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Windows 7: Sound Goes Loud and Quiet Continuously!

01 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Sound Goes Loud and Quiet Continuously!

Hi,

This started happening a few weeks ago. I actually thought it was my old speakers that were faulty, so I replaced them with decent speakers, and as most of my work is tutorial videos (with speaking), I didn't notice it happening on my new speakers too, but then I played music and it was obvious.

It happens on my normal PC built-in sound card and also on my proper sound box for making music: Roland Duo Capture EX.

It just sounds like you're playing music and a little kid is continually messing with the volume button!

What is causing this?

And how do I make the sound consistent please?

thanks a lot


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01 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Can you post a screen shot of the audio devices in the Device Manager?

I have a recording studio using Sonar X3 and a Roland Octa-Capture.

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02 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Fireberd,

OK thanks but it can't be a Sonar issue, it must be a PC issue, as it happens with the normal internal sound card too.

I can't actually use Sonar because I don't have my MIDI keyboard here, so there are no devices.

I think maybe I complicated the issue by mentioning the external Roland sound card. The problem is definitely with the PC sound, or it would only happen in Sonar.

thanks

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02 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Does this happen when the Duo-Capture is NOT plugged into the PC?

Just trying to get a reference.

According to what I see on the ASUS site, the internal sound is RealTek. Do you have the RealTek installed? or just the generic, basic function, windows installed HD Audio Codec? If RealTek is not installed that is the first step for the PC audio.
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02 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Does this happen when the Duo-Capture is NOT plugged into the PC?

Just trying to get a reference.

According to what I see on the ASUS site, the internal sound is RealTek. Do you have the RealTek installed? or just the generic, basic function, windows installed HD Audio Codec? If RealTek is not installed that is the first step for the PC audio.
Hi,

Yes it happens when the Duo Capture is not connected.

If I have to have RealTek (or whatever), I don't understand because I have had the PC since Feb 2011 and the problem only started happening a few weeks ago - just before Christmas 2013.

So I must have had the correct codec installed previously.

It is possible that the audio settings were changed when I got Sonar X2 (around October 2013 - possibly when I first thought the speakers were faulty. I can't be sure exactly when it was.)

Is there a way of finding out the name of the internal audio card? I'm sure its called Microsoft something.

this is what I have found:


Wait, I just found this:



So it looks like I did have Realtek previously, but how do I get it set up again please?

thanks
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02 Feb 2014   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The Device Manager will list what Audio devices you have. Go to Start, RIGHT click on "Computer" and then LEFT click on Properties. The Device Manager will be listed in the upper left of the panel and you can access it there. I don't think installing Sonar would have caused it. I've had several different PC's and Sonar versions from Sonar 7 up to X3 and never had the problem you are having. I currently have Sonar X3 installed in my main recording studio PC which uses Windows 7 64 bit and on my backup system that has Windows 8.1.

Here is my Device Manager Audio section (without the Octa-Capture attached). The listed devices are the AMD High Definition Audio Device for HDMI audio, RealTek for PC audio and two Tranzport devices which are for my Frontier Tranzport wireless control surface (but has no bearing or affect on sound).


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02 Feb 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Sorry, I have been adding to my last post with more pics, not realizing you posted again.


I didn't think just the installing of Sonar messed it up,
but I thought it oculd have been the messing about for two weeks with all the audio settings and being stuck on the Sonar forum while lots of people came to help me.

(They made me buy expensive equipment, and it turned out to be a damn "synth" setting that wasn't checked!)


Here's my audio settings in Device Manager. NVidia is what I've got:



Always had that and it's always worked ok (although I thought it was a video codec, not audio).

Realtek is not listed here.

thanks
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02 Feb 2014   #8

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You must have a different motherboard than what listed, as ASUS lists RealTek for the P7H55-M motherboard.
Audio:

Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- Support Jack-dectection, Multi-streaming,Front Panel Jack-Retasking (Mic in port)
- ASUS Noise Filter
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

One thing that is suspect is the PC's power supply. Varying voltage(s) could cause the problem.

However, Go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally the Sound Panel. In the Playback section your "Speakers" should be set as the Default Playback Device. In the Recording section, the "Stereo Mixer" (could be called System Mixer) should be set as the default recording device.

You could also "reinstall" the VIA by RIGHT clicking on the VIA entry in the Device Manager to highlight it and then LEFT click "Uninstall" DO NOT uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC (with the Duo-Capture disconnected) and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the VIA sound. This fixes a lot of problems and if there were any corruption between Windows and the sound this will also fix that.
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02 Feb 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
You must have a different motherboard than what listed, as ASUS lists RealTek for the P7H55-M motherboard.
Audio:

Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- Support Jack-dectection, Multi-streaming,Front Panel Jack-Retasking (Mic in port)
- ASUS Noise Filter
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

One thing that is suspect is the PC's power supply. Varying voltage(s) could cause the problem.

However, Go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally the Sound Panel. In the Playback section your "Speakers" should be set as the Default Playback Device. In the Recording section, the "Stereo Mixer" (could be called System Mixer) should be set as the default recording device.

You could also "reinstall" the VIA by RIGHT clicking on the VIA entry in the Device Manager to highlight it and then LEFT click "Uninstall" DO NOT uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC (with the Duo-Capture disconnected) and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the VIA sound. This fixes a lot of problems and if there were any corruption between Windows and the sound this will also fix that.

Hi,

Thanks a lot.

The system specs were copied and pasted from my receipt
from Powerc.com/uk who custom-built the PC in 2011.
As far as I know it is the correct motherboard.

Maybe they put a different sound card with it.


In control Panel > Playback:



check!


But in Recording I don't have Stereo Mixer or System Mixer:




...only the mic from my headset.


Trying to sort out the VIA now...

thanks
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02 Feb 2014   #10

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

OK, I found what could be your motherboard, it could be the ASUS P7H55-M LX version as it does have VIA audio. They have quite a few different P7H55-M models. Download and run the free Speccy program and it will profile what you have.

Speccy - System Information - Free Download

The Stereo Mix apparently has never been activated. In the Sound/Recording Panel, RIGHT click in a blank area in that panel and then click to Show Disabled Devices and Disconnected Devices. The Stereo Mix should now appear and you can make that the default recording device. I don't know if it will affect the playback issue but something you need to do anyway.
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