I have just built a HTPC running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and have hit a snag on the final setup.
My MOBO has on board sound, including an optical out and regular speaker outputs. I want to be able to connect the speaker outputs to my TV, so I (and my non-techie wife) can watch TV recorded on either WinTV or Windows Media Center, and have the optical output connected to my big stereo for watching DVDs and BlueRay disks without having to mess around in the audio setup area.
My TV is old enough that it doesn’t have HDMI input. I’m using a DVI cable for video and need RCA input for sound on the TV. I already had a “headphone” to twin RCA plug cable that works to get sound to the TV from the analog output, and the optical cable to the stereo works fine, but if I want to switch between them, I have to go into the audio setup and change the default sound device. Pain in the proverbials and not gonna fly for my wife. This has to be no harder than my Panasonic hard drive DVR that it’s replacing.
Is this possible? If so, how do I make it happen?