This has been discussed before and although the DVI-D ports on TVs and STBs don't supply audio, on most PCs, the correct DVI connection can supply sound to HDMI at the other end.
Since TVs don't have DD5.1 sound, you will get digital (2 channel) audio on the TV. If the signal were routed directly to an AVR that handled HDMI audio, then you'd get DD5.1 on the AVR. The video signal could then be continued from the AVR to the TV via another HDMI connection, however, be aware that this type of connection doesn't always work due to handshake/firmware issues between TVs/AVRs/PCs.
my HDTV is connected to a Yamaha AV Reciver so I WOULD get 5.1 sound. Just to be sure:
If I connected my PC to my TV with a DVi-HDMI adapter and a HDMI cable and my TV is connected to my AVR, WOULD I get sound (PC-> DVI-HDMI adapter-> HDMI cable-> AVR-> HDMI cable ->TV)?
By the way, my Blu-ray player is connected to my TV which is connected to my AVR and I get 5.1 sound so it should work, right?
I have a XFX 8600 XXX graphics card and it had DVI output and I can connect it to a TV and it works but if I bought a DVI-HDMI adapter would the sound (5.1) from the PC go to the TV?
Some NV 8-series video cards (e.g. from ASUS) have an option of SPDIF passthrough.
Unlike ATI cards (that have an audio chip onboard), NV's need a 2-wire cable connecting the SPDIF pins on the motherboard to corresponding pins on the video card. And the DVI-HDMI cable will carry sound.
I think this applies to all 8-series cards but could be wrong.
I think I might have some cables for that. The problem is that I seem not to be able to find the pins...
What brand card do you have?
I have an XFX card.
I found a site where a person has posted a comment that says that he did it with my card:
Here is what he says:
I have a media center PC that I wanted to put in a medium performer graphics card. I would run an occasional games, but it was mostly for watching movies, pictures & videos. I wanted good cooling, as it sits in a closet. I love the Zalman fan! It cranks, and isn't all that noisy. The card has undocumented pins that you can use for SPDIF audio pass-thru. I had to contact XFX tech-support on how to use this feature. They responded in less than a day, which is stellar. You connect the 2-pin cable (which you have to buy on your own) from the card to either the on-board spdif connector or to the spdif coax output port. You then use a DVI-HDMI adapter, and you now get both audio and video thru a single HDMI connection. I downloaded all the latest drivers directly from nVidia, completely bypassing the ones on the install disc. I like the nVidia utilities, as it allows you to easily re-size the desktop to match your display (a Panasonic HDTV projector, in my case).
I hope I am able to do the same...but I can't seem to find the pins.....
Can anyone please help me?
Thanks, the second link is mostly helpful b/c page 2 shows a 3 pin spdif out on the motherboard connecting with 2 wires to the video card, saying that I need to connect the red wire to the "spdo" (spdif out) and the black wire to the "gnd". Now I just have to ID these pins on the motherboard.