Question No sound from rear speakers with SoundBlaster Z 5.1

Oct 6, 2021
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While trying to fix another sound problem I might have messed something up and now I have no sound coming out the rear speakers. Only front L/R, "center" and subwoofer.

I have Windows 10 with a Sound Blaster Z.

It isn't a problem with speakers being plugged in the wrong place as those connections haven't been touched in years.

I tried reinstalling the drivers and software from Creative to no effect. I have also lost the 7.1 option in the drop-down in the SB software. I don't actually have a 7.1 speaker setup but I use Razer's 7.1 simulation to give a fuller sound.

Can anyone help me get my proper sound back? Thanks in advance.
 
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Lutfij

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Welcome to the forums, newcomer!

What version(not edition) of Windows 10 are you working with? Mind sharing a link to the model of the SoundBlaster Z you have? Try and uninstall the drivers from Device Manager and then manually reinstall the drivers meant for your card in an elevated command, i.e, Right click installer>Run as Administrator.

Might want to also mention the make and model of your speaker system and a picture to show how they're tethered to the sound card's output ports.
 
Oct 6, 2021
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Welcome to the forums, newcomer!

What version(not edition) of Windows 10 are you working with? Mind sharing a link to the model of the SoundBlaster Z you have? Try and uninstall the drivers from Device Manager and then manually reinstall the drivers meant for your card in an elevated command, i.e, Right click installer>Run as Administrator.

Might want to also mention the make and model of your speaker system and a picture to show how they're tethered to the sound card's output ports.
Thanks!

Windows version is 21H1. OS Build 19043.1237. I always install updates when they are ready.

The card is a Sound Blaster Zx (SB1506).

The speakers are some old Boston ones from a previous PC. I have just been migrating them to newer machines because they still work fine and sound great.
 

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