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Windows 7: RealTek Quiet Sound

29 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64Bit
RealTek Quiet Sound

Hello All,

I'm running XP32 bit and W7 64Bit in dual boot. On W7 the audio at max volume is less than what Xp volume is at 50%. Using latest 2.35 drivers and all settings in the control panel seem to be correct.

Any ideas?


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29 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit

I'm sorry that you are having this issue, but pleased too, as I've had exactly the same problem for the last few months but can find no solution either...I wish I knew the answer to this....

Here's hoping.....
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05 Nov 2009   #3

windows 7

yep, same issue here. Even went and installed my old audigy 2 zs and that did the same thing. Its frustrating as with XP everything was nice and loud but now i have to turn it up to double the volume to get where i was before.
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05 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

It is not a solution, but at least your ears are safe

I hope someone here can give you all a good fix.

Have a nice day!

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09 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7

I had this problem happen to me tonight.
The sound suddenly went really quiet and I could barely hear sounds ,using headphones, above the TV in the same room. It just happened for no apparent reason.
After a looooot of messing around I decided to remove the realtek software and drivers and rebooted. I then allowed Win 7 to automatically detect the hardware and install its own driver. Guess what, it fixed the problem, my sound is back to normal again.
My advice, try this method, if it worked for me it should work for you.

Oh, I am using onboard realtek ALC1200 on windows 7 home premium 64 bit
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09 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Hello olivermbs,

I found this, it helped someone with a similar problem.
"set to DVD quality" below the link:
Low sound volume

I hope this will make a change for you.

Best regards,

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20 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64Bit

Thank you for your replies guys. Unfortunatly the DVD quality trick didn't do it, even with latest 2.37 drivers sound seems far too quiet. Good for my ears, yeah probably I'll be doing a fresh install soon of W7 Ultimate and see if that helps.
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20 Nov 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Did you check the settings in the Realtech Audio Manager
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21 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64Bit

Yep I checked those, here are my settings:

I have found 7.1 to be louder than stereo. This may be because I have a 5.1 surround sound system and headphones. 99% of the time I do not use the speakers though.
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23 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Pro

Good Evening.

My audio seemed quieter than normal when i upgraded to Win 7 from Vista, and my music even sometimes seemed to change phase, as if someone was moving my speakers towards then away from me, and from left to right. It was strange, but I found that by disabling all enhancments on the sound card options made it louder and back to normal. I had no boxes ticked, but my clicked 'Disable All...'anyway, it cured my problem.

Here are some steps:
1) Right click speaker icon in bottom left (or Control Panel, Hardware & Sound, Sound)
2) Select 'Playback Devices
3) Right click on the speaker output you are using, usually 'Speakers'
4) Select 'Properties'
5) Click 'Enhancements'
6) Tick 'Disable All Enhancements'
7) Click 'OK'
8) Restart Media Player and any other audio programs open, a system restart should not be require, but should done if sound is still not correct.

Hope this helps you and anyone else who is having issues
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