Hi. Thank you for your help :)
I have a desktop pc: AMD Athlon XP 2200 with 512 MB RAM. The motherboard is an ASUS (with the sound on the board), but I had the same problem with my old system where I had a sound card inserted in a motherboard slot
Both this system and my last (old) one did (do) not seem to provide adequate volume to my speakers (the speakers are attached to the sides of my Toshiba 17" monitor). To listen to most things I have to keep the system (systray) volume near the top setting, plus I often have keep the volume level of the media player (Windows Media Player, REAL Player, etc.) near the top setting.
I should make it clear--generally, I can hear whatever I'm listening to without straining. But it just seems the audio should have more "oomph" than it does. Must I get amplified speakers? Is my problem typical of many/most systems' audio?
Thank you for any assistance you might offer me :))