Surround Sound in Windows® 7
No surround sound in Windows 7? Get help for surround sound problem.
Windows 7 is known as one of the most stable and reliable operating system released by Microsoft. It has many advanced features and variety of tools to deliver high performance. It supports many applications and hardware. Apart from business and office uses, it can also be used for entertainment. Microsoft has built-in high graphics and provided multimedia support in Windows 7. Because of this, it is being preferred by multimedia users and gamers. It is capable of producing high clarity sound through various channels, if your PC supports surrounding speakers. Surround sound system adds a lively effect to the games, movies and music that you play on your system. You can connect more than 2 speakers, woofers, etc. to enhance the sound quality. Whenever you play games, music or movies, sound is spread all over the room and you feel like riding the car or bike in your game, or if you are watching a movie in a hi-fi theater.
Following are the issues related to surround sound problem in Windows 7:
- Driver issues
- Set-up and configuration
- Faulty speakers
Your computer should have audio ports where you can connect surrounding sound systems. An audio chip is embedded on the motherboard or a sound card is connected to the PCI slot on the motherboard. In both the cases, a sound driver has to be installed on the computer. Windows 7 usually does not identifies the sound card or audio chip without a proper sound driver. Hence, no audio output can be delivered. To check if proper sound driver is installed or not, open device manager. Device manger displays the list of installed and detected hardwares in your computer. If the proper driver is not installed, a user can see an exclamation or a question mark on the audio device in device manger. It is compulsory to install sound driver to obtain high quality surrounded audio.
Once the device driver is installed, you have to select proper speaker type in control panel. Sound channels usually differ depending on your motherboard or sound card. Some motherboards deliver audio output through 4 channels and some work with 6 channels. If wrong settings are configured or wrong speaker type is selected, some of the surrounding speakers may not work and this will affect the audio quality. Once the drivers are installed, make sure that configuration of speakers is set right.
If any of the speakers or woofers is not functioning properly, the sound quality will be affected. Correct placement of speakers and woofers are important. You have to place the speakers and woofers in a surrounding manner in order to obtain high audio quality. Loose connections of speakers can also cause such issues. To obtain high clarity audio, place the speakers correctly and make sure that all the connections are properly connected. If a speaker or woofer is not functioning due to a hardware failure, you may have to replace it.
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