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Can't get sound through my TV speakers via HDMI

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March 31, 2014 8:52:20 AM

I have the HDMI cable from monitor > motherboard and go into settings and find it, but the bar that shows the volume level is about 2 clicks up and stays there all while no sound. Please help!

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March 31, 2014 8:56:50 AM

In that same menu make sure that the TV has been selected as the "default playback device", the mere fact that the volume meter shows activity for some idiotic reason does not mean that device has actually been selected. Click on the TV and then 'set default.
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March 31, 2014 9:08:37 AM

notherdude said:
In that same menu make sure that the TV has been selected as the "default playback device", the mere fact that the volume meter shows activity for some idiotic reason does not mean that device has actually been selected. Click on the TV and then 'set default.


Yes it is set as default device already.
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March 31, 2014 9:11:33 AM

the levels are going the same as my headphones usually do but there is no sound at all?
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March 31, 2014 9:29:00 AM

Has it worked before? If not you might need to install the sound drivers for your video card. Getting HDMI out to work properly is a bit flaky unfortunately. Sometimes it takes multiple tries or a reboot, or using ONLY the TV as your monitor (as opposed to a dual monitor) a bad or cable can also be at fault. I would definitely try a different cable.
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March 31, 2014 9:38:01 AM

notherdude said:
Has it worked before? If not you might need to install the sound drivers for your video card. Getting HDMI out to work properly is a bit flaky unfortunately. Sometimes it takes multiple tries or a reboot, or using ONLY the TV as your monitor (as opposed to a dual monitor) a bad or cable can also be at fault. I would definitely try a different cable.



Sound works fine when I go onto my free view channels, just not on PC (VGA)
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April 12, 2014 7:39:47 PM

First, you said HDMI, but then in reply to notherdude you said it doesn't work on "PC (VGA)". Are you referring to the physical connection or the input label name from your tv? Can you confirm you have an HDMI cable connection on both ends from computer to tv? I've connected HDMI out from discrete cards AMD and Nvidia and integrated video (AMD and Nvidia) on multiple PC, TVs, and surround sound receivers and have never had any issue, whatsoever, so let's make sure we're on the same page and we can probably figure this out quiet easily. Also, would you mind posting a screenshot of your audio control panel so we can see exactly what you're seeing?
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April 13, 2014 12:00:46 AM

Antimatter79 said:
First, you said HDMI, but then in reply to notherdude you said it doesn't work on "PC (VGA)". Are you referring to the physical connection or the input label name from your tv? Can you confirm you have an HDMI cable connection on both ends from computer to tv? I've connected HDMI out from discrete cards AMD and Nvidia and integrated video (AMD and Nvidia) on multiple PC, TVs, and surround sound receivers and have never had any issue, whatsoever, so let's make sure we're on the same page and we can probably figure this out quiet easily. Also, would you mind posting a screenshot of your audio control panel so we can see exactly what you're seeing?


Well at the moment I am away from my computer for a week. But basically, I have my PC/VGA cable plugged into my monitor going to my video card, AND the HDMI cable going from my monitor to my motherboard.

The reason I have the HDMI cable plugged in also is because I for some reason couldn't get sound to come through my monitor speakers and so therefore thought I needed perhaps a dedicated audio cable specifically for audio? I remember having an option for my headphones, which are plugged into the Mic and Sound coloured connecters in the back of my motherboard, and then what seemed to be always present "Digital Audio S/PDIF" which when I set to default, the levels move around as if there's sound, but there is no audible sound. Maybe it's because I am on VGA display input method?
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April 14, 2014 12:13:23 AM

Rtoder209 said:
Antimatter79 said:
First, you said HDMI, but then in reply to notherdude you said it doesn't work on "PC (VGA)". Are you referring to the physical connection or the input label name from your tv? Can you confirm you have an HDMI cable connection on both ends from computer to tv? I've connected HDMI out from discrete cards AMD and Nvidia and integrated video (AMD and Nvidia) on multiple PC, TVs, and surround sound receivers and have never had any issue, whatsoever, so let's make sure we're on the same page and we can probably figure this out quiet easily. Also, would you mind posting a screenshot of your audio control panel so we can see exactly what you're seeing?


Well at the moment I am away from my computer for a week. But basically, I have my PC/VGA cable plugged into my monitor going to my video card, AND the HDMI cable going from my monitor to my motherboard.

The reason I have the HDMI cable plugged in also is because I for some reason couldn't get sound to come through my monitor speakers and so therefore thought I needed perhaps a dedicated audio cable specifically for audio? I remember having an option for my headphones, which are plugged into the Mic and Sound coloured connecters in the back of my motherboard, and then what seemed to be always present "Digital Audio S/PDIF" which when I set to default, the levels move around as if there's sound, but there is no audible sound. Maybe it's because I am on VGA display input method?


Ok, it sounds like you're trying to use the HDMI for audio only, which won't work. HDMI audio can only be transmitted when there is a video signal as well, so using your VGA output from your card for video, and HDMI from your mobo for audio isn't going to give you any sound. I take it your video card doesn't have HDMI out. Also, you said your headphones are plugged into the Mic and Sound coloured connectors? If your monitor has an audio input jack (a headphone type jack) use that for your audio, and connect the other end to the light green jack on the back of your PC, from your motherboard. If your monitor does not have an audio input jack, and your video card doesn't have HDMI out, then your only option to use monitor speakers is going to be to use your motherboard's HDMI as your video output, and since it's already set to the default for audio, you should find that your audio will start playing, once that HDMI is carrying video. If I'm understanding your setup correctly, this should resolve your issue.
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April 14, 2014 2:58:57 AM

Antimatter79 said:
Rtoder209 said:
Antimatter79 said:
First, you said HDMI, but then in reply to notherdude you said it doesn't work on "PC (VGA)". Are you referring to the physical connection or the input label name from your tv? Can you confirm you have an HDMI cable connection on both ends from computer to tv? I've connected HDMI out from discrete cards AMD and Nvidia and integrated video (AMD and Nvidia) on multiple PC, TVs, and surround sound receivers and have never had any issue, whatsoever, so let's make sure we're on the same page and we can probably figure this out quiet easily. Also, would you mind posting a screenshot of your audio control panel so we can see exactly what you're seeing?


