Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Audio

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11 (permalink)  
Old August 7, 2009, 12:55 PM
chrisk's Avatar
Folding Captain
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: GTA, Ontario
Posts: 7,604
Default

I used Realtek audio on Vista and had 5.1 surround using the default driver (there was popping if I went to the upper or lower volume ranges, but mid worked fine, so I just used the physical speaker volume control).
__________________
Fold for team #54196
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old August 7, 2009, 02:06 PM
geokilla's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 3,770

My System Specs

Default

I wasn't getting proper surround sound in the first place because Microsoft removed DirectSound and the Creative X-Fi MB expired. Using it like this is the only method left to get good sound from my surround speakers.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old November 12, 2009, 07:49 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2
Default

After a week searching for a definitive solution, just like most everyone, I was forced to give up trying to find a way to make Windows 7 send music to all speakers with same quality. And since I'm not willing to pay $30 for Creative software, I guess I'll have to wait for Realtek to provide a solution, as its 3DSoundBack, which is supposed to do the same as Creative's ALchemy, did not solve the problem either.

The only workaround I've found was in this post:
Realtek HD Changing Jack output reassignments ( FIX ) - Windows 7 Forums
Neilsouth explains how to change Realtek output assignments through the registry:

Quote:
Mappings are saved in the following location "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contr ol\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000\Settings\DevType_0888_SS147b108 3 or ending in DevType_0885_SS18490890

"Pin00" = Rear Green-Coded "FR FL" jack
"Pin01" = Rear black-coded "RR RL" jack
"Pin02" = Center/Subwoofer
"Pin04" = Mic-In

"01 00 00 00" = Mic-in
"02 00 00 00" = headphones
"04 00 00 00" = Front speakers
"05 00 00 00" = Rear speakers
"06 00 00 00" = Center/subwoofer
"07 00 00 00" = Side speakers

Example if i want "Pin01" = rear black-coded "RR RL" jack to be front speakers all i have to do is Pin01 - 04 00 00 00.
In addition to his post, I found that in my PC these settings were in a different key (I suppose it's because of the driver version), so you might want to go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contr ol\Class\" in regedit and do a Ctrl+F for "DevType_" and find the correct key for your version.
Also, in my version (R236) the "Pin01" controls only the rear speakers, and the "Pin03" controls the side ones. The "Pin02" was not present, but I add it and worked fine.

I set all output jacks to "Front speakers", this way I managed to get good quality sound from every speaker. The bad thing about it is when you want to play games with real surround sound, for all speakers would just play the same thing. My solution was to export 2 registry keys, one with the original configuration, and one with all jacks set to front ( or what suits you best), then just click the .reg files to switch between "real" and "fake" surround. To avoid having to restart the system every time for the changes to take effect, follow these steps:

1) Close every app which may be using the audio device (such as media players).
2) Apply the desired .reg file.
3) Go to Device Manager, select "Sound, video and game controllers". Right-click on the Realtek device and select "Disable" (if no app is using the sound you should not be prompted with the restart message).
4) Right-click it again and select "Enable".

That's all. I hope I could help some of the troubled people like me. I searched day and night everywhere and I was getting sick of this. At least now I have an alternative to this issue.

So long.
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old November 24, 2009, 08:18 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2
Default

I've found a solution!!!

It seems I was wrong about 3D SoundBack! It really does the job! I thought it didn't work because when I clicked it nothing happened. Only after searching through a few sites again I saw a screenshot of it running and realized it was designed to Windows Vista, so all I had to do was run it in compatibilty mode for Windows Vista Service Pack 2, add the applications and voila! I got surround sound again without registry tweaks!

http://i50.tinypic.com/2eulyt4.jpg

Download 3D SoundBack Beta 0.1 from Realtek Website

I've tested it with some programs, it worked with Winamp, MediaMonkey, BSPlayer and PowerDVD. Couldn't get it to work with Windows MediaPlayer though... The software is designed for games foremost, so it should work with them as well. There's just one problem when running MediaMonkey: in my PC it will crash if I have QuickTime installed, haven't figured out why.

I'd like to know if anyone has a solution for the QuickTime issue or gets WMP to work as well.

Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old November 29, 2009, 10:22 PM
geokilla's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 3,770

My System Specs

Default

Should've updated this when I found the solution like 3 months ago.

Basically, I installed 3D Soundback and modded Realtek X-Fi drivers. Then I unplugged the rear speakers from the rear I/O panel, but they're still connected to my subwoofer, which handles all the speaker connections and what not. Either way, I get sound from all speakers.
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound System Rocco_360 Audio 7 March 26, 2009 12:54 PM
Windows Server 2008, as my main OS. decivox O/S's, Drivers & General Software 9 March 3, 2009 08:15 AM
Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headphones encorp Peripherals 21 February 19, 2009 08:27 PM
razer ac1 no surround sound cluu1 Audio 5 August 21, 2008 09:08 AM
Tritton Axpc 5.1 Surround Sound Usb Pc Gaming Headphones Babrbarossa Audio 0 June 3, 2007 12:57 PM