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My volume just dropped and I don't know why

#1IsglithielPosted 4/18/2014 11:43:03 AM
I was just listening to music on iTunes when the volume level suddenly dropped by like 50%, to the point where I could barely hear the music playing. I tried restarting but it didn't get louder again. I might've hit the N key when it happened, but I don't know if that's what caused it since I had been playing Guild Wars.

Does anyone know why this might have happened or how I can fix it?
#2Isglithiel(Topic Creator)Posted 4/18/2014 11:46:03 AM
Actually it seems like everything got a bit quieter. This is strange.
#3WyzeGyePosted 4/18/2014 11:50:34 AM
have you checked this?

http://puu.sh/8dYlJ/a4c946bd80.png
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#4Isglithiel(Topic Creator)Posted 4/18/2014 11:57:36 AM
Yeah everything is at the normal levels in there, or at least where it's always been. It used to be I'd have itunes at like 1/4 volume and Windows at like 40 and it was fine, now it's at full/60 for the same effect.
#5crad99Posted 4/18/2014 12:24:47 PM
click on all those volume sliders... sometimes when im playing music and join a skype call and leave the music will still be playing at like 40% volume. I just click on the spotify slider and its normal.
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#6WyzeGyePosted 4/18/2014 12:26:35 PM
what about this?

http://puu.sh/8e1ay/c7b09f0a6b.png
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#7WyzeGyePosted 4/18/2014 12:27:12 PM
theres also another setting along the lines of "allow applications to take direct control of this device"
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#8DragnfyrPosted 4/18/2014 12:37:08 PM
Did you plug anything into a USB port?
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#9Doomsday FortePosted 4/18/2014 1:16:04 PM
WyzeGye posted...
what about this?

http://puu.sh/8e1ay/c7b09f0a6b.png


This is what solved the same problem I had. Laptop had a built-in mic and apparently either typing or the music playing would trigger it and the sound would drop dramatically and not come back. Easy fix, and hopefully works for you too.
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#10Isglithiel(Topic Creator)Posted 4/18/2014 1:26:43 PM
WyzeGye posted...
theres also another setting along the lines of "allow applications to take direct control of this device"


Yeah, this is checked. Also, the thing with when audio communications starts is set to 'do nothing', I've had that issue int he past.

Dragnfyr posted...
Did you plug anything into a USB port?


...maybe. I plugged in my flash drive at some point, but I'm not sure when. Would that do it? I unplugged it and nothing changed.