I've had an audigy 4 for at least a year now, and its always worked perfectly. However, recently nothing is coming out of my rear or centre speakers and everything is playing in 2.1. I am on windows xp x64, and have been the entire time Ive had this card.
the really stupid thing is though is that things play on the back speakers when set to quadraphonic or the surround stereo option and also when I go to do the speaker calibration, everything plays fine out of all 5 speakers.
Under speaker settings though, the channel test is also in 2.1 - both left and rear left come out of the front left speaker and the same vice versa for right. Centre is split across the two. Games now seem to be confused too, sound is coming out all the speakers but the sound is most definitely not 5.1 - I used half life 2 ep 2 to verify this, as it's very good for testing surround when you talk to a character and move about.
I have literally exhausted all solutions that I can think of - I've uninstalled/reinstalled the drivers, re-wired all the speakers again and fiddled for hours with the settings and even went to have a look in the registry (but Im not too great with registry so could have missed something) Nothing is muted, and all settings are the same. I even did a BIOS update , with no avail.
Does anyone have a clue what the problem could be? Is there something in the bios that could possibly help? Is there a registry key that forces 5.1 settings?
It's really baffled me! Any help will be very much appreciated!!
(Failing this, what is a good soundcard now? I was looking at the X-fi gamer one)