can not get soyo k7v dragon plus on-board sound to

I recently purchased a computer with the Soyo SY-K7V DRAGON Plus! motherboard, AMDXP200, 1gig DDR RAM, 2 60gig hard drives, DVD, CDRW, G-FORCE 3 Ti500 and I'm running Windows XP OS. I also bought a set of Midiland 8200 speakers which come with a digital sound decoder.

My problem is when I change the speaker settings on the software that sets up the sound, to the 5.1 option, the onboard sound card no longer sends a digital signal to the decoder. My decoder automatically picks up a digital signal from it's source if there is one. The software says that SPD/IF out is only available when 2 speaker option is chosen. My decoder reads a digital signal coming in when I set the sound card to 2 speakers. The SOYO boasts 6 channel audio and dolby digital 5.1 sound, but only emits a digital signal when you change the setting to 2 speakers! That means it is only capable of 2 channel digital audio, which is useless to me.

I have tried tech support at the compay I purchased the computer from (CYBERPOWERINC.COM) and they did not have an answer for me, then I, waited on hold for over 45 minutes (sounds like the standard) to reach someone at SOYO in California, spoke to a tech that could only barely speak english, and he told me that someone would get back to me. That was 3 weeks ago. I have also gone to the SOYO site and downloaded all available drivers and updated mine. I made sure the on board sound was enabled in my BIOS.

I know the sound chip is capable of 6 channel digital audio, but it seems the software that SOYO sends with the board, does not enable it. I know it works when I set the speakers to 2, instead of 5.1, because a red beam shoots out of the optical port when I do so.

If anyone has any suggestions for me, I would appreciate it. Is there a different program I can use to enable the 5.1 speaker option? If not, what sound card is the best to go with for sound quality, compatibility with XP and the SOYO, and that has SPD/IF out and optical in/out ports?
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  1. well, maybe that in WinXP, in the sound properties, speakers config is not set correctly. I'm typing that from my some search.

    -Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
  2. Thanks Pat, but I tried that already, and it did not solve my problem. Went into control panel>sounds and audio device properties>speaker settings (advanced)> set it to 5.1 and NO DICE!!!

    Thanks again Pat
  3. And you have set the same in the c-media mixer? Because, I remember now, the c-media mixer is not started automaticly in XP as in 98. So, do a search for mixer and you should find it.

    The icon looks like a mixer slider. Then you should be able to adjust the speaker properties there to use the 5.1 channel.

    If it not works, then I cannot help you more.

    -Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
  4. Thanks again Pat, the c-media mixer is actually the software application that I previously mentioned that I set to 5.1 and did not get a digital signal, The SPDIF out only works when this is set to the 2 speaker option.
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