How to Increase the Sound Level on My Sony VAIO Vista

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How to Increase the Sound Level on My Sony VAIO Vista
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Windows operating systems, including Windows Vista, provide a built-in sound tool that can be used to control the sound level on a Sony VAIO Vista computer. The sound tool works to change the sound level regardless of the program or application being used. However, even the maximum sound level may not be loud enough for some users. The level of sound available on a Sony VAIO can also be changed.

Skill level:


    Turn Up the Volume

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    Click the speaker icon that appears in the system tray on the computer's desktop. When the volume slider appears, click "Mixer" to open the "Volume Mixer" and display all of the system's volume controls.

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    Move the volume slider up on any of the volume controls that appear under a program name in the "Applications" section. This turns the volume up only for that specific application. "Windows Sounds," for instance, increases the sound level for the Windows operating system and Windows preinstalled programs, while "Google Chrome" increases the sound level in the Google Chrome web browser.

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    Increase the overall sound level on the computer by moving the slider beneath "Speakers" in the "Device" pane upward. To get the maximum sound from the computer, move the slider to the top of the slide bar. When you turn up the "Speakers" volume on the computer, the sound level of all applications turns up automatically.

    Enhance the Sound

  1. 1

    Download an audio plug-in for Windows Media Player from the Microsoft website (see Resources for the link). The plug-ins available for Vista, as of October 2010, include SRS Audio Enhancements and DFX, either of which adds sound capabilities to the Vista system. The main sound effect that can increase the sound level is the 3D surround sound effect. Each plug-in also increases the bass level on the computer.

  2. 2

    Install the plug-in on the computer. To install after the plug-in is downloaded, go to the "Downloads" folder, which is on the "C:" drive, double-click the plug-in icon and follow the screens.

  3. 3

    Launch Windows Media Player. Open any media file on the computer to test the enhanced sound.

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