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Low Sound Levels - Totally Stumped!


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#1 connor7555

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 09:49 PM

I have recently changed from an Imperial GL Motherboard to an ASUS P4GV-LA Motherboard due to bad capacitors. I am running Windows XP and I have the Realtek AC97 Audio Drivers. When I had the old motherboard my Front Panel Audio Connector (Orange label with picture of speaker) was providing me full sound. Since I have changed boards, I still hear the sound but only if I turn the volume up to the max. I have checked all the settings and I have done the automatic driver updates. I have checked that onboard sound is enabled on the bios. The only difference I can see is that the new board has a ten pin section to hook up to instead of before when I had the three pin with snap in. Does this new board require something additional?

Does it mean that I have the correct driver if I am hearing sound - even if it is low?

What steps can I take to return to full sound?

Note: I have no sound card installed before or currently.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:48 AM

It sounds like your audio is set up correctly.

Are your speakers powered?

It's entirely possible that your new Asus mobo simply has a lower audio output than your old motherboard. I have an old mobo (Super Socket 7) with an onboard sound chip that puts out much more power than my newer mobos. It will actually drive a pair of unpowered speakers. None of the new ones will.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 01:34 PM

I think that you are correct.

With the old motherboard, I could hook the unpowered speakers into the orange jack and get full sound -or- I could connect powered speakers into the light green jack and get full sound.

Now, if I plug the powered speakers into the green jack I get full sound but the orange with unpowered speakers gives me only very low sound.

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 11:28 AM

Glad you got it sorted. :thumbsup:




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