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Audigy 2 ZS Platinum & 5.1 Surround

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by LiquidTV, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. LiquidTV

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    Guys,
    Before I am shot down in flames, I know there have been numerous previous threads about 5.1 surround sound which suffice to say I have read. But some of the content is confusing. Therefore can anyone answer a few questions.

    Firstly, is at all possible to receive 5.1 surround in PC games such as Far Cry & if so is this in digital or analogue. The reason I ask is that I have attached an optical out from the front of my Audigy 2 ZS Platinum soundcard panel to my Logitech 5.1 surround, but it is produced in Dolby Pro logic. If it was 5.1 the amp would recognise this & shows up in the display panel. Don't get me wrong the sound is superb from all 6 speakers, but am curious if I can further improve the sound in true 5.1.

    Secondly, I have also linked up the three leads for 6 channel sound. Again, is this actually 5.1??

    Thirdly when I carry out the sound tests on the THX console using the digital output (i.e. The optical out to the logitech amp), sound is only prodcued from the two front speakers. The only way I can all six speakers to produce sound during this test is via the Six channel inputs.
     
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    I was in a similar confusion. Most of your answers may be found here.

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/show...page=20&highlight=audigy or plug&pagenumber=1
     
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    Thanks buddy, a really informative thead. Has anybody had any issues with this sound card?? I am unable to use musicmatch jukebox which produces an error message of "waveout not supported". Also windows XP does not play system sounds. When I try to play the sound from Control Panel--->Sound & Audio--->Sounds, I am unable to click/play the sound file which appears next to browse.
     
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    5.1 in games is analogue unless you use a Soundstorm enabled motherboard which will then encode in Dolby Digital on the fly.

    So in the case of your Audigy it was outptting PCM. The Logitech, as any amp tries to do in AUTO, used the Prologic algorithm to try and turn it into surround.
     
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    Problem solved!!!

    It seems that for some reason either the soundcard or XP2 prevented these
    audio codecs being loaded. As a result, this has both resolved the Windows &
    Musicmatch issues. I have included the actions I carried out in case anyone has similar problems.

    If you have Windows XP:

    1.. Choose Start>Control Panel and double click Add hardware, then click
    Next.
    2.. Click Yes, I have already connected the hardware and click Next.
    3.. Select Audio Codecs in the list of installed hardware.
    4.. If you did not have previously any audio codecs installed in the
    system, you should select Audio Codecs in the list of devices and click
    Next. This should install support for the needed sound compression schemes.
    Stop following this procedure at this point.
    On the other hand, if you do have support for some audio codecs it is
    likely that you need to go on with the procedure below.
    5.. Choose Add a new hardware device at the bottom of the list and click
    Next.
    6.. Click Install the hardware that I manually select from a list
    (Advanced), and click Next.
    7.. Select Sound, video and game controllers and click Next.
    8.. Select (Standard system devices) and click Have Disk.
    9.. Click Browse in the Install From Disk dialog box and open the folder
    C:\Windows\System32.
    10.. You should see here mmdriver.inf. Select it and click Open.
    11.. Click OK in the Install From Disk dialog box.
    12.. If you see a warning about logo compatibility, just click Continue
    Anyway.
    13.. Now you should finally see a list of audio codecs. Amongst the other
    items, you should find Microsoft ADPCM Audio Codec, IMA ADPCM Audio Codec
    and Microsoft Audio Compression Manager. You need to install them one by one
    so select either of these and click Next. This should re-install the codec
    (you may need your Windows XP CD and might need to restart the computer
    before the codec works). Repeat the procedure for each codec.
     

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