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5.1 surround sound not working in Inspirion 3252

What drivers do I need to install 5.1 surround sound? I have a logitech 5.1 speaker system with yellow, green and black and get only 2 speaker output. Isn't there some driver update that creates the 5.1 surround sound? I really miss the 5.1 sound for movies.

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RE: 5.1 surround sound not working in Inspirion 3252


Click the 2 youtube videos for information hooking your 5.1 speakers to your computer and then configuring the Realtek HD Audio manager software

How to connect your 5.1 Speakers

How to set Realtek HD Audio Manager to 5.1 playback

Below are the specs for the Realtek ALC 3600 Sound Card


ALC3600 is 5.1 Channel High Definition Audio Codec designed for Windows Vista premium desktop and mobile PCs. The ALC3600 meets audio performance and function requirements for the latest Microsoft Windows Logo Program and Lync specification.

The ALC3600 feature three stereo DACs, two stereo ADCs, and legacy analog input to analog output mixing, to provide fully integrated audio solutions for multimedia PCs and ultra mobile devices. Two stereo ADCs and one stereo digital microphone converter are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies.

All analog IO (except CD-IN and PCBEEP) are input and output capable, and three headphone amplifiers are also integrated to drive earphones on front (port-E and port-F) and rear panel (port-D).

The ALC3600 supports 16/20/24-bit SPDIF output function and a sampling rate of up to 192kHz. It offers easy connection of PCs to high quality consumer electronic products such as digital decoders and speakers.

The ALC3600 supports host audio from Intel chipsets, and also from any other HDA compatible audio controller. With EAX/Direct Sound 3D/I3DL2 compatibility, software utilities like Karaoke mode, environment emulation, multi-band software equalizer, 3D positional audio, and optional Dolby® Digital Live and DTS® CONNECT™ programs, the ALC3600 provides an excellent home entertainment package and game experience for PC users.

Addition to meet Intel low power ECN specification, ALC3600 has ultra low power consumption in standby mode and consumes less power in normal operation so that customer can easily implement system to meet EuP requirement.

Hardware Features

  • Meets Microsoft Windows Logo Program and Lync audio requirements
  • DACs with 97dB SNR(A-weighting)
  • ADCs with 92dB SNR (A-weighting)
  • Six DAC channels support 16/20/24-bit PCM format for 5.1 sound playback
  • Two stereo ADCs support 16/20/24-bit PCM format, multiple stereo recording
  • All DACs supports 44.1k/48k/96k/192kHz sample rate
  • All ADCs supports 44.1k/48k/96k/192kHz sample rate
  • SPDIF-OUT supports 16/20/24-bit formats and 32k/44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/192kHz sample rate
  • All analog jacks (port-A to port-G) are stereo input and output re-tasking
  • Three built-in headphone amplifiers for port-D (rear panel), port-E and port-F (front panel)
  • Port-B/C/E/F with software selectable boost gain (+10/+20/+30dB) for analog microphone input
  • Analog differential CD input
  • Supports external PCBEEP input and built-in digital BEEP generator
  • Software selectable 2.5V/3.2V/4.0V VREFOUT
  • Up to four channels of microphone array input are supported for AEC/BF application
  • Two jack detection pins each designed to detect up to 4 jacks plugging
  • Supports legacy analog mixer architecture
  • Up to two GPIOs (General Purpose Input and Output) for customized applications
  • Supports mono or stereo digital microphone interface
  • Supports anti-pop mode when analog power LDO-IN is on and digital power is off.
  • Ultra low power consumption in anti-pop mode
  • Two LDOs are built in. One is for digital core, another one is for analog circuitry.
  • 0.75dB per step output volume and input volume control
  • Supports 3.3V digital core power, 1.5V or 3.3V digital I/O power for HD Audio link, and 5.0V
    analog power
  • Intel low power ECR compliant and power status control for every analog/digital converter and pin
  • 48-pin LQFP 'Green' package.

Software Features

  • Meets the latest Microsoft Windows Logo Program audio specification.
  • WaveRT-based audio function driver for Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • EAX™ 1.0 & 2.0 compatible.
  • Direct Sound 3D™compatible.
  • I3DL2 compatible (Windows XP only)
  • 3D Positional Audio
  • Emulation of 26 sound environments to enhance gaming experience.
  • Multi bands of software equalizer and tool are provided.
  • Voice Cancellation and Key Shifting effect.
  • Dynamic range control (expander, compressor, and limiter) with adjustable parameters.
  • Intuitive Configuration Panel (Realtek Audio Manager) for enhanced audio experience.
  • Microphone Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Noise Suppression (NS), and enhanced Beam Forming (BF) technology for voice application.
  • HDMI audio driver for AMD platform.
  • Dolby® PCEE program™ (optional software feature).
  • DTS® Connect™ (optional software feature)
  • SRS® TruSurround HD (optional software feature)
  • Creative® Host Audio program (optional software feature). 

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