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Windows vista Audio help please

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Hi there, please can you help me.
I am having abit of a problem with windows vista audio. The sound is working, as in i can hear things, and the right things, only the problem is that it seems to be playing foreground noises really quietly, and background sounds really loud! I do not understand it at all and why it has done this. For example, i will be listening to music and i will hear none of the words yet the sounds like the drums etc is loud. I was watching a film, i could hear everything that should be in the background, but the foreground stuff like people talking sounded really faint and i couldnt make it out. It is really irritating. I was wondering if there was some sort of balancer thing i could change between background and forground, i don't know. I have my Yamaha 5.1 surround sound connected via Optical cable. It worked fine in windows xp last week it is only since i have just upgraded.
I am using a built in sound card, nothing fancy that came on my MSI K8t800 neo motherboard, running the Realtek AC'97 drivers. I have downloaded a new set of drivers so my pc now thinks i have 2 devices, the new one being for realtek digital output. They both work but both have the same effect. The sound is loud enough and working fine other than not being able to hear what should be foreground noises. Is it something to do with the surround sound settings?
Thankyou for your time and help
Steve :whistling:
P.S I have tried using different programs, windows media player, windows media center, and VLC media player. I am currently downloading powerDVD but i feel this will do exacltly the same. I have tried lots of music and different films, all with the same problem.
I have read on google for a while to find a lot of people with this issue have " Voice cancellation " turned on, I have checked this and it is not checked, i can still slightly hear the voices just not much at all. I find when i check this box it is like the effect i have just a little worse, I thought maybe there is somewhere else this setting exists that is already turned on, but i couldn't find one.

Edited by steve17uk, 19 July 2007 - 12:10 PM.

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