Windows 10: Don't have 5.1 surround configuration in Speaker Setup

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  1. GeoffSB Win User

    Don't have 5.1 surround configuration in Speaker Setup


    Hi! I'm setting up my first studio 5.1 surround system, but can't get Windows 10 to recognize a surround configuration.In the Windows Speaker setup, I only see options for Mono and Stereo.My soundcard is a Motu 828es. In my Motu settings, Monitor A is set to Analog 1-6 5.1 and Drivers are up to date.Any ideas?Thanks!

    :)
     
    GeoffSB, Jun 21, 2022
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  2. thomiel Win User

    Windows with surround 5.1 speaker setup: Subwoofer is dead most of the time

    Hi Brad! I too stumbled upon this article before and also tried the referred link.

    "Note: If you have 5.1 speakers but you are unable to select
    5.1 Surround after clicking the Configure button (option greyed out or not available), the issue is part bug part Microsoft trying to push
    Sonic Surround and Dolby Atmos by forcing users off old technology. The issue has been around ever since Windows 10 launched and Microsoft doesn’t seem keen on fixing it. Instead, the company seems to opt for a planned obsolescence
    when it comes to 5.1 Surround sound. Despite a lot of users complaining that their 5.1 setups have stopped working once they’ve upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8, there’s still no official fix on the horizon."


    This is explicitly not the case. I do have "some" 5.1 support. I just don't have a correct 2.0 to 5.1 upmix with bass management, which I used to have in previous Windows versions.
     
  3. Peer_Sam Win User
    5.1 surround sound not working :/

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    In order to output 5.1 audio from your PC, the sound card of your computer should have the support for it. Not all soundcards can output 5.1 surround signal. However, you can try the following steps and see if it works.



    • Right click on the Volume icon (bottom right corner) and select
      Sounds to open the sound Properties window.
    • Go to the Playback tab and right click on your 5.1 speakers and select Set as Default.
    • Right click on the speaker again and select Configure.
    • In the speaker setup window, select 5.1 surround and click Next.
    • Check all the checkboxes under optional speakers and click Next.
    • Check the checkboxes under Select full-range speakers if applicable and click Next.
    • Click the Finish button once the configuration completes and see if you get the desired output audio signal.


    Regards,

    Peer Samie

    Microsoft Community-Moderator
     
  4. Don't have 5.1 surround configuration in Speaker Setup

    Problem with 5.1 surround sound

    Hello Alison, thank you for your message! My name is Ted and I'm an Independent Adviser.

    The sound card must support the output 5.1 audio from the PC. Follow the steps below to check if your sound card support output 5.1 surround signal.

    1. Locate the Volume icon in the bottom right corner and right click on it

    2. Select Sounds and open the sound Properties window

    3. Move to the Playback tab to right click on the 5.1 speakers, then choose Set as Default

    4. Right click on the speaker again and choose Configure

    5. Select 5.1 surround in the speaker setup window and click on Next

    6. Mark all the checkboxes next to optional speakers, then click on Next

    7. Mark the checkboxes next to Select full-range speakers if applicable and click on Next

    8. Once the configuration completed, click on the Finish and check if you get the desired output audio signal.
     
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