Mystery loss of audio volume

I'm clueless as to why, but it seems I've recently lost a good deal of the audio volume output on my Lenovo t60 laptop. I've tried updating drivers, restoring older files. So far, no luck. Any advice? Has anybody else encountered this issue? I'm not sure what else to try. I hope I don't need a new sound card or something. The laptop is barely a year old and it doesn't get a ton of use.
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orangutangConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you checked all of the sliders in sndvol32.exe?
GessWurkerAuthor Commented:
Yes. They are all maxed to the top.
Will SzymkowskiConnect With a Mentor Senior Solution ArchitectCommented:
I'm sure you have already checked this but double check the audio and sound properties in the control panel. In the advance options you will have multiple volume controls, make sure that they are all turned up. Also you could try pressing the Fn (function button) and one of the number buttons across the top of the keyboard should have a sound icon. Try increasing the sound like that.

If you have sound but it is low it propbably wouldn't be a driver issue. First thing is recheck every volume option in the control panel.

Hopefully its just something you over looked.
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Is it a specific program you're trying to play audio in?
Have you tried maxing the volume in your audio player(s)? Also, have you tried plugging in external speakers or using headphones?
GessWurkerAuthor Commented:
The problem isn't specific to external devices. Both my headphones and speakers (which used the same jack) aren't outputting the same amount of sound they used to.

I've got the volume turned all the way up everywhere possible. All the sliders and the volumes buttons on my laptop. No use! Hmm. Sound card problem? I've just uninstalled the Soundmax drivers and will re-install the latest greatest version.
Crash2100Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I would contact the laptop's manufacturer, it sounds like you may have failing hardware.
no sound devices muted?
and check in control panel>sound and audio>audio tab if the proper sound device is selected
nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
and if it is recent, try a system restore  to a previous date, should help you out. if not, you may have failing hardware
GessWurkerAuthor Commented:
Problem solved. As my father used to say:

"Sometimes the problem is not the loose screw in the car engine, it's the nut behind the wheel."

Translation: I wasn't operating my external speakers properly and my perception that headphone volume was low was a product of my imagination.

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me. I'll split the points up.

The fact is: There's nothing wrong with either my sound card or its drivers. All in all, that's a relief.

Thanks again,

The engine didn't have a loose screw, but the driver did have a screw loose.  :-)

I'm glad to hear you got it working, and thanks for the points!
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