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Windows 7: Volume not loud enough - how do I bypass volume limit?

24 Jun 2010   #11

Linux Mint 9 and windows 7

I know what you want. You want to put the volume to 150% not just 100%. Linux as be able to do this for over 10+ years and I have not find this in any version of windows to date.

In Linux you just click on the sound icon on the taskbar, then open the sound preferences, there you can put the volume passed 100% all the way up to 150%

I know what you saying, the volume in windows is just not that loud and you right. I have a duel boot laptop with win7 and Linux. Even at just 100% and not 150% (which Linux can do) it is all ready way louder than win 7 and can go louder.

100% volume in win7 is like only 60% to 70% volume in Linux. (This will very based on installed sound card. This is how it is for me.)

If you must have the volume louder you may have to install and use Linux. UNLESS there is a windows app that will do this for you, that I just don't know of.

I don't know way MS puts the volume limit so low.

PS: this is not the only resigns to get Linux.

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24 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LoWang View Post
I have the same problem - windows 7 audio is way more quiet then in vista! I will try the creative drivers instead of the built-in ones and will see...

Yes, there is definitely a difference in Windows 7 overall output volume, I have a tri-boot system, Win-7, Win-XP & OSX-Leopard. Win-7's output volume is positively anemic compared to the other two. Probably something to do with leaving overhead for the DSP plugins, bad decision though. Microsoft should have released some kind of audio guide for the changes made, I've never seen as many complaints regarding an OS handling of internal audio.

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25 Jun 2010   #13

Windows vista home premium and Windows 7RC1

I have and idea - you can use ffdshow settings to boost volume while watching movies (if you have it installed - for example as a part of CCCP codec pack)
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11 Jul 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
dfx audio enhancer

Mate just use "dfx audio enhancer"... it's a type of plug-in that works for alll kinds of media players (WMP. Winamp, DivX, VLC media player). You can choose whether you want to listen on speaker or on headphones and what you want hear louder (only bass, vocals, or everything).

I used this on my old laptop which just didn't have enough volume. You can find this software for about 29 Bucks or just search the web until you find it for free.
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19 Jul 2010   #15

windows 7 Home Premium

VLC Media player will let you increase volume up to 200%.
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14 Apr 2011   #16

Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu 10.10, Windows Server 2003

This is possibly an update but on searching google, this thread was the top hit and the actual answer is not in here.

Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Select Your Output on the Playback Tab > Properties > Enhancements Tab > Enable "Loudness Equalization"

I'm not sure if this will push the sound levels above a threshold but it should fix problems with things being too quiet at the OS level.

Just wanted to put an actual useful answer in this thread for future searchers.
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20 Apr 2011   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

That was it, thanks!
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21 Apr 2011   #18

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

I am having the same problems with my windows 7 and the volume being quieter then it should be. But heres the catch, when i first installed the drivers for it from the Realtek web site. Now this isn't my main computer its my laptop although I NEVER use the built in speaker I always use my External speakers. My external speakers are the Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound System. I did a fresh install when i first got the computer and downloaded the drivers from Toshiba's website, But also it does have Dolby Advanced Audio not sure it this would effect it or not but I have to have the volume at 100% on my laptop but I leave it there because I never use the built in speaker, but I have to have the volume over 50% on the speaker system to have a good volume level for comfortable listen. If any one could shine some light on this issue that would be great.

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21 Apr 2011   #19

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit

Some audio software /cards come with a setting 'nightmode' - make sure you are not stuck on that!
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21 Apr 2011   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kiwichick View Post
VLC Media player will let you increase volume up to 200%.
the version my dad uses goes to 400%.
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