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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my volume so low? Dust clogging your desktop’s speakers and hardware issues are often causing this problem. An audio enhancement software such as Boom 3D will easily correct that.
How do I fix low volume on my laptop? Checking every volume control for programs is probably the first thing that you should do. If this makes no difference, apply the steps detailed in this guide to fix Windows 10 low volume issues.
How do I increase the volume on Windows 10? If that’s your wish as well, the nifty tricks you may apply include adding Sound Booster or VLC Media Player to Windows, as described in this article dedicated to increasing laptop volume.
Trick 6. Run Playing Audio Troubleshooter
You can click Start -> Settings -> Update & Security -> Troubleshoot. Find Playing Audio option in the right window and click it. Click Run the troubleshooter button and Windows will automatically check and fix problems related to audio playing in Windows 10.
- Verify that the volume settings in the application you’re using are also set to maximum volume. This can help increase volume further when your device settings are already maxed out. For example, if watching YouTube videos, verify that the volume slider button is set to the highest setting.
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- Consider using external speakers or a wireless Bluetooth speaker to maximize volume output even more. When connected to your computer or device, speakers help increase and maximize volume.
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2. Use Fx Sound Enhancer
In most laptops you will get very loud audio after following the steps in Method 1. However, some speakers and cheap headphones still leave a lot to be desired. Download an external app called FxSound Enhancer which boosts sound quality by correcting the limitations of your sound devices. Make sure the playback device has been set to your default speaker or headphone.
As a first step, you can go for presets. However, you can also increase the frequency bands for bass, fidelity, ambience, and 3D surround sound.
Play a sample song or video. The sound quality requires very minor band adjustments for an optimal experience. The controlled increase in volumes puts you in firm control of the overall volumes. The software is available as a seven-day free trial, followed by a lifetime purchase of $39.99.
Setting or Locking the Windows Volume Level
It’s quite possible that other software or erroneous settings in Windows keep adjusting the Windows volume when you want it to stay at a certain level. Here’s a couple of tools to help with that.
Speaker Admin is a program for XP, Vista, 7 and 8 that can lock your Windows volume level to an exact value at specific times of the day, or it can set the level above or below a certain threshold, for instance quieter in the evenings.
To permanently lock the Windows volume level in Speaker Admin, disable all rules apart from the top one, enter 0 and 24 for the hours, select Exactly for the rule type, enter the volume level to lock to as a percentage and make sure Muted is unticked. Then tick “Only this application can alter system volume” to stop other software trying to alter the master volume in windows, Tick to start with Windows and click Hide to send the program to the background.
Try to alter the master volume now and it will just keep springing back to the level you set. Do note that if you change the default sound device the program needs to be restarted to recognise the change. You can also hide the tray icon and even set a password to stop other users from altering the sound. Watch out for an adware option on install.
If you would like it set the system volume to a default level every time you start your computer, this tool can help. NirCMD has hundreds of different functions for manipulating various options in Windows from the command line, one of those functions is controlling the system volume level. Download and run NirCMD as administrator, then allow it to copy itself to the Windows folder for easier usage.
To create a shortcut which you can either double click on from the desktop or place in your Windows startup folder to set the volume every time you logon to Windows, right click on Desktop > New > Shortcut and type the following into the box:
nircmd.exe setsysvolume 49150
Click Next, give the shortcut a suitable name (Set Volume 75%) and click Finish. Your system volume should now reset to 75% whenever you launch the shortcut. The NirCMD volume setting goes from 0 to 65535, to set if half way use 32767 or obviously to 65535 for 100%.
To simplify things we have created 3 shortcuts for you, for 50%, 75% and 100% volume, complete with a proper icon.
The only requirement for these shortcuts is making sure you have run NirCMD and placed a copy of it into your Windows directory or a recognized system path.
Trick 4. Change Communications Settings
- Still, follow the same operation in Trick 2 to open Sound settings window.
- In Sound window, click Communications tab, and select Do nothing Click Apply and click OK to make the changes take effect.
Hardware Volume Controls
Although this seems to be less common nowadays, many laptops and some netbooks actually have a volume control slider, or more likely a rotary volume control on the side or front of the laptop. This is a hardware control and behaves the same way as an inline volume control on a set of headphones and is completely separate from any operating system volume controls or levels.
The control is usually on the side or front of the laptop, often near the line out, mic and headphone connection sockets. Note these controls are separate to the media controls on some laptops that are between the keyboard and the screen, those do actually alter the master volume level in Windows. The easy way to find out is change the level on your media keys and watch the sliders in the Sound Mixer window.
Sometimes your favorite movie or song may not sound very loud and clear as before. The above methods should help to increase the laptop volume and improve the default audio quality of the laptop.
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