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Old 03-25-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
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Question Trying to enable surround (5.1)sound with a sounblaster live 24 bit card

Hallo everyone.
I am trying to enable surround (5.1) sound from my soundblaster live 24 bit 7.1 onboard soundcard i have in my computer.
So far, all i get when using a dvd with 5.1 audio, is th front speakers only.
However, when configuring the alsa output pugin in xmms preferences, i see 4 audio devices.CA0106:CA0106 (hw:0,0)to CA0106:CA0106 (hw:0,3).
the one used by default is (hw:0,0), which gives sound to the front speakers.
With (hw:0,1) i can hear the music from the rear speakers,(hw:0,2) from the central speaker, and using (hw:0,3) i hear the music played by xmms from the front speakers once more, only this time the sound is very low (i don't know weather the subwoofer was supposed to play the soud but it doesn't due to the fact that i was playing an mp3).
Anyway, the thing is that from what i see i could get 5.1, but obviously there is something i sould do that i haven't yet figured out.
selection of sourround 5.1 speakers in xine while playing 5.1 audio dvds still gives output only to the 2 front.
I have suse 10, have the card installed with yast, where i get that there are no options to edit for this module (snd-ca0106), and in the volume sections i have channels: Analog Center/LFE, Analog Front (which are Master Volume), and Analog Rear, Side, Capture Feedback into playback, and 4 SPDIF.
All analogue channels are set to 95% volume.
I have alsa 1.0.10-0, and my kernel is 2.6.13-15.8.
sorry if my post was too long or tiring. If anyone has any idea on how to enable 5.1 sound, i would be very thankful if they gave a hint...

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Old 03-25-2006, 12:56 PM   #2
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Open a terminal and type in

alsamixer -V all

Scroll from right to left and try adjusting the settings on different things to see if sound starts coming from the back.
Old 03-25-2006, 04:21 PM   #3
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nothing. telling xine to use 5.1 surround, i get that device is busy. i only get output using stereo.the same goes with crashes, unless i use stereo.however, as with xmms, in mplayer i can choose a device (hw:0,0-0,2)to output the sound.i suspect that making s suitable .asounrc file could solve the problem, and not only make me able to watch movies in 5.1, but also able to listen to music from all speakers simultaneously...


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