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OK, I GOT IT TO WORK, for exactly one reboot.

What I did is I uninstalled the audio device in Device Manager and rebooted. It worked at full volume (after Windows installed the driver for me) until the next reboot, and then it developed the sound-way-too-quiet problem again.

I really don't want to be uninstalling my audio driver every time I shut down...
This is why it is always recommended to completely disable and to completely ditch onboard audio when using a sound card.
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I did disable the onboard sound card in the BIOS, and as I said, it didn't fix the problem. Now I'm stuck using onboard S/PDIF because of this low-volume issue with the Audigy

Thing is, I ran both cards together just fine on XP and on Vista -- it worked without a single problem, and gave me more inputs/outputs (i.e. I could play music on the SB Audigy and talk to someone via the onboard output through a physically different set of speakers). Support for this configuration is built into Windows. And I never even installed any Realtek drivers in the first place.

I've narrowed it down to the bass/treble controls causing problems, i.e. as soon as I touched them that one time, the volume went way down. It might have something to do with a pre-cut of sorts, but either way, it's a non-user-configurable setting and simply readjusting bass and treble to defaults doesn't fix it. And I made sure to disable any enhancements or equalizer settings when the drivers allowed it.
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post #13 of 17
Bumping this thread, 'cause I'm having the same damn issue and I wanna know if anyone else had this, or if Nook fixed it.

My bass is way more heavy than it was before, and my external volume knob I use to control my speakers has to be a hell of a lot higher for me to get the same output from my speakers.
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I "fixed" it by reinstalling the driver, then not touching the bass and treble controls. I have to reinstall the driver if I as much as touch them

What's your sound card? "Onboard 8.1 channel" is probably a Realtek device... I was having this issue on my Sound Blaster Audigy 4. Since Realtek has considerably better support than Sound Blaster Audigy, I'm guessing that either an updated or an older version of the driver will do the trick.
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Bumping this thread, 'cause I'm having the same damn issue and I wanna know if anyone else had this, or if Nook fixed it.

My bass is way more heavy than it was before, and my external volume knob I use to control my speakers has to be a hell of a lot higher for me to get the same output from my speakers.
Did you try the things I recommended above?
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I wanted to reply to this thread with the solution I found, as this was the top result when searching for this issue.

I had the same problem with real quiet audio from my Audigy 2. Turns out it was a grounding issue. I was about to pull the card out to check the exact model# on the chip. My case has clips in place of screws for the addon cards, and as I clicked it out of the way (my speakers still being plugged in and turned up) I got a loud *pop* out of them. So I immediately pulled the clip out and screwed the card in instead. Booted up, and I had perfect sound levels.

tl:dr version:
Don't use the case's clips to secure the card, use screws.

Hope this helps anyone else with this issue!
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I wanted to reply to this thread with the solution I found, as this was the top result when searching for this issue.

I had the same problem with real quiet audio from my Audigy 2. Turns out it was a grounding issue. I was about to pull the card out to check the exact model# on the chip. My case has clips in place of screws for the addon cards, and as I clicked it out of the way (my speakers still being plugged in and turned up) I got a loud *pop* out of them. So I immediately pulled the clip out and screwed the card in instead. Booted up, and I had perfect sound levels.

tl:dr version:
Don't use the case's clips to secure the card, use screws.

Hope this helps anyone else with this issue!

Hmm. In my case it was definitely a software issue since a) the sound levels were normal until I touched the "Bass" adjustment and b) booting back into my XP install restored the full volume while booting into 7 caused it to go quiet.

Either way I have an X-Fi now and don't have that problem any more.
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