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Digital sound outof a laptop

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by Big Al, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. Big Al

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    My Advent 7019 claims to be s/pdif compatible, however I am unsure how to use this feature.My only options are to output sound via mini jack connections for line out or head phones.

    Can I use these connections or do I need another piece of kit to link my laptop to my amp?

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    I'm not familiar with the laptop but with the Soundblaster cards you need a mini-jack to female phono converter. It's probably the same for the laptop but it should be covered in the manual.

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    If its the same as my 7046 one of the 2 sound sockets takes a MiniJack optical cable for SPD/IF out. Don't think you can get an electrical digital out on it, just stereo with a 3.5mm jack to phono cable.
     
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    Paul

    Do you mean use a cable suitable for mini disc to optical? If so does this give 5.1 sound?

    I tried electrical via a mini jack to phono adapter but got no sound from my amp & SPD/IF is greyed out in volume manager.

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    Pull up the AC97 control panel and enable SPD/IF output, one of the sockets should be shining red light when its on. You'll also need to enable it in your DVD or other software.

    I'm getting Dolby Digital 5.1 on DVD playback, which is nice. Not much use in the garden though ;)
     
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    Which part of the AC97 control panel?

    I have spdif showing in volume control, but it is greyed out
     
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    My memory is goldfishlike today, I forgot the actual control name climbing the stairs - it may have been called 'Sound Manager' or something similar. Just go through all the obvious control panel sound stuff till you find an SPD/IF tab... its not exactly rocket science!
     
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    Paul,

    I took the plunge and connected an optical lead to the audio out & lo and behold full 5.1 sound from power DVD. Strangly the volume control panel still shows S/Pdif as greyed out.

    Many thanks for your help

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    Big Al
     

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