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Getting 5.1 as the default audio format in Vista 64 bit

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  • Windows Vista
Last response: in Windows Vista
March 16, 2009 11:27:15 PM

I have an Asus p5k motherboard ( that's the one without the wifi). Recently I've upgraded the sound system in my room to a 7.1 Onkyo 667 system.

Anyways, I wanted to get Vista to default it's audio output to a 5.1 channel setup. As of now it's only giving me a variety of 2 channel options. I'm running an SPDIF cable out...

- I checked and my bios is set to HD audio out
- I have the latest drivers for my mofo board and I have soundmax installed
- Windows shows dts audio and dolby digital as options and when I test them they work perfectly!!! All of the speakers make the appropriate chimes and my receiver switches the icon from stereo, to the red Dolby symbol.
- I tried playing a blu-ray with 5.1 and I even selected that as the out format in powerDVD and it still does not work.

Therefore, I think I know my problem and that is setting the default audio format out to a 5.1 format from the properties screen in Vista.

Thanks in advance for any help

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March 17, 2009 2:12:57 PM

Is this in the right forum? Should I move this question somewhere else? :??: 
August 3, 2009 8:38:59 PM

bump, i have the same problem, and would love some help with it if anyone can
August 4, 2009 1:44:23 PM

Sound. Properties (not the device - use the master in the lower left). Set what you want it to be. save, restart.