sources if you set Audio Channel to 2 and are using an Analog or SPDIF Out setting that is capable of 5.1.
– Set Audio Channel to 6 when playing games in a 5.1 output mode.
– Keep GX/Xear3D disabled when not playing a pre-Vista game that has EAX support. If you don’t do this, you will experience instability.
– The Xonar is not capable of downmixing a 6-channel input into a Dolby Pro-Logic surround-encoded stereo output, so you’ll need to route either 5.1 encoded SPDIF or 6 analog channels to your speakers.
Once you get all this sorted out, test for the dialogue-in-rear-speakers issue again. It should be fixed. Also, don’t forget to use the SPDIF input on your speakers.
Thank you so much for the detailed help hunterz. I learned new stuff from the notes you mentioned. I think I know now why the output on my optical cable or S/PDIF output isn’t true 5.1/surround. I checked again, clicked on PCM under the S/PDIF Output in the Xonar Audio Center, and found out there isn’t any other option; only PCM.
Is there anything I could do, like install an additional driver or configure something on my computer’s end for the S/PDIF output to include Dolby Digital Live? Or as you’ve suggested, is my only option to change the audio channel to “2” (as opposed to “6”), thereby allowing Xonar to upmix the 2.0 signal to Dolby Pro-Logic II?
Did a bit of Googling, and I came across this:
“Transforms all PC audio signals into a Dolby Digital signal”. In the meantime, I will try to find a means to have Dolby Digital Live on my PC; Perhaps it will appear on the S/PDIF output.
Thank you very much.
I found that, with speakers set to 5.1 channels, games tended to see my speaker setup as “unknown”. The solution was to instead tell Windows I have a 7.1-channel setup, with the surround-back channels missing.
(Oddly, when trying Windows 8 under VMWare just for the heck of it, the virtual HD Audio card actually had TWO options for 5.1 speaker placement: one with side speakers, and one with rear speakers. I wonder if Asus is exposing one, and games expect the other…)
Also, consider your reasons for wanting to use the SPDIF output — at least on my Xonar DX, the analog outputs are amazing. (I don’t have digital speakers to compare, though.)
I’ve never seen that 5.1 issue. I run all games in 6 channel mode, with 5.1 analog output (and have used DDL in the past).
I did switch myself from DDL to analog 5.1 a while back, on the advice of people here, although I honestly can’t tell the difference (between my crappy ears and apparently out-of-vogue Z-5500d speakers). I was concerned about latency, too, as it surely takes some time to encode to AC3, and the voices in Fallout 3 were already badly out-of-sync due to the game engine.
The problem with analog is that the cables are susceptible to RFI, as well as bad contact with the devices at either end. The latter really drives me nuts sometimes, as I occasionally lose a channel and have to wiggle the connectors to restore the connection.
Alright, I went back to this because I couldn’t find a free installer for Dolby Digital Live, and apparently, I need a Creative-based sound card for that. I changed the audio channel to 2, and indeed, the output is in Dolby 5.1! All videos I have sound nicely and correctly.
As for games, it isn’t perfect; Sound is barely transferred to the rear speakers. My dilemma here is that the process thinks my rear speakers are side speakers. I only hear voices coming out of RL and RR when I turn my character sideways against the talking NPC. But the biggest change here is that dialogue still comes out of the center speaker. Before, when then analog channel was set to 6, and when I turn sideways or my back against the NPC, the sound cuts off or disappears from the center speaker.
So overall, even without Dolby Digital Live, my speakers seem nicely setup. Thank you very much for the solution! 🙂
Ouch, I didn’t realize that the DGX can’t do Dolby Digital Live (AC3) or DTS Connect (DTS) for 5.1 over SPDIF. If your speakers don’t have the option of using 6 channel analog input, then you ought to consider taking the Xonar DGX back to where you purchased it and exchanging it for a more capable model.
I’ve been Googling a bit, and apparently, it’s a known shortcoming of the card, that it only outputs 2.0 PCM through S/PDIF. My speaker doesn’t support 6 channel analog input, as the only input methods are HDMI (it’s also a DVD player, but lens is busted already), optical and RCA; The HTIB is pretty old, I’ve had it for quite a few years already.
Thanks for the concern, but for now I am ok with the card, since I bought it dirt cheap from someone who used it for just a month. I’m going to stick with it until I find a better card that actually supports DDL or DTSC out of the box.
I am just wondering if there’s any possibility of installing DDL or DTSC on my system, so that the sound coming out of the S/PDIF output would be automatically converted. I don’t think it’s impossible, since the Creative sound cards need those installers which means their hardware does not natively support DDL or DTSC – which is just the same as Xonar cards. Unless of course, there is a hardware aspect in my Xonar card that would prevent that, which I doubt.
In any case, thanks a lot again for the help. I will try to look into this DDL and DTSC installer, and if I find anything helpful, I will post here again.
I’v got the stand alone apps pack where is the upmix features, so to get all channels working. Thanks . What REGISTRY WORD or WORDS apply the upmix features?
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