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Onboard 5.1 driver & Graphic Card's 7.1

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March 14, 2011 9:01:46 PM

I am having a hard time configuring an AOpen AX4SPE-N socket 478 Pentium 4 using onboard sound hardware with Realtek AC97 drivers and my ATI Radeon HD4670 AGP graphics card that comes with ATI HD Audio drivers. The Realtek AC97 is good for up to 5.1 surround and the ATI drivers are 7.1 surround. The HDMI connection doesn't seem to work so I am using DVI. Can I download and use a newer 7.1 surround Realtek driver on this motherboard?
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March 15, 2011 2:49:06 AM

Of course not it won't work.
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March 15, 2011 3:14:32 AM

Would the HDMI signal from the videocard deliver the 7.1 surround sound (if I could get it to work)?

For that matter would getting a soundcard also do the trick?
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March 15, 2011 10:45:10 AM

Timoteus said:
Would the HDMI signal from the videocard deliver the 7.1 surround sound (if I could get it to work)?

For that matter would getting a soundcard also do the trick?

What are you trying to output to?
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March 15, 2011 11:01:41 AM

A Samsung LCD display that has HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs and can output 7.1 surround sound.
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March 15, 2011 11:15:56 AM

Timoteus said:
A Samsung LCD display that has HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs and can output 7.1 surround sound.

A HDMI out from your gpu to monitor will work.
Otherwise you need a DVI to HDMI adapter for your gpu.
DVI will not carry audio signals.
Personally i recommend soundcards because they are superior to onboard sound.
You don't have to spend alot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
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March 15, 2011 3:14:09 PM

Okay. I will first buy another HDMI cord to troubleshoot the HDMI and if that doesn't work I will get an inexpensive (no-frills) soundcard from Newegg. Thank you very much for your insight and recommendations!!
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March 16, 2011 8:09:21 PM

Replacing the HDMI cord did the trick! Thanks again for your help Davcon!
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March 16, 2011 8:09:45 PM

Best answer selected by Timoteus.
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