When I went to Las Vegas I used my laptop to watch movies on the plane. The volume of my laptop was so low I could not hear any of the dialog without jamming and hold the ear buds in my ears… to the point it hurt.
My friend has a splitter and he could not hear either, even with noise canceling headphones. It was so bad we fired up his laptop so we could hear the movie. His laptop was plenty load. Unfortunately his battery lasted about 5 minutes. So we turned on sub-titles so we could understand the movie. This made it possible for my boss to also watch the movie without earphones.
Before you ask.. here’s what I did. I turned the volume up all the way in the Volume Mixer as well as turning up the volume in Media Center and Media Player (we tried both apps to play the movie). Of course, I turned the volume to the max on the volume dial of the laptop itself.
I searched help to see if there were any other places to turn up the volume. Everything pointed me at these same places I found. Toshiba does not offer e-mail support, and I don’t know if this is something I should contact them about for warrantee support.
I am half tempted to use my system restore CD to reset the laptop back to factory specs and see if the volume is any better. But then I will have to reinstall Windows Vista all over again. Ouch, that would be a lot of time spent for possibly no gain. All I could learn is that the volume is too low all the time, or that it is too low in Vista. Granted, the volume is loud enough for everything I normally do, except watch movies on a noisy airplane. Though when I finished watching one of the movies in the hotel room it was barely loud enough to enjoy. Hardly what you would expect from a system that has harman/kardon speakers.
If anyone has anything to add to this topic please post a comment or e-mail me directly. I would like to solve this, and am very tempted to pull out the system restore CD. If I try loaded Windows XP with the system restore CD I will probably stay there until nVidia gets drivers that work for gaming.