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Thread: FAQ: How Do I Get 5.1 Audio From My M10000 Onboard Audio?

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    Question music via magic5.1 setup (without center channel)

    Great writeup. I pretty much did what you said but on my own since i just found this post. Took me hours and hours. The only thing I did not realize is that you only use one side of the output for the sub. That explains some stuff. Via Centrafuse Front end and even if I faded the sub out if stilll played loud. My sub amp is bridged to a single woofer so even if I cut the sub it was still playing from the center channel input. Your info is great!

    My question is.

    What is the downside to playing music via this magic 5.1 setup. Do the front and rear channels still get full frequency range or is is some kind of emulated surround sound? Hope this question makes some sense! I dont watch DVD's in the car very often...

    thanks John

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    I've only done this on an SP13000 and I'm now trying it on a EN15000. Both the SP and EN have the same type of screens. Now, the only difference that I see from the instructions and the actual screen on these motherboards is the below:



    There is no Front Speaker option on this step and no 5.1, it only has the Master Volume with no 5.1 option.

    Even so, I managed to get my SP13000 working after hours of playing around with it. What I found is this:

    The amp that I was using is a 2/4 channel amp with a selector switch. When the switch was set to 4 channel, only two speakers would work. When set the switch to 2 channel, all the speakers would work.

    Now, I'm working on my friend's setup that the amp is a 2/3/4 channel. This amp does not have a selector switch and I'm having the issue that sound is only coming out of two speakers. How will I set the amp for 2 channel to see if that works? Would I have to use only two RCA outputs from the amp and use a Y adapter?

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    Ok, I just spoke with my friend who own a stereo shop and I now understand what could be happening. My previous install had an amp that had a selector switch with 2/4 channel. All speakers worked at the 2 channel option but only two speakers worked with the 4 channel option. This means that the rear speaker output on the computer was not function. All speakers worked with the 2 channel option becasue the amp would just use the one imput and split it to all 4 speakers.

    Now, with my current amp the same thing is happening and in order to achieve the output to 4 speakers I will have to split the output from the computer into 4 channels in order for it to work.

    Now, I wonder if this is what is going with the other setups that are not working until you switch settings on the amps. You might think that all ouputs on the computer are working but in reality only one output is working and the amp is splitting that one output into the 4 speakers. Hmmm.

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    Ok, I just tested another mb and it worked fine. This was with an MII motherboard. Can the driver provided on the first post work with all other motherboards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerx9146 View Post
    Great writeup. I pretty much did what you said but on my own since i just found this post. Took me hours and hours. The only thing I did not realize is that you only use one side of the output for the sub. That explains some stuff. Via Centrafuse Front end and even if I faded the sub out if stilll played loud. My sub amp is bridged to a single woofer so even if I cut the sub it was still playing from the center channel input. Your info is great!

    My question is.

    What is the downside to playing music via this magic 5.1 setup. Do the front and rear channels still get full frequency range or is is some kind of emulated surround sound? Hope this question makes some sense! I dont watch DVD's in the car very often...

    thanks John
    Thanks! I don't think there is a downside at all, however 99% of the time there will be software conversion done to bring media from 2 channels to 4, or 4 channels to 2. All music that I know if is recorded in 2 channel so no matter what kind of system you have, it's still 2 channels. Most systems will use software to convert it into 5 channels or more but it's still only recorded in 2 channels. Or vice versa, if you manage to find media like a DVD that's recorded in 5 channels, play it on the computer and get the drivers working properly to output all 5 channels, run all separate wires, into a 5 channel amp and then out to the corresponding speakers, only then you'll have all 5 true channels. Otherwise it's going to get converted somewhere to 2 channel. So basically what I'm saying is that it's 2 channel anyway so don't worry about it. Just get a 4 channel amp that'll split the sound up for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salvi View Post
    I've only done this on an SP13000 and I'm now trying it on a EN15000. Both the SP and EN have the same type of screens. Now, the only difference that I see from the instructions and the actual screen on these motherboards is the below:



    There is no Front Speaker option on this step and no 5.1, it only has the Master Volume with no 5.1 option.

    Even so, I managed to get my SP13000 working after hours of playing around with it. What I found is this:

    The amp that I was using is a 2/4 channel amp with a selector switch. When the switch was set to 4 channel, only two speakers would work. When set the switch to 2 channel, all the speakers would work.

    Now, I'm working on my friend's setup that the amp is a 2/3/4 channel. This amp does not have a selector switch and I'm having the issue that sound is only coming out of two speakers. How will I set the amp for 2 channel to see if that works? Would I have to use only two RCA outputs from the amp and use a Y adapter?
    You could do that but make sure you're splitting left/right instead of front/rear. However you should be able to get the same option, just go to the website for the motherboard that you purchased and download the drivers from there. Load them and then go into your sound options to see if you can enable any sort of Magic5.1 or any 5.1 at all. The drivers for my motherboard that I posted in this thread will not work for yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salvi View Post
    Ok, I just spoke with my friend who own a stereo shop and I now understand what could be happening. My previous install had an amp that had a selector switch with 2/4 channel. All speakers worked at the 2 channel option but only two speakers worked with the 4 channel option. This means that the rear speaker output on the computer was not function. All speakers worked with the 2 channel option becasue the amp would just use the one imput and split it to all 4 speakers.

    Now, with my current amp the same thing is happening and in order to achieve the output to 4 speakers I will have to split the output from the computer into 4 channels in order for it to work.

    Now, I wonder if this is what is going with the other setups that are not working until you switch settings on the amps. You might think that all ouputs on the computer are working but in reality only one output is working and the amp is splitting that one output into the 4 speakers. Hmmm.
    Find yourself some headphones and plug them into the line out port on the motherboard, are you getting sound? Good, they're working. Now remove them and plug them into the line in port on the motherboard, are you still getting sound? I bet not. If this is the case, this means your motherboard is only outputting 2 channels of sound so that's all that's getting to your amplifier. And when you switch your amplifier to 4 channel, it's simply taking those 2 channels and splitting them to 4 speakers. So forget all about your wiring and your amp, you need to focus on getting your line in jack on your motherboard to output another 2 channels of sound. To do this, you need do download the latest drivers from their website like I said and play with the software. The only way I can help you is if you post screenshots while you're doing it since I don't have the hardware to test it.
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    I will post screen shots and use headphones to test it. I downloaded the most current drivers from the site but still nothing.

    I tried the same procedures with an MII1000 mb and it's working fine since I'm getting audio from all jacks on the mb. thanks for he help.

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    Just to make sure, these should be the drivers that I should be using for the EN15000 mb correct?

    http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx...0&SubCatID=104

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    Found this thread on Via Arena in regards to the issue.

    http://forums.viaarena.com/messagevi...5000+AND+vinyl

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