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MY kingdom FOR SOME SOUND ADVICE

Post by GrayFoxDown » Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:58 pm

I use a Dimension E310...a modest but (for my purposes, at least) sufficient computer. Everything works just fine, except DVD audio. Radio, CD, games,...I experience more than adequate audio output with these, but when it comes to DVD the sound is extremely thin and weak.

My pc experience is less than moderate and I would appreciate any tips or suggestions from anyone out there. Thank you very much for your help. Regards,
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Post by hornakapopolis » Sat Apr 28, 2007 4:44 pm

I have absolutely no knowledge in this... but from a home theater perspective, I'd make sure that Windows knows the correct speaker and speaker configuration you're using in Control Panel.

It's not exactly the same thing, but a buddy of mine had his home theater receiver setup up to use 5.1 Channel surround, had the DVD player digitally connected, but only had two speakers. Everything except his DVDs sounded good because the DVDs were the only things using the 5.1 signal.

Maybe the equivalent thing is happening here. Although, I know on my home system, I have to turn my volume up to at least 45 when watching DVDs while watching everything else at 30-35.

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Post by André » Sat Apr 28, 2007 4:54 pm

I notice this while watching TV then switching to a DVD. I always have to turn the volume up in order to hear the DVD.
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Post by GrayFoxDown » Sat Apr 28, 2007 4:56 pm

I only have SigmaTel Audio...no 5.1 Surround and the like of any kind. I've configured and reconfigured this thing at least one hundred times, but no dice...the DVD audio remains the sole problem.

Thanks a lot, Hornakapopolis, for your reply.
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Post by GrayFoxDown » Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:01 pm

DrDrrae wrote:I notice this while watching TV then switching to a DVD. I always have to turn the volume up in order to hear the DVD.
It would appear that any efficient DVD/PC audio combo is still in the planning stages...while DVDs are in still another transistion phase of their own.
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Post by ReleaseRoderick » Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:27 pm

Cannot help with the answer but i`ve got the same problem and with me its mi headphones.... So come on you people now, Smile on your brother, Everybody get together, Try to help one another right now.
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Re: MY kingdom FOR SOME SOUND ADVICE

Post by GrayFoxDown » Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:10 pm

ReleaseRoderick wrote:Cannot help with the answer but i`ve got the same problem and with me its mi headphones.... So come on you people now, Smile on your brother, Everybody get together, Try to help one another right now.
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That reminds me: When I listen to DVDs with headphones, the audio is loud and clear. IS a puzzlement, for sure. :shock:
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Re: MY kingdom FOR SOME SOUND ADVICE

Post by daveshrop » Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:17 pm

DFX certainly enhances the sound quality but its limited to certain Media Players
http://www.fxsound.com/dfx/index.php?ve ... =0&refer=0

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Re: MY kingdom FOR SOME SOUND ADVICE

Post by GrayFoxDown » Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:56 pm

daveshrop wrote:DFX certainly enhances the sound quality but its limited to certain Media Players
http://www.fxsound.com/dfx/index.php?ve ... =0&refer=0
About four months ago, I installed a DFX Trial Version and it made everything sound just fine...that is, everything but my infamous DVD sound output. I'm currently using a Cyber Acoustics 26W. 2.1 Amp. Speaker System (3080), but my DVD audio still remains locked in thinness and weakness while everything else is enhanced. :(
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Re: MY kingdom FOR SOME SOUND ADVICE

Post by daveshrop » Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:45 pm

Maybe try this
http://support.dell.com/support/downloa ... eid=150155

I did similar on my Dell Laptop,

I use VLC Media Player & they have a good forum with more in depth for sound issues etc. etc.
http://forum.videolan.org/index.php

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Post by hornakapopolis » Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:04 pm

Are all of the volumes turned up at Start-> Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Volume -> Advanced?

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Re: MY kingdom FOR SOME SOUND ADVICE

Post by GrayFoxDown » Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:50 pm

I re-downloaded SigmaTel at Dell Support, but this problem persists. Thank you very much anyway, Dave, for the advice. I'll keep the forum you suggested in mind.

As far as my Volume Controls being fully turned-up, Horn....these are as turned-up as being turned-up could be, without room to spare. Thank you for the tip.

By the time I find a solution to this problem, it'll probably be time to buy a new computer. However, being persistent and from Brooklyn, I'll keep on trying...however hopelessly insane my endeavors turn out to be.
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