How to enable use of my Intel Motherboard’s S/PDIF port for my external DAC

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How do I enable my Intel motherboard’s S/PDIF Port? I’ve bought a USB DAC, an Audio Alchemy DDP-1, aka an external sound card. This is an audiophile quality unit suitable for use in high res streaming. I am told the SPDIF connection is musically far superior to its USB connection. Besides no driver is needed! But.... I can’t seem to find any way to tell Windows 7 it is the sound device. How do I do that?

Intel board is DZ87KLT-75K. OS is Windows 7 64 Professional.
 

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Yes, I do have them connected via Toslink.

Now what? I’ve been to Control Panel but can’t find reference to S/PDIF anywhere.
 

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I have three screen shots that might be relevant to your question but nothing that looks like S/PDIF. But I’m technically challenged here because I can’t find a way to post them. I press all the little icons and can find ways to post URLs but not photos or snips or screenshots.

 

Both sentences are wrong:
- SPDIF is digital interface. USB is a digital interface too.
- In both cases you need drives (either for the audio controller built on the motherboard, or for the USB device plugged)

If you already have USB DAC, you don't need SPDIF.
 

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Most computers are such a terrible source of electrical noise that the optical output is better because the fiber cable is plastic and does not conduct electrical signals to the DAC.

As to the driver. I am not prepared to argue one way or the other. All I can say is someone told me that using the S/pdif has a second advantage that no driver was needed.

It’s clear I am over my head on this installation
 

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Definitely needs looking into! Thanks for the tip to look in the BIOS!
 

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That was indeed part of the problem, the device was nowhere to be seen.
I will definitely check the BIOS and look for a driver from Intel.
The link to the Intel board was useful, thanks.
 
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