I have the aforementioned speakers which came as part of my PC package. The problem I have is that only the front speakers actually work. I have been told be a friend that I need to go into the Control Panel, and under Sound and Audio Devices and under the Volume tab and Advanced change the speakers to 5.1 surround. I have done this but still no joy. What else do I need to do to get my rear speakers working?
This question arose last year as well. The reason you do not get sound from the center and rear is because the sound track you are listening to must be encoded in Dolby Surround or Dolby Digital for these speakers to work. If you are just listening to a stereo source then there will be nothing from these speakers. Hope this helps. Cheers
You only get the 5.1 effect if your sound source is encoded to produce it. A 2 channel stereo sound will remain just that - 2 channel stereo.
If you have a DVD ROM installed, go to your local video hire shop and hire something like The Matrix or Bladerunner on DVD and try that. I only suggest these films as they have very extreme multichannel sound effects - there are plenty of others you could test your system with though.
Somewhere on the windows media player site, there are a couple of sound files which will check for you. They say front right, from the front right speaker, front center from the front centre and so. I will have a search and post details if I can find it.