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I hooked my PC up to my 5.1 surround sound but its not surround sound?

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August 21, 2013 8:11:15 PM

Here is my mother board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Im using a 3.5mm to RCA cable I picked up to input from my PC. My question is why am i not getting surround sound?

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August 21, 2013 8:23:27 PM

3.5mm to RCA is not surround sound capable. You'll need to utilize the other 3.5mm outputs on your motherboard. If you look close the symbols represent which of the 5.1 speakers they are. What type of surround setup do you have?
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August 21, 2013 8:24:06 PM

Hi, what speakers are they?

Have you connected the color code below to allow 5.1?

Green: Front speakers out
Black: Rear speakers out
orange: center/sub
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a b V Motherboard
August 21, 2013 8:28:01 PM

are you talking surround system for your tv and stuff. If your using the output jack it only does stereo i think. to get 5.1 using computer speakers each port will be hooked up to a speaker. IE green=center blue=left front etc etc. to hook up to a system you will need a sound card with optical port or something similar
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August 21, 2013 8:38:06 PM

boju said:
Hi, what speakers are they?

Have you connected the color code below to allow 5.1?

Green: Front speakers out
Black: Rear speakers out
orange: center/sub

They are a 99$ pair of surround sound speakers from walmart they run into a semi cheap receiver that doubles up as a DVD player .... How would I connect each speaker individually?
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a b V Motherboard
August 21, 2013 8:42:31 PM

Ike_ said:
boju said:
Hi, what speakers are they?

Have you connected the color code below to allow 5.1?

Green: Front speakers out
Black: Rear speakers out
orange: center/sub

They are a 99$ pair of surround sound speakers from walmart they run into a semi cheap receiver that doubles up as a DVD player .... How would I connect each speaker individually?


what connections are on the back?
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a b V Motherboard
August 21, 2013 8:47:56 PM

sorry, im not following. To have 5.1 surround you need 5 speakers and .1 being the subwoofer speaker. Unless these speakers somehow emulate surround like a surround bar, im not totally sure what you're trying to work with.

Can we please know the details of the speakers and the receiver.

Those output jacks at the back of the computer is designed for something like;

Which is the connection plate back of a set of logitech speakers as an example.

We'll need to know what the speakers are, and the connections available at the back of the receiver.
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August 21, 2013 8:50:50 PM

You need to feed the computer decoded surround from a surround receiver source.
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August 21, 2013 8:52:33 PM

needs to be low level audio < 1volt pp
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a b V Motherboard
August 21, 2013 9:54:51 PM

If you are trying to send the 5.1 from your PC to the receiver you will need 3 3.5mm to stereo RCA cables. One set for the front left right one for the rear left right and the last for the center and sub. The 3.5 jacks on your onboard sound card are color coded read your manual for the correct jacks and connect the corresponding RCA cables into your receiver in the correct order. That should do it.

One last thing you will need to make sure that you have set Speakers in Playback Devices (right click on speaker icon in the task bar) to 5.1 or it will still output stereo.
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