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  • 6 channel Motherboard, but where?

    I got this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...D=3818627&SID=

    So I was hoping to do the 5.1 setup here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advf...iew&advfaqid=7

    with a sub and 4 speakers, but not sure where all the outputs are I looked for an adapter that plugs into the motherboard thinking maybe that was how you get 6 channels, but it didn't come with one.

    Is it just that the chip supports it, but they didn't build it into the board? if so that sucks, cause I will have to get a usb sound card or something and you know how usb ports are (you start running out of them). If this is the case anyone have any suggestions.

    Any info about this would be awesome!
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  • #2
    Ok I didn't go research this but I'm just going to throw a few things out there for you to check.

    1. This pictures are kinda small on newegg but maybe one of those brackets that comes with it has a plug that goes to a header on the MB and it gets its 6-channel out put through a digital output which then would require a processor to divide it up to you amps

    2. Maybe one of the headers on the board offers you the extra outputs

    3. Possibly look into the included software for the onboard sound. You may be able to change the functions of the existing ports on the board. Obviously then to achieve the outputs you want you would need all 3 of them thus losing an inputs (if that's the case then look for another audio header on the board and that may offer the missing inputs then)

    Hope these thoughts can point you in the right direction. Or I could just be completely wrong, if so someone please correct me.

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    • #3
      I believe there is a means of telling the motherboard that how to use the audio ports.
      Basically, instead of having audio out, mic & line in, the three jacks would be Front L/R, Rear L/R and SUB/Center.
      Look in the audio control panel after you get the drivers loaded. I think that's where you change the functionality.
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?



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      • #4
        Yeah I looked at all the included stuff again and there was nothing to connect to connect to the board (unless I have to buy it through the company). There is a spot to connect another in and am using that (although I have heard the voomPC front gets feedback from the power supply so I may need to figure something else out).

        Interesting point about re-routing the audio ports, that may be the way to do it. I will have to check when I finally get to fire the thing up.

        Oh and here is the site on the board with a manual and whatnot: http://www.jetwaycomputer.com/J7F5M.html

        I looked at the manual and they clearly label the ports line out, line in, and microphone, and I don't see anything about re-routing it, but who knows. won't know until I start it up and check the bios and the software.

        Thank you both for your feedback!

        Also if this doesn't pan out any USB sound card suggestions? They all seem to use the CPU for the sound processing and that worries me on such a low power chip.
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        • #5
          ok... the 3 1/8" jacks on the back of the board... green = front left and right blue = rear left and right, and red = center and sub. you have to go into your audio set up and configure it as 5.1 before it will operate as such.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by crimpdaddy View Post
            ok... the 3 1/8" jacks on the back of the board... green = front left and right blue = rear left and right, and red = center and sub. you have to go into your audio set up and configure it as 5.1 before it will operate as such.
            Yep exactly. This is how i got my D945GCLF2 to output 6 channels

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            • #7
              Ok so I have my carPC installed now and running, but I couldn't seem to find any settings for changing what the ports do in the bios. The only thing I could find, which I didn't relize had to do with audio until reading the manual, is:
              Azalia HDA Controller
              This item allows you to decide to enable/disable the chipset family to support Azalia HD
              Audio. The settings are: Enabled, Disabled, Auto.
              Also in the manual I found:
              The motherboard series also have an integrated 6-channel High Definition Audio Codec on board which is
              fully compatible with Sound Blaster ProŽ that offers you with home cinema quality and absolutely
              software compatibility.
              Which makes me think if you have a Sound Blaster Pro card then it will use the chip. They don't mention USB or PCI so not sure if both do or what specific card. It seems the only one I can find with that exact name is an older PCI card.

              May be out of luck without trying to install a card which there is little to no space to do. Oh well guess I will go with 2 channel for now. May have to get a new board some time later when I upgrade the system. I am sure there will be pc's with lower power usage that are a bit more powerful and have full 6 channel support with the connectors on board.

              Or possibly something like: http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...ctCode=CCC-206
              or changing out for a board like:
              http://store.mp3car.com/product_p/mtb-060.htm
              when I want to put more money into it.

              Either way doesn't look like I can do it with what I got, feel free to post any suggestions or info though if you got it. I can test stuff out now, since I have it all installed and powered.
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              • #8
                The BIOS is not where you wanted to look. Did you install XP on this thing?

                XP most likely had the audio driver built in, however, this is not the full feature driver.

                Find the board on the manufacturer's website and download the full audio drivers from there. This will most definitely install an audio utility somewhere and that is where you do the configuring.
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                • #9
                  It should also be noted that you probably don't even want to do 5.1 channel sound.

                  I bet most of the audio files you are playing are simple 2 channel audio files. Without special configuration, these are only going to play through the two front speakers.
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                  • #10
                    Yeah most music is in stereo that is why I am not super worried about it. Actually I installed windows 7 32 bit I was going back an fourth on weather or not to install xp or win7. The CD it came with has software on it for 7 and vista for audio, but I don't have a dvd or cd drive so I have been copying most stuff to a USB stick and for some reason the cd is messed up and won't copy the audio driver files/software. I tried http://www.jetwaycomputer.com/J7F5M.html but the links (only for xp) seem to be broken. I found: http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/ipcboard...F5M1G5D-VDE-LF

                    and will try that out next, but I think they looked like just drivers. I think I was able to update the drivers based on what I could copy from the cd though, don't remember if it was audio or not.

                    I will let you know what ends up happening. Looks like most of the software they have is for xp, but sometimes it works still.
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