The "buzzing bee test" is one of the demos to test the speakers surround sound using the AC97 Sound Utility from the tool tray. There is a picture of a person in the middle of a bulls-eye and a red ball that goes around that represents where the sound is supposed to be coming from. The default is set for "loopy music" but I think that the "buzzing bee" is much better to demonstrate the surround sound function.
Could anyone with an 8790 please simply follow this procedure to test out and either validate or refute my 2 key assertions:
First, the 4-channel surround option appears to be completely broken using either the built-in or external speakers.
Second, the microphone doesn't seem to work while using surround mode, either the built-in mic or an external one.
To test the first assertion, when you select "4-speaker mode" (but NOT
the 6-channel 5.1 mode) in the AC97 Sound Utility, and you do the ta-da
speaker test, do the rear channels work on your 8790? Mine do not work. Neither external speakers nor the built-in speakers make a ta-da
sound for the rear channel in 4-channel mode no matter what the jack settings or configuration on my 8790.
For the second assertion, does your mic work while using 6-channel 5.1 surround mode (but NOT 4-speaker mode)? Mine does not work. It doesn't matter which setting I use for the jack or whether I use an external mic or not, the microphone simply does not work at the same time while using surround sound mode. It almost looks like it works innitially, but then after I start a game or another application test it out, I find that it actually doesn't work as it should. Does yours actually work using any mic testing utility while in surround sound mode?
Windows XP SP2 includes a cool mic testing utility for gaming that verified these problems with my mic.
The headphones and mic combonation works as expected as a fall back, but this is just not right. I do not think that it is too much to ask to be able to use the talk feature during Counterstrike while using multi-speaker surround sound. The new in-game sound testing utility that comes with CS:Source
also verified these problems with my mic and with the rear channel setup problems (in addition to the new WinXP mic testing utility.) :-(
I'm getting ready to call Sager, and I suspect that I'm not the only one with this audio problem. It almost sounds to me like a motherboard or bios issue. I won't even get into the subwoofer problems now, just to keep this simple. Can you please check these two issues out on your 8790 G-Man?
Actually I'd love to see everyone with an 8790 test these two items out, I bet many don't work like they expect it to or haven't been tested carefully in this manner.