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Last response: in Home Theatre
September 1, 2009 12:17:54 PM

I am using a Nvidia 8800GT, with a DVI -> HDMI cable to my TV.

There is no sound playing through the TV, do I need to run an audio cable separately or is there a fix for this?

Many thanks,

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a b x TV
September 1, 2009 3:45:44 PM

I don't believe audio over HDMI is available for that card (check with NVidia to make sure). Looking at the product specs pages, I only found HDMI Audio out listed on the GTX275, 285, and 295 cards.

-Wolf sends
a b x TV
September 1, 2009 10:34:04 PM

First of all, DVI does not include any audio, so yes you would need a separate audio line to the TV or else you can buy an expensive DVI+SPDIF to HDMI adapter and then use an ordinary HDMI cable to carry the digital audio + digital video signals to the TV. Personally I use a separate analog stereo audio connection from my laptop to my TV and a DVI-HDMI cable, since my TV has 2 HDMI inputs with extra analog audio inputs. Usually the audio quality doesn't matter much with TV speakers anyway.

Second, I suggest that if you intend to use the TV for video or gaming, you might consider getting a 5:1 or 7:1 home theater audio system with a SPDIF input for connection to your PC. That's what I plan to upgrade to in the near future - IIRC Panasonic & Samsung offer Blu-Ray players with 5 or 7 speakers and a subwoofer, with optical and SPDIF inputs. Of course you could already have a BD drive on your PC, so maybe that would be overkill. The advantage of the HT audio system is that you don't have to boot up the PC to watch a hi-def movie.
September 1, 2009 11:00:00 PM

Thanks both for the replies.

I guess I'll purchase a audio splitter and audio cable then :) .