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# 41101 9-Sep-2009 19:36
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hi all - long time listener, first time caller Wink

I have a wee problem with my HTPC - it's a home built box with the aforementioned ECS GF8200a and a dual-core AMD black edition CPU, twin DVB-T tuners, Philips SRM7500 remote etc etc.  Plays TV fine (ok, so it took me a month to sort it out properly....) note (and this is important!!) that it plays video/audio through the HDMI connector! - but it will NOT play mp3 audio, some videos have no audio either.

I've tried a million mp3 players (including windows media player!) but none of these will play music.... hmmm.  now I must mention it's been through a few builds and iterations, so it USED to play music, it just doesn't now!  I've noticed the IDT audio can be a bit flakey, and certainly the app that comes with the board is rubbish.

However, I noticed something very interesting last night while I was trying to get it to work...

I was "playing" a song via windows media player (with no actual sound playing!!) and started fluffing around with the IDT control panel, and when I clicked the "setup" button (also works if you click on of the speakers to "hear a sound" that suddenly, my music started playing though the HDMI!!  As soon as you close Windows MP and then run it again, no sound - until you clikc a speaker in the control panel applet.


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  # 254517 9-Sep-2009 20:11
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What do you have your default audio device set to?

Sounds like you've got some programs not using the driver for HDMI audio.

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  # 254521 9-Sep-2009 20:17
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dunno - it just gets wierder - everything is set to use Nvidia HDMI audio (only audio driver available now). I just uninstalled the IDT audio software, the 2 IDT devices have disapeared - I also ran DXDiag, which plays audio, music etc fine.

Then after playing around, I re-ran MediaPortal to watch TV and suddenly the music playing on WMP comes through in the background of the TV show!!!! and you can hear the TV "click" when audio starts and stops playing, as if the MB was switching the audio output on and off via a relay - very strange!

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