No 5.1 surround sound in Win 7

I have a system running Windows 7 64 bit and a set of Logitech z5500 speakers. Originally I was using a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fata1ity board. In XP I was able to get surround sound. When I switched to Win 7, the surround sound stopped working. Sometimes it would test as working in the sound app in the control panel and sometimes it wouldn't. Sometimes I could fix it by reinstalling the board's driver, but it always stopped again over time. Generally I had to make do with a front R/L/C system and the subwoofer.

After googling the issue extensively, I finally decided that the problem was some unidentified conflict between the Creative card and Win 7. So I researched sound cards and finally settled on an Asus Xonar ST with an H6 card. I hooked the system up via a setup that looked like the chart here: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/513895/asus-xonar-essence-st-with-asus-xonar-h6-extension-card-logitech-z-5500-digital-5-1-speaker-system. However, now all the sound comes out of the front R/L/C--and no subwoofer!

I would appreciate any suggestions about how to rewire/fix this. Barring that, I'd appreciate suggestions about any (non-Logitech) surround speakers, as I guess that's the next thing to try.

Thanks tons!
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  1. you need to setup windows audio to 5.1 also have you turned up the bass on the subwoofer?
  2. Yes both of those were done. I should add that I used Asus's audio center to make sure that it was set to 5.1 as well. After doing that the subwoofer came back. But I still have no sound from the back 2 speakers at all. And I checked their connections too. So I'm pretty much back where I started--sound from front speakers and subwoofer but not the rear speakers.

    PLUS I swapped the rear ones for the front ones to verify they work (they do).
  3. For anyone else who has this problem: I wound up buying an optical cable. Suddenly I had surround sound! So I don't know what to make of the problem. But if anyone else has it, there's at least one solution.
  4. mushpuppy said:
    For anyone else who has this problem: I wound up buying an optical cable. Suddenly I had surround sound! So I don't know what to make of the problem. But if anyone else has it, there's at least one solution.

    Mush what if one doesnt have an optical output/input any luck so far with regular 3.5 mm vables??
    I too have the same problem but windows isn't owning up to their mistakes.... i heard atleast 40k minimum oeople are having similar issues...
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