Realtek High Definition Audio Driver

  Dioxynucleic 13:28 21 Aug 2007


Recently installed the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver (v. R1.73) on my machine, but hit a problem when I went to set up a 5.1 speaker system.

As every schoolboy knows, a 5.1 speaker system is made up of two front and rear speakers, together with a centre speaker and subwoofer. However, the Realtek Audio Manager setup has two side, rather than rear speakers, and there's no way the back speakers can be activated under this set-up.

Is this some kind of snafu on Realtek's part, or am I missing something here?

(It is possible to get round this problem using the 7.1 speaker setup and simply unticking/deactivating the side speakers, but I worry that this might lead to issues when playing back some media).

  Technotiger 14:10 21 Aug 2007

Looks as if it is a Realtek driver problem, from what I can see it would appear that the newer driver is not as good (fewer options) as the old drivers.

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  Fingees 14:15 21 Aug 2007

I don;t use 5.1, but on mine, if I go to control panel
realtek high definition manager
I can select 5.1, and it shows picture of speakers, and placement, together with plan of output jacks.

All looks as I would expect, with front speakers, sub woofer, and rear speakers.

  malgall 15:17 21 Aug 2007

i have 5.1 and i have set it up on more than one computer i have seen software some call them two rear others list them as side in the end its the same set thing

  Stuartli 15:38 21 Aug 2007

I have the straightforward Realtek onboard sound and the Sounds Manager configuration includes the facility to select the correct input/output panel layout, along with six channel (i.e. 5.1) configuration.

  Dioxynucleic 16:03 21 Aug 2007

When I selected the 5.1 configuration and came to test the speakers, the side speakers, which I don't have, sounded faintly through the sub-woofer!

There is simply no option to activate the rear speakers. They remain stubbornly greyed out. They don't appear at all on the graphic: what you see are two front and side speakers, a centre speaker and the sub-woofer.

The speakers are plugged into the correct sockets. The 5.1 configuration works perfectly on the default Microsoft driver and on my external Creative Audigy s/card --- which, unfortunately, had other issues.

It's a bit of a drag because the Realtek driver provides better sound quality than the Microsoft one.

I may go with the 7.1 configuration, sans side speakers, but that may create problems with some sound sources.

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