5.1 Surround Sound Help

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ace73, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. ace73 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    Hi, I have a creative 5.1 speaker set up and just recently found my old sound blaster external card from my PC from years ago. I went on the creative website to try and download drivers for it and their weren't any (surprise, surprise). So i've been trying to figure out how to use my speaker setup so i can watch movies from iTunes in 5.1 surround sound.

    When i plug in the card through USB the sound tab in the system preferences reads it as the SB Live! card (which it is). Then when i go to the Audio MIDI Setup, it also reads the card and the speakers i have connected to it. When i go the configure speakers tab, it shows them and all when i click on them to test them, it shoots out noise through each speaker. But when i go back to iTunes and enable surround sound in a movie, nothing happens. Is there something i'm doing wrong? is there any software i can download so i can use my speakers?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    In Audion Midi Setup, in the window that, click the gear in the lower left of the box and choose Configure Speakers, in the upper right try to choose 5.1. Surround. I can't do it on mine because I use AirPlay to play my music to my home theater but if you're directly connected with a toslink connector to your speakers it should work I believe.

    Also try the suggestion in this Macworld article:


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