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Low volume sound after MOBO replacement


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vinny_the_hack

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After having my MOBO replaced, the sound volume will not go any higher than what might have been 10% of the volume before replacement. The place that did the work claims they were just paid to install the MOBO and any incidental changes/adjustments, etc. required are not their responsibility.

I have checked all the sound settings and they are all at maximum level. I have tried upgrading the sound driver and there was no change. Any suggestions?
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Make sure the speakers are plugged into the correct jack on the PC. Different sound cards (or on-board sound controllers) don't all use the same colour-code convention for the jacks so they may be different to what you had on the old mobo. You may have the speakers plugged into the 'headphone' jack which is not pre-amplified whereas the 'speaker out' jack is.
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is this onboard sound or a pci card...
if its onboard...try reinstalling the chipset drivers...
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I'm sure the speakers are plugged into the right jack--the (software) volume control works. It just doesn't get very loud at all.

It's not on-board sound.
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What is the brand - maker - of the motherboard and the soundcard.
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Motherboard is an Energy. Sound card is a Realtek.
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It seems to be a common problem with Realtek sound cards.
A software solution would be an alternative.
Preferably free of course.

Found this one that might help.
It has a free version and a pro-cost money version.

Try the free one and see if it can amplify the sound.

http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/

I'm sure there are more then this if you do a search for 'increase sound' or 'amplify sound'. Might want to add the word 'software' or 'XP' to get the right results from your search.

Edited by cmpm, 19 April 2008 - 07:39 PM.

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Well wavepad may be overkill for a simple problem
I downloaded it and checked it out and it has a lot and volume control.
But you have to find it in there somewhere! lol.....
Perhaps someone here knows of a volume software solution.

Besides a software solution, powered speakers with volume control on them.
Which costs money though. If you want to go that route.
And if you don't already have powered speakers with volume control on them.
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I researched the problem for about an hour before I posted here.

I'm sure the sound card is fine. It's been fine for over four years. Something got screwed up during the MOBO installation.

I already have Wavepad, but I don't see how it's supposed to help.

No, I don't have powered speakers and can't afford to buy them.
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Well.....the only other thing I know of is to go through the motherboard manual and see if there is a jumper change you can make to tweak the sound higher.

If it's not the same motherboard as the one you replaced, there will be different performance from it.
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