windows 7 volume cap problem

September 18, 2010 at 05:16:07
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Phenom 9600 Quad Core 2.3 / 8 gigs of DDR2 800mhz
I recently upgraded my motherboard to a GA-MA785GM-US2H and it has the exact same audio card as my last mobo, the Realtek HD Audio Controller. My problem isn't really that the sound is too low but more like getting drowned out. Like I'll be playing a song and it sound great until bass becomes a factor. I ran into this problem back on my old mobo but I was just using old drivers to avoid this problem because it would always appear again when i updated them. As soon as bass parts start to play it would seem to "push" the higher frequency sound out of the way. I've heard rumors that audio manufacturers releasing drivers that put a cap on volume because of complaints about peoples hearing going bad but I'm not too sure on the solidity of these rumors. If they are true at all that just ruins it for some of us. I'm using Headphones and I don't plan on getting amplified speakers anytime soon. I was just wondering if maybe I'm just doing something wrong? I've tried the whole, "Make sure your volume is at max," and the, "Did you try the Loudness Equalization?" thing. None of it works at all. Kind of frustrating really. If anyone has a solution that would be great!

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#1
September 18, 2010 at 07:07:20
There are scores of different Realtek HD audio chip. You need to install the correct version of drivers for your particular audio chip.

You should have installed ALL the drivers for the new motherboard in order to gain the best performance or just to make the hardware function. If you goat a CD with the motherboard you can use that or you can download the drivers from the manufacturers site.

In addition to the above, HD sound usually has an applet that controls the inputs and outputs. You need to open it up and program the sound ports. Look for an Orange speaker icon in the tray by the clock.


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#2
September 18, 2010 at 16:21:14
I tried the drivers from the CD and from the manufacturers website but they all have the same problem. I have my headphones plugged into the green jack in the back of my comp and double clicked on that jack in the utility and switched it from Speakers Out to Headphones and it helped a little but still has the same "Bass drowning out everything else" problem...

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#3
September 18, 2010 at 18:33:20
Then open the Realtek control panel and adjust the balance.

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#4
September 19, 2010 at 03:19:06
That's just it... there isn't a "balance." Hover over your windows speaker icon on the taskbar, when you play music or any type of audio there is a gray bar and a green bar that fills it. Now, when I played music before it took a lot to get the green bar to stay at the top all the time, and when that happens it caps the volume output. Well now when I play music, if there is anything other than whispering going on the green bar fills to the top and it caps the volume output at a very low level. I don't know if its the drivers released or if its just a windows bug or something but I really enjoyed my volume being able to almost hurt me... I guess? Is there something in the registry that can increase this "cap?" or am I just pooch screwed.

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#5
September 19, 2010 at 16:47:28
Realtek HD audio places a second set of controls in addition to the normal Windows controls. As I said, Orange speaker Icon and the should also be a white one.

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#6
September 19, 2010 at 17:34:47
Yeah... I looked through both and there is nothing to override this "volume cap."

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#7
September 19, 2010 at 18:51:57
What kind of speaker system do you have? Line out in the Green port is normally what you would use with a powered sub that the satellite speakers connect to.

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#8
September 19, 2010 at 23:43:01
I am using Skullcandy Skullcrushers in the line out (green) jack in the back of my computer because I don't have the front panel jacks hooked up to my motherboard.

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#9
September 20, 2010 at 04:48:43
Page 88 of your motherboard manual explains how to use the sound manager.

Do you have an inline volume rheostat on you headphones? Would be a small wheel in the wiring just before they split.


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#10
September 20, 2010 at 09:40:18
Try borrowing another set of headphones (or using an older one) to see if it is the headphones that is causing a problem on your sound circuits. My reasoning is that it occurred on two boards and with updates on drivers. Also try connecting your front jack(s) as they are probably designed for headphones rather than your rear connections which are really for speakers.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#11
September 20, 2010 at 23:59:59
I just tried some 2 different pairs of headphones... One is just a generic pair and the other are Skullcandy Titans and both of them have the same problem.

P.S. I just plugged my front panel jacks into my motherboard and it turns out it wasn't that either...


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#12
September 21, 2010 at 05:01:36
There are sound control settings in both the Realtek and the Windows sound controls.

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#13
September 21, 2010 at 05:20:47
I've already checked the mixers and at this point I know the software in and out and there is no bar to be raised to increase volume any more.

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#14
September 21, 2010 at 08:17:18
Are you sure you have the correct drivers installed?

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#15
September 21, 2010 at 17:38:35
I have the latest drivers from the manufacturers website.

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#16
September 21, 2010 at 19:25:56
What about the equalizer selections in the Realtek sound manager? One is Bass, which is too much bass, IMO.

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#17
September 21, 2010 at 23:07:48
I have my own EQ and i made sure that bass wasn't too high.

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#18
September 22, 2010 at 04:40:50
So then you aren't adjusting the Realtek settings? I think they are still affecting the final sound.

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#19
September 22, 2010 at 22:53:36
I've made sure that's not it. I've turned off everything in the Realtek manager and still the same result.

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#20
September 23, 2010 at 04:26:21
I don't understand what you are doing. You claim to have problems with the sound chip settings yet you insist on using some third party controls instead of the controls that were designed for the chip.

All the ports in Realtek HD sound chips are programmable. How are you controlling them with a third party program and more importantly, WHY?


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