I have a SB X-FI Xtreme in my gaming rig, and since my new monitor has a few extra HDMI connectors I would like to setup my PS3 on my desk. When I run the optical out of the PS3 to the optical input on the sound card, I get audio no problem, but only in stereo. If I have the PS3 output 5.1 all I get is a high pitched scream.
I'd love to be able to pipe the PS3 audio through my computer so I can take advantage of my 5.1 hedphones.
I'm sure this is a driver/decoding software issue, but Creative doesn't offer any support on this issue, and there are only options in the control panel for stereo bit/sample rates for the optical SPDIF in.
Dolby Digital and DTS and neither option helped. I tried all the different option for bitrates on teh sound card end and no good either.
More forum searching revealed I'm one of many people who are trying to do this to no avail.
Apparently surround decoding is disabled on toslink inputs.
I read one person who said he got it to work by hacking Windows Media Player to recognize the toslink input as a local stream then having it convert the Dolby Digital for output to 5.1 through AC3, but his info seemed scetchy and completely unverifiable.
Oh well. If anyone else has some good ideas, feel free to let me know!