Well at the moment I am away from my computer for a week. But basically, I have my PC/VGA cable plugged into my monitor going to my video card, AND the HDMI cable going from my monitor to my motherboard.

The reason I have the HDMI cable plugged in also is because I for some reason couldn't get sound to come through my monitor speakers and so therefore thought I needed perhaps a dedicated audio cable specifically for audio? I remember having an option for my headphones, which are plugged into the Mic and Sound coloured connecters in the back of my motherboard, and then what seemed to be always present "Digital Audio S/PDIF" which when I set to default, the levels move around as if there's sound, but there is no audible sound. Maybe it's because I am on VGA display input method?


Ok, it sounds like you're trying to use the HDMI for audio only, which won't work. HDMI audio can only be transmitted when there is a video signal as well, so using your VGA output from your card for video, and HDMI from your mobo for audio isn't going to give you any sound. I take it your video card doesn't have HDMI out. Also, you said your headphones are plugged into the Mic and Sound coloured connectors? If your monitor has an audio input jack (a headphone type jack) use that for your audio, and connect the other end to the light green jack on the back of your PC, from your motherboard. If your monitor does not have an audio input jack, and your video card doesn't have HDMI out, then your only option to use monitor speakers is going to be to use your motherboard's HDMI as your video output, and since it's already set to the default for audio, you should find that your audio will start playing, once that HDMI is carrying video. If I'm understanding your setup correctly, this should resolve your issue.


I think the last time I tried to use HDMI for video it just said no signal, and so I had no choice but to go with VGA. Is there no way to get audio through VGA? Also, if I put the HDMI as audio and video from my motherboard, will I still be able to switch between my monitor speakers and my headphones? And if I plugged my headphones into my monitor and then mic into my computer, it simply would not reach any where near that length. And I am pretty sure I do have HDMI input on my GPU. As I said, I'm away from my computer until the weekend so I can't sort it now, but it just seems like such a complicated situation for such a simply task.
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April 17, 2014 5:04:07 PM

Rtoder209 said:
Antimatter79 said:
Rtoder209 said:
Antimatter79 said:
First, you said HDMI, but then in reply to notherdude you said it doesn't work on "PC (VGA)". Are you referring to the physical connection or the input label name from your tv? Can you confirm you have an HDMI cable connection on both ends from computer to tv? I've connected HDMI out from discrete cards AMD and Nvidia and integrated video (AMD and Nvidia) on multiple PC, TVs, and surround sound receivers and have never had any issue, whatsoever, so let's make sure we're on the same page and we can probably figure this out quiet easily. Also, would you mind posting a screenshot of your audio control panel so we can see exactly what you're seeing?


Well at the moment I am away from my computer for a week. But basically, I have my PC/VGA cable plugged into my monitor going to my video card, AND the HDMI cable going from my monitor to my motherboard.

The reason I have the HDMI cable plugged in also is because I for some reason couldn't get sound to come through my monitor speakers and so therefore thought I needed perhaps a dedicated audio cable specifically for audio? I remember having an option for my headphones, which are plugged into the Mic and Sound coloured connecters in the back of my motherboard, and then what seemed to be always present "Digital Audio S/PDIF" which when I set to default, the levels move around as if there's sound, but there is no audible sound. Maybe it's because I am on VGA display input method?


Ok, it sounds like you're trying to use the HDMI for audio only, which won't work. HDMI audio can only be transmitted when there is a video signal as well, so using your VGA output from your card for video, and HDMI from your mobo for audio isn't going to give you any sound. I take it your video card doesn't have HDMI out. Also, you said your headphones are plugged into the Mic and Sound coloured connectors? If your monitor has an audio input jack (a headphone type jack) use that for your audio, and connect the other end to the light green jack on the back of your PC, from your motherboard. If your monitor does not have an audio input jack, and your video card doesn't have HDMI out, then your only option to use monitor speakers is going to be to use your motherboard's HDMI as your video output, and since it's already set to the default for audio, you should find that your audio will start playing, once that HDMI is carrying video. If I'm understanding your setup correctly, this should resolve your issue.


I think the last time I tried to use HDMI for video it just said no signal, and so I had no choice but to go with VGA. Is there no way to get audio through VGA? Also, if I put the HDMI as audio and video from my motherboard, will I still be able to switch between my monitor speakers and my headphones? And if I plugged my headphones into my monitor and then mic into my computer, it simply would not reach any where near that length. And I am pretty sure I do have HDMI input on my GPU. As I said, I'm away from my computer until the weekend so I can't sort it now, but it just seems like such a complicated situation for such a simply task.


VGA does not carry audio. You can still switch between monitor speakers and headphones if using audio/video via HDMI from your mobo. If you got no video signal when trying to use video from your motherboard, you may have to change the setting in your BIOS/UEFI to default to onboard HDMI. It just seems like something is not adding up in your configuration. Does your monitor have a headphone jack? If so, you don't ever need to change any audio settings, just get your HDMI video output working. Again, check your BIOS/UEFI to make sure your onboard HDMI video is enabled. Once that's working, you should be able to enable your monitor as your audio device and you're set. Providing the model # for your mobo, discrete video card (if you have one) and monitor would make this much simpler and save you some time from answering questions about what connections you have.
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