You must check the volume settings for each individual application.
Double click the sound icon and click "Mixer" to see all the running programs' volume control.
That should solve your problem. If it doesn't, then double check the in built volume slider of the software. Example: Move slider all the way to the right in Windows Media Player 11.
Everything's maxed, I even said that here "the volume is rather quiet even though it's maxed. (Both the windows volume and speaker volume)." so it's not a volume slider issue. I'm not that duh. Thanks though.
get a speaker set thats usb powered http://reviews.cnet....7-30913026.html
as for the sound you could use vlc media player then when you play a dvd fiddle with the auto eq's under the audio tab and choose live or party those max out pretty nice
or just get a few jackhammers
I like to keep my laptop as portable as possible. I have a notebook wireless mouse, and that's about it for peripherals. external speakers, even usb powered ones, aren't really an option as they are too bulky to carry around. And those speakers are waaay out of the question as they are practically desktop PC speakers, only sans power cord. But thanks though.
I have used VLC to playback DVD's, but I find that it sometimes takes too long to get going, where as the Toshiba DVD player loads up quickly and plays the dvd quickly... I guess my only choices are to either go back to Ubuntu (although going to Linux just to boost audio isn't really that good of a reason) or use VLC for all my video playback needs.