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Old 01-02-02, 05:39 PM
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Volume is strangely low...solutions?

My roommate and I got my new computer running, but the volume is stragely low (less than half of my previous computer). I tried the volume control (in the bottom right of the screen) and that works, but even at max, it's still only about half of what my old computer was at max. I'm using the same speakers...Plus CDs are totally silent even though I adjusted CD audio to maximum in the same volume control I mentioned earlier. I am running Win2K. Thank for any help...
Old 01-02-02, 08:16 PM
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Re: Volume is strangely low...solutions?

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Plus CDs are totally silent even though I adjusted CD audio to maximum in the same volume control I mentioned earlier.
Did you remember to hook up an audio cable to the drive?
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make sure you plugg it into the right hole
Old 01-03-02, 05:53 AM
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Make sure the volume in Winamp is turned up.
Old 01-03-02, 06:36 AM
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Yes, everything is at maximum. I'll just stick to headphones until my roommate the programmer has a chance to fix it (hopefully)...
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Here's a longshot, but its a good thing to do regardless of whether you're having problems or not.

Have you installed the latest drivers for your soundcard? I have a Soundblaster Live! card, and I routinely check for driver updates every month. My card comes with a "mixer" suite that controls the volume levels on top of the main Windows volume control, and usually this volume level has to be adjusted. Even if it doesn't help you, its always a good idea to have the latest drivers running to minimize any other problems that might arise.
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I have a nForce motherboard, so everything is integrated. I'll look around to see if there are any new drivers. I heard that this motherboard is brand new, so maybe they haven't worked all the bugs out yet...
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Originally posted by Crazy Aoshi
I have a nForce motherboard, so everything is integrated. I'll look around to see if there are any new drivers. I heard that this motherboard is brand new, so maybe they haven't worked all the bugs out yet...
i think you just answered your own question. perhaps the integrated sound isn't as good as your own seperate sound card.
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I assume your speakers aren't powered. I'd say the new sound card doesn't put out as much power to push non-powered speakers to the same volume level.
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No, the speakers aren't powered. I doubt my previous sound card is better than this one...my old computer is from 1997, and my roommate keeps saying the integrated video and sound are better than most stand alone cards...but maybe I just need powered speakers...?
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Originally posted by Crazy Aoshi
...but maybe I just need powered speakers...?
That's what I'm thinking. Most speakers you buy now are powered, so most sound boards are putting out just enough to get the signal to the speakers.
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Try some pwered ones. Even if you don't have much to spend you can get super cheap ones for about $8.
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Yeah, powered speakers. I don't think it is the nforce at all.

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