Sound too low

August 13, 2009 at 01:45:50
Specs: Windows XP
Few days ago I hooked my PC, with a build-in Realtek ALC888/1200 sound card to my Dolby D sound system using an AUX cable. After that I plugged it back to my Hi-Fi system, which I'm using as speakers(again with the AUX cable). The problem is that two-three days ago I'm experiencing problems with sound. It's too low! First I thought it was a driver issue but it wasn't(after reinstall of motherboard and sound card drivers). Secondly I thought it was a Windows related issue, so I reinstalled the OS(it was time to do it, anyways). The problem didn't go away.

Can anyone suggest what to do! Is it a hardware or software issue?


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#1
August 14, 2009 at 00:31:41
SIC, Start>settings>control panel>sounds & audio devices>audio tab>sound playback>volume. Is the proper device selected? Can you adjust any of the sliders? Same for the others. Be sure your settings are correct,
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
August 20, 2009 at 07:10:32
All that which you said I have done. All sliders are 'Go!'. I have narrowed down the problem into two things:

-either the sound card has malfunctioned and I'll be bying a new one

or

- it's something for the Advanced Controls in the Master Volume Control(and they don't appear, although this is a HD sound card)


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#3
August 21, 2009 at 01:32:43
SIC, possible you need a pre-amp in between the two systems? Your sound card wasn't designed to operate more than your computer system which has it's own pre-amp.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#4
August 21, 2009 at 12:57:18
"Your sound card wasn't designed to operate more than your computer system which has it's own pre-amp."
that statement makes no sense whatsoever.

Sound cards do not operate your computer system. Sound cards have their own built in preamp which controls the volume and equalizer. They are meant to output to a line level input such as your setup or to a pair of speakers with it's own built it amplifier.

It's quite possible that your sound card has gone bad.


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#5
August 23, 2009 at 12:23:48
Snausages, perhaps my terminology was incorrect (semantics?). My understanding of a sound card is that it's designed to provide a rather weak sound signal. Certainly not strong enough to drive a bank of auxiliary speakers. That requires amplification. 'Pre amp', 'amp'??? Anyway, a separate 'in-between' critter.
Ed.

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#6
August 24, 2009 at 08:17:43
Ed, ok I understand what you are saying.

It sounds like he is plugging the sound card output into a line in on his stereo so he should have plenty of volume. I'm still leaning towards a bad sound card.


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#7
September 22, 2009 at 10:03:09
Thank you for the replies.

But after a month and a half I think that it's a hardware issue. So I'll probably just change the thing...


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