I bought a laptop with a fairly decent sound card in it - I upgraded to have a sound card capable of 5.1 sound. However, the laptop itself only has the two standard sound ports - headphones (which are only stereo) and microphone. How can I actually make use of the 5.1 sound from the sound card if there are no ports for all these extra channels? Using an external sound card does make the whole upgrade kind of pointless, IMO.
EDIT: The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1720. The sound card is (output from
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)