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

26 May 2011   #31
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

Buy a stereo headset with a stronger dB (decibel) output and you'll get a louder sound but be careful, loud music can impair your hearing. I learned this myself by frequently having max volume on my headset and playing drums quite often. Now, I felt I had trouble hearing what other people say sometimes. Or if you don't bother spending money, get a 5 in 1 speaker system.

By the way, Linux operating systems produce loud sound and by default, the volume is not even max. If you max a Linux's volume control, its 15-20% louder than max volume on Windows but Windows' sound quality is a bit clearer....anyway Linux's are louder with sound output. I use Linux Mint 9 and I seem to prefer it more when playing music like Mp3's or watching Youtube than Windows because its LOUDER definitely.


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26 May 2011   #32
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah, VLC can make the volume louder (Volume goes to 200!), but a lot of times that's at the expense of audio Quality. It's just amplifying the signal in software which then clips the peaks that are there and eventually flattens the dynamic range and destroys the SNR Though in an emergency, if you want to hear something that's very quiet, it comes in handy...
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02 Jun 2011   #33
bitsmt

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Imperfect1 response is in the right direction.

The Volume control requires drivers, which have the hard coded upper and lower limitations. Manufactures put this in place to prevent you from blowing your speakers or internal amplifier. It can be bypassed, using two options. Only ONE is a universal solutions.

Option 1: Check to see if you is the ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) for your computer. There may be a better driver. (I.E. Clevo, Compal, Quanta, Wistron...)
Option 2: Reverse engineer the drivers and determine how to edit the upper and lower limits. (Could be as easy as a registry edit or ini file mod).
Option 3: Install a Media Player (such as VLAN's VLC) that will allow you to bypass the upper limit.

Option three is the easiest.

How do I know?
1. If you ever had an M2400 with XP64 or W764, you'll find the M$ drivers provide louder volume control than the Manufacture ones.
2. There are news threads out there that show you how to edit the file in the drivers that alters the upper limit (sorry, can't remember the linky). I.E.: Search http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com.

Buena suerte!

P.S. VLAN has (advanced) settings that does let you go way, WAY beyond 200%. Not recommended.
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06 Jul 2011   #34
kentucky777

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

setup your loudness setting in your speaker in control panel heres the screenshot

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06 Jul 2011   #35
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

I'm somewhat horrified to see some of the suggestions here...

Protect your equipment, and use an amp and some proper speakers.
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07 Jul 2011   #36
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Heh yeah, the REAL solution is to use externally amplified speakers....

I have to keep the volume on my studio monitors to about 25% or I'll blow my ears out.
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09 Jul 2011   #37
DrToxic

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I use optical out to my sound coversion box, and i've never had anything on my pc set below 100%... (though the self-amped speakers...different story)...

seriously, you want it louder? buy an amplifier and some bigger speakers...

Just dont forget, if you decide to go stupid on how big your getting, keep them away from your PC, the magnetic field will format your HDD for you.

"carelessness causes loss of data"
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09 Jul 2011   #38
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrToxic View Post
I use optical out to my sound coversion box, and i've never had anything on my pc set below 100%... (though the self-amped speakers...different story)...

seriously, you want it louder? buy an amplifier and some bigger speakers...

Just dont forget, if you decide to go stupid on how big your getting, keep them away from your PC, the magnetic field will format your HDD for you.

"carelessness causes loss of data"
You'd need a speaker with a very strong magnet and you would have to have the hard drive basically attached to the speakers magnet to cause any damage or data loss.
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10 Jul 2011   #39
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrToxic View Post
I use optical out to my sound coversion box, and i've never had anything on my pc set below 100%... (though the self-amped speakers...different story)...

seriously, you want it louder? buy an amplifier and some bigger speakers...

Just dont forget, if you decide to go stupid on how big your getting, keep them away from your PC, the magnetic field will format your HDD for you.

"carelessness causes loss of data"
You'd need a speaker with a very strong magnet and you would have to have the hard drive basically attached to the speakers magnet to cause any damage or data loss.
Agreed.
If you hold a harddrive in front of a PA speaker cone, you'll be safe.
The only way you'l get any type of magnetic interference is if you hold the drive right up to the PA speaker magnet itself.
PA speakers are a massive overkill for a PC anyway, unless you plan on filling a hall or auditorium. In which case you wouldnt have the PC anywhere near the speakers anyway.

You're not wrong, DrToxic. But just a bit out of context
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11 Jul 2011   #40
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Used to be a big problem back in the old CRT days... Most studio monitors and larger computer specific speakers are magnetically shielded.

Though with LCDs it's not really a problem any more...
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