Volume too low in VISTA

Discussion in 'General Technical' started by Guest, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi, The audio volume on vista is too low.

    How can I increase the volume on Windows Vista.

    It doesn't matter what device (medium) using. Can not increase volume loud
    enough no matter what the format.

    Just got Vista pc few days back.

    Today, had to turn full volume on volume icon in start bar, as well as turn
    full up in windows media to hear a speech and not really hear good enough, or
    as would desire. Volume is quite low. (to note this is something I've
    always listened to with xp.)

    This is after yesterday realizing same thing on listening to music, is way
    too low.

    Also, in start bar is the volume icon, which has just a single slider, where
    in xp we had volume and could adjust several things. Is there any way to get
    the full capability volume icon which gave us some 5 controls?

    Main question though, how do I increase volume on windows vista (home
    premium sp1?)

    Appreciate your help!

    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
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  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Isn't there a MIXER selection underneath the slider and mute button?
    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    What type of monitor do you have? What brand? Does the monitor have
    built in speakers? This all makes a big difference. I have an HP 19" lcd
    that has built in speakers. I too had to turn volume all the way up just
    to here at a normal level. Sound quailty and volume are poor on most lcd
    monitors these days.I had an old (ac)powered set by Altec Lansing that I
    paid $8 for at my walmart and hooked them up and the sound was 20 times
    better than the shotty factory built ins. I would try a inexpensive set
    of speakers and see if that will do it for you. Now you can get ac
    powered and usb,(no power cord on usb-just plug in usb to usb port). I
    have both. Both work great. Hope this helps.

    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi, there's a mixer you click on and just shows the one volume (same thing),
    as well as the windows volume (for windows sounds, like low battery, or error
    etc, sounds.)

    If go into sound in control panel; is nothing there to set the volume higher.

    I've tried the different configurations, surround, 2 speakers etc, and
    nothing helps.

    This is a problem of low volume on Vista in my opinion, as like I said, the
    volume on start bar, even fully up to highest level is not loud enough on
    most to all medium.

    When I did a google search on this problem saw many hits saying same thing,
    though I didn't go into any of them and none were microsoft or any sites I
    would feel comfortable surfing in.but apparently is a problem common to Vista
    and hoping there is a fix.

    Thanks for writng JW!
    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Try plugging speakers and headphones directly into computer on the back
    of box (computer) and see if that makes a difference. Have you tried
    updating your drivers. Is your graphics/video intergraded on mobo
    (mother board).

    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi, Thanks for writing.

    My speakers are directly plugged into the pc. I have an extension as well,
    so can interchange between headset and speakers without disconnecting from
    back of pc to change from speaker to headset, (It's a y cable or such.)

    I use headphone most often.

    In Sounds in in control panel; it doesn't show my speakers as being hardware
    on the system.

    It shows speakers and underneath says realtek high definition audio. I
    imagine is default setting?

    As i said, I now have vista but on previous sys which i just lost, speakers
    (mine) also were not listed as hardware, so is no driver for them or did not
    need one as sound worked fine on xp.

    Way back on win 98 it used a driver (these speakers) but not on xp and now
    not on vista, well, it doesn't see my speakers as altec lansing. Guess it
    wouldn't as only is plugged into back of pc for sound.

    The realtek which shows in sound does show a driver, but again, I'm
    guessing that is the default sound for Vista? Though not sure.

    When I set up pc (as just got week ago), I just plugged my speaker into back
    of pc.

    What I have is altec lansing speakers and some box, maybe is called a
    woofer or something which it all plugs into and that is plugged into the
    power, and the speakers in to the back of the pc.

    Do you think I need uninstall what now shows in sound in control panel
    showing speakers which under that says realtek high definition audio, and
    find a driver for these very old but very good speakers and woofer (if is

    Thanks for your help!
    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi! I replied but it didn't post.

    Thanks for writing.

    My speakers are plugged directly in the back of the pc.

    My speakers do not show in sound in control panel.

    They didn't show either when I had XP, but worked fine.

    I have altec lansing speakers and a box, maybe a woofer or some box.
    Speakers plug into that, that box plugs into electric, and speakers plug into
    back of pc.

    It hasn't been since win98 where I've needed to use drivers for these
    speakers. These are old speakers, but very good quality, along with the box.

    When i go to sounds, it says speaker, and underneath that say realtek high
    definition audio. It has a driver. I assume that is the default for Vista
    or possibly due to sound card?

    In my start bar where processes are running; shows reaktej hd audio
    manager, which I just noticed. it is set to stereo, ( i have two speakers)
    and set for room as environment. Everything looks fine and nothing much I
    can see to do to it.

    Do I need delete what is in sound in control panel? and how would i install
    my speakers as have nothing to install them with, if need a disk as again,
    got them in win98 time. Do I do that and try to find a driver for these old
    but very good speakers and whatever that box is which they are hooked into?

    I wonder why the default or realtek doesn't have full volume, or good volume?

    Again, I am now using Vista.

    Thanks for your help,
    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I see the first did post, but the 2nd one has more info then the first so if
    could read the second has more information.

