How to connect Dell Inspiron PC to Sony STR-DH810 for 5.1 sound

fagmoran

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My current PC is connected to my amp by means of an optical cable out on back of PC, I wish to upgrade my PC to the Dell Inspiron and wish to know the best way to connect both to get 5.1 sound, I have listed all ports/outpts on the new PC below Ports & Slots: 1. Power on button | 2. 5-in-1 Multi-Card Reader | 3. Audio combo jack | 4. (2) USB 3.0 ports | 5. Tray Load Optical drive | 6. Air vent | 7. Line in/out and microphone port | 8. VGA port | 9. HDMI port | 10. (4) USB 2.0 ports | 11. Expansion card slots | 12. Power supply unit | 13. Security-cable slot | 14. Network port | 15. Padlock rings , this is probably a very easy question but I'm the 1st to admit that I am not technically adept ! Thanks in advance, Frannie M.
 

fagmoran

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Thank you for your prompt reply americanaudiophile , i have tried this with my current PC an Acer Aspire X3300 and have noticed 2 things, I can only get 2.1 sound, my front speakers and my sub-woofer, another major problem occurs in that when I use the HDMI cable all my desktops icons disappear and I am left with a abbreviated desktop background picture minus the icons, have no idea why this happens, my amp settings are fine, if I play a cd through my cd player I get perfect 5.1 using the HDMI cable, I was hoping that the HDMI cable would work in the new computer but I am wary of buying the PC until I am sure !!!!!


 
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