When i play through my 5.1 speakers i use 3 sound cables a green one, black one and an orange one. When i play through Winamp its plays thorugh all speakers. When i play thorugh windows media player it only plays through the front speakers.
If you have the speakers properly configured AND you are playing a file with 5.1 audio, then you should get audio in all speakers. If it's a stereo source (ie: normal windows sounds and 99.9% of all music files), then you will only get sound in the front left/right and sub.
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