Okay, I've been putting up with this for awhile and it's past time to do something about it. I have a set of Creative Inspire T6100 speakers for this computer- had it for a couple of computers now. What happens is the volume level is inconsistent. For while I've noticed the volume on the speakers has to be way up, higher than it should be. However, the volume level sometimes jumps, likely to where it should be, then drops again after some time- a few seconds or longer. My first instinct is some component needs to be cleaned, or even replaced. I've jiggled the connections to the computer and the volume control on the speakers with music playing but neither caused any change while doing it.
I am hoping I don't need to get an entire new set of speakers- that costs money I don't have. Please note that this doesn't happen with headphones I use, though come to think of it that may not be relevant as they are USB headphones so wouldn't use the sound card anyway if that could be a suspect- I'll have to check with normal headphones. Any ideas of speaker components that may go bad/need cleaning, or anything else? Or a better place to go to ask if no one here can help? Thanks.