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I have an NVIDIA EVGA GTX 260 card. It has an SPDIF connector on it and my mobo has a SPDIF out. The GPU only has DVI outs, though, and an SVIDEO. It came with a DVI to HDMI adapter. I assume (perhaps wrongly) that there must be some way of getting audio through that HDMI cable, otherwise why the heck have an SPDIF connector on the GPU?
It's mostly just an inconvenience at this point, since I can always just use the headphone port to get audio. My computer also has a digital out that looks like an RCA port, though I'm not sure what to do with that.
I've been in connector hell this gen for sure. My monitor only has HDMI and VGA inputs...My GPU only DVI...Just can't get a break with this junk.
I think you are right in assuming that the DVI->HDMI adapter it came with should put the sound on the HDMI cable (the story would be different if it was a third-party adapter). Your card can probably only pass through sound on one port though, so it's worth swapping your cabling to the other output on the video card and giving that a try if you haven't done so already.
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