Increasing volume

Acer Aspire 1650
September 4, 2007 at 15:40:08
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, 1GB

Any music files I play on my laptop are so quiet I can't stand it!

Especially so when using headphones, which I tend to do mostly to spare other people my taste in music. Plus, playing things without headphones is worse 'cause it sounds really crackly and tinny.

The volume is at its maximum on volume control, there is no external volume control.

Is there anyway I can increase the volume on Windows?

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September 4, 2007 at 16:02:51

You should have a listing in Device manager for sounds. There will be some controls there. If the sound is crackly you may not have the correct sound driver installed. Find the drivers at the link below.

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September 4, 2007 at 16:38:30

It appears that you have an un-amplified sound adapter. You need to install some speakers with a built in amplifier. You can get some very inexpensive ones for about $15 (US) but decent sound will cost you more.

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September 4, 2007 at 16:42:04

I looked up the specs:
Everything looks good, so like was mentioned in response 1 try up-dating your sound drivers.

Have you double clicked on the horn in the taskbar and checked all the volume settings?

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September 4, 2007 at 16:57:14

XpUser4Real, you have confirmed that the system has a speaker output and not a line output?
The link you posted doesn't work for me.

Ok, I see it's a laptop. When 31M4 said there wasn't an external volume control, I assumed he/she was talking about on the external speakers.

XpUser4Real, I'm using IE6 (tried IE7). I hope you see this, I didn't want to clutter up the thread with another post.

Interesting! I couldn't open that PDF, but when I selected to download it, it came ok. Maybe a temporary communication glitch.

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September 4, 2007 at 17:11:53

The link should work for you, what browser are you using?

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September 4, 2007 at 17:16:02

The first person was right, check Sound Properties in Control Panel. It will have a volume control but..... There is something else you need to check.

Double click on the speaker in the task bar by the time. Once it opens make sure the other sliders are up too. The main volume may be high but the CD volume may be low or maybe even the WAV volume is low.

Another thing to check is after you double click on the speaker icon, Click on Options and look to see if there is an Advanced Controls button. If it is greyed out then you cannot change it but if it is not then click on it. That will give you another button below the main volume button. Click on that, it may be muted or some other setting needs to be changed. You may have it set to Digital audio but you do not have a digital audio speaker or headset.

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September 4, 2007 at 23:07:23

Usually, a laptop has a key combination that controls volume. On my laptop, it's Fn + F5 to decrease volume, and Fn + F6 to increase volume.

If the volume is turned down with these keys, the Windows volume control will still show the volume as being at full.

Consult your laptop manual for the correct key combinations.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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September 5, 2007 at 05:52:01

To Othehill,

The site you directed me to has the same stuff on it as my Acer Recovery disk, and I can'f find any updates for my sound driver.

To Dondreak,

Have done all that, still as quiet as it was before.

To Sci-Guy,

Have done what you suggested. My volume was already at maximum.

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September 5, 2007 at 06:26:09

Have you tried removing the sound listing in Device Manager and rebooting?

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September 5, 2007 at 06:38:54

how old is the laptop? Could be a cold solder joint somewhere on the circuit board.
One other option you have is to get a pcmcia card:

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