01-24-2009 07:30 AM
Right about now, I guess that everyone who has posted their similar problems on these 6 pages, agree with those last two lines of mine like they had written the words themselves! Thanks for inserting them again.
Once again, based on my statement about my limited knowledge in the use of a computer, I'm about to ask a really dumb (?) question. Has anyone actually "Opened Up" their Y510 & disconnected that **bleep** sub-woofer that seems to be the root of all the problems & just leave the 4 speakers playing? I know that sounds like a too easy of a solution, as the audio system could be wired in a 'series'. Doing that could then kill the whole sound system if disconnected. Then again, that could eliminate the 'drain' on the other 4 speakers! I would take a wild guess that the 'brains' at Lenovo would have already tried that; although they have never told us so. Hey, I guess that I'm just grasping for straws!!!
01-27-2009 09:14 PM
I accidently came across this 'review' of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 at 'Notebook Review'. They must have been 'Paid' for these audio comments!
The built-in Dolby Home Theater stereo speakers located above and on both sides of the keyboard are quite impressive. To be fair, I'd have to say the built-in speakers on the Y510 are freaking amazing! While most built-in speakers fail to produce a full range of high, middle, and low frequencies, the four speakers on the Y510 have impressive clarity and loudness with excellent highs and midtones. The Y510 also features an integrated subwoofer located on the bottom of the notebook which delivers deep, satisfying bass. There is, of course, a headphone jack located on the right side of the notebook for people who like to plug in earbuds or external speakers. However, with four built-in speakers and a subwoofer like these, why use external speakers?"
I sure wish that I had received the Y510 that he 'reviewed", as we ALL fell for the 'Bull' that was said above! As for 'disconnecting' that sub-woofer, I guess that I'll wait until the balance of my 1 year warranty is up, before trying that bright "Idea"!
01-27-2009 09:53 PM
01-30-2009 06:40 PM - edited 01-30-2009 06:40 PM
02-01-2009 07:58 AM
As for this 'unbalanced' audio problem on many of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 laptops, no one on these 7 pages have stated the facts any better than 'mikepasta' has. 'Captianm' seems to be the only one who was lucky enough to get a good Y510.
I accidentally came across a Oct. 20, 2008 Cnet News article by Michael Horowitz, that he wrote after receiving a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Netbook. There were a few lines that he wrote, that would apply to most ANY Lenovo 'IdeaPad' product. Those words were:
"Lenovo ThinkPads have an excellent reputation, but an IdeaPad is not a ThinkPad. The S10, in particular, is a whole new product category, one for which there is no preexisting reputation. So things boil down to confidence and Lenovo did not inspire confidence."
Until my factory warranty expires & I work up the nerve to 'cut' the wires leading to that sub-woofer, I've dug a pair of Logitech V20 notebook speakers out of my closet & hooked them up to a USB port on this Y510. The sound coming out of them is as 'balanced' as the sound that comes thru a set of earphones. That's about as good as it's gonna get for right now!
By the way, I still have an old IBM 'ThinkPad' 600x laptop, that I once bought (refurbished) on eBay & it's still working. I partly based my purchase of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 on various remarks posted, that Lenovo was the "New IBM". Maybe so, but with the ThinkPad, not the IdeaPad!
03-07-2009 04:24 PM
03-07-2009 05:37 PM
06-22-2009 01:29 PM
Would you believe that I just received a survey participation 'request' from Lenovo, as to my satisfaction with their 'response' & quality of 'knowledge', in their resolving my recent (?) sound problem. Oh really..., when did they do that??? I certainly filled in every blank space of their survey with as many "Very Dissatisfied" as I could possibly squeeze in! It's good to 'vent' every once in a while!