DD 5.1 Via Coaxial Out....HOW?

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I recently built a rig which has built in optical and coaxial SPDIF
output on the mobo ('Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3' (http://tinyurl.com/3xvykg ))
and I cannot figure out how to get digial out to my reciever ('Sony
STR-DE997' (http://tinyurl.com/2bsfpu )).

When I hook it up via coax to my receiver all I can get is PCM 48. It
doesn't matter if I'm watchin a movie or just playing mp3s. I've tried
everything I can think of to fix this (drivers, powerdvd setting, audi
mixer setting). I'm not really sure what I'm doing wrong since I'm new
to the whole PC audio scene.

I am able to get surround sound by running the analog outs on my mobo
to my recievers multi-channel input but I'd really like to cut down on
all the cables....plus  when I go through the analog my subwoofer sounds
weak even on max and it is surely no wimp ('Klipsch 12\"'
(http://tinyurl.com/yr5u6a ))  Also, on analog I don't get that cool blue
light lit up on my reciever....I mean aesthetics counts for something as

Thanks for anyhelp
-Kevin the n00b

Re: DD 5.1 Via Coaxial Out....HOW?

Perhaps I need a newer DVD drive? Do newer ones have an SPDIF output
that I could hook to the mobos SPDIF input and just use the Coaxial to
pass the signal through to my receiver for decoding....again, I'm not
sure how all this works with PCs....

Re: DD 5.1 Via Coaxial Out....HOW?

On Sun, 16 Mar 2008 13:24:38 -0500, PoorComa

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No newer drive is needed, your DVD drive passes the video
and audio as files over the (PATA/IDE or SATA) data cable
which the OS decodes and passes to the sound card for

Re: DD 5.1 Via Coaxial Out....HOW?

On Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:56:22 -0500, PoorComa

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You wouldn't get surround on an MP3 since it's 2 channels.
Your (motherboard?) sound might offer some virtualized mode
or the receiver might instead.  For source with more
channels, you'd need a sound card that supports Dolby
Encoded output.  Google should find some.

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