Routing the power-up "boooing" noise to the external speakers?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by thermodynamic, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Call me crazy, but that cool majestic sound is unworthy of the internal speaker.

    My standard speakers play sound, but I've not gotten the power-up noise to go through them.

    Do I have to use the fiber optic connections to get this sound routed?

    Or is it wired into the main machine's speaker only?
  2. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    This topic reminds me of Wall-E :p I wonder the same thing, my Audioengine A2's are wired to a USB DAC in the the USB port, but the boing is only audible through the internal speakers.
  3. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    Same thing with my '08 Mac Pro. I have external amplified speakers, but the startup "bong" won't play through them like it did in my G5. I tried looking for a setting to change but I couldn't find anything that would make a difference. I haven't tried searching this forum or the web for an answer, though.....I guess it's not THAT important to me. I'm still trying to figure out why the sound in Windows 7 barely works.....I have to crank my amplified speakers all the way up to hear normal volume levels.
  4. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    In Windows, you might want to check the Realtek HD Audio manager (installed with the Bootcamp drivers) and see if the line output level is turned down. This control should be installed in the System Tray and it's separate from the normal Windows volume applet.
  5. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I suspect the reason it only plays through the internal speaker is due to the fact that it's played early in the boot process where no audio drivers have been loaded to allow playback through more sophisticated audio I/O.
  6. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    I don't seem to have that option. Perhaps the problem is I'm using Boot Camp 2.1 that with my 10.5 install disks together with Windows 7 Ultimate. Can I use Boot Camp 3.0 with 10.5, or maybe updating to 2.2 will help? I have complete install 10.6 disks that came with my refurbed 08 Mac Pro, but I'm not sure how to use it to update Boot Camp.
  7. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Bootcamp 3.0 is compatible with all Apple supported Windows versions and is completely unrelated to OS X versions. It is just the publishing historie that makes the higher versions appear with Snow Leopard.

    You simply insert the SL disk in Windows and start setup or Bootcamp64.msi depending of your Windows version. The Vista64 and Seven64 varieties obviously need the Bootcamp64.msi file.
  8. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    Thanks, all! Installing the Boot Camp 3.0 drivers from the 10.6 install disk solved my audio problems.

    Now, if we could just get our amplified "bong" sound back on startup........:)
  9. maghemi macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I'd be curious to know how to get it working. I used to have it on a 2007 Mac Pro I sold recently, however at some point along the way it stopped working after an update and never worked again. I think it was one of the firmware updates but can't be sure.

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