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I'm finding the volume on my computer is to loud for my liking. I have a SoundBlaster X-Fi soundcard and in the windows volume control I have it at its lowest setting yet still I have to manually lower the sound in games and on video players etc.

Is there a further way to lower the volume so that when I have it on the lowest setting its actually quiet and I can regain some control over it (My keyboard has some buttons for sound control so its quick and easy to change it if say a loud fight breaks out in a game or movie, however right now I just leave it on lowest so general talking isn't damaging my ears)
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If you're using speakers, then I recommend lowering the volume on the speakers as well.

Beyond that, it's always going to be a game of adjusting the volume in media players, including the flash player in YouTube and other flash videos.
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I have headphones, thats really where the problem started. My old pair had an inline volume control so I had 3 controls, was able to set the first 2 really low and then have a good range of adjustment up and down on the headphones themselves.
While the headphones I have now are of much greater sound quality they don't have the volume control.

Even so though it seems odd as all the threads that came up while I was searching for answer are about making it even louder, almost seems like ive knocked some hidden control somewhere.
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I don't understand how it could be that loud with Windows volume set very low. Give this a try: http://www.actualsolution.com/
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Originally Posted by Isileth;13636095 
I have headphones, thats really where the problem started. My old pair had an inline volume control so I had 3 controls, was able to set the first 2 really low and then have a good range of adjustment up and down on the headphones themselves.
While the headphones I have now are of much greater sound quality they don't have the volume control.

Even so though it seems odd as all the threads that came up while I was searching for answer are about making it even louder, almost seems like ive knocked some hidden control somewhere.
Alright, let's try this and see what happens:

Bring this up, and click "Speaker Volume":

playcontrol.png




If you don't have this button, then open up the Sounds and Audio Devices control panel and click this:

soundsandaudiodevices.png




The goal is to bring something like this up:

speakervolume.png



What we need to do is make sure these (at least the first two) are perfectly identical to the X-Fi control panel's volume. So make sure there's no audio playing, and then take each slider all the way to 100%. This seems to always guarantee me that the volume is perfectly synchronized with my normal adjustments.

After setting each slider to 100%, click "OK" and then adjust the volume to your liking in the normal way that you do it.

If it's still a bit off after this, then I wouldn't know what else to do. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by Iceman23 
I don't understand how it could be that loud with Windows volume set very low. Give this a try: http://www.actualsolution.com/

Using that I can see that my keyboard works in jumps of 4 and so the lowest I can set that way is 4/100, however lowering it to 1/100 isnt much of a difference.
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Alright, let's try this and see what happens:

They both were moving in sync when I adjusted them but I set it all the way up to 100 and then back down low but the volume is still exactly the same.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Isileth;13636307 
Using that I can see that my keyboard works in jumps of 4 and so the lowest I can set that way is 4/100, however lowering it to 1/100 isnt much of a difference.



They both were moving in sync when I adjusted them but I set it all the way up to 100 and then back down low but the volume is still exactly the same.
They're supposed to move in sync, but setting those sliders to 100% and then adjusting your volume in your normal way afterward sometimes helps.

I've always just set those sliders to 100%, clicked OK, and then went into the X-Fi control panel (or just Play Control in Windows) and adjusted my volume to my liking.

However, I came up with this solution for an opposite problem: my volume was suddenly way lower than it should have been. So doing this synchronized both and got me some normal volume levels again.
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