This is a bizarre issue, I wasn’t even sure how to describe it for the thread title. I’ll do my best to explain it,
Most of the time I use external speakers, so my system volume is at 100% and I control volume with the knob on the desk speaker.
When I plug In my headphones to game with friends or jump on discord, the system volume reverts to the last volume I had with headphones, usually around 8-16.
A volume of 20 or higher will absolutely damage your hearing, I have accidentally bumped it to 18 once and I had instant regret.
I unplug and it goes back to 100% through speakers
After some amount of time or an event that I have not been able to precisely determine, I go to plug in my headphones…
Volume jumps down to somewhere in the 60-70 range.
Low sound coming from headphones, I could crank it to 100 without being overbearing.
Unplug and system goes back to 100%
A restart will 100% fix this, by fix I mean after restart, I plug in headphones > volume jumps to 8-16 range and is way loud, like normal. This happens weather I leave them plugged in during the restart or not.
I’m not sure what is happening, it’s like my PC is remembering 2 different volume scales. Whenever it reverts to the “high number = soft” it will remember the previous level, just like in “high number = deafening” which to me is normal mode. I usually leave it at 64 in the soft scale just to be sure so I don’t accidentally deafen myself. Every time I plug in the headphones after the computer has been on for a little, its at 64. Restart > 12.
Things/guesses I have tried to do to duplicate this issue that have not worked:
watch a youtube video
watch a twitch stream
open windows media player and play music
open discord then steam & vice versa.
I don’t know when or why this is happening, and I have never managed to catch it as it is only revealed when I plug in headphones. It is driving me crazy because I have to restart EVERY time I want to game or talk on discord. The only guess I have is a driver issue? I checked windows update logs and this issue MAY have started soon after a driver update, but I would need my hand held in walking that back or reverting. I’m using the front panel I/O, and will see if going through the back the next time makes a difference. I’m also using the same pair of headphones, every time, they are my only pair that I’ve had since I built the PC, this is a new-ish issue. I have posted on other forums and redit but nobody has replied on redit, and I got one response on tomshardware that wasn’t helpful.
Please give me a hand, I would much appreciate it!