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Topic # 26063 10-Sep-2008 22:47
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I have just loaded a soundblaster live sound card into my PC.  This is working as expected.

I want to create multiple sound zones using two sound cards - the SB one and the PC motherboard output.


The sound card output on the PC motherboard - How can I access this - If I go into the sound options within the control panel only the SB coundcard is viewed.

I want to be able to play music in one part of the house and play a movies in another part all from the same PC.

Please help - I am sure there is a simple solution.



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  Reply # 163646 10-Sep-2008 23:44
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I dont think this is possible in XP without some kind of special driver or program, i think vista may support it, cant remember, and so does PulseAudio on linux.
Good luck.

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  Reply # 163707 11-Sep-2008 09:37
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Thanks eXDee

Should have mentioned that the PC is running XP Pro.


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  Reply # 163731 11-Sep-2008 11:02
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Use something like Winamp which allows you to select which sound card to output to. Should work with either Vista or XP. Many progs such as Windows Media Player will unfortunately only output to the default sound device.

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  Reply # 163734 11-Sep-2008 11:14
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I have winamp loaded with the multiple output plugin installed. 

When I choose the output it is greyed out.  It this because when I installed the new sound card it disabled the sound card on the motherboard?  Can I un-disable it so when I look at the speaker options in the control panel both the SB card and motherboard sound is in the Default device dropdown within Sounds and Audio devices Properties => Audio tab => Sound playback

Is this what I need to do?



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  Reply # 163753 11-Sep-2008 12:25
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Multiple cards are supported in XP.
Your motherboard will automaticly disable the onboard when you plug in a pci sound card.
To solve this you need another extera sound care either pci, usb or firewire.


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