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Disable High Volume Warning Windows 10

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  • .no-icon:beforedisplay:none; By Kamil AnwarNovember 20, 2022 2 minutes readKamil is a certified Systems Analyst "@context":"http:\/\/","@type":"Article","dateCreated":"2017-01-10T16:03:27-06:00","datePublished":"2017-01-10T16:03:27-06:00","dateModified":"2022-11-20T09:51:55-06:00","headline":"How to Disable \u2018High Volume Can Cause Hearing Loss\u2019 Warning","keywords":[],"url":"https:\/\/\/how-to-disable-high-volume-can-cause-hearing-loss-warning\/","description":"After a European Union ruling, laptops sold in Europe are now required to include a high volume warning, telling the user that listening to music and videos through earphones at high volume can cause","articleSection":"Microsoft Windows","articleBody":"After a European Union ruling, laptops sold in Europe are now required to include a high volume warning, telling the user that listening to music and videos through earphones at high volume can cause hearing loss. Realtek users have reported a common problem, whereby a high volume warning appears as soon as the volume is turned up past 42 \u2013 and the warning continues appearing sporadically there afterwards. Since the issue is triggered by a ruling, it is highly likely that other laptop and system manufacturer's will also have the same issue popping up.\r\n\r\nAfter pressing \u2018Allow\u2019, users repeatedly see the following message:\r\nHigh volume can cause hearing loss. Your ears are important. Turning up the volume past this point can cause permanent hearing damage.\r\n\r\nMethod 1: Update the Drivers\r\nTo fix this issue:\r\n\r\n \tHold the Windows Key and Press R.\r\n \tType hdwwiz.cpl and Click OK.\r\n \tExpand \"Sound, Video and Game Controller option\"\r\n \tRight click Realtek High Definiation Audio and choose Update Driver Software.\r\n \tChoose \"Search Automatically\" option and proceed with the prompts on screen.\r\n\r\n\r\nMethod 2: Roll Back Drivers\r\n\r\n \tThe first step is trying to roll back your audio drivers. To do this, open Device Manager by holding down the Windows and X keys on your keyboard, and choosing Device Manager from the list of options that you\u2019re presented with.\r\n \tIn the window that opens, click Sound, Video and Game Controllers which will present you with hardware that controls these elements of your computer. Look for High Definition Audio Device and right click on that option, where you need to click Properties. In here, you need to click the Driver tab and look for Roll Back Driver. If an older driver is available, the process will begin.\r\n \tIf you cannot find High Definition Audio Device, search for Intel SST Audio Device, or any other device that is tagged Audio.\r\n \tIf no older driver is available to roll back to, try the next method.\r\n\r\n\r\nMethod 3: Permanently Remove Realtek Audio Drivers\r\nIf you can\u2019t roll back the driver, the only known method that works is to completely remove all Realtek audio drivers. Hold the Windows Key and Press R. Choose taskmgr and Click OK. Under the Processes tab, look for anything that refers to Realtek, right click and click End Task.\r\n\r\nThen, go to Device Manager, select Sound, Video and Game Controllers, and look for an entry for Realtek High Definition Audio. Right click and choose Uninstall. \r\n\r\nNow, open Windows Explorer, go to the C drive and Program Files, and look for the Realtek folder. Right click the folder and choose Properties. Choose the Security tab, and under Group or user names, select SYSTEM and then click Edit. You\u2019ll enter a new window which will allow you to edit the Permission for SYSTEM. Deny all permissions, then press Apply and OK.\r\n\r\nReboot your computer, and go back to Device Manager. The speaker drivers should be missing, which means there should be a yellow warning sign next to the speaker entry. Right click, choose Properties and then press Update Drivers. Choose the Let me pick option, and instead of choosing the Realtek drivers, opt for the standard Windows High Definition Audio Drivers. 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Disable High Volume Warning Windows 10

According to regulations set by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standarisation (CENELEC), all electronic devices capable of media playback sold after February 2013 must have a default output volume level of a maximum 85 dB. Users can choose to override the warning to increase the volume to a maximum of 100 dB, but in doing so the warning must re-appear after 20 hours of music playback.

While we aren't going to get into a debate about the efficacy of this regulation in promoting good health, users who frequently choose to bypass this warning often wonder if this process can be automated. There are many cases where it is rather annoying having to manually agree to override the volume limit, such as when you start music playback remotely on a Bluetooth device, so we wanted to set about figuring out a way to automatically bypass this warning.

Solutions to bypass the "safe volume limit" already exist if you search our forums, but so far all of the solutions have required you to install an Xposed Module. This necessarily limits who can use it, as the Xposed Framework requires you to have root access (which means an unlocked bootloader on most phones) as well as being on pre-Nougat versions of Android. But after digging into AOSP and various system settings, I've discovered a way to bypass the high volume/safe audio limit on all devices without requiring root.

If you've read my previous article on enabling Immersive Mode without root access, then you may have started playing around with some of the settings you can find hidden on your phone. If you haven't, I highly recommend you do, as I've found that almost every device has a ton of goodies just waiting to be discovered. This trick is no different as we'll be using a system property to bypass the safe audio warning.

Specifically, we will be modifying the System.Global property audio_safe_volume_state both on boot and periodically so Android will always think you have consented to bypass the warning. This property is defined in AOSP, which we're reproducing below. There are several states this property can take, ranging from 0-3. 30 seconds after boot or after every 20 hours of continuous music playback, the state is set to '0' or 'not configured.' It is then set to '1' for 'disabled' or '3' for 'enabled' depending on your Mobile Country Code. If you live in the E.U., this property is set to '3' by default but is changed to '2' for 'inactive' whenever the user manually bypasses the volume warning. We will be changing the value of this property to the 'inactive' state (changing it to 'disabled' never worked for me, in case you're wondering).


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