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    Sound from my PC

    So I have my computer connected to my receiver via an optical lead. However it will only output 2.0 sound. Which would be fine except when playing BF3 etc I would like the full 5.1. It is set as surround in settings etc.

    Any idea why it won't change?

    I also have my computer connected to my receiver via hdmi however I used to only be able to get that to work when I had my tv on (it is also connected to receiver).

    However even that no longer works. I recently bought a home server which I installed XBMC onto and I now use it to play most things (connected to receiver via HDMI also). Since I have set this up the hdmi out from my computer is no longer picked up. Weird I know.

    However as I barely use the computer to play videos on etc anymore I am not too bothered. I would like the optical to output 5.1 though!

    I have been using receivers for a long time and they never work well over hdmi with computer. There is always one problem or another so I am used to it. But getting surround sound from my computer when playing games would be nice.
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    Re: Sound from my PC

    Optical can only support the bandwidth of 2.0 unless you compress it. So you need Dolby DTS or whatever the correct licensed equipment is.

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    Re: Sound from my PC

    AH I thought BF3 came with dolby at which point the optical would just pass it to the receiver and let it do the work. Oh well. THanks
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    Re: Sound from my PC

    Yeh you'd need your sound card to support dolby to do that. A 5.1 Monitor audio system could do with some sound card love!
    As you are using digital you would't need the most expensive stuff anyway. Most of the xfi cards support dolby, I imagine the asus xonar ones do.

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    Re: Sound from my PC

    Quote Originally Posted by krazy_olie View Post
    Yeh you'd need your sound card to support dolby to do that. A 5.1 Monitor audio system could do with some sound card love!
    As you are using digital you would't need the most expensive stuff anyway. Most of the xfi cards support dolby, I imagine the asus xonar ones do.
    From the DS(X) upwards they do.

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