Why is my volume so low?

May 7, 2007 at 17:39:49
Specs: Vista HP, P4 2.2 Ghz / 1500mb RAM
When I had XP, in order to get a good volume for my music, I had to turn my volume knob up about 1/3. Now with Vista, I had to turn it up to 1/2 just to get a decent volume. When I turn it up to 1/2 and up, my speakers begin to give off a hiss sound from being too loud. Why is my volume so low? I checked every possible setting in the sound options and cant get it to be loud. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1
May 7, 2007 at 18:28:42
get new apeakers

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#2
May 7, 2007 at 22:06:20
are you plugging into your onboard speaker, or is it a sound card?

Break It - Fix It


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#3
May 8, 2007 at 02:56:41
Make sure you set the master volume higher in Vista's volume control, as Vista now has that (what I personally find a bloody annoying) feature whereby every application has its own volume control.

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#4
May 8, 2007 at 11:56:19
I'm plugging it into a PCI sound card

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#5
May 8, 2007 at 16:13:08
Yes, poking up the volume in software might help. You can then lower the volume on the speaker knob to reduce the hiss. I'm suspecting a signal to noise ratio problem.

DerekW


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#6
May 8, 2007 at 16:55:43
I have checked the audio console, and every nook and cranny of the windows setup, but i cant get it up, so far the only way to get the vol up is to turn theknob and increase the speaker hiss


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#7
May 8, 2007 at 17:05:50
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/tra...

DerekW


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#8
May 8, 2007 at 17:10:09
ive already tried it, but the volume is still abnormally low, it was perfect at 1/3 knob volume in XP, but now for some songs i have to crank it up past 1/2 just to get a decent level, and thats when the speaker hiss shows up.

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#9
May 8, 2007 at 18:02:57
Well, if you've cranked Vista volume up to max then it must be some other issue.

I assume XP was on this self same machine previously. In which case, other than a drivers issue I'm out of ideas.

DerekW


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