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asus P5K-E Wifi-AP 7.1 channel surround Problem !

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October 23, 2007 5:15:24 PM

Hello :) 

I just build a new system with an asus P5K-E Wifi-AP mainboard.

This board comes with 7.1 channel surround... Which i DONT have speakers for at the moment :whistle: 

I want to connect my computer with an external mixer (rodec) that is connected with 2 speakers which i want to play my systems audio.

On my old system there was 1 audio-out plug in which was plugged to the jack that goes to the mixer.

The asus P5K-E has several audio plugs (front speakers, side speakers etc...) and NONE of them gives any sound when i put the jack (for my mixer/2speakers) in.

Does that mean i HAVE TO buy a 7.1 surround speaker system???

For now i just want to play on my 'old' 2 speaker system with 1 jack plugged in audio out :??: 

Can somebody help me plz?, i want to hear some wicked tunes :bounce: 

Thx
:hello: 
October 23, 2007 5:45:07 PM

Have you checked the BIOS to see if the onboard audio is turned on? And you'll have to set the software to 2 speakers output.
October 23, 2007 5:53:05 PM


In bios you can choose between AUDIO HD and AC97.

AUDIO HD is ENABELED In my bios.
The AUDIO HD switch is plugged in the mainboard.

I just got vista and not familiar with it, where can i put my software on 2 speakers?

thx-a-lot.



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October 23, 2007 6:09:13 PM


all info appreciated

looking further... :pt1cable: 

October 23, 2007 7:08:56 PM

also in the control panel> sound> there are 2 modules

1)speakers: soundMAX integrated Digital HD audio> not plugged in. (no matter where i plug in the jack it wont detect it)

2)SPDIF Interface> Working (here i can see audio meter [lights] go when i play music on my system).

I cant plug in the soundMAX integrated Digital HD audio module because the system doesnt detect my jacks.

What can i do?



i'm downloading the Intel driver from, gonna try that out..

http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df-external/Det...

Thx :) 
October 23, 2007 7:25:38 PM

I'm not totally familiar with the "HD" audio - and someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think the HD audio only works with HDMI/audio out video cards like the 2900XT. You would need to use the AC97 for analog output to your speakers.
October 23, 2007 7:43:22 PM

I switched to AC96 but i have the same problem in control panel> sounds...But I cant enable speakers :??: 

The Asus P5K-E comes with an onboard soundcard and software soundMAX, but i still cant configure to speakers (disconected), audio not plugged in), now SPDIF is activated.

still searching...
October 23, 2007 9:33:19 PM

Maybe changing the audio from HD to AC97 would require you to install a new set of drivers - look in the manual to confirm this.

Also, have you checked the volume and everything is turned up to full and not muted. I know that in Vista you no longer get the Mixer that you get in XP but somewhere you must be able to adjust the analog output channel.

Last but not least, have you checked the Front Panel connections on the motherboard? When I was using my nForce audio, I had to short out the front panel jumpers if I wasn't to plug in any front panel audio connections, otherwise none of the rear connections would work unless I the loop was completed, either through plugging in the front panel audio sockets or by shorting the relevant pins with jumpers. Maybe things have advanced a lot from my ancient 2004 board but its worth a shot.

If you are using front panel connections, have you checked that nothing is plugged into these ports, and that these are securely connected to the motherboard. When these ports are used, by habit they usually cut off all the ports at the rear, unless your audio chipset is one of those new Realtek ALC8xx +2 chipsets which support multiple audio streams.

Hope that helps!!
October 24, 2007 6:13:08 AM

thx for the info/help!

I gave up yesterday, it was getting late and i had to get up early.

I'm at work now and when i come home i'm gonna test this route (front panel/jumpers) although I dont think I plugged any front audio panels.

I'll let ya know.

Any other sugesstions/recommendations...?

thx again :) 
October 25, 2007 11:29:30 AM

Problem still NOT solved...can someone plz help me?

Thx :) 
December 1, 2007 10:47:16 PM

I'm going to see if I can help you out here. First of all. In the Bios setting the audio to HD or '97 audio is only for a seperate audio connector such as one that comes on the front of most cases. It has nothing to do with the audio ports on the back.

Have you tried other speakers? It possible that maybe your speakers are bad. (Most likely not, but you never know.) I know on my P5KC when I plug something into one of the ports on the back, the Soundmax software will ask me what I plugged in, if it was in the wrong plug, it will tell me where to move it to. Its kinda hard to see what the computer is registering because in the soundmax software the plug picture just gets a little bigger and bolder looking when you plug something into the port and it is registed.

You DO NOT have to get a 7.1 surround sound setup to use your audio card. The audio port that worked for me was lime green port. It may be in the middle towards the bottom. Its next to the black port.

After plugging in your speaker, go to the soundmax software. You should be able to see a drop down that allows you to select just stereo sound and not 7.1 or HD audio.

If you have any issues, feel free to email me me screen shots of what you are looking at and I can try to help you further.

UTAKA95, you wrote: I'm not totally familiar with the "HD" audio - and someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think the HD audio only works with HDMI/audio out video cards like the 2900XT. You would need to use the AC97 for analog output to your speakers.

Correction: HD Audio has nothing to do with a video card. You just get a better gaming experience if you have a sound card that can do surround sound, just as you get a better movie experience if you buy a surround sound theatre system for your living room. What you are thing of is an HD vido card will allow a user to use a monitor that is HD. The optical out (RF) is used for HD audio.

NabaruN, you wrote: I just got vista and not familiar with it, where can i put my software on 2 speakers?

Answer: Right click on the speaker in the lower right hand corner next to the clock, select playback devices > on the playback tab, select speakers. You can further configure this by clicking on configure. If you click on configure. You can tell you computer that you have stereo speakers and test from there. (Mine of course is set to 7.1)
January 18, 2008 5:50:57 PM

I can confirm a few things for you since I bought exactly the same motherboard as you did, last week, and had exactly the same problem.

I'm running Vista Premium 32-bit as well. My PC was assembled by the vendor and when it came I had the same issue where the speakers were reported as "Not plugged in" and the SPDIF was working. I believe the "Not plugged in" means the motherboard/sound drivers don't recognise the speaker sound hardware (although the audio is integrated with the motherboard it uses seperate sound drivers - which is the soundmax thingee). "Not plugged in" has nothing to do with the jacks being plugged in or not, it means the sound drivers don't recognise the analogue audio hardware.

I re-installed my sound drivers. They come on the CD provided with the motherboard. When the CD autoplays select to install the sound drivers. A wizard comes up and select the Repair option. When I rebooted the speakers were then reported as "Working" instead of "Not plugged in".

I can confirm you can use headphones and 2.1 speakers in the lime green jack at the front and back of the motherboard.


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