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I found an app I like called Volumouse.
You control the volume with a hotkey (you choose which - I use Alt) and the scroll-wheel on the mouse. Handy, dandy and easy.
does selecting a higher volume for the various controls introduce distortion? Can I set all but one to maximum and control volume with either the speaker or the application?
One problem I consistently run into is a different volume level set for each application I'm running. When I view online video content like You Tube in my browser it seems I have to jack the XP system volume level all the way to "11" just so I can hear it properly. Then if my email notifier kicks in it shrieks at me at an ear-splitting, speaker-distorting level. If I could just get all of my apps to play their sound at a consistent level I would be happy.
Thanks Leo, this did the trick. My XP Windows and the app were set to max, but still low volume. I found the mixer you mentioned and the wave volume setting was very low. When I max'ed that, presto I have volume. Cool..
I bought an Acer laptop running Windows 7 at Christmas and was disappoint at the available volume on otherwise excellent speakers. I eventually managed to increase the output by turning on the equaliser (just checking the box) and this gave me a more than acceptable increase in volume.
When I first got my Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista it was very difficult to hear the movies. Turned out I was missing all kinds of codecs.
Some laptops have rotary (hardware) volume controls. Even if you keep it at 100% and never use it, the control setting can be changed by friction in your carrying case. Annoying!
It's a horrible design issue I come across all the time. The best option is to invest in a cheap floor 5.1 speaker system that boosts the volume signal.
Speaker volume is covered then, but ever since I upgraded my xp machine to Vista (it was sold as "Vista-ready" and the upgrade was part of the deal) I haven't been able to get any microphone to work at all. Tried several mics, front panel input, rear "line" input. The audio manager says the "3.5mm front panel mic socket" is working, everything else seems to be ok, but I can't get any response. Is there an xp-Vista change that could do this? Or do I have to buy a different type of mic? The xp os is still on the hard drive but is partitioned and not used.
I recently went from XP to Windows 7 and my speakers worked great on XP. I cannot for the life of me get my speakers to work now. I have checked every imaginable place and to increase the volume. I do get some sound but it's very faint and all my levels are at 100%. HELP please.
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