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Windows 7: Volume too loud


08 Sep 2010   #1

Windows & Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Volume too loud

I keep reading complaints about Windows 7 volume being too low. Oddly enough, I find my volume too high. Is there a way to tweak the volume settings for more subtley at lower levels?

I hooked up a set of speakers to my computer that does NOT have hardware volume controls or a remote of any kind. It has worked fine on my other WinXP machine. On my new Windows 7 computer with realtek onboard audio, I have the volume at 1 and it is too loud. Its fine if I am watching a movie, but I really don't need this high of a volume when I am working at 3 in the morning. I went into control panel to go into the properties for my speakers. I lowered the individual levels for my front/rear/etc speakers. This does nothing to fix the problem because if I lower these levels, I cannot hear anything. I have to raise the volume up to hear anything. Basically, the default levels for my speakers were at 100. @100, my volume was at 1. When I lowered the levels to 24, I had to use volume at 7 before I can hear anything. 0-6 results in no sound from my speakers. If I go lower than 24, I have to raise my volume. If I go higher than 23, say 50, I have to raise my volume. So these levels do not help me at all.

The only "fix" I found was to add enhancement>room correction and add a -10 dB gain to my speakers. Unfortunately, this is not that great of a fix as I cannot go any lower than that not to mention this feels like an artificial fix or something. Any help is very much appreciated.

I have already tried updating my drivers through realtek's website and my manufacturer Gateway. I have already reinstalled OS. Gateway Official Site: Shop - Desktops - FX6803 25 Product Details is my computer. Thanks!


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08 Sep 2010   #2

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

100= too load
24= too quiet
50= too quiet
did you try 75 ??

I assume that you are using the Realtek control panel to do 'all' this level adjusting.

it would be helpful to know just how many speakers are connected and HOW they are connected
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08 Sep 2010   #3

Windows & Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

sorry I should have been more specific.

the speakers are 5.1 with 2 front/center/2 rear speakers connecting with the sub which then connects to the PC via green/black/yellow jacks.

Also, I see how what I wrote can be misconstrued. When I lower the speaker levels, I hear nothing on the speakers. I have to raise the main volume to hear anything. When I do raise it enough to hear something, it is the same exact level as any of the other levels I try. I'm trying to say that the min level is always the same no matter how I configure it.

so basically, speaker at 100 with OS volume at 1 is the same as speaker at 24 with OS volume at 7. This is how it is for everything in between as well. 75 would require something like OS volume 3. But all these levels are still producing the same loudness.

I tried changing these settings from Windows 7's mixers AND realtek's. They both seem to change the same things.
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08 Sep 2010   #4

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

what is the 'brand' of the speakers?-so I can research them.
and what version Realtek driver and codec?
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08 Sep 2010   #5

Windows & Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

the speakers are altec lansing ADA995. they were manufactured for DELL however and was meant to be used with their multimedia keyboard (hence the lack of vol controls). The multimedia keyboard is pretty much just the same as the typical keyboard now a days that slide the OS volume.

I have tried the following drivers:
realtek 6.0.1.6045 2/9/2010
realtek 6.0.1.6194 9/6/2010
and a driver that gateway told me to try which I assume is one of the two above, don't remember the driver version.
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08 Sep 2010   #6

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

have you tried the DELL keyboard on your win 7 machine?

this is a link to the DELL support for this speaker system

Documentation

according to the documentation--DELL may have some available software to run these.

hopefully you can possibly find a download--or IF you still have the DELL machine and disks--it may be on the disk(s)--compatibility may be an issue.
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08 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I think that the problem lies with your speakers. Active speakers (i.e. those which contain an amplifier) usually have a volume control to adjust the sound output level. These don't (apart from the sub-woofer). This behaviour of using non-standardised components is typical of Dell. The speakers will have been commisioned by them to only give a satisfactory performance on the system(s) that they are designed for.
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08 Sep 2010   #8

Windows & Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

ive tried the speakers on several different systems all with different sound cards and worked fine. All these systems were running WinXP though. I tried it on a different Windows 7 machine as well and it worked fine but that computer only had the regular front speaker jack only (green).

I wish the keyboard would fix the issue as I have both the software and keyboard it was meant to go with, but, as I said, the keyboard just changes the volume on the OS.

These speakers, albeit old, work really well I wish I had everyone's volume too low problem instead...I was installing SC2 last night and had to mute because it was too loud sigh
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08 Sep 2010   #9

Windows & Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
I think that the problem lies with your speakers. Active speakers (i.e. those which contain an amplifier) usually have a volume control to adjust the sound output level. These don't (apart from the sub-woofer). This behaviour of using non-standardised components is typical of Dell. The speakers will have been commisioned by them to only give a satisfactory performance on the system(s) that they are designed for.
I was thinking it was the speakers themselves just being too loud. Wish I can easily confirm this and just buy another pair of speakers...just the fact that I had it run fine on 3 different XP machines and my other Windows 7 machine makes it so hard for me to decide where the fault lies. I tried connecting other speakers to my desktop to see if its my desktop...but of course the other 2 sets of speakers I tried..both have volume control so it kind of made the test moot in point.

but one thing that really does bother me is why the balance of the speakers are not locked together at times...when I slide the front speaker level back and forth, either L or R will sometimes be set to a different level and end up not emiting any sounds as a result. I'm also wondering why if I lower the individual speaker levels, I HAVE to increase my normal volume to hear anything (which ends up at the same level anyways...). This problem existed for all my speakers. I attached a pic of different settings that all sound the same...1@100 and 1@75 are exactly the same...believe it or not


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31 Jul 2011   #10

Vista
 
 
Volume too loud with Altec Lansing 5.1 Speakers

I have the same problem. Don't know what to do, sounds like I need to buy a new speaker system from this post. Is there no way to adjust the volume to something lower and more reasonable (I have the setting on 1 and it is still too loud)! I have Windows Vista. Sounds like Windows 7 has the same issue as well.
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