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(Win 8.1) x230 Speaker volume strenght / Realtek Audio Driver may be unnecesary

2014-03-27, 1:55 AM

Hi

 

This is more a poll/discussion rather than a question. I wanted to share with you that I have a x230 and as soon as I installed Win8.1 x64 audio worked fine with "Intel High Def Audio" driver. I though sound was kinda weak (I know this is a tiny laptop but it was a lil' TOO weak). Went to Control Panel>Sound>Speakers>Settings>Properties>Enhancements and activated "Loudness equalization" and noticed there WAS like 50% increase for windows sounds, 0-5% for WMP and around 20% for youtube vids. Then decided to install Realtek HD Audio x64 but since it had to reboot and all that and I dont have any "decibelimeter" or whatever, I couldnt take note of scientific results but I THINK the Realtek MIGHT have increased volume another 20% OVERALL but also noticed the driver is 222MB!!! which was hard for me to believe, still dont understand why so heavy, plus, you get a background process from the Realtek thing. What do u guys think about this? How do you use you "ultraportables" in matters of sound/speaker strenght? Would you install the driver?

 

PD: Keep in mind "Loudness Equalization" enhancement disappears after installing RT driver.

 

Thanks for any comments.

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Re: (Win 8.1) x230 Speaker volume strenght / Realtek Audio Driver may be unnecesary

2014-03-27, 3:07 AM
Hi Daxeroth,

thanks for posting and welcome to the community. I'm not sure if this would be the coorect solution for but it has worked for me though when i was working on my X220. I notice i was getting low volume on my system, however when i went to the control panel, I notice there was software called "SMART AUDIO". I had adjusted some setting s there and that really helped increase the audio volume to what i wanted.

You may want to check this out.

I hope this helps and do post back your results.

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Re: (Win 8.1) x230 Speaker volume strenght / Realtek Audio Driver may be unnecesary

2014-03-27, 3:58 AM

Several tweaks with audio settings on my x220 with win7 couldn't increase the audio volume and improve the "quality" ;), if we can say so about that one via the cheapest internal chip. I've deleted Conexant drivers and sw and installed Dolby Home Theater v.4 with x220 preset. The difference is very big.

The main thread is here:
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/General-Discussion/Dolby-Home-Theater-v4-for-most-Lenovo-Laptops/m-p/620229#M12515

Also there are many threads aboard regarding DHT and win8 with different links to the sw here.

I know only DHT supports win8 and Realtek too.



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Re: (Win 8.1) x230 Speaker volume strenght / Realtek Audio Driver may be unnecesary

2014-03-27, 8:41 AM
Hi x220forMe,

Thanks for the added response. I haven't tried it your way. I'll give that a shot too.

thanks. :-)

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Re: (Win 8.1) x230 Speaker volume strenght / Realtek Audio Driver may be unnecesary

2014-04-02, 1:35 AM
Hi, thanks for all ur responsed and opinions and sry for taking so long for a reply but, I dont think u could install DHT with a realtek chipset, can you? I dont think it would be exactly wise to do that.
Realtek driver installed is doing fine for me, i guess ill just accepts this is a tiny laptop (x230) with tiny sound
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