Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

Surround Sound Help

My moms computer has surround sound. She is using Windows XP with AC97 6-channel audio hardware. I have installed the entire RealTek software driver and configuration utility package. The RealTek drivers are working and I am able to hear the self check tones through all available channels.

I then went through the windows volume setup and made sure that it also was able to identify and modify volume signatures for each available channel, and they are all identified and modifiable.

Now, how do I tell windows to allow me to use these channels? I would like the audio output to be piped to all available channels all of the time for all application.

Can Windows do this? Linux can.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Surround Sound Help
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Surround Sound Help
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
You can't

In reply to: Surround Sound Help

You can't, at least not without some kind of upmixing program. Sometimes this is included in the drivers, sometimes it's not, and if it's not, then you're just kind of SOL unless you have an audio file that has more than 2 channels worth of data in it.

Collapse -
Thank you

In reply to: You can't

Thank you for your help 8-)

I sort of figured that was what I was up against. I appreciate the help though.

Collapse -
Once upon a time

In reply to: Thank you

Once upon a time there was a special "codec" for Windows called MatrixMixer I think... It could do limited upmixing, but it would only work from apps like Windows Media Player.

I don't know if it's still around or not, but it can't hurt to look.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.