5.1 output from a sound card to the receiver via optical can only be done using compressed encoding like DDL or DTS. HDMI Audio is a full uncompressed output without any analog distortions.
What you may lose is the audio 'enhancements' done by Creative software, but that's been outdated for like...
What is asked is a silly thing.
HDMI Audio thru a video card results in a 2nd monitor. So there are options to deal with that
1) Duplicate it with the primary display. Would not be good as the refresh rate is limited by what the receiver can do, usually 60Hz.
2) Get a second monitor for...
There hasn't been 'low level format' for a very long time, like 30+ years.
Writing all zeros on a modern hard drive is enough to clear data without any chance of recovery (except the remapped bad sectors that can no longer be written no or read from w/o special hardware).
You do not need a dummy HDMI plug and you do not need an HDMI audio extractor.
I have 2 DP monitors and an HDMI receiver without any monitor connected to it.
I have the sound directed to the receiver. I have the receiver and 2nd monitor duplicated in the display control panel, so the mouse...
There are also registy keys that disable all these stupid check anyway.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Alternatively you can replace appraiserres.dll on Win11 ISO with...
Indeed, during Win11 Home installation there's no option to skip MS account and use a local one.
Win11 Professional allows you to skip MS account and use a local account instead, but there a very many places that still insist on switching to MS account after the install, saying
Prior to 1.23 patch it is way worse. NPCs were generated on the fly in your vision range, you could look away for a second, turn back and they were all different all of a sudden. Same with the cars.
Sometimes the game would spawn hundreds of the same random NPC.
Mainly immersion-breaking glitches.
There was a scene in the beginning when your character meets the buddy at the road side cafe, they sit down to eat and in background cars on rails go crashing thru barriers and walls.
And after a while you notice that all traffic is on the rails, pedestrians...
For me none of those endings are valid. So ending it at a logical point where Illusive Man says "Earth... I wish you could see it like I do, Shepard... It's so... perfect..." makes sense. There should've been no Star Brat nonsense after that and it would've been a perfect ending to the trilogy...
Well, I gave Win 11 a try. The experience with local account is extremely limited. MS really wants to you use the online account.
Also with the new reskinned UI, they still have not fixed all the inconsistencies with UI elements. Some are new, some are old, some are still ancient and ugly. Bleh.
Dude has a severe PTSD after almost dying in the army and then surviving for two years in zombie infested land. What do you expect?
It is a solid B- game.
New Game+ is kinda pointless, you hit hit max level even before arriving to the crater lake base. No new trust levels, no new weapons, no...
Without display duplication you may want to do something like this
so it minimizes the chances you move the cursor to that non-existing display
Edit: Alternatively this: https://www.amazon.com/HDMI-Audio-Extractor-Splitter-Compatible/dp/B08TBB2C25/