Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The speakers on laptop computers are usually not very loud. There are some laptops out there that have good speakers and can put out some good volume but most consumer laptops are lacking in this area.
This doesn’t mean that all hope is lost! There is still a way for you to increase the volume of your laptop a little more. (Previously I wrote how to improve the text display on laptops )
Best Ways to Increase Sound & Volume in Laptops

1) Optimize Equalizer Setting in your Media Player, VLC etc
- Windows Media Player – Make minor adjustments in the sound output quality using the graphic equalizer. Similar to where you change wmp skins.
To turn on the graphic equalizer in Windows Media Player, go to the “view” menu and choose “Enhancements” and then choose “Graphic Equalizer”
Move each of the sliders up to boost the volume as in the image below:

Using VLC Media Player – VLC is the best player for laptops. VLC is one, if not the, best media player ever created. It is lightweight, portable, and can play almost any media format even videos downloaded from Youtube. VLC doesn’t require external, extra codecs to run. (Get VLC)

Do you know that you can increase the volume in your VLC player to 400% of its actual volume.

Hold CTRL+ and Keep Pressing the [UP] Key on your Keyboard. You would see an icon on the top right corner of your VLC player
The icon would increase from 100% to 200% to… 400% and increase the volume on your player.
Generally this is quite enough to increase the laptop’s volume to the max. If want to increase the sound quality of the laptop speakers still more then use the equalizer settings.

- Click Extended Settings

Use the Equalizer and Set it to “SKA”. (Use “SKA” for Movies & “Full Bass & Treble” for Songs)

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BatteryCare is a software created to optimize the usage and performance of the modern laptop’s battery.
It monitors the battery’s discharge cycles and helps increasing it’s autonomy and improving its lifetime.

Laptop Battery Life Maintenance

Battery Care allows you to have the control over the discharge cycles number, and when this reaches 30 (or other configured value), it notifies you that it’s time to perform a full discharge in order to keep the battery gauge calibrated.

Like this, it’s guaranteed to always have the correct capacity values reported by the battery.

BatteryCare : Link

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