OnePlus 5 review
This is the first post I have made so apologies if I leave out any standard information. You will also see that I deal with computers in words of one syllable.
I have just bought a second hand computer. It is an Acer Aspire 8000 running XP service pack 3.
The sound card is Realtek AC'97 Audio for VIA.
My problem is that I can only get sound so low in volume that it is unusable. I am plugging in speakers to the correct port on the back of the computer. Headphones have the same problem.
I have made sure that all volumes are turned up. (The speakers do not have their own volume dial).
I assumed it was a driver issue as the shop that sold the PC had presumably reinstalled the OS given that there was no software on it. I have had numerous attempts at installing drivers, uninstalling and reinstalling from Device Manager all to no avail.
I have chosen two speaker set up in Sound and Audio Devices on the control panel.
The audio configuration is as follows:
Driver Version: 126.96.36.19900
Direct X 9.0c
Audio Controller Via(3059)
AC97 codec ALC201A
The one remaining solution I have found through browsing but haven't yet tried is to get some speakers with their own power source after reading the advice that there may be an amplifier issue. I will try that but can't do so until the weekend.
In any case, fiddling around tonight, I notice that the sound is ok if I go to AC97 Sound Manager and the HRTF demo tab. Playing the demo gives sound at the correct volume through speakers and headphones and I can adjust it with the normal volume controls. This is the only way I have found to get usable sound. Does this mean getting new speakers is pointless and that the solution lies somewhere else?
Any help will be very much appreciated.
I tried both downloads. The first I couldn't get to work and the second had no effect.
I have no idea whether there is an amplifier on board or in the speakers. Possibly not and I guess trying out a new set of powered speakers is the next step.
I was just wondering whether the whole thing could really be explained by having no amplifier if I can get a decent sound from the HRTF demo.
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