Audio consistantly getting lowered permanently when I adjust volume


  1. Posts : 5
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       #1

    Audio consistantly getting lowered permanently when I adjust volume


    I use Sennheiser headphones, I cant recall the make/model. Both my speakers and Headphones jack in directly to my motherboard, as far as I can tell. Im using a prebuilt PC.

    The Issue: Essentially as the title says. Whenever I adjust my volume, the Maximum suddenly becomes quieter. Ive checked every possible volume slider I can and they are all at max, from youtube to discord to games. On both my Headphones and my speakers. I noticed it yesterday mid discord call, with people who are usually loud enough that I have to adjust my volume to be low. Now at max they're even quieter than that.



    Ive tried updating my audio drivers, but that didnt do anything. I restarted my pc, unplugged and plugged in wires to make sure nothing was 'loose'. Ive no idea what to do now. I know my hardware isnt broken because its always whenever I change a setting in the properties that it goes back to full volume. And even then, it seems quieter than it used to be by a significant amount. At loudest you could clearly hear everything being played without even having the headphones on.
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  2. HeM
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       #2

    Hi and welcome,

    You may try this: right click on taskbar speaker => Sounds / Communications tab and check "Do nothing"
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  3. Posts : 5
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Already did that, still have issues.
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  4. HeM
    Posts : 378
    Win 10 Pro x64 v.21Η1
       #4

    Did you check your audio driver (manager or control panel) for any "effect" or "protection" applied?

    Did you check also this :
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    ...and Spatial Sound (Off) too?

    What about : right click on taskbar speaker / Open Volume Mixer :
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  5. Posts : 5
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Yes, on and off, as well as enabling loudness equalization. Still having issues.
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  6. HeM
    Posts : 378
    Win 10 Pro x64 v.21Η1
       #6

    Have you tried to use Windows native driver only (if exists)?
    There is no need to uninstall current driver. You may only change it (in Device manager).
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  7. Posts : 5
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    Thread Starter
       #7

    How would I go about doing that?
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  8. HeM
    Posts : 378
    Win 10 Pro x64 v.21Η1
       #8

    Right click on Windows Start menu > Device Manager, then under "Sound, video and game controllers", right click on your sound card / Update driver / Browse my computer for... / Let me pick from... and select it :
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    NOTE: If you finally manage to change it, then check for any startup item your audio driver has installed (right click on taskbar / Task Manager / Startup tab) and disable it.
    Do the same in Task Scheduler too (hit Win key and type in Task Scheduler , then select it), if any task for your audio driver exists.
    Restart (not Shutdown).
    Last edited by HeM; 16 Feb 2019 at 03:30.
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  9. Posts : 5
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    Thread Starter
       #9

    Sadly no, the issue remains.
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  10. HeM
    Posts : 378
    Win 10 Pro x64 v.21Η1
       #10

    Well...two more things:

    1. Go to Settings / Update & Security / Troubleshout => Playing Audio / Run Troubleshooter.

    If nothing changed,

    2. Disconnect Internet, then uninstall/delete your audio driver (from Device Manager and/or Settings / Apps => Apps & features) and let Windows install its own proper driver. If it does not find one, connect to internet and let it download the proper driver.

    If after all above, nothing's changed, perhaps an app or game causes the issue, when it runs by you or as a startup app (on login).

    NOTE: It's better to Backup your system before any change, in case of...
    Last edited by HeM; 16 Feb 2019 at 07:27.
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