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Old 12-28-2011, 06:52 PM   #1  
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I just built an HTPC based around a Gigabyte MB with Intel 2500K processor and ATI radeon 6670 vid card with LG blu ray burner/player. Video card has DVI and HDMI out. MB has Intel graphics with DVI and HDMI out. I have a HD HomeRun Prime connected to cable with a cablecard for live TV and my PVR. I want to run a dual monitor setup with 19" monitor set at 1440x900 (DVI) and a Samsung 46" HDTV (HDMI) set at 1920x1080p). I will be using Win 7 MCE. How do I set up my video so I can do work on the PC with the Monitor and run MCE on the HDTV (not simultaneously) as well as set the sound up so it can be switched between the sound out on the MB and the TV (HDMI). If this has been answered before, I apologize. I couldn't find the right post using search. If the post is out there just point me to it.

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Old 12-29-2011, 08:12 AM   #2  
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If you don't want to use the pc and run MCE at the same time, then you just clone the displays. If you want to use MCE and the pc at the same time you run your displays in extended mode which will let you run MCE in the extended space and still work on your pc in the desktop area.

As for sound, you'll have to switch that in your windows controls.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:20 AM   #3  
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Do all video cards with HDMI output have sound output? Mine doesn't seem include soung in the HDMI signal. I have to connect speakers to the motherboard.

Also, regarding the dual-monitors, you just right click the desktop and you can set where you want the start menu, etc.
The monitor where you last closed WMC will be the one where the next lauch would go.
You can either turn off the other monitor, or right-click and select which one you want to use.
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HDMI sound has to be selected in your audio properties (right click on your volume control for go to sounds in control panel). Under audio you need to select the HDMI output.

For the dual monitors, you need to open up Catalyst Control Center and click on display manager. There you can set up extended or clone.
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I don't seem to have that. All I see is headphones, speakers, and SPDIF.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:26 AM   #6  
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I don't seem to have that. All I see is headphones, speakers, and SPDIF.
Where are you looking? Sounds like you are in your audio 3rd party sound manager. You need to be in the windows setting for sound and audio devices. In the tab for audio it will show default devices. Look and see if ATI is listed there.

If not, you may not have installed the ATI HDMI. Look in device manager and see if it's listed under "Sound, video and game controllers". It will be shown as ATI high defintion audio device.

If you can't find it, you need to install it. It is a separate install with some versions of ATI drivers.
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I went to the lower-right "loud-speaker" icon and got to the "Playback Devices" tab on the "Sounds" Window.

"Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Manage Audio Devices" also gets me to the same "Sound" Window.

The only "Audio" I see is "Digital Audio (S/PDIF)".



In Device Manager, I see a "High Definition Audio Device", but there's no "ATI". Is this an ATI Radeon card that you have? Because I have an NVidia GeForce, but I did install the software for it.
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I went to the lower-right "loud-speaker" icon and got to the "Playback Devices" tab on the "Sounds" Window.

"Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Manage Audio Devices" also gets me to the same "Sound" Window.

The only "Audio" I see is "Digital Audio (S/PDIF)".



In Device Manager, I see a "High Definition Audio Device", but there's no "ATI". Is this an ATI Radeon card that you have? Because I have an NVidia GeForce, but I did install the software for it.
The instructions were for ATI. I had you confused with the OP who has an ATI card. I haven't used nVidia for a long time. I believe they attach an spdif cable to the video card for output on HDMI. See if your card has the cable attached to it. There is normally an onboard spdif connector on most motherboards.

Now that it's clear you have an nVidia card, someone else may see this that is more knowledgeable about them and jump in.
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Because I have an NVidia GeForce, but I did install the software for it.
As lsilvest said most, if not all, nVidia cards require a jumper wire from the card to the s/pdif output on the sound card or motherboard if on board sound is used. Sometimes this will be a cable with female pin connectors on each end and sometimes the cable will have female pin connector on one end for the card and a RCA connector on the other end for the s/pdif connection. There is no sound card on the nVidia cards like there is on the ATI card.
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