How do I Increase Volume Capability on a Laptop?

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How do I Increase Volume Capability on a Laptop?
The volume of laptop computers can be increased beyond factory settings. (laptop image by martini from

Since most laptops are purposely designed to have a low maximum audio output, laptop owners often feel like their volume capacity is too low for things they wish to do with their laptop, such as using it as background music for parties or gatherings, improving the feeling of immersion while watching movies or playing games, and being able to capture the minute differences in the quality of various recordings when working with sound editing equipment. However, boosting the sound output over a long period of time carries an increased risk of long-term harm to the computer.

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Things you need

  • Internet access
  • External speakers

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  1. 1

    Download software that advertises an ability to regulate or boost your computer's sound output capability. These programs can be found on, or other software download web sites. Install and run the program on your computer.

  2. 2

    Open the program that you have downloaded and view the section that discusses your maximum output. Raise the slider bar to increase the volume output of your computer.

  3. 3

    Access the Equalizer section of the program if you want to boost the sound output even further. On the far right or left side of your equaliser, you can increase the decibel level of your sound output. To increase the sound, raise this bar all the way up for maximum output.

Tips and warnings

  • Sound output can be increased on your laptop without additional software by accessing the Equalizer included on many computers under the "Sound" section of the "Control Panel" or "Settings Menu." Raise the decibel level to increase your overall sound capability.
  • One quick and easy way to increase the volume capability of your laptop is to purchase external speakers. Some external speakers require a power source, but some speakers can be used simply with the USB cable for greater convenience and portability. When using these speakers, you may have to open your "sound" section of the control panel and select the external speakers as your "Audio Output" device.
  • The volume capabilities of internal factory laptop speakers is set to a low limit to prevent the computer from overheating, as high volume sound production requires a large amount of energy, which produces high levels of heat. Over time this high level of heat can cause the cooling fans to break due to overuse. Broken cooling fans can cause the logic board of the computer to overheat and malfunction, completely destroying the computer. For this reason, sound produced beyond the maximum factory levels should not be done for long periods of time, or repeatedly.

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