So this morning I plugged in my earphones to the Laptop to watch a movie. I forgot the audio level was set at 80% previously because of the weak laptop speakers. As soon as i plugged in the earphones and played the movie, my ears got THE worst audio shock of my life. I think it probably hurt my ears. I was mad at why Windows / Dell in 2013 failed to tackle this problem of not reducing my audio volume when I plugged in the earphone. I found a solution for this listed below.
Turns out, the Realtek audio drivers on this Dell Inspiron 5521 are really bad in the sense that they consider the laptop’s speakers / plugged in ear phones as a single device. These laptops use some mechanical jack to just redirect the same audio from built-in speakers to the ear phones.
Thanks to a forum post where someone mentioned a windows reinstall fixed it for them ( I didn’t want to reinstall windows ), so I just got rid of realtek audio drivers and after a reboot, voila! windows now detects both the headphones / built in speakers as two differnet devices now – as seen in the screenshot (previously it handled both as a single audio device).
This means windows now remembers the audio level for the headphones in addition to the audio level for speakers. No longer will your ear drums get destroyed if you had the speakers set at 80% volume before you plugged in the ear phones.
I honestly want to sue Dell/Realtek’s ass for this negligence because I seriously think it hurt my ear drums earlier today because of their sh*tty drivers.