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Windows 7: Another Realtek Problem

15 Apr 2016   #11

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maybe your taste is higher than what you led people to believe (not that high taste is a bad thing).
if you are comparing old laptop speakers to the many newer tiny cube speakers, then yeah - those new cube speakers generally sound like a big improvement.

they are louder & that guarantees there's more details possible (not to be confused with really there), because the more the cone moves - the more of a grip it has on the air, thus the more details possible in the air.
(but if the speaker moves a lot & simply isn't a good speaker, then it won't sound like an improvement)
that is why people always turn up the volume when their favorite song comes on.

but don't confuse what i said with laptop speakers that can't play as loud or louder than a cube speaker.
that is a speaker efficiency thing & if you assume it isn't possible, you'd be that much more surprised when it happens.
(i'm also not saying there are any speakers available for sale that are highly efficient enough to do that, i'm only saying it is possible to be built - not that there are any for sale, but there might be some where as i haven't looked)

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15 Apr 2016   #12

Windows 7 Professional

No, it is not at all a taste issue. I'm not a music connoisseur or a perfectionist I just like to actually hear radio commentary/news bulletins without having the volume set to 100% and even then not being able to hear properly because A. the sound is very soft and B. it is very muffled. .
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15 Apr 2016   #13

windows 7 home premium 64bit

yeah, soft & muffled is the one where it's hard to not be dust or crud.
speakers tend to be soft or muffled, usually not both (soft = bright | muffled = muddy).

the only way for speakers to pass quality assurance & then turn soft & muffled afterwards is if the amount of voltage & slew going to the speakers from the amplifier has changed a lot.
but the amplifier probably runs on the standard voltage without a need for a transformer (to change the voltage up or down).
then that takes care of how loud it is.
the quality of whatever piece they could ever use to replace a broken piece could make it muffled, but not very.

i find it hard to believe you went out of your way to buy a bluetooth speaker because you didn't like the flavor of the laptop speakers, yet you say it isn't a taste issue at all.
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15 Apr 2016   #14

Windows 7 Professional

It was only 10 so not a big outlay. How much would a repair place charge to investigate the internal speakers? They were quoting 50 to change a keyboard on my old laptop and I did the job myself in 5 minutes. In regard to being muffled it is even worse than that. It is bearing on inaudible! I can listen to sound played back on the Bluetooth speaker with the setting at about 40% and hear every word. With the internal speaker I can hear every other word with the volume set at 100%.
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15 Apr 2016   #15

windows 7 home premium 64bit

repair prices can be rather high. but it might be worth it to get it looked at because if there isn't any dust or crud in there, it could be a sign of an electrical problem that is killing your laptop - and what good is a dead laptop?
might cost more later rather than catching it early.

if they repaired the laptop & simply looked to see if it posted to the bios, then they didn't check the audio - they didn't give themselves any reason to use a scope or test the circuit after the repair because they were being lazy & negligent.

if the voltage from the amplifier is low causing the speakers to be low output, the amplifier could be sucking up more power than what the motherboard is originally designed to do, and that sucking of the power is going to break other pieces too.

it could also be a drip of solder somewhere on the motherboard barely shorting something together - and that could also break the motherboard early.

when things aren't the way they are supposed to be, there's a good chance it's going to make things worse (not to be confused with improvements).

no sense shrugging your shoulders & then be surprised that the laptop is dead simply because you didn't check for dust or crud to know if there was a potential electrical problem the repair person overlooked.
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15 Apr 2016   #16

Windows 7 Professional

There is a laptop repair shop about a 2 minute walk from me. I may go there with it for their opinion. If there is a solution I would be likely to pursue it depending on what they said.
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