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    creative usb soundblaster

    I think i have everything hooked up properly. I have the black and red rca cables coming from the headunit goin into the headphone jack on my soundcard. The thing is that the sound is very low. I put the volume way up in windows and on the soundcard itself. I Also kinda hear the static, but I guess because the audio isnt loud enough.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    Well give us a little more information...

    Do you have a custom sound system? Do other inputs output sound properly..etc....

    How are you converting the headphone lead into an RCA line? Is it a puchased splitter or did you create it yourself.

    If you put another input to the headphone line (say an mp3 player or cd player), is it just as low?

    Basically break down your system step by step until you find the exact part causing the problem and take it from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewalksalvage View Post
    Well give us a little more information...

    Do you have a custom sound system? Do other inputs output sound properly..etc....

    How are you converting the headphone lead into an RCA line? Is it a puchased splitter or did you create it yourself.

    If you put another input to the headphone line (say an mp3 player or cd player), is it just as low?

    Basically break down your system step by step until you find the exact part causing the problem and take it from there.
    Ok i dont have any sound system.
    I use a coupler to connect one end to the black & red rca's coming from the headunit and connect the rca to headphone cables to the soundcard.
    I figured it was the soundcard, but i guess thats something I'll have to figure out

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    What head unit do you have?
    What connection are you plugging into at the head unit? You said "rca's". Can you be more specific?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewalksalvage View Post
    If you put another input to the headphone line (say an mp3 player or cd player), is it just as low?
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    Quote Originally Posted by walky_talky20 View Post
    What head unit do you have?
    What connection are you plugging into at the head unit? You said "rca's". Can you be more specific?
    Just a side note, an RCA type plug is the same type of plug that is used when connecting many game consoles/vcr's/low end dvd (the three plug design white red yellow)

    So that is pretty specific connection wise (unless of course that isnt the plug you are using but im betting it is) As for a head unit model, its something to look into, someone may know if there is an odd compatibility issue or setting thats best for a carpc
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    The external volume control on that soundcard does nothing for the rca jack. This is only headphone volume. The volume of the gold (white and red) jacks on the back depend on one thing, the volume controlled by the mixer in windows. Other than that, you should check your head unit. I have a kenwood that allows adjustment of each input so that you can level out all of the volumes for various sources. check and see if your headunit has that. Other than that, make sure you have the latest soundblaster drivers installed. I remember something about this model and needing at least service pack one of windows xp as well. I used to have problems with the optical output on mine. I believe it is bound to be something simple, though, like the headunit input sensitivity being turned down. Read your owner's manual for the headunit and see how to turn it up.
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    Just a side note, an RCA type plug is the same type of plug that is used when connecting many game consoles/vcr's/low end dvd (the three plug design white red yellow)

    So that is pretty specific connection wise (unless of course that isnt the plug you are using but im betting it is) As for a head unit model, its something to look into, someone may know if there is an odd compatibility issue or setting thats best for a carpc
    I wanted to make sure that canibusfan was indeed plugging into the "AUX" input. RCA's are used for both input and output on headunits (more often output actually). I have seen people mistake a PreOut for an AUX input before. If the sound is "very low" as described, there is a chance it could be caused by backfeeding a signal into a preout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walky_talky20 View Post
    I wanted to make sure that canibusfan was indeed plugging into the "AUX" input. RCA's are used for both input and output on headunits (more often output actually). I have seen people mistake a PreOut for an AUX input before. If the sound is "very low" as described, there is a chance it could be caused by backfeeding a signal into a preout.

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    Thats a VERY good point actually... Didnt think of that....!

    Sounds kinda like stating the obvious but its very possible.
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    nm i fixed the problem.....I just needed to turn the volume up on the headunit....lol

    sorry guys

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