Windows XP - Sound goes very quiet

April 10, 2011 at 15:51:43
Specs: Windows XP, 1.8Ghz / 1.5Gb ram
Randomly the sound volume will go very quiet and I would need turn the volume on the speaker right up just to hear what I would normally hear.

I would have to "sleep" my computer then wake it up before the sound goes back to normal.
Is there a program/driver or something I can restart without having to put my computer to sleep?


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#1
April 10, 2011 at 16:30:28
If it's a PC (rather than a laptop) then try pulling in and out the speaker plugs a few times. Sometimes a bit of tarnish or dirt can cause them to play up.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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#2
April 10, 2011 at 17:03:20
Yep it's a PC. Tried pulling it in and out a few times. Didn't work.

Since putting the computer to sleep fixes things, I thought maybe it would be a software issue. So something I can just restart on the computer.. a service or something.


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#3
April 10, 2011 at 17:23:26
I can see exactly where you are coming from but can't think of any easy way to reset or restart sound. In the unlikely event that I think of some way I'll let you know.

What concerns me is that the sound reduction happens at all. I still wouldn't preclude this being a hardware fault - any change can shake things on and off. Is it onboard sound or a card? If it is an add-on card, try removing it and cleaning its edge connectors with a pencil eraser. Then pop the card in and out a few times to clear any oxide off the socket itself.

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#4
April 10, 2011 at 21:40:14
Open up the Volume Control and you'll probably see slide bars for Volume Control (the master slide bar), Wave, Microphone, etc. If not, go to Options > Properties > enable Wave. I like to set the Wave maximum and then use the master Volume Control to modify sound levels.

That's just the operating system's sound setting. You also mentioned the hardware level: the speaker, but don't forget about the application's setting. Online video players and programs like Windows Media Player all have sound options too, so make sure they're all set appropriately.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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