    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have a sneeky felling it's the audio driver for the mother board. I
    had a Dell computer given to us, it just had xp no service pk updates at
    all not even sp pk 1. The computer had the look and feel of windows 9x,
    but was xp. I tried to hook up some speakers and no go. Just like you
    said it didn't show up either in sound control panel. So after doing all
    the updates and hot fixes and so on I finally got it to look like xp.
    The next thing I did was check device manager and see if there where any
    highlighted areas. Yes there was, audio driver. Did the search for
    driver on internet tab and bingo bango it found the driver, loaded it
    and I had speakers being reconized in the sound control pane. I plugged
    in speakers and I had sound. Maybe this might give you some insight as
    where to go next. If this doesnt help then it's beyond my techno know
    how, being my techno know how-self taught. Sorry I can't be of more
    help..good luck.

    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi, aww thanks so much for writing! That's good to know what occurred with
    your system and how you got it going.

    In device manager all shows good and working. hmm..

    But as my speakers aren't showing as intalled, it's just the card that came
    with the sys, which appears to be fine. No idea how to install speakers, if
    they need to be.

    Thank you so very much for writing.

    Take care,

    Guest, Jul 7, 2008
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    You are saying above that you have a sound card. But, for some reason
    when I read the posts, it sounds like you have an onboard speaker. (
    Part of the motherboard)The realtek software that first came out with
    Vista machines had very old drivers, I had to update mine. The sound was
    terrible and very low. I could not record anything either.
    See *"brinks"* post here
    Brink is very knowledgable and helpful he will guide you if need be.
    Good luck!! Let us know how you make out.

    Guest, Jul 8, 2008
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Bizaar, I was reading this correspondence, as I was having the same
    problem. I have Vista Premium 64bit with Bose Companion 5's. Sound was
    good, but volume was too low this mornign when I got on, even at highest
    setting through the control panel. I went as far as clicking on Brinks
    post, as listed above, and just as I started to read that post, the
    volume boosted and everything was back to normal. Sounds like software?
    I hate when things correct themselves with no explanation known to me,
    but on the other hand, I'm rockin' now. :)

    Guest, Mar 3, 2009
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I just recreated the problem when I moved the subwoofer. It was the USB
    cord where it pougged into the sub. When moved, sound lowered. I moved
    it around for a better connection and repositioned the sub out from the
    wall a bit, sounds great now.

    Guest, Mar 3, 2009
  14. Guest

    Guest Guest

    It's a problem with Vista. I have a Vista desktop and laptop. No one
    knows how to increase the gain (volume) across the board to what it was
    in XP.

    I hope they fix it in Windows 7 or someone makes a third-party software
    applet to increase the volume.


    Guest, Jul 31, 2009
  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

    use the attached file (media player classic ) and make changes to props;
    or go to win media player and up all the Hz's in the EQ

    |Filename: Capture2.JPG |
    |Download: http://www.vistax64.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=14647|


    SpellCherkers aren't worth a shirt
    Guest, Aug 1, 2009
  16. Guest

    Guest Guest

    All the EQ's are up. What is that box below the Media Player EQ? That
    looks like it could help.



    Guest, Aug 1, 2009
  17. Guest

    Guest Guest

    (is that audio switcher screen capture from the Media Player Classic?)

    Guest, Aug 1, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    saminbama;1103441 Wrote:



    SpellCherkers aren't worth a shirt
    Guest, Aug 2, 2009
  19. Guest

    Guest Guest

    That's a good workaround. I appreciate your help. My frustration comes
    from the fact that the "master volume" is not as loud (by at least 50%)
    in Vista as it was in XP, no matter what you do.

    In fact, after more than one program shares the sound "card" (or chip
    or whatever handles the audio), it does not relinquish the shared volume
    it "borrowed" while another program was using volume, thus lowering the
    master volume even more.

    For example, if I have a DVD playing, music streaming, and youtube clip
    playing, the shared audio causes the total volume to be divided. But
    when you close the DVD program and the streaming music, for example, the
    youtube audio never comes back to normal. It is so low sometimes that I
    can't even watch a movie because I can't hear the words.

    The EQ is maxed out, all the software based volume controls and sliders
    are maxed out, yet when you click on the speaker in the lower-right
    corner of the taskbar, you will see that the green level rarely makes it
    100%. This happens with any computer I've ever used that has Vista on

    I know we can all go out and buy active speakers and turn up the volume
    like that, but if I'm on my laptop that is not practical. Besides, why
    did they design Vista to reduce the volume, anyway? My four-year old XP
    TravelMate clobbers my sleek new Aspire and HP desktop in the sound
    department in every way.

    Don't even get me started on the headphone jack functionality (still
    more mind-boggling settings required for when you plug external speakers
    or headphones in!) I'll save my rant on that for another post. :sarc:



    Guest, Aug 3, 2009
  20. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I use win media player classic for eveery file (
    mp3,avi,DVD,mpeg,flac,flv,etc )
    I have not tried to connect speakers or earphones yet.


    SpellCherkers aren't worth a shirt ya no

    If I helped you, please tip my scales. If I have not, curse me out like
    a drunken sailor
    Guest, Aug 3, 2009
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