5.1 Gaming in boot camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Geosphere, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Geosphere macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2008

    I have been looking about for ages for info on 5.1 gaming in windows xp/vista on a mac pro (2008). But I cant seem to get a yes or no answer? On the apple forum a guy says no it cant be done only dvds yet other people say yes with optic out it works. Or maybe with a pcie soundcard for windows.

    But again no one says yes or no. I would love if some one could tell me yes or no. I will prob buy z5500 speakers anyway to just even use for dvds/my ps3 but would love some 5.1 gaming in bootcamp.


    I really hope some one can help or point me to some more info.

    Thank you
  2. XianPalin macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2006
    From what I can tell, optical still works under XP, but only as a stereo system, not surround 5.1. I'd been looking into it for a while too thinking about the Z5500s but I think I'm gonna save the money and buy a nice 2.1 set.


    Last page of that thread has a few people talking about how the optical works in Windows, but only displays as stereo.

    I think it would work if Apple put out some new drivers, but until then the 5.1 won't work under Windows.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=5039709&postcount=43 for the specific post.
  3. Supaklaw macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    Yes 5.1 works... once you have the realtek sound driver installed, it sees your optical out. What I can't control in Windows that I can control on the Mac side is shutting off the tower's speaker and simply use my external optical speakers... even after selecting digital out, the internal speaker still kicks in.
  4. Geosphere thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2008
    hmm good to know I ordered speakers last night should be here Friday so i can play around with it ;) . Dose the mac have any kind of bios to disable on board speaker? if nto guess you could unplug the speakers unless its built into motherboard...

    :) anyway thanks guys I hope I can get it working.

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