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How do i separate laptop sounds from tv sounds

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April 11, 2012 7:55:53 PM

IS there a way to separate laptop sounds from tv sounds when Netfix is connected but I want to use laptop in a different window?
April 11, 2012 8:04:27 PM

ummm... What?
April 11, 2012 8:06:37 PM

As above...
How do I separate the sound from the laptop from the sound coming through the tv (I want to watch tv, ie Netflix, but ALSO use my laptop but don't want the sounds of my laptop coming through the tv whilst I'm trying to watch a film via streaming of Netflix.
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April 11, 2012 8:14:25 PM

He wants to send the audio from the browser window to the TV (I assume via HDMI out?) speakers and send all other system audio to the laptops speakers/line out.

In theory you would set the default Windows to system out. And then send the Netflix browser session to HDMI. I am not sure this is possible. Targeted audio is controlled within the application and I do not think IE provides this.

A Windows article for reference:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/da-DK/w7itpr...
a b D Laptop
a b x TV
April 11, 2012 8:25:47 PM

If HDMI sound is a different card(like in my case i have ATI HDMI and Creative Xfi) then YES you can assign on to just a different program as long as the software supports it.

This issue comes that a program has to be able to choose what sound card it wants to use.

In this setup, i have SPDIF(digital, just like HDMI, in fact part of the HDMI standard) playing all computer sounds, but Winamp playing over analog speakers.


As said, your software or at least some of it has to be able to direct sound to what output it wants to use.

So lets say you are using netflix(uses default audio device), and can not change that, do your other programs have the ability to remap(many games support this, but i am not sure if a web browser does.)?
April 11, 2012 9:12:48 PM

I hate to admit it but I haven't a clue about these things!
a b D Laptop
a b x TV
April 11, 2012 9:23:07 PM

What are you trying to route to your laptop speakers? Everything or just on program.
April 11, 2012 9:46:26 PM

I just want to be able to watch a film streamed from Netfix to my tv WITHOUT any sounds from the laptop running over the film via the tv
a b D Laptop
a b x TV
April 12, 2012 12:08:32 AM

As it is right now, I know of no way to make netflix(silverlight) play on a different sound card. Without that, i see no easy way to set that up.
April 12, 2012 12:26:13 AM

nukemaster said:
As it is right now, I know of no way to make netflix(silverlight) play on a different sound card. Without that, i see no easy way to set that up.


Correct, +1. Silverlight, Flash, Internet browsers. None that I know of leverage audio APIs (stream routing) to allow for sending audio to a specific device. I believe this will be made easier to implement in Windows 8, though. So we might see more of it in the future.
April 12, 2012 2:44:26 AM

why not just go into the sound option in control panel and disable all the system sounds? there is not a preset for it but you could make one
a b D Laptop
a b x TV
April 12, 2012 5:43:24 AM

po1nted said:
Correct, +1. Silverlight, Flash, Internet browsers. None that I know of leverage audio APIs (stream routing) to allow for sending audio to a specific device. I believe this will be made easier to implement in Windows 8, though. So we might see more of it in the future.

Ohh how I hope so.

Vista made a huge jump in sound abilities with each program having its own volume. and maybe(win8) will not have ALC(Auto level control) even with it off

This is only a problem with 2 or more sounds playing at once. Sounds will drop the volume on others so games(some games, SC2 seems to do it allot) + music = music fading in and out when loud game sounds play(with an Open AL plugin for my music player to bypass windows and let my sound card play the audio, this does not happen).
April 12, 2012 6:44:25 PM

Help needed again :-/ Having messed around with different sound options last night, I am not confused as to why the netflix sound is coming through the laptop speakers instead of the tv. I'm sure it's a simple thing to fix but as I'm not great at these things, your help would be appreciated again! Thanks folks.
April 12, 2012 6:52:13 PM

no worries :)  think you just need to enable the playback device as your tv. Right click the speaker icon in your system tray and go from there.
April 12, 2012 7:00:37 PM

Thanks. (I'm hopeless!) lol :) 
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