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Createve 5.1 speakers - sound from only two

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March 27, 2010 9:45:42 PM

Hello,
I have:
Creative 5.1 GigaWorks S700 speaker setup
DELL XPS 720 with an Intel Core2 processor Q6600
a DELL Dimension X-Fi PCI Sound Card,
Windows Pro 7 64 bit

I am only getting sound out of the 2 front speakers and the sub woofer. DELL support says they can not help me because I installed Windows 7 myself and they did not supply it but have said it is definitely a driver issue. I've been on the Creative website but I am not sure how to find the correct new driver, or even, to be honest how to install one if indeed that turned out to be the problem.. We have verified that all the hardware is working and the wiring is OK as sound comes out of all the speakers in test mode.

Any help would be appreciated
March 27, 2010 10:12:14 PM

Got a question did you have to wipe the hard drive to use Windows 7? Dell doesn't have Windows 7 drivers for that card and nor does Creative. Dell does have drivers for Vista 32 and 64 bit which should also work for 7.
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March 27, 2010 10:18:53 PM

Mister g,
thank you for the quick reply! my son, who was home from college at the time, installed Win 7 and I don't know if he wiped the HD or not, sorry.

Which drivers do you recommend and how does one install a driver (as you can tell, I am new at this).
Thank you again for helping
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March 27, 2010 10:25:47 PM

You download it off the internet and tell it to run, then follow the directions that show up, and then your done. I beleive I found your sound cards drivers for Windows 7, when you agree and the download box shows up click run, wait for download to complete and follow the onscreen instructions.
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March 27, 2010 10:32:40 PM

great, where do I go to find them and what are they called?
Thank you
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March 27, 2010 10:41:46 PM

go to your audio configuration panel and look at speaker set up, it probably defaulted to 2.1 with the install
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March 27, 2010 10:48:16 PM

yes, it did but no where can I find an option to change it back
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March 27, 2010 10:54:27 PM

control panel / hardware & sound / manage audio devices

click on the "speakers" icon

there should be a tab with "X-Fi" on it, click on it

then click on the settings button



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March 27, 2010 11:03:26 PM

ok, did that, and speakers test out perfectly but no matter what I play (CD, DVD or internet radio) only the 2 front and subwoofer have sound - crazy?
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March 27, 2010 11:10:46 PM

see if there is any other audio software installed

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March 27, 2010 11:52:11 PM

mister g said:
You download it off the internet and tell it to run, then follow the directions that show up, and then your done. I beleive I found your sound cards drivers for Windows 7, when you agree and the download box shows up click run, wait for download to complete and follow the onscreen instructions.

great, where do I go to find them and what are they called?
Thank you
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March 27, 2010 11:53:36 PM

ok, how does one do that
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March 28, 2010 3:57:44 AM

ct1615 said:
see if there is any other audio software installed

How would I find that out?
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March 28, 2010 4:54:19 AM

you would need to look into your programs list

maybe your son installed a Creative Audio Control Panel or a Dell one for the sound card
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March 28, 2010 5:40:50 PM

ct1615 said:
you would need to look into your programs list

maybe your son installed a Creative Audio Control Panel or a Dell one for the sound card


I have installed Creative:
ALchemy
Console Launcher
MediaSource
MediaSource 5
Software AutoUpdate
Sound Blaster Properties x64 Edition
WaveStudio 7

Do you think there is anything missing that I should have or there may be conflicts among the programs I do have?
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March 28, 2010 5:50:17 PM

Console Launcher
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Sound Blaster Properties x64 Edition

could be posing a problem, especially considering you don't have a soundblaster card...on the other hand, you could also potentially use either of those programs to set it to surround sound, and maybe even force surround sound for your music. just copy and paste them into the search box when you open your start bar, run the program, and try to find an option to: a)set the speakers to 5.1 and b)enable CMSS

And FYI, almost all music is just going to play out of your front two speakers and your sub. It's all mixed in stereo, and unless you have something to force surround, it won't.
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March 28, 2010 8:47:26 PM

Your card is an X-FI ExtremeGamer, get the drivers off my link.
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March 28, 2010 9:33:34 PM

mister g said:
Your card is an X-FI ExtremeGamer, get the drivers off my link.

ok, I was on your page but did not see where to DL anything
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March 28, 2010 10:37:03 PM

On the Creative link you have to accept the agreement then proveed to download the file.
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April 8, 2010 1:41:12 AM

Best answer selected by ams228.
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