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Computer speakers are very quiet

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A friend of mine gave me one of his spare computers just yesterday. After testing it out for myself and making sure everything was in order I took it home and hooked it up.

I then plugged in my speakers and proceeded to test out the audio (Which I wasn't able to test until now) and could only hear a feint whisper at most. While adjusting the volume you can hear static feedback that wasn't present before. After checking the audio controls on my task bar and in the control panel I came to the conclusion that it might be my speakers, so I plugged in my headphones that I use every day going to work and received the same results. Even at full volume only receiving extremely quiet sound.

I called my friend to see if he might know what's wrong, but only suggested what i had already tried.

I have a feeling it might be the sound card, but I want to be 100% sure it's not something menial that I haven't tried yet.

Here is a system summary of the computer to help:

--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name YOUR-4DACD0EA75
User Name HP_Administrator

CPU Type Unknown, 2200 MHz
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Unknown
System Memory 3584 MB
BIOS Type Award (08/02/06)

Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series (1024 MB)
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series (1024 MB)
Monitor Gateway FPD1760 [17" LCD] (B5C 50H 10077)
Monitor HP L1702 [17" LCD] (CNN3320HPL)

Audio Adapter Creative Audigy LS Audio Processor

IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Disk Drive Generic USB CF Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Generic USB SM Reader USB Device
Disk Drive Generic USB MS Reader USB Device
Disk Drive HTC Android Phone USB Device (7 GB, USB)
Disk Drive SAMSUNG SP2504C (250 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Disk Drive Generic USB SD Reader USB Device
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

C: (NTFS) 229404 MB (213619 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 9042 MB (603 MB free)
Total Size 232.9 GB (209.2 GB free)

Keyboard Enhanced Mulmedia PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller (

Printer Fax
USB1 Controller Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller [NoDB]
USB2 Controller Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller [NoDB]
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem Disk free space is only 7% on drive D:.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
I will answer any questions as best I can.

Edited by Nostrand, 20 February 2012 - 04:57 PM.

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Have you checked on the mixer to see if any of them are very low? Also, you can go to control panel->Sound-> Speakers(with green light)-> properties->Levels->increase volume. See if the problem still remain unchanged after this adjustment. :-)
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