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Volume not loud enough

By snacks
Feb 5, 2011
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  1. A laptop, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I adjust the volume with the taskbar slider, and even using the mixer to turn system volume to 100, it's never loud enough. Certain games are barely audible without headphones. It's never done this before.
     
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Did the sound output suddenly drop?

    Have you tried this:

    Go to Control Panel and select Sound. In the Sound box under playback check that speakers are set as the default device. Double left click on Speakers and then click on the Levels tab and check the position of the volume control, there may be room to increase it, just click on the volume control and drag it to a higher setting. Click on OK then OK again. Play something and see if it is any better.
     
  3. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 147

    It's already set to 100 in there.
     
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    OK, but please answer this from my post above.

     
  5. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 147

    If by suddenly you mean it's not as loud as it was for a couple weeks after my most recent format, then yes.
     
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Open Device Manager, look for your audio device under Sound category, rt click Select Properties then the Driver tab

    > Does it say provider is Microsoft? If yes, you're running with Microsoft generic drivers. You need to download the hardware specific drivers for your audio
     
  7. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 147

    Still nothing, Microsoft isn't the provider.
     
  8. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    The correct drivers for your sound card should be available from the PC's manufacturers web site.

    When you say "after my most recent format" I assume you did a clean install of the OS, did you re-install all the mobo drivers? Was your PC supplied with a drivers disc?

    Post your PC's name, manufacturer and model number.
     
  9. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Guru Posts: 467

  10. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

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