Solved Windows XP audio volume output greatly reduced

January 11, 2013 at 11:16:31
Specs: Windows XP, 1.795 GHz / 2039 MB
This morning, for reasons unknown, my WInXP-home, with Realtek and Windows high definition audio drivers...has a GREATLY reduced volume output. I have restored to restore point 2 days ago--no fix; have downloaded updated drivers--no fix; have uninstalled and re-installed drivers--no fix. Have followed clear instructions on Windows and other sites--all my hardware is OK. I am clueless, now...what to do?

Thanks much,
Serob48


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January 11, 2013 at 16:59:37
Yureka! Instead of Googling "low audio Windows XP", I tried "Low audio Realtek."

This took me to a list of several mentions of this problem. As we all know there is a pink (microphone in), a green (line OUT), and a blue (line IN) jack in the back of most, and my, PCs. One link took me to a forum where a man had the same consternation as I. He finally just set the line IN jack up as line OUT. Problem solved. I did this, also. PROBLEM OF LOW VOLUME SOLVED! Apparently these jacks can fail, resulting in bad or low volume. I guess one of my jacks to my integrated sound card has just gone bad. Too bad its integrated. But, I'm thinking of getting a whole new MOBO to support a faster chip, anyway. I'll live with this work-around until then.

Thanks much,
Serob48



#1
January 11, 2013 at 11:39:25
Do your speakers have some sort of controller. I have Altec Lansing speakers that have a wired control with power and volume controls. Whenever anything happens to affect the sound the volume level of that control resets to zero. I simply need to run it up to where I want it. The control volume and the Windows/Realtek volume are in series.

Also, if you have Realtek HD sound you may need to select the output port in order for the speakers to work right. Open the Realtek sound manager and find the selection there.


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#2
January 11, 2013 at 11:48:36
"... all my hardware is OK..."
Is this a desktop, a laptop? There IS a difference, and should have been considered a crucial piece of information to be provided.

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#3
January 11, 2013 at 12:02:51
I have checked cables, Realtek settings, volume control on speakers... all are set up fine. Still very low, nearly inaudible volume. Thanks for this, but, does not seem to be source of sudden, surprise problem, today.

Thanks much,
Serob48


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#4
January 11, 2013 at 12:03:41
Desktop PC, WIndows XP home

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Serob48


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#5
January 11, 2013 at 12:15:59
Are you using speakers or headphones? Powered speakers may be turned down or off.

If you are hearing sound then why would you think the drivers were wrong. Either a speaker problem or the output selection.

Even if sound manager shows the correct output you still need to click on that output to re-initiate it.


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#6
January 11, 2013 at 13:15:58
If you are using external powered speakers their amplifier could have developed a fault. In which case try them on another computer (or try different ones on yours).

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#7
January 11, 2013 at 14:15:21
Othehill,

Thanks, but, either with headphones OR with speakers, the situation is the same. I have carefully set the green port attached to the MOBO and its integrated sound card as "line out."

ALSO, I have discovered something NEW...if I open "Volume Control" I find that the Master Volume slider will not go all the way down, nor will it go all the way up. So, this is just getting more and more of a mystery.

Thanks much,
Serob48


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#8
January 11, 2013 at 14:26:18
Derek, thanks. I plugged same powered speakers into my laptop and heard the roar of volume. Somethings very wrong with my desktop sound. And its not just media player...when I watch videos or youtube, its the same. Crap. I maight be looking at a re-install of WinXp, huh?

Thanks much,
Serob48


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#9
January 11, 2013 at 14:28:40
Are you by any chance using "magic-jack"?

If so, see this post:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

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#10
January 11, 2013 at 16:21:53
Derek,

Actually, I opened the MJack headset control...noticed it was set to Realtek Audio Device...changed it to USB device--my headset...this fixed slider problem...Great insight and tip for me. All well with Master Volume slider, now.

But, general audio problem still persists. Was fine yesterday...???

Thanks much,
Serob48


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#11
January 11, 2013 at 16:59:37
✔ Best Answer
Yureka! Instead of Googling "low audio Windows XP", I tried "Low audio Realtek."

This took me to a list of several mentions of this problem. As we all know there is a pink (microphone in), a green (line OUT), and a blue (line IN) jack in the back of most, and my, PCs. One link took me to a forum where a man had the same consternation as I. He finally just set the line IN jack up as line OUT. Problem solved. I did this, also. PROBLEM OF LOW VOLUME SOLVED! Apparently these jacks can fail, resulting in bad or low volume. I guess one of my jacks to my integrated sound card has just gone bad. Too bad its integrated. But, I'm thinking of getting a whole new MOBO to support a faster chip, anyway. I'll live with this work-around until then.

Thanks much,
Serob48


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#12
January 11, 2013 at 17:03:35
That's good news. If you feel you can select a Best Answer on here it will mark this thread as solved.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#13
January 12, 2013 at 07:10:54
My guess is that if you connect the line out to the original port and click on that port in sound manager the port will work. I can't imagine only one port on the sound chip going out.

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