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    I've got the black MacBook. Was wondering if anybody noticed that their speaker volume level is really low? If I want to hear anything from the MacBook itself I have to crank the volume up max to hear anything dicernable. When I hook them up to external speakers, which are set to almost maximum volume, I have to set the MacBook volume half way up to hear it at a decent level. Basically, it seems like the volume levels are set pretty low.

    I have an iMac also and I only have to set it to 5 bars, with the external speakers at about half way to get the same volume levels.

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    hi

    i agree new macbook audio seems lower than our g4 ibook

    blinding fast though this is what we want intel has made a

    very big speed jump just moving about on the net etc.

    regards

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    Yes, the maximum volume is lower than my old thinkpad. It's loud enough for most things, but if I'm trying to watch a DVD and there's background noise it can be annoying not to be able to hear it. If it's just me, though, headphones are useful. Otherwise, speakers, or route it through my hifi.

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    I thought about starting a thread about this but figured it has been discussed before. The most strange part for me is that even hooked up to the DJ booth at my bar (where the volume can be put quite high), if the volume is at half you can here almost nothing with the upper few 'clicks' raising the volume exponentially. I used to adjust the volume using the f3/f4 keys but they now offer too little in the way of precise control. I wonder if there is anyway around this? I do miss the volume and precision of the 17" PB.

    Marlow

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    The internal speakers would have to be my only complaint about my MacBook. They totally suck

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    I don't mind them too much, I think they're actually a little better than my G4 iBook.

    But you're not going to great internal speakers on most laptops, let alone an entry level one so I can't complain.
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    My MacBook's speakers are half the volume (at most) of the last two laptops i've owned. I spend the better part of my day listening to music and podcasts, and it annoys me to no end. Sometimes headphones or external speakers just aren't an option.

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    i might try something like these

    http://us.kensington.com/html/5462.html

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    I can't remember where I read it (may have been on here) but apparently if you install WinXP via bootcamp the max volume is louder. Seems something to do with the internal volume levels in OSX. Maybe this gives hope that it could be fixed with an OS update?

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    hi

    a good tip that works in itunes is to
    open from the itunes window - equalizer
    max the pre amp slider.

    this will make itunes much louder
    well i found it did.

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendan67 View Post
    hi

    a good tip that works in itunes is to
    open from the itunes window - equalizer
    max the pre amp slider.

    this will make itunes much louder
    well i found it did.

    regards
    that actually helped a lot, still not quite as loud as I'd like it to be at times, but what can you do? I might have to go out and buy some external speakers, but this will do the trick for now... Thanks!

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    I don't know that it will be the same on a standard MacBook, but noticed that my MacBook Pro's volume now goes much louder with the 10.4.9 update. Maybe it's just me, but when I first got it, I thought "that's as loud as it goes?", but after that 10.4.9 update it seems a lot louder than I had noticed previously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brendan67 View Post
    hi

    a good tip that works in itunes is to
    open from the itunes window - equalizer
    max the pre amp slider.

    this will make itunes much louder
    well i found it did.

    regards
    Fab tip, thank you!

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    I am having the same issue...I got the laptop because of its protability but have now resorted to watching DVDs on my girlfriend's Compaq. I am very embarrassed to say the least.

    I am surprised there is no software patch/hack out there to increase the sound output.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazabam View Post
    I can't remember where I read it (may have been on here) but apparently if you install WinXP via bootcamp the max volume is louder. Seems something to do with the internal volume levels in OSX. Maybe this gives hope that it could be fixed with an OS update?
    Yup its true, I have noticed this exact thing when Booted into XP.

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