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    Brodie
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    Default Surround sound not working in Windows 8 Release Preview

    Hey,

    I have hooked up an external surround sound card from Sandberg audio. The sound card is connected to a 5.1 surround sound system.
    When I go to settings and sound settings on my computer, the audio device is set up to run 5.1 surround. When i test each individual speaker i get a clear signal from each and every one.

    However, if I play any sound from anywhere else, even windows warning sounds, music from spotify or VLC media player, all i get is 2.1 channel sound - which frankly is horrible for watching movies

    What do I do?

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    Default Re: Surround sound not working in Windows 8 Release Preview

    Most likely a driver problem. Check to see if there are any Win 8 specific drivers for your sound card.

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    Default Re: Surround sound not working in Windows 8 Release Preview

    Hi Brodie,

    Welcome to Windows 8 Forums.

    You may refer to the manufacturer website to see if it has a built-in sound options settings on its receiver to toggle, or if the sound card has any proprietary software that will enable modification to whatever sound source it is playing, such as Dolby Pro Logic, to change the stereo channel into a simulated surround sound.

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    gillorien
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    Default Re: Surround sound not working in Windows 8 Release Preview

    I am having exactly the same problem.
    The card and drivers obviously DO work because when tested something is played from each speaker but for some reason applications are not passing on the sound - this to me indicates that it isn't a driver problem but something in Windows. I have downloaded the latest windows 8 drivers from Real tech. Why does windows ALWAYS do this? Windows 8 is supposed to be an improvement but every time a new version is released stuff doesn't work! When the test was performed it NEVER said that my real tech card wouldn't work. Bad form!

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    BrandonW
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    Default Re: Surround sound not working in Windows 8 Release Preview

    I have tried to use my soundblaster usb surround sound and it simply says that my device doesn't support the 5.1. Which is it's sole purpose. It will only play in stereo... So terrible.

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