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I have to max out my volume with my desktop-to-receiver hdmi connection

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 3847 desktop with Windows 7 Home Premium. I hooked an HDMI cable to my Yamaha RX-V377 receiver. For some reason, the Realtek High Definition driver would not show HDMI, so a Dell tech person had me disable it and set up a video driver that would carry the feed. But, even though I have all my PC volume controls turned up 100 percent, including in Foobar, I still have to have my receiver volume up almost 100 percent! Tried a different HDMI cord and had the same result. Regular CDs played from a Blu-Ray player have normal volume. I also have an HDMI connection from a laptop to a different receiver that also outputs at low volume, although not quite as bad. Would a dedicated sound card fix this problem?
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    Are you sure you have not activated any signal processing on the receiver? Such as Hall or Movie Theater effects or Dolby (Pro Logic) Surround. Read pages 30-60 of the user manual, especially page 35, 59 & 60.

    You may view and download the Yamaha RX-V377 User Manual at the following link:

    - http://download.yamaha.com/api/asset/file/?language=en&site=usa.yamaha.com&asset_id=61629

    If you experience the same outcome using two separate computers, it's a safe bet a setting need to be configured on the Yamaha receiver.
  2. Your reply resulted in a solution, Under the volume settings, I increased the dbs from 0 to 5 db and that gave more volume. I did not have any DSPs activated; the setting is on Straight. I don't know if I should start a new thread for this, but since you seem familiar with the Yamaha, another irritating problem is that when I have my computer on and turn the receiver on, the Yamaha driver setting is removed and the only way I can get it back is to restart the computer. So apparently I have to start the receiver first before booting up the computer. What's up with that?

    jFiveNYC said:
    Are you sure you have not activated any signal processing on the receiver? Such as Hall or Movie Theater effects or Dolby (Pro Logic) Surround. Read pages 30-60 of the user manual, especially page 35, 59 & 60.

    You may view and download the Yamaha RX-V377 User Manual at the following link:

    - http://download.yamaha.com/api/asset/file/?language=en&site=usa.yamaha.com&asset_id=61629

    If you experience the same outcome using two separate computers, it's a safe bet a setting need to be configured on the Yamaha receiver.
  3. Not sure, but we could discuss this further in a new thread if you provide some more details.

    In the interest of forum housekeeping, please choose the best solution or close this thread altogether .
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