Fixing Quiet or Low Audio output on the PDC Tablet PC - Acer 1420P Convertible
I finally got my hands (via eBay) on one of the Tablet PCs that were given away at PDC this year (effectively a custom Acer 1420P Convertible). It's fabulous. I easily upgraded the memory to 4GB for about $40 and that makes little netbook a nice portable developer rig.
One serious point of frustration that I understand may be common on Acer laptops is that the audio output is extremely low. Like really low. Think of quiet, and imagine it quieter than that. It effectively made the regular speakers totally useless for things like movies, etc.
I poked around in the audio settings and came up with these changes to make the audio tolerable.
First, right click on the little speaker near the clock and select Playback Devices:
Double click on the Speakers item:
Then click on the Enhancements Tab. Make sure that "Loudness Equalization" is checked and nothing else.
Also, go to the Custom tab and make sure "Limited Output" is NOT checked.
These changes nearly doubled my speaker output and at least make it possible to watch a web video.