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Hi,

Really simple question, which is probably obvious but I thought I would ask.

I have just set up a 5.1 sound system which uses all three ports in the back of the mobo (speaker, line in, mic etc), so now I have nowhere to plug the tv audio out of the All in wonder.  There is a line in on the modem but I assume this cannot be used.

Am I missing something here or am I really that dumb...

Mark
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by:DoTheDEW335
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Your not missing anything, it's a shared port system which is very common for onboard audio on motherboards.  I thought the all in wonder's have the audio cable that connects directly to the motherboard (inside) like you would a CD-ROM to the motherboard. I thought they did but I cannot remember . I'll check back if no ones confermed this. My dad has one that I can ask him. Chances are if your going to use both and cannot then you'll need a new sound card.
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by:abriggs1
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You can get a spliter from radio Shack for your sound card that you can just split off what you want as well..
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by:marky9074
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But if all the connections on the sound card are configured as outputs how will a splitter help?
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by:DoTheDEW335
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It wont, have you looked into my suggestion / comment. I still havn't had a chance to get ahold of my dad @ work but do you know what i'm refering to with the audio connector that goes from the CD-ROM to the sound card connection on the MB?
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by:marky9074
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Yeah, I know what you mean, I have both of those connectors available on the mobo as I have not hooked them up to my DVD drives.  I will have to look at the card, I am sure I didnt see that connection when I put it in.
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by:DoTheDEW335
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Looking at the PDF for a 9700 AIW card it says this:

In the Typical Audio Connections page, check I have
connected the cable to confirm that you have connected
your ALL-IN-WONDER card’s audio output cable to your
sound card’s Line-In connector.

leading me to believe you should have one on your vid card that has the connector I meantioned. But I don't know what card you have. What model is it so I can read up on the site about it?
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by:marky9074
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Connect 3d 9800 Pro All In Wonder.  Yes, I read something similar, assuming it meant external line in not internal...
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by:DoTheDEW335
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well at the bottom of the page:

Ensure that the ALL-IN-WONDER card’s audio
output cable is connected to your sound card’s
Line-In connector.

The 9800 pro actually got me the same page with the info from above.

I think I remember seeing my dads setup the way your talking about using external. I had a TV tuner that had the connectors internal and external.  

I can't seem to pinpoint it. Looks as if your right and they don't have an internal one. I would look into getting a new sound card or not using the 5.1 (not sure what else to tell you at the moment) I'll keep looking into it for now and maybe someone else will post their thoughts. I'll goto my parents and double check his setup tonight. I know he has a 9800 pro AIW but I know for a fact he's using 2 speakers and a woofer not a 5.1 setup so I believe his line in is free and wont help solve this problem.
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by:joey_the_ass
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Now i'm not sure but is it possible that your soundcard isn't 5.1, if you as you say, have the speakers plugged into the mic and line-in than i think your soundcard might be only 2 channel.  On my 5.1 soundcard i have a plug for front speakers (black), one for rear speakers (green) and a digital out (yellow).  I have my speakers plugged into all these.  I also have with nothing plugged in, a line-in and mic.

Now i agree with Dew that there should be some way to connect the AIW internally, but if you can't or just don't want to, you will have to upgrade your soundcard, or just unplug some of those speaker wires.
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by:marky9074
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No, it is definately a 5.1 out, as I reconfigured it in the software and it shows how you connect it up using the three connections (line in / mic / speaker)

It is for a client pc and he now tells me that his joystick is a game not usb and the mobo didnt come with the cable to the backplanes.  I might just put in this old SB live card.  He would get two additional line ins and his joystick port....

Mark
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by:DoTheDEW335
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that would work, I'd do that if I were you.
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by:marky9074
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Just to update anyone that has been keeping tabs on this thread.  Went and installed an old SB live in clients PC, and the onboard AC97 sound disabled itself automatically!  This threw me a bit!  I just carried on with the SB LIve which had two out puts anyway instead of the 3 required for 5.1 and dropped it down to 4 channel suuround.  Note to myself!  When using ATI all in wonder, remember to buy a cheap sound card that has three outputs for 5.1 as well as line in and mic in!

I did originally just extend the ATI output to an aux in on the speakers, but then realised that is OK for TV viewing, but when you record there would be no audio on playback.......it has to get looped back to a line in on the PC.

Mark
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by:capandgloves
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Best wishes from cap and gloves

Use the one for the mic in at your risk.
My logic is why will you need the mic in while you are inputting something from the TV.
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