This mb has only 3 channel (mic in, line in and sound out I think ). I have a 5.1 surround speaker (or speakers because there are 5 + woofer) and when IN WINDOWS XP I connect the plugs, even when there are only 3 channels, the utility let me change for example, mic in to rear speakers (so I can use 5.1 speakers with this mb)
the problem is that in win 7, when I download the latest drivers, they are only the drivers, there is no utility (hd audio utility from realtek) so it recognizes only 3 channels, and with mic in, lin etc, so I cant use 5.1 and when I enter in the config, the option 5.1 or surround or etc are grayed out
in resume, my problem is:
Having only 3 channels of audio, in WIN XP I can use these channels for 5.1 (loosing mic etc because via the utility u can change the function of each plug conector in the mb) but in win 7 the utility does not exist (when I download the latest driver only the driver is downloaded) and then I cant even choose in options the 5.1 sound (because it does not let change mic for front etc)
bloody realtek. I had the same prob with one of my home PCs. They still haven't updated most of their drivers to work with Win 7 yet. I don't have Win 7 in front of me at the mo so I can't tell you but I know it is possible to change the default jack setting. In fact I think Realtek didnt update their drivers because it is possible to change the function of the Mic/Line in and Line Out jacks. Keep fiddling with your sound settings and maybe the sound card setting on Control Panel - System- Device Manager, you might find something there.
thats the driver I was using, and no, the 5.1 option still cannot be selected
(2.43 driver version from realtek page) it install, ask for a restart, but then, the aplication to change the settings of the jacks is not there, and in (right click, sound settings, etc) I cant select 5.1