How to setup an specific sound card to work with specific programs

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Stuserver, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. Stuserver

    Stuserver Guest

    Hi, I have two diferent sound cards, one with surround sound capabilities on
    a PCI slot, and I have an onboard card that has headphones, and mic plugs at
    the fron of the pc. I would like to know if there is a way to tell windows,
    or an application to use such card for certain purposes. For example, I
    would like to use my onboard card for chatting online since it has the plugs
    in the front, so I can listen to the converstation on a headset rather than
    listening to it on my 5.1 surround sound on the PCI sound card. Can that be
    done?

    Thank you.
     
    Stuserver, Jan 5, 2007
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  2. Stuserver

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    Only if the program in question supports it (selecting from multiple sound
    cards). Otherwise, any program will always use whatever is identified as the
    default.

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    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
     
    Rick Rogers, Jan 6, 2007
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  3. Stuserver

    Stuserver Guest

    Well, I was wondering that since the Windows Live Messenger 8.1 (Beta) has
    the option to select a diferent sound card. The problem is: When I select
    the onboard card, IT redirects the phone conversation to the PCI card (I set
    it as the default card.) And I can't listen to the converstation on the
    headset. Since the program that I use to get true surround channels to the
    5.1 surround sound does not have the choice to select between sound cards, I
    am stuck there.

    If I choose the PCI 5.1 surround sound card, so that the program plays, and
    then I put the onboard card as default, the next song will play over the
    onboard card, not the 5.1 surround sound one.

    Thank you.

    Stuserver
     
    Stuserver, Jan 6, 2007
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  4. Stuserver

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    There's no good anwer for you. As to Windows Live Mail, well it is a beta,
    so don't expect things in it to work fully correctly. Frankly, I'd disable
    the onboard sound and get a set of speakers that have a headphone jack.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
     
    Rick Rogers, Jan 6, 2007
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  5. Stuserver

    Stuserver Guest

    I do have a set of 5.1 speakers with headphone jacks, BUT I need the Mic, and
    Headphones so that I can use my headset with the mic to talk via Messenger.
    I think I will just have to listen to music after I am done with Messenger so
    I can use the 5.1. Thanks though for your answers. Maybe when the Final
    release of Windows Vista is available, this issue will be fixed.
     
    Stuserver, Jan 7, 2007
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