Increasing sound output in Windows XP

October 20, 2010 at 15:30:29
Specs: Windows XP

Sound output is poor when watching movies through Windows Media Player.


When I have the volume maxed on both Windows Media Player and the system volume (accessed through the toolbar icon) the volume while playing movies is still too low. Sound coming from other programs, including system sound, are acceptably loud. But I would guess that the sound coming from my .avi movie is 50% at best. I am using headphones to listen to the movie (and everything else on the computer) and can say that they are safely capable of much greater output, on the order of %200-300 louder.

Desired Solution:

I would like to find a way to increase the sound, even if that means manipulating the .avi file. I'm sure there are some professional editing programs that could be found, but in all honesty I don't want to:
A) Purchase a 'Ferrari' application to 'run to the store and buy milk'.
B) Pirate said application for the same purpose (and ask myself why I have a professional editing program on my computer).
C) Download and install freeware that are often riddled with adverts and intrusive software installments unless there is no other way to do this.

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October 21, 2010 at 00:03:55
0a0x0e0, SWAG, my guess is that your solution lies in the settings for the proggie you're using to view them. Can you increase the volume on it? If not, try viewing them using Irfanview (free with no ads @: See if it's any better?
Ed in Texas.